HLC is one of six regional accrediting organizations for degree-granting post-secondary institutions in the United States. It serves as the accrediting body for higher education in 19 states ranging from Arizona to Wyoming and from Indiana to Colorado. The University of Nebraska Omaha has been accredited continuously by HLC (and its forerunner, the North Central Association) since 1939.
HLC accreditation applies to the entire institution. It includes all programs, all locations, and all delivery modalities offered, including distance/on-line/digital delivery. HLC criteria includes standards related to academic programs, student services, financial stability, ongoing evaluation and improvement, governance, access to consumer information, institutional integrity, and mission and planning—to name a few.
Institutional accreditation is important for various reasons. It provides quality assurance for prospective students, the public, and elected officials. As such, accreditation status is highly valued. Accreditation is also a necessary prerequisite for institutional participation in the federal student financial assistance program.
Institutional accreditation is reviewed every 10 years.
Learn more about UNO's recent reaccreditation.
In addition to the institutional accreditation, many UNO academic programs have sought and been awarded accreditation specific to their degree offerings. Accredited programs meet rigorous standards of academic quality.
These standards include factors such as professional attainments of faculty; quality of research; library holdings; physical facilities; and general funding support for the respective programs. As a result, students can be assured their educational experiences at UNO will meet high standards of quality.
Learn more about program-specific accreditation.
Student Right to Know Act
In accordance with Student Right to Know and Campus Security guidelines, UNO is pleased to offer quick and easy access to data on tuition/fees, enrollment, faculty, graduation rates, campus safety, and other important topics. Visit the Consumer Information page.
This data is summarized in the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator profile.