The accreditation status of a college, university or vocational institution gives you an indication of its quality. Lakewood College is accredited by the DEAC (Distance Education Accrediting Commission) and we are approved by the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools. Lakewood College also holds a Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

This means that our educational programs are regularly examined by third-party accrediting organizations to ascertain the quality of our curricula, instructional methodology, faculty and administrative policies. We have consistently met – and often exceed – the standards set by these organizations.

When choosing a college, accreditation is important because:

  • Accreditation determines that an educational program is engaged in continuous review of its quality, goals and objectives.
  • Accreditation assures that the college is held accountable for meeting standards of compliance recognized by employers and professional associations.
  • Accreditation represents the overall quality of a college's educational programs.
  • Credits that you earn are more likely to be transferable to other accredited institutions, although each institution makes its own decisions on transfer credits on a case-by-case basis.
  • Our accreditation means you'll get a high quality education and a learning experience that's comparable (or even better) to what you'd receive in a traditional college or university.

How do I know that Lakewood College's accreditation is legitimate?

When you're putting your hard work and money into your education, we understand that you want to be certain that our accreditation is genuine. That's why we encourage you to take a look at the credentials of our accrediting agencies below.

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

Lakewood College is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an official accrediting institution for college and university programs. DEAC regularly reviews our curriculum, administrative policies, faculty and instructional services to ensure that we meet their exacting standards of quality. DEAC Address: 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036 and can be reached at (202) 234-5100

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the United States Department of Education as a recognized institutional accrediting agency for distance education. The DEAC is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The U.S. Department of Education and CHEA recognition is for postsecondary educational institutions only.

U.S. Department of Education:

The accreditation database is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education. Each of the postsecondary educational institutions and programs contained within the database is, or was, accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a "reliable authority as to the quality of postsecondary education" within the meaning of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).

Ohio State Board of Career College and Schools

Lakewood College is approved by the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools for its certificate and diploma programs. Registration # 06-11-1800B.

Mailing Address

Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools
30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481
Columbus, OH 43215

Ohio Department of Education

Lakewood College also holds a Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education for its associate degree programs.

Mailing Address

Ohio Department of Higher Education
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215


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