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About K-State


We take our reputation seriously. The university has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1916. During the 2011-2012 academic year, K-State completed a comprehensive self-study and site visit, compiling information and feedback from every sector of the university community in a completely transparent process. This process resulted in reaffirmed HLC accreditation, as well as a positive mid-cycle review during the 2015-2016 year. 

View our statement of accreditation for up-to-date information.

Why is accreditation important?

Reputable, trusted accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole, offering evaluated measurements of everything from academic offerings, governance, administration, mission, finances and resources.

How is a university accredited?

The HLC accreditation process is based on a system of peer review. More than 1,300 educators representing higher education institutions conduct accreditation evaluations for other institutions. Institutions are evaluated against the HLC's criteria for accreditation, a set of standards that institutions must meet to receive and maintain accredited status. Learn more about the HLC process.

College and department accreditation

In addition to university accreditation, many programs within the university maintain specialized accreditation from industry or area-specific agencies. Explore our accredited, licensed and registered programs.