Northern Kentucky University was initially accredited in 1973. Northern Kentucky University's accreditation extends to all programs offered on Northern Kentucky University's main campus as well as those offered at all extended program sites.
Northern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. The standards used to conduct evaluations include assessment of the mission, goals, objectives, resources and quality of programs.
The Visual Arts Program is accredited through SACSCOC to award the Bachelor of Arts (BA), the Bachelor of Science (BS) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).