Altgeld Hall in summer, with fountain running in lagoon

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is an institutional accreditation agency that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities that are based in the United States. The HLC is recognized by The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Institutional accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution, including its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources. HLC evaluates institutions against its criteria for accreditation that reflect a set of guiding values. HLC's accreditation includes all degree levels as well as onsite and online course delivery. View NIU statement of accreditation status.

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