Accreditation & Affiliation

Urbana University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC); the University was placed on probation by the HLC in November 2014.

For additional information on Urbana University’s accreditation status contact:, or visit, 1-800-621-7440.

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604

The University is authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to offer degree programs in the state of Ohio.

As of September 9, 2015, Urbana University is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE, formally OBR) to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states.  States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards that are overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements and administered by four regional higher education compacts.   For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership, please visit

Specialized or programmatic accreditors include:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Urbana University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    • Associate of Arts in Business Administration

Institutional Affiliations:

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • National Association of Independent Colleges
  • Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Ohio Association of Private Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Ohio Penal Education Consortium
  • Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges
  • Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education

Licensure Disclaimer:  Requirements for licensure vary from one profession to another and from state to state. If you are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside your state.  Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state in order to be eligible for a license.  Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion.  If you are interested in professional licensure, please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice.

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