When an institution is accredited, it ensures you are receiving a quality education that meets high compliance standards. HLC accreditation also makes Rio eligible for Federal student aid. 

The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation founded in 1895. It is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the United States.

URG/RGCC was awarded accreditation in 1969 and reaffirmed in 2017-2018. 


The Ohio Department of Higher Education approves all of Rio Grande’s programs and authorizes it to offer Associate, Bachelors, and Masters degrees.


Individual programs are accredited/approved by the following:

The University of Rio Grande is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio and The Council of Independent Colleges. Rio Grande Community College is a member of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.