FAQs About Accreditation

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is the process by which an outside review body certifies a college or university as meeting certain educational standards. Accreditation is an important “stamp of approval.” Accredited colleges and universities have proven that they are committed to educational quality and improvement.

What is the Higher Learning Commission?

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation which accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions.

Has Naropa undergone accreditation before?

Yes. Naropa University was first accredited in 1986 by the North Central Association and has been continually accredited since that time. Most recently, in 2015, Naropa’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission.

Why is attending an accredited college or university important?

There are many good reasons to attend an accredited institution. Here are a few of them:

  • Quality Education – Accredited colleges and universities deliver high quality educational programs.
  • Financial Aid – Accredited schools receive student financial aid dollars.
  • Transfer – Most schools will only accept transfer credits from an accredited school.
  • Graduate School – Most graduate programs will only accept students with degrees from accredited schools.