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Accreditation is a process that evaluates the quality of an institution’s academic programs, operations, and support services and provides a road map for improvement. Accreditation is required for an institution to receive federal funds for student financial aid and research. In the United States, the accreditation process is organized through regional accrediting commissions and member institutions. NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Information about Accreditation in the United States and other avenues for institutions to receive Title IV funding can be found on the following websites.

In addition to institutional accreditation, many of NMSU’s colleges and programs undergo specialized accreditation through professional accrediting agencies. Information about these types of accreditation and the status of specific programs is also provided on this site.

Fall 2016 Information Forms for Specialized Accreditation, Licensure, and Other Agency Approvals are DUE no later than 5pm on Friday, Sept. 23

For information or questions contact Laura Grant at

Faculty Qualifications

Information on HLC faculty qualifications.

HLC revised Assumed Practices.

Accreditation FAQs

NMSU Office of Accreditation

NMSU’s Office of Accreditation provides oversight and support for accreditation activities on the Las Cruces campus, and works closely with NMSU’s two-year campuses. Specific functions include:

  • Serving as liaison to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This includes ensuring NMSU’s compliance with Commission requirements and facilitating Commission approval of program and institutional changes where required.
  • Assisting colleges and academic programs in their efforts to achieve and sustain accreditation by specialized accrediting agencies. This includes maintaining information on the status of those activities.
  • Retaining copies of all records relating to accreditation. Records are held at the office until being sent to University Archives.

For information about Accreditation at other NMSU-System campuses:

NMSU Carlsbad

NMSU Grants

NMSU Doña Ana Community College

NMSU Alamogordo

US Department of Educations renews HLC’s Recognition as a National Accrediting Agency