Northern Michigan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

NMU is currently accredited on the HLC Open Pathway, but was previously on HLC's now-retired Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) method of accreditation. NMU participated in AQIP from 2002 until August 2018. 

Historically important information about Northern's use of AQIP processes to meet accreditation standards is available at Brief summaries of the Action Projects completed while Northern participated in AQIP are available at