State Authorization and Accreditations

Our online students graduate as leaders not only because our academic programs are top notch, but because NCCU shares values, practices, and a commitment to quality with other diverse institutions in the Southern states, Latin America, and around the world accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). So the quality of your education is a guarantee, not a guess. In addition to SACSCOC, individual academic programs may be accredited by specialized accrediting bodies. A list of NCCU’s accreditations can be found at

North Carolina Central University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of North Carolina Central University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State of North Carolina was approved to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) on June 9, 2016.  On May 18, 2017, NC-SARA and the NC State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) approved institutional participation for North Carolina Central University.  NC-SARA is a voluntary process of state oversight of distance education that established comparable national standards for offering postsecondary distance education courses and programs.  For more information, please visit NC-SARA and SARA North Carolina.

NCCU Relocation Statement

Please be aware that students who relocate while enrolled at the North Carolina Central University may become ineligible for Title IV funding or potentially be unable to complete their studies if they are moving to a country or state where NC Central University does not meet licensure or certification requirements. Prospective students should contact their advisor to discuss how relocation could alter their eligibility, while current students should contact their program coordinator if they are considering relocating during their course of study. All students are required to ensure their address is regularly updated.

Catastrophic Events

If North Carolina Central University experiences a catastrophic event, please refer to the University’s Catastrophic Event Plan and the Plan for Continuity of Instruction, which is a part of the NCCU Operations, Recovery, and Continuity Plan.