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Corban University

Recognitions & Accreditation

“Our academic programs have earned a solid reputation for graduating qualified and capable individuals who are equipped to make a difference in the world,” said Corban Vice Provost, Chris Vetter. “Combined with our rich campus experience, international opportunities, Christian community, and dedicated professors, students truly value what Corban has to offer.”



National College of Distinction
This honor is awarded to colleges that exemplify four characteristics: engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community, and successful outcomes. In addition, a College of Distinction emphasizes the undergraduate experience as well as core competencies such as critical thinking, writing, research, and global perspectives.

Corban has been awarded special honors for its business and education programs.

Best Regional Colleges—West
Corban is ranked among the Top 15 Best Colleges in the West 2021 by U.S. News & World Report.

What Will They Learn
Corban has been given the highest grade among Oregon colleges by What Will They Learn, in recognition of our commitment to graduating well-rounded students who are prepared to make a difference in their careers. What Will They Learn evaluates schools in seven key areas of knowledge.

NAIA Scholar-Athletes
For the 2019-20 collegiate sports season, Corban had 86 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and 11 Scholar-Teams recognized for their academic success.

Safest Campus in Oregon
Safe at Last has ranked Corban as the safest college campus in Oregon and one of the Top 10 Safest Colleges in America.

Military Friendly®
Corban is designated as a Military Friendly® School. This designation is based on a variety of factors, including strong student retention and graduation rates, job placement, low student loan default rates, and Corban’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.


Corban University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Corban’s education program is approved by the State of Oregon to prepare both elementary and secondary teachers for licensure.

Corban’s graduate counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and meets Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT) standards.

About Regional Accreditation
The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) have recognized six regional organizations (instead of one national) to manage the accreditation process. Regional accreditation looks at the entire institution, not just individual programs.

Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary, non-governmental, self-regulatory process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It recognizes higher education institutions for performance, integrity, and quality to merit the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation or pre-accreditation by a postsecondary regional accrediting agency qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.

The NWCCU is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the CHEA as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.

The Commission oversees regional accreditation for 156 institutions. Its decision-making body consists of twenty-six Commissioners who represent the public and the diversity of higher education institutions within the Northwest region.

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