The licensing and exemption from licensure functions of the UNC Board of Governors constitutes an important consumer protection activity. The Board in effect acts as a quality “Gatekeeper” by opening the gate to nonpublic institutions meeting minimum standards or found exempt from licensure.
In carrying out its licensing and exemption from licensure responsibilities, the Board has clear statutory directions. With regard to licensing, the statutes specify that 15 minimum standards must be met by nonpublic institutions in such critical areas as curricula, faculty, library, and financial stability. Further, the Board is statutorily empowered to establish such policies and procedures as it considers necessary for carrying out its duties. Rules and Standards
Licensure is the first requirement for accreditation of institutions, as is participation in various programs of the U.S. Office of Education and federal student financial aid agencies. Once institutions are authorized to conduct degree activity, the Board continuously assures maintenance of standards and policies through follow-up site visits and staff inquiries. If the president determines that an institution has failed to seek licensure or exemption from licensure as statutorily required or failed to fulfill any obligation attendant to licensure or exemption, the president may request that the State Attorney General take appropriate action.
Licensed Institutions in North Carolina
Not all programs are licensed and accredited. You may wish to contact your institution of interest to confirm accreditation status.
All institutions on this list have been licensed to offer specific degrees to North Carolina residents. Please click on the above link to access the list of licensed institutions. Select the institution to confirm if the degree you are interested in pursuing has been approved by the UNC Board of Governors. If you do not see the degree on the list, it has not been approved.
Resources for Licensure
- Rules and Standards
- New Fee Structure
- Guidelines for the Rules and Standards for Licensure
- NC Community College System Office | Approval for Diplomas and Certificates
- Information Regarding Diploma Mills
- N.C. State Archives | Information on Closed Institutions
- U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Post-Secondary Institutions and Programs
Relevant Resources for Exemption
- Board of Governors Policy on Religious Exemption
- Application Info for Religious Exemption
- Religious Exemption Annual Report Form
- Military Exemption
Information about Student Complaints
If you were unable to resolve a complaint through the institution's grievance procedures, please submit a complaint to:
North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Terrence R. Scarborough
University of North Carolina General Administration
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
You may call or email with questions or for more information: (919) 962-4558