Northwood University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has also awarded Northwood University accreditation of its business programs.

About the Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission is part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is recognized by the Secretary of Education and the Committee on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation (CORPA, now continued under the Council on Higher Education Accreditation, or CHEA).

About the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

The Association was founded in 1895 as a membership organization for educational institutions. It is committed to developing and maintaining high standards of excellence. 

The Association is one of six regional institutional accrediting associations in the United States. Through its Commissions, it accredits and thereby grants membership to educational institutions in the nineteen-state North Central region.

About the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) This is a voluntary accreditation and demonstrates our commitment to high-quality business education. This accreditation focuses on teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model.  Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.  


     ACBSP Accredited Accredited - Higher Learning Commission 


Other Licensure and Approvals

Northwood University is also authorized to operate as a degree-granting institution in the following states:



Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

2535 Capital Oaks Drive, Suite 400

Sacramento, CA 95833

(916) 431-6959



Illinois Board of Higher Education

431 East Adams, 2nd Floor

Springfield, IL 62701-1404

(217) 782-2551



Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320

Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 573-1555



Northwood University is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. The State Board of Regents renews licenses every two years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.



In Texas, Northwood University has, in addition to general approvals previously listed, these specific approvals:

· Approved by the State of Texas as a not-for-profit corporation and an institution of higher learning, February 7, 1966.

· Approved as provided under Sections 1776, Title 39, U.S. Code Veterans Administration in State of Texas, fall 1981.

· Certificate of Authorization from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


Online Programs:

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement