Regional Accreditation

In 1913, the college received accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Since its beginning as a women's college and "little sister" of Mount Holyoke, Lake Erie College has grown into a co-educational college that offers a range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees.

Currently accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), our Statement of Affiliation Status identifies us as an institution that meets the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation. The College is currently on the Standard Pathway following a successful reaffirmation of accreditation visit in December 2017. More information regarding the Standard Pathway may be found at the following link:

HLC accreditation provides objective, peer review of acceptable institutional quality and defines opportunities and incentives for quality improvement. Accreditation is voluntarily sought by institutions and is conferred by non-governmental agencies and is needed to ensure students are eligible to apply for financial aid and that the institution is eligible to apply for certain grants.

Contact information regarding the HLC is as follows:

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 800.621.7440

State Authorization

Lake Erie College is authorized by the state of Ohio by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to offer select undergraduate and graduate programs. More information on the ODHE may be found at

Programmatic Accreditation

Many of our programs are additionally accredited by discipline specific accreditators. For more information please check out the Discipline Specific Accreditation list.

For specific information regarding accreditation at Lake Erie College, please contact Dr. Bryan DePoy, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Liaison Officer at For specific institutional data, contact Dr. Steve Reynolds, Director of Institutional Research, at