Skip to Content


When choosing a school, your major, tuition and location are always top of mind. But it's also important to verify the quality of the college you attend.

Accreditation is your guarantee that the education you receive at Normandale delivers what you were promised, or more. The accreditation evaluation provides a third-party review of the educational quality of our institution.

Why is accreditation important?

Accreditation is beneficial for students, parents, employers, and the campus community.

It protects you as a student by ensuring you:

  • Receive a quality education, with up-to-date knowledge and relevant skills
  • Are eligible for financial aid
  • Can transfer credits to other schools
  • Are prepared to sit for certification exams and fulfill licensure requirements
  • Are more likely to graduate and get hired

Accreditation looks at things like retention, graduation, and loan default rates. It alerts us to places where students might need extra support. Accreditation helps make sure you finish your degree, graduate on time and get a good job. It also helps make certain you (and your parents!) are getting a return on your educational investment.

Employers want to know that the school a graduate attended is reputable. Accreditation puts a stamp of approval on the degree that you receive. Many companies use accreditation as a hiring factor. Some even restrict hiring to graduates of accredited programs!

Accreditation is important to the campus community, too. It impacts the college's reputation and helps attract good faculty. It ensures the curriculum is rigorous and relevant. It creates goals for campus self-improvement and helps with future planning.

View the Directory to see Administration and Faculty Credentials. Click on the person's name to see credential information.

Normandale's Accreditation Process

Normandale is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is one of six regional accreditors recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The accreditation process uses a peer review system.

Meeting minimum standards isn't enough. Continuous improvement is an important part of the process. Learn more about HLC Criteria for Accreditation and Guiding Values.

Accreditation information is public. You can verify Normandale's accreditation status at any time.

Verify HLC Accreditation Status

Programmatic Accreditation

Programmatic accreditation applies to a single type of degree program. Professional organizations judge the requirements for programs in their field. As an example, law schools are accredited by the American Bar Association. The American Dental Association accredits dental schools.

Here are the programmatic accreditations for programs at Normandale.

upper arrowtop