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Accreditations and Awards



Southwestern College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Established in 1895, HLC is one of six regional institutional accreditors serving the North Central region of the United States. 

Degree programs and licenses in Education are regionally-accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the Kansas Department of Education.

Southwestern is further accredited by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church and other accrediting bodies for individual majors.


Southwestern College is a proud participant in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program and Principles of Excellence, offering portable degree programs to assist veterans with accelerating their careers. Veterans can utilize the various Chapters of the GI Bill® to pay for tuition, and depending on the GI Bill® Chapter, eligible veterans may be able to obtain a degree with no out-of-pocket expenses. Credit is awarded for military education and training including CCAF, JST, DANTES, and ACE-evaluated training.

Program Recognition

2020 U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Southwestern College is proud to have received 2020 U.S. News and World Report rankings for the following:

  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • Best Online Master’s in Education Programs
  • Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (Non-MBA)
  • Best Online MBA Programs
  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans

The Best Schools

Online Schools Report

Guide to Online Schools

*2020 The Best Online Degrees

*2020 Best Online Bachelor’s in Human Resources Degree Programs

College Consensus

2020 Best Online Master’s in Management 

Military Friendly® School Designation

Military Friendly Silver 2020

Military Friendly® Spouse School Designation

Military Friendly Spouse


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