Institutional Accreditation

Oklahoma State University holds institutional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, HLC.  The Action Letter is the certificate to verify this standing.  Institutional accreditation is required for an institution to receive federal funding and for the students to obtain federally-back student loans.

OSU is currently under review by the HLC, which includes a campus visit in the acadrmic year 2025-2026.  Each decade the review by the Higher Learning Commission provides the opportunity for institutional self-study and introspection about the depth at which OSU fulfills its mission.   Reaffirmation of accreditation will represent 100 years of continual institutional accreditation for OSU. 

OSU is on the highest accreditation track, the Open Pathway, which has two components the Quality Initiative and the Assurance Report.  The Quality Initiative is focused on increasing retention and student success.  One of the clearest indicators of the impact of the initiative is the 2.7% increase in first-year retention last year.   Approximately 100 people across campus have provided input to the Assurance Report, which is the document that describes the evidence to support that OSU satisfies the Criteria for Accreditation.

In preparation for its periodic evaluation by the HLC, the public is invited to submit comments about the University to:

Public Comment on Oklahoma State University

The Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.  Comments must be in writing.

All Comments must be received by September 18, 2015