Specific Northern Arizona University academic plans are accredited by the following:
In addition, Northern Arizona University is affiliated with the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, and many other major national and international associations.
Universities and colleges in the United States obtain accreditation from non-governmental bodies that are recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education. The North Central Association (NCA) is one of six regional associations recognized by the Department of Education that accredit institutions of higher education. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) has accredited Northern Arizona University through 2017-2018. For more information see Institutional Accreditation