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Briar Cliff is accredited as a degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The education program of the university is approved by the State Department of Education of Iowa for the certification of teachers. The social work
program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The university holds memberships in:
  • The Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • The Council of Independent Colleges
  • The Council for Opportunity in Education
  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • The Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • The Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • The Iowa College Foundation
  • The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Documents relating to accreditation and memberships can be reviewed by contacting the Office of the President.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association can be contacted directly at the following address:

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413
Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456
Fax: 312.263.7462
info@hlcommission.org