Online Learning and State Authorization

State Authorization

State Authorization is a law specified in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 that requires higher education institutions to obtain formal permission from a state in order to conduct specific activities within its borders. Activities include:

  • Advertising
  • Clinicals
  • Distance Education Programs
  • Externships
  • Faculty Residing Outside of North Carolina
  • Internships
  • Non-Classroom Experiences
  • Online Degrees and Courses
  • Practica
  • Proctoring
  • Professional Licensure
  • Recruiting

What does this mean for you?

It may be against the law for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) to provide any of the above activities — including online degrees and courses — to you if you live, receive, or participate in these UNCG provided activities outside the state of North Carolina.

See if UNCG can provide online degrees, courses, and certificates; and if degrees earned at UNCG will lead to professional licensure in the state in which you live:

Click or tap the listed items below to learn more.

Accreditation Status

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of UNC Greensboro. 

Those interested may contact the Commission on Colleges for accreditation-related purposes such as inquiring about the accreditation status of UNC Greensboro, asking questions about the accreditation process, or to pursue procedures for filing complaints. All other inquiries, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be made directly to UNC Greensboro, 336-334-5000.