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Trees and buildings on OU's campus in Norman, Oklahoma.

Higher Learning Commission
2023 Reaffirmation of Accreditation

The University of Oklahoma has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1913, the first year that the Commission started accrediting institutions of higher learning. HLC is one of seven historically regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In May 2023, OU will host an HLC Peer Review Team for a Comprehensive Site Visit and review of accreditation status. This review completes the 10-year accreditation cycle called the Open Pathway, which focuses on quality assurance and institutional improvement. The HLC 2023 Comprehensive Evaluation ensures OU is meeting HLC's Criteria for Accreditation while pursuing institutional improvement and complying with certain federal regulations set by the U.S. Department of Education.

A team of approximately 50 members of the OU faculty, staff, and administration are diligently working on the materials for the Comprehensive Site Visit. They are highlighting the dedication and work of the OU community to achieve the goals set forth in the Lead On, University Strategic Plan and fulfillment of OU's purpose: We Change Lives.

The University of Oklahoma Accreditation

The University of Oklahoma is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation founded in 1895 as one of six regional (now institutional) accreditors in the United States. Formerly known as the North Central Association, HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the United States.

Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. The Commission accredits approximately 950 institutions of higher education.



Site Visit and Review Documents

All documents related to accreditation activities are posted online, including previous self-studies and site visit team reports.

More information about the 2023 Reaccreditation Comprehensive Site Visit can be found on the HLC 2023 website.