Why is accreditation important?

Our institutional accreditation allows UNM to access financial aid, scholarships, and grants that help make education more affordable. It also demonstrates the University's commitment to ensuring quality education and continuous improvement. 

In addition, some colleges and universities only accept transfer credits and credentials from accredited institutions and some employers and professional licensure boards require students to graduate from accredited programs. 

UNM accreditation

The University of New Mexico (UNM) has been continuously accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1922. HLC accreditation covers all of UNM’s campuses and programs. UNM is approved to offer distance education courses and programs by the HLC.  

Additionally, the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) oversees and regulates all postsecondary institutions operating in New Mexico and recognizes that UNM is authorized to offer programs in post-secondary education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Many of UNM's programs hold specialized accreditations.  Additional information can be found on UNM's Accreditation website.