The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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 at Kearney has been accredited continuously by HLC (and its forerunner, the North Central Association) since 1916.

HLC accreditation applies to the entire institution. It includes all programs and all locations.

Institutional Accreditation

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 on a regular cycle, usually every eight to ten years.

Program Accreditation

In addition to the institutional accreditation, many UNK 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 UNK will meet high standards of quality.

View more information on program-specific accreditation.