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Carleton College Accreditation

Carleton College has been accredited continuously since 1913.

Our accrediting body is the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), one of six regional institutional accrediting agencies in the United States. The HLC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education.

Colleges and universities must be accredited to qualify for student federal financial and other government support.

Complaints or Concerns

We hope that any complaints or concerns can be addressed by contacting the appropriate college office, but in the event students, faculty, staff, or parents feel they must address this to an outside agency they can report to our accreditation agency Higher Learning Commission (HLC) or the MN Office of Higher Education.

Review and Renewal

Accreditation requires that U.S. institutions of higher education undergo a peer review at least once every ten years. This review is conducted for the purposes of quality assurance, and to encourage continuing improvement of these institutions and their programs.

In 2009, Carleton renewed its accreditation through a formal process that included a self-study and a comprehensive on-site review by the HLC.

The College's next comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for 2018–19.