Lewis University is accredited by, and a member of, the Higher Learning Commission. The College of Nursing and Health Professions’ basic professional program is approved by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. The baccalaureate, master's, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036 (202) 887-6791. The College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Department of Aviation programs are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Approved Dispatcher Program, Approved Flight School, and Approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School. The Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education). Effective February 19, 2016, CAATE has placed the Athletic Training program on Probation. We remain an accredited program. Probation is the result of first-time pass rates on the Board of Certification exam in 2013-14. The University has taken several corrective measures and anticipates being removed from probation in 2017. The Social Work Program has been awarded initial accreditation through 2017 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation. All teacher education programs are approved for entitlement by the Illinois State Board of Education in conjunction with the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. In addition the College of Education has earned National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation. Inquiries concerning regional accreditation should be directed to the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60604. By phone, (800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456.

Lewis University has received provisional approval to operate from the New Mexico Higher Education Department.

Lewis University is an approved National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) institution for distance (online) learning.

Documents describing the status of Lewis University with these bodies can be found and reviewed in the Office of the Provost.