At Great Northern University, one of our core values is Scholarship. This critically important value is not just something we instill in our students; the principles therein of discipline, hard work, and growth of skills and knowledge also drives us as we grow the university. In short: we practice what we preach. We promote excellence in our students, and we pursue it for our university.

Two important ways we have pursued excellence for the university have been in pursuing accreditation from both the Northwest Council on Colleges and University (NWCCU) and from the The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

In June of 2019 the Executive Team of Great Northern University travelled to Salt Lake City, UT, to present their application for accreditation at the NWCCU’s semiannual meeting. We are pleased and grateful that the NWCCU commissioners have accepted GNU’s application and have granted the university “Applicant” status. This status allows GNU to proceed to the next step of the process, which is a self-evaluation and data-collection period. Please visit the NWCCU’s description of the accreditation process for more information. 

The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)

Great Northern university is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: 434.525.9539; e-mail:], having been awarded Candidate Status status as a Category II institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on 10/27/2020; this status is effective for a period of up to five years.

TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

Articulation Agreements 

Great Northern University has articulation agreements with various other educational organizations for the transfer of credits to and from Great Northern University. Please contact our Registrar for more information.


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