Lincoln College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the US Department of Education, accredits institutions of higher education in the 19-state North Central region of the United States. The College has held continuous accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission since 1929.

Accreditation is a vital part of the College’s commitment to our mission of empowering students to realize their full potential. Achieving accreditation through an established body such as the Higher Learning Commission enables the institution to measure our programs and services against a set of recognized standards, helping us ensure that our students receive a high quality education. Further, HLC accreditation communicates to others that Lincoln College’s mission and goals, resources and resource allocation, admissions standards, and support services are appropriate and effective.

As part of maintaining accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission, Lincoln College conducts an in-depth self-study every ten years to assess and document how well we are accomplishing the College’s mission and meeting the Higher Learning Commission’s criteria for accreditation. The College completed that institution-wide review in late 2013, and in the spring semester of 2014, the College received continuing HLC accreditation for the next ten years.