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Accreditation and Compliance

As an institution, Saint Louis University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has been continuously accredited since 1916.

The Higher Learning Commission is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in 19 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Ten Jesuit institutions of higher education are accredited by the HLC: Creighton, Detroit-Mercy, John Carroll, Loyola-Chicago, Marquette, Regis, Rockhurst, SLU, Wheeling Jesuit and Xavier.

SLU has distinguished itself nationally via the accreditation of many of its colleges, schools and programs.

Learn More About SLU's College, School and Program Accreditation

Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires (per 34 CRF Part 668) that all institutions participating in the federal Title IV student financial assistance programs (Pell Grants, federal student loans, etc.) publicly disclose certain data regarding all academic programs designated as "gainful employment" programs per DOE definitions. These disclosure statements may be found in the drop down menu below.

For additional information about these or any other SLU academic programs, contact the Office of the Provost at 314-977-3718 or

State Authorization - Distance Learning

Saint Louis University is authorized, exempted from authorization or not subject to approval to conduct distance education activity in any SLU academic program — including online courses and programs as well as on-ground clinicals, practica, field experiences and internships — in every state.

Note that this applies to our distance learning programs only. Students from other states who are interested in our on campus programs are encouraged to contact the Office of Admission at  or 314-977-2500 (for undergraduate programs) or Graduate Admission at or 1-800-SLU-FOR-U .

Exceptions to this include:

  • Florida: SLU may offer all programs in Florida except education. 
  • New York: SLU may not place students in clinical internships related to certain licensed professions, the practices of which are typically restricted to licensed persons or students enrolled in educational programs approved or registered by the department. See the state's Office of Professions website for a current complete list of the affected professions. The Office of the Provost will secure authorizations on a program-by-program basis.

Saint Louis University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. In other words, SLU has met the Texas Workforce Commission requirements and, therefore, does not fall under the category of institutions that TWC regulates under chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. SLU is authorized to conduct online education and clinicals, practica, internships and field experience in the state of Texas.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)

As of March 13, 2015, Saint Louis University is a participant in the SARA initiative, which is a state-level reciprocity process aimed at making the effort to obtain state authorizations more efficient for institutions and to make it easier for students to enroll in distance education programs outside of the states in which they reside.

Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide education to students from all SARA member states. States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards that are overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional higher education compacts. For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership, visit

Complaint Resolution

Saint Louis University strives to provide the highest quality educational experience for all of its students. However, if a conflict does arise, in accordance with federal law (see 34 C.F.R., Section 600.9), Saint Louis University identifies the processes by which students may file complaints about the University with each U.S. state governing board or commission that governs University educational activity. 

Learn More About Student Complaint Resolution at SLU