Friends University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, telephone 1-312-263-0456, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org. Friends University has been accredited from 1915-27; 1928-39; and 1951-present. In 2005, Friends University was accepted into the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), a voluntary alternative process for maintaining accreditation by infusing the principles, practices and benefits of continual improvement into the University’s culture. The Friends University AQIP Systems portfolio can be viewed online here, or visit the Friends University AQIP page here.
Additionally, several of Friends University’s programs are accredited by specific accrediting bodies:
- Friends University’s Carnegie classification is Master's L.
- The Friends University Department of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, (703-437-0700). The requirements for entrance and for graduation are in accordance with the published regulations of the National Association of Schools of Music.
- The Teacher Education program at Friends University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation includes the undergraduate and graduate levels of professional education programs offered at the institution. In addition, the education programs at Friends University are approved by the Kansas State Department of Education, 120 S.E. 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66612, (785-296-4073). View PRAXIS passage rates.
- The Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Friends University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), 112 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314, (703-838-9808).
Private Postsecondary Complaint Process
Private postsecondary institutions operating in Kansas must meet and maintain certain standards of quality in order to qualify for a certificate allowing them to offer or provide training or course work to Kansas citizens. It is the mutual goal of the Kansas Board of Regents and the certified institutions to provide quality educational training and programs. When problems arise, students should make every attempt to find a fair and reasonable solution by taking the steps outlined in the Kansas Board of Regents complaint process.
Nondiscriminatory/Equal Opportunity Policy
Friends University does not discriminate against academically qualified students on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding this policy: EEOC/Title IX Coordinator, Friends University, 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, KS 67213, (316) 295-5000.