University Accreditation Status

Millikin University has been accredited since 1914 by what is now the Higher Learning Commission.

The most recent reaffirmation of HLC accreditation was 2016-2017 and can be found at Higher Learning Commission's Statement of Affiliation Status for Millikin University. For further information regarding Millikin’s HLC accreditation, contact the Higher Learning Commission at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411. You may also reach them by phone at 312-263-0456.

Stakeholders wishing to speak to an individual who can direct their questions and/or concerns to the appropriate institutional contact may call Diane Lane (217-362-6416) who serves as the University's Ombudsperson.​

Specialized Accreditation and Licensure

In addition to being accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, several programs hold discipline-specific accreditations or prepare our students for post-graduation licensure. Programs at Millikin University have been designed to meet licensure requirements within the State of Illinois.

Millikin University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), which permits Millikin to offer distance learning programs and coursework to residents of states other than Illinois. NC-SARA membership, however, does not grant reciprocity or exempt students from state professional licensing requirements in other states. As each state has its own licensure requirements, students seeking licensure within other states should contact the licensing authorities within that state prior to enrolling in that academic program; links have been provided below when applicable.

o   The Millikin University and Decatur Memorial Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068, 847.655.1160. (http://coacrna.org/)

o   Nursing students successfully graduating from a CCNE accredited school are eligible to take the national NCLEX exam for nurse licensure.  Graduates may choose to take the certification exam within the state where their nursing school is located or apply to any other state in the United States to take the exam and become licensed within that state.  Information on NCLEX licensure for nurses is found at: https://www.nclex.com.

o   Programs of study within the Millikin School of Nursing have been designed to meet the licensure requirements within the State of Illinois (https://www.idfpr.com/profs/Nursing.asp). For students seeking licensure within other states, specific educational requirements may be reviewed at the following links: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

  • The Tabor School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).
  • The School of Education 
    • The School of Education offers 12 majors that lead to teacher licensure: Art Education (Specialist K-12), Biology Education (Grades 9-12), Elementary Education (Grades 1-6), English Education (Grades 9-12), Mathematics Education (Grades 9-12), Music Education (Specialist K-12), Physical Education (Specialist K-12), Social Science Education (Grades 9-12), and Spanish Education (Specialist K-12).
    • The School of Education also offers three endorsements, which you may add to your choice of teacher licensure program: Bilingual Education (Pre K-Grade 12), English as a Second Language (Pre K-Grade 12), and Special Education (valid for the grade range of the Professional Educator License).
    • Millikin offers licensure-only programs for students who already hold a Bachelor’s degree, which provide the coursework and field experiences required for teacher licensure in the State of Illinois. Required professional education coursework for elementary education licensure-only programs is offered through evening courses in the Flexible Learning format. The courses required to complete Secondary Education and K-12 Specialist licensure-only programs are offered through a combination of traditional daytime courses and Flexible Learning evening courses.

o   Programs of study within the Millikin School of Education have been designed to meet the licensure requirements within the State of Illinois (www.isbe.net). For students seeking licensure within other states, specific educational requirements may be reviewed at the following links: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

·       Accounting, housed within the Tabor School of Business.

o   While the courses required within the Accounting program fulfill the curricular requirements to sit for the CPA, earning CPA licensure is not part of the degree program. To sit for the CPA licensing exam, an additional 26 credits is required beyond the 124 credits required for a degree from Millikin.

o   CPA licensure is granted, tracked, and maintained separately for each state in the U.S. Details regarding licensure for all 50 states can be found within the following links: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.