State Authorization is a law specified in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 that requires higher education institutions to obtain formal permission/approval to conduct regulated activities within its borders.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advertising
  • Distance Education Programs
  • Externships
  • Faculty Residing and Teaching Outside of North Carolina
  • Field Experiences
  • Internships
  • Non-Classroom Experiences
  • Online Degrees and Courses
  • Practical and/or Clinical Experiences
  • Proctoring
  • Professional Licensure and Certification Programs
  • Recruiting

What does this mean for you?

UNC Greensboro offers programs in compliance with the laws and regulations of the state North Carolina. UNC Greensboro University may also be authorized, licensed, registered, exempt, or not subject to approval depending upon the laws of the relevant state.

In collaboration with its campus-wide partners, the UNC Greensboro’s State Authorization Compliance Office actively monitors the status of federal and state regulations pertaining to the delivery of distance education. However, if you live outside of the state of North Carolina, receive, or participate in any of the aforementioned UNC Greensboro provided activities, make certain that you understand UNC Greensboro’s status in your state.

Check to determine 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:

Accreditation Status

Curious about accreditation? We’re glad you asked!

Please refer to the accreditation status posted on the Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Academic Program Planning website.


If you have questions about state authorization please contact