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University Accreditation

Maryville University is a private, nonprofit university that proudly holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an accreditation agency recognized by the U.S Department of Education. The HLC is an institutional accreditation agency that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities that are based in the United States. For more than a century, the HLC has supported its mission to “Advance the common good through quality assurance of higher education as the leader in equitable, transformative, and trusted accreditation in the service of students and member institutions.”


Maryville has maintained accreditation from the HLC since 1941, and this status was most recently reaffirmed in 2015. Maryville is preparing for its next reaffirmation of accreditation, which occurs in 2024-2025. Individual programs are accredited or approved by discipline-specific accrediting bodies.


If you have questions about Maryville University’s accreditation, you can contact the HLC at:


Higher Learning Commission 
230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 
Chicago, Illinois  60604-1411 
Phone: (800) 621-7440 / (312) 263-0456 
Fax: (312) 263-7462 

Why is accreditation important?

When you’re searching for the right university or program to fit your needs, you want assurance that you will get a high-quality education. That’s the kind of assurance accreditation can provide.


Regional accreditation is typically granted institutionally to a college or university to indicate that it conforms to an established standard of quality. Accreditation serves to validate the educational experience a university offers, so you can enroll with confidence that you will have access to a top-level education recognized universally by universities and employers.


When you enroll at an accredited university like Maryville, you can be assured that the educational experience has been vetted by experts across the board. In addition to evaluating academics, the HLC assesses other areas of institutional operation, such as university governance, finances, ethical conduct, and resources. In this way, regional accreditation is the highest standard of accountability and validation to which a university can aspire.

Industry-Specific Accreditation

In addition to regional accreditation, certain programs or schools within a university may be held to industry-specific standards, so they may pursue accreditation from an industry-focused body to demonstrate the quality of education provided.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Maryville University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Regional vs. National Accreditation

Maryville University is regionally accredited by the HLC. Regional accreditation typically is reserved for nonprofit, degree-granting colleges or universities with an academic focus that adhere to strict guidelines regarding their operations and educational offerings.


Some for-profit, trade, vocational, or religious institutions may have national accreditation. This type of accreditation tends to be less strict or standardized in its guidelines due to the vocational or specialized nature of the credentials provided.


For universities like Maryville with an academic nature, regional accreditation is an important validation of quality of education. This means that degrees and certificates conferred by regionally accredited universities tend to be accepted as legitimate by employers and other universities. If you plan on pursuing further education, most graduate-level programs will require a degree from a regionally accredited university. And if you hope to utilize transfer options, most universities will only recognize credits from regionally accredited universities.

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