The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College has been accredited by the North Central Association's Higher Learning Commission since 1969.

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) approves the Higher Learning Commission as an organization of accreditation.

Accredited by a CHEA-Recognized Accrediting Organization

Rio Grande maintains its HLC Accreditation through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).

The Ohio Department of Higher Education approves all of Rio Grande's programs and authorizes it to offer Associate, Bachelors and Masters degrees.

Individual programs are accredited/approved by the following:

The University of Rio Grande is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio and The Council of Independent Colleges. Rio Grande Community College is a member of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.