Central Michigan University (CMU) provides prospective and enrolled students and the CMU Community with the following information resources outlining the University’s accreditation, authorization, and complaint processes related to all locations where CMU delivers educational programming, including online delivery.
CMU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and as a regionally accredited institution is authorized to operate as an institution of higher education. HLC is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. CMU’s Statement of Affiliation Status may be viewed on the
CMU must be approved via the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement or other State licensure mechanisms before they can enroll students into any Online programs offered by CMU. CMU engages in a continuous process for recognition as an authorized institution of higher education in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories. CMU is committed to ensuring that its academic programs, institutional practices, delivery methods, and operational activities comply with applicable regulations specific to the jurisdiction. However, please note that if a student were to change residence to a state where CMU did not have state authorization, it would likely impact the student's eligibility for Title IV funds.
Additional information regarding authorization by specific states or locations, including regulatory requirements by state for program approvals, recruitment, internships and practicums, and other educational activities may be reviewed via CMU’s comprehensive
State Authorization Resource available to the CMU community.
CMU is an approved State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Participant
SARA is "an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts”. While being a SARA approved institution does not remove the need for state authorization for all online programs since not all States are SARA members, being a SARA approved institution allows CMU to deliver online programs to residents in any SARA member state without seeking additional authorization from that particular state. Participation in SARA is intended to allow students greater access to CMU courses/programs offered in other states.
CMU has locations in the following states:
California (Camp Pendleton),
Hawaii (Schofield and Tripler),
Kansas (Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley),
Louisiana (Fort Polk),
Maryland (Joint Base Andrews AFB),
Michigan (home state),
New Jersey (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst),
New York (Fort Hamilton),
North Carolina (Seymour Johnson AFB), Ohio (Wright Patterson AFB), and
Virginia (Defense Supply Center - Richmond, Fort Belvoir, Fort Lee, Joint Base Myer-Henderson-Hall, and Pentagon Center). CMU enjoys authorization from all states to deliver the selected programs unless exempted due to CMU being located only on a federal enclave.
*For approved program information within a specific state, please contact Central Michigan University toll free at 800-950-1144 or via e-mail at