The University of Denver is accredited as a doctoral degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is authorized to offer post-secondary education in the state of Colorado by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.


Please see the most recent reaffirmation of accreditation (2020-21) by the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission.

For questions about accreditation, please contact:

Institutional Accreditation

Institutional accreditation is a voluntary process in which a regional non-governmental agency examines the University's ability to fulfill its mission and provide an acceptable quality of education. Accreditation begins with a comprehensive self-study followed by a site visit with a team of peer evaluators who closely review our:

  • Mission
  • Ethics and responsible conduct
  • Quality resources and support for student learning
  • Evaluation and improvement of student learning
  • Resources, planning, and institutional effectiveness 

Specialized Accreditation

Many of our academic programs also undergo periodic review by accreditation or certification bodies in their field. Please see the University's specialized accreditations.

For maintaining the Higher Learning Commission's accreditation, please see here.