Accreditation and State Authorization

The Ohio State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Ohio State is committed to complying with all states’ regulations for its distance learning programs.  For specific information regarding state authorization, approval, licensure or exemption, please email

This applies to Distance Learning programs ONLY.  Students from these states who are interested in our on campus programs are encouraged to contact The Ohio State University.

State Contact Information

Pursuant to the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Integrity Rules, The Ohio State University must provide to its out-of-state distance education learning students or prospective students the contact information for filing complaints with each state licensing entity and any other relevant agency that would handle the complaint.

If a student located in a SARA state has a complaint about an institution operating under SARA, complaints must first go through the institution’s standard procedure for resolution of student grievances. If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process, the complaint may then be brought to the SARA portal agency in the institution’s home state. The state where the student is located also may resolve the complaint. Although students may choose to work through their own state’s SARA office for complaint resolution, the SARA office of the state where the provider is located is responsible for staffing the investigation and complaint resolution.