Accreditation & State Authorization


The College is a member of, and accredited by, the Higher Learning Commission. 

Individuals may contact the Commission at:

The Higher Learning Commission 
230 South LaSalle Street
Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Phone: 800-621-7440 / 312-263-0456
Fax: 312-263-7462

In June 2017, we completed an Assurance Argument for our mid-cycle review by the Higher Learning Commission.  This followed a 2012-13 self-study and HLC team visit.  Our Assurance Argument and documents from the 2012-13 decennial review are available on our Higher Learning Commission blog. In summer 2021, we completed our Quality Initiative project. Our 2022-23 decennial review site visit is scheduled for April 17-19, 2023.

The College of Wooster has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1947. The College’s Teacher Preparation Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  The College’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The College’s program in Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society.

State Authorization

The College is authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

NC-SARA (National council for state authorization reciprocity agreements)

Wooster is approved by The Ohio Department of Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. By participating in NC-SARA, Wooster has reciprocity to offer online courses to residents in other NC-SARA states.  This allows us to offer online courses in SARA member states and territories. These include all states (except California), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For students in California, The California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education does not regulate out-of-state public institutions. Therefore, Bureau approval for Wooster to offer its online courses to you when you are in California is not required.

Students enrolled in Wooster distance education courses should attempt to resolve complaints first with the College before contacting state agencies for resolution.

Non-instructional complaints

Instructional complaints

  • Ohio residents who have complaints of an instructional nature should contact the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
  • Residents of SARA states that have instructional complaints should contact their home state consumer protection agency.

Complaint process (students in non-SARA states)

Other methods for resolution