Accreditations, Rankings and Memberships


Spring Arbor University is an accredited university. Learn more by reading about the various organizations and accrediting bodies below.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) – All degrees offered by Spring Arbor University are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, Ill. 60602. 800.621.7440

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, post-master certificates, and doctor of nursing practice programs at Spring Arbor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Spring Arbor University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to conduct practice experiences in the state of Washington for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (PNP-PC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) programs.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) – The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, 1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457.

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Questions regarding accreditation may be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Office of Academic Affairs
Spring Arbor University
106 E. Main St.
Spring Arbor, MI 49283

Rankings and Awards



U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges ranked SAU in the top tier of Midwestern regional universities.


Christian Universities Online’s article “50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities of 2017” ranked SAU as the eighteenth best value nationwide.

apply-spring-arbor-university-distinction named SAU a College of Distinction for its engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes.


Ranked No. 5 in Top 20 Online MSN Programs 2015 by Best Value Schools.

Our nursing program received a Best Masters in Nursing from which is evaluated each program on the basis of flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation. 


Social Work Degree Guide ranked SAU #21 in the Top 25 Christian Colleges for a Social Work Degree program 2015 and #25 in 35 Best Value Christian Colleges with CSWE-accredited Programs 2015.


Institutional Accreditation or Recognition
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

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