Accreditation

Earn a High-Quality Degree from an Accredited University

You’re investing a lot in your college education, so make sure it’s of the highest quality. How? Accreditation. Whether you’ve thought about accreditation or not, it matters. Accreditation helps ensure that universities and degree programs (including online programs) are held to rigorous academic standards set by state and regional governing bodies.

Copies of the University’s accreditation, licensure or other approval documents may be obtained by submitting a written request via email (accreditationauthorization@franklin.edu) to the Office of Accreditation & Authorization. Any questions regarding accreditation, licensure, or approvals should also be directed to the the Office of Accreditation & Authorization. The agencies that accredit, license or approve the University may also be contacted for information regarding the University’s accreditation and approvals.

Institutional Accreditation

We meet established criteria for quality teaching, student-centered learning and innovative improvement from the HLC.

 

Franklin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Urbana University was accredited as a separate institution by the Higher Learning Commission from 04/09/1975 through 07/31/2017. The University voluntarily resigned affiliation with the Higher Learning Commission, effective 08/01/2017, and became a Branch Campus of Franklin University. The Urbana University Branch Campus ceased enrollments at the end of the 2020 Spring Semester; its records are maintained by Franklin University.

Specialized Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

The Health Information Management accreditor of Franklin University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2028-2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and the Master of Science in Nursing program at Franklin University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Franklin University are pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

As part of the initial accreditation for the programs, a CCNE on-site evaluation is scheduled for Sept. 28-30, 2022.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

The School of Education at Franklin University holds accreditation for its initial-level educator preparation programs through Fall 2026 from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 223-0077. The following bachelor's degree and post-baccalaureate initial-level licensure programs were included in the CAEP accreditation review: Adolescence to Young Adult Education (7-12), Intervention Specialist: Mild-Moderate (K-12), Middle Childhood Education, and Primary Education (PK-5).

International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)

The Ross College of Business at Franklin University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road, Suite 300, Kansas, USA. For a list of accredited programs please view our IACBE member status page. 

Click here to see our IACBE Public Disclosure of Student Achievement. 

National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Franklin University has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense through 2024, by the National Security Agency for our B.S. in Cybersecurity. The designation was awarded as a result of a thorough investigation into the University's cybersecurity curriculum, faculty credentials and competence in research and student involvement in cybersecurity activities.

Types of Accreditation

Learn more about the different types of accreditation and why they're important.