The classes you take, the credits you earn and the diploma you receive at Divine Word College mean something

Divine Word College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  Founded in 1895, HLC is an independent corporation and one of six regional institutional accreditors, which accredit degree-granting post-secondary institutions of higher learning in the 19 states of the North Central region. 

HLC regularly reviews the academic programs and overall operation of Divine Word College before continuing its accreditation. This critical recognition means that credits earned at DWC are in most cases transferable, credits earned at other accredited institutions generally transfer to DWC and the degrees the college awards meet national academic standards. 

You can review DWC’s latest Statement of Accreditation Status

You can contact HLC at:

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

The faculty and staff at Divine Word College stay current on the latest trends in higher education by receiving information and attending conferences through its affiliation with:

  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)
  • Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE)
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU)
  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)
  • The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • National Association of College Admission Counseling  (NACAC)
  • National Association of College Seminaries (NACS)
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU)
  • Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling (Iowa ACAC)

The College is:

  • Incorporated by the State of Iowa as an institution of higher education empowered to grant degrees and academic honors.
  • Approved under the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Service as a school for attendance by non-immigrant students.

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