Lakeland University's Accreditation

Lakeland University is Accredited

Lakeland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Institutions of higher education must engage in periodic external evaluations in order to maintain their accreditation. Lakeland University's last comprehensive evaluation took place in 2019. Following that visit, upon the recommendation of the visiting team, the University received a ten-year reaffirmation of accreditation. 

Higher Learning Commission


Lakeland University is accredited through The Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
(800) 621-7440

Specialized Accreditation:

Lakeland University has received accreditation for its teacher education program through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

State Approvals:

Lakeland University's undergraduate teacher education and graduate school counselor preparation programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Lakeland University's graduate program in community counseling is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services as a pre-approved professional counseling program under MPSW 14.01.

Lakeland University's graduate program in community counseling is also approved as a pre-certification program for substance abuse counselors by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Standards.

Lakeland University is working to achieve specialized accreditation for its graduate programs in counseling through The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This page will be updated once that application has been submitted, and again when it is approved. The university anticipates substantive updates in the fall of 2020.

Lakeland University is a member in good standing of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As such, Lakeland is authorized to deliver is programs and services to residents of participating states, territories, and protectorates. For a list of participating states, visit the NC-SARA website (

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Lakeland University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.