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Gillespie Hall and Belhaven Lake, Jackson, MS campus

Belhaven University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Belhaven University.

Arts Accreditation logosThe Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Department of Art is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The Department of Dance is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

The Department of Theatre is accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Belhaven University through its School of Business Administration has the following degree programs accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education: Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Leadership, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Management and Bachelor of Sports Administration.

Contact information for state licensure is listed below. If you are an online student residing in a state not listed below please contact the Associate Provost's Office at 601-968-5942 for information regarding your state.

Arkansas - Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code -6-61-301.

Florida - Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education. Additional information regarding Belhaven University may be obtained by contacting the Commission for Independent Education, 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400, or by calling 850-245-3200.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) sexual predator and sexual offender registry website and toll free telephone number.
FDLE website - http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do
FDLE toll-free number - 1-888-357-7332 for TTY Accessibility - 1-877-414-7234

Georgia - Licensed by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the State of Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220 Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305, or by calling 770-414-3300.

Maryland - Belhaven University is currently seeking licensure from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and is subject to investigation of complaints by the Office of the Attorney General or the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Complaints should be directed to: Maryland Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 200 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, T: 410-528-8662 or toll free at 888-743-0823.

Mississippi - Licensed by the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211 or by calling 601-432-6372.

Tennessee - Belhaven University is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Additional information regarding yearly authorization may be obtained by contacting the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Parkway Towers, Suite 1900, Nashville, TN 37243-0830. For Tennessee Students: If a complaint is not settled at the institutional level, the student may contact the Tennessee Education Commission at 615-741-5293.

Belhaven University is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and completion information on the programs offered by Belhaven University please visit http://tn.gov/thec and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.

Texas - Belhaven University is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer the following degrees in Houston, Texas: Associate of Arts with major in General Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration with major in General Business, Bachelor of Health Administration with a major in Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Social Services with a major in Social Services, Master of Science in Leadership with a major in Leadership, and Master of Business Administration with major in General Business. The School of Education is accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education, based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards.

Belhaven University is a member of the American Council on Education, the Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges, and the Association of Presbyterian Colleges. It is approved by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

What does it mean for a college to be accredited?
Accredited colleges and universities in the United States are accredited by one of 19 recognized institutional accrediting organizations. Belhaven University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Belhaven University. For Belhaven University to maintain accreditation with the Southern Association of College and Schools, we must comply with the Commissions' standards, policies and procedures. SACS is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The CHEA is the largest institutional higher education membership organization in the United States.

Why is accreditation important?
As stated on the Council for higher Education Accreditation web site, accreditation is important because:
Students who want federal (and sometimes state) grants and loans need to attend a college, university, or program that is accredited.