Accreditation and State Authorization



This mark signifies that Notre Dame is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association (NCA). HLC’s most recent comprehensive evaluation of the University took place in 2004. Clicking the image will direct you to more specific information about the University’s accreditation status on the HLC website.

Because institutions necessarily evolve over time, HLC regularly collects information from each to ensure they are still operating in a manner that warrants accreditation. At Notre Dame, an annual Institutional Data Update is completed by the Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Research and the Office of the Provost.

To learn more about the HLC visit their website at

Further questions regarding the University’s relationship with the HLC should be directed to the Office of the Provost ( 

For HLC contact information, including for the filing of complaints, visit the Commission's website.

1The notification procedure may change in the future; please check this page for updates.

2014 Comprehensive Site Visit

A team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association visited campus March 31 - April 2, 2014 as part of the University's 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation process. 

Over the past two years, more than 120 faculty and staff members have been involved in a rigorous, campus-wide self-study process in preparation for reaffirming its accreditation with the HLC. The work of those serving on HLC accreditation subcommittees has been composed into a comprehensive self-study report which serves as the foundation for the University’s reaffirmation review. The assessment process will culminate with an evaluation team visit  from a team of peers from colleges and universities throughout the central states who represent the HLC. Accreditation by the HLC is intended to assure constituents and the public of the quality and integrity of a Notre Dame education and the programs offered. The review process in preparation for site visit provides campus leaders the opportunity to take an insightful look at the entire University in order to help us improve and thrive.

Notre Dame first earned accreditation from the NCA/HLC in 1913 and has been continually reaffirmed, most recently in 2004. The results of the 2014 site visit will be made public by the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

Supporting information can be found throught these links:

Self-Study Steering Committee

Self-Study Teams

Self-Study Timeline

HLC Criteria for Accreditation

Accreditation FAQs

Specialized Accreditations

While accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission extends institution-wide, several colleges, schools, departments, and programs within the University seek and maintain accredited status with other bodies, as well.

College of Arts and Letters

Alliance for Catholic Education, program approved by the state of Indiana*

State Authorization

The State of Indiana adopted a Charter in 1844 establishing the University of Notre Dame du Lac and authorizing the University as an institution of higher education. The University also has authorizations from the Illinois Board of Higher Education; the Ohio Board of Regents; the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth; and the Montana Secretary of State.

Various states, including those listed above, have established processes for filing complaints against institutions of higher education. We encourage you to contact the relevant department at the University with any complaints you may have; however, if you would like to pursue a complaint with a state, contact information is available on the State Higher Education Executive Officers website through the link labeled "Student Complaint Process by State" (located in the "Reports from Survey Data" section on the linked page).

Request information

If you are an enrolled or prospective student and would like to review the documents describing the University's accreditations or its other authorizations, please contact the Provost Office at 574-631-3802 or