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

  • Learn more about SLU’s institutional accreditation
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Additionally, SLU has distinguished itself nationally via the accreditation of many of its colleges, schools and programs. 
View SLU's Accreditation Log

SLU's 2021 Comprehensive HLC Evaluation

HLC Campus Site Visit: November 15-16, 2021

Members of the SLU community (view list HERE) prepared the University's assurance argument (i.e., self-study) required for submission to the HLC in October 2021, prior to the November 2021 campus  visit by the HLC reviewers.  In October 2020, SLU's team conducted four campus open fora via Zoom to give the SLU community--including our Madrid colleagues--opportunities to ask questions and provide input on the HLC's accreditation criteria as they relate to SLU.   View the HLC Accreditation Criteria HERE (printable PDF).  

The Office of the Provost extends its thanks to all those members of the SLU community who participated in meetings with our HLC reviewers.

Read SLU's 2021 HLC Assurance Argument.  [There are no active web links in this document. Text displayed in blue refers to documents (see listed Sources) made accessible to the HLC Review Team within HLC's proprietary system.]

Questions?  Contact Associate Provost Steve Sanchez or Assistant Provost Miriam Joseph.  

Institutional Accreditation Archives

Multi-Location Visit (2019)

Mid-Cycle Assurance Review (2016)

Magis: Advancing Mission into Saint Louis University's Third Century (2012)

A Decade of Renaissance: Self-Study for NCA Accreditation (2002)

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 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.

For background information about the Higher Learning Commission, visit For detailed information about the accreditation processes of the Higher Learning Commission, click on the "Accreditation" tab on the top HLC navigation bar. SLU’s official Statement of Affiliation Status with the Higher Learning Commission is also available online at

Steven Sanchez, associate provost, serves as SLU's liaison to the HLC.  For more information about SLU's accreditation via the HLC, contact him at 314-977-2611 or