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Bachelor of General Studies (Independent Study)
Is the University of North Dakota accredited?
Yes! The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UND has been accredited since 1913, when the Association was first organized.
For information on special accreditations the University has at the college, department, or program level, please see UND Accreditation.
Is a degree offered through independent study accredited?
Yes. A degree from the University of North Dakota is accredited, regardless of the delivery format of the program. UND’s independent study courses have similar course content and rigor as traditional courses. They are written and taught by UND faculty members.
Your transcript and diploma will look no different than a student who graduated from UND with the same degree by taking traditional, on-campus courses.
Why is accreditation important?
Accreditation assures the quality of higher education institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process that determines if established quality standards are being met.
- Accreditation is a major way for students, families, employers, government officials, and the media to know that an institution or program provides a quality education.
- Accreditation helps students choose quality college programs that qualify for federal financial aid.
- Accreditation enables employers to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared. Many employers will only provide tuition assistance to employees for accredited programs.
- Accreditation is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.
- Accreditation gives colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve the quality of their programs.