The Importance of Accreditation

Colorado State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) since 1925.

Institutional accreditation by the HLC, also known as regional accreditation, provides assurance to prospective students and other constituents that course credits and degrees earned from the institution meet quality standards. Accreditation is a requirement for federal financial aid and may be a requirement for some employment opportunities, professional licensure, and graduate education.


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Specially Accredited Non-Academic Programs/Services

CSU seeks accreditation / certification of several non-degree programs and operational units to ensure that these operations comply with best practices.

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) – Animal Care Program

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care – CSU Health Network

Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police – CSU Police Department

Academy for Early Children Center Accreditation (NAEYC) – Early Childhood Center

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation – Intensive English Program

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – Itercollegiate Athletics

American Psychological Association – Internship Program in Counseling Services

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) – Residency Program: Large and Small Animal Surgery, Medicine, Oncology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine

The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) – Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories (Fort Collins, Rocky Ford, Western Slope branches)