Admissions FAQ

JIU is regionally accredited. What’s regional accreditation?

Regional accreditation is the highest level of accreditation a university can obtain, and is recognized throughout the United States. JIU was the first fully online university in the U.S. to receive accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission, and a member of the North Central Association, a U.S. regional accrediting agency.

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

Current Status of Jones International University
Jones International University, located in Centennial, Colorado
and offering online programs, is accredited by the Higher Learning

For more information, please go to HLC’s website at The Higher Learning Commission may be contacted at 230 LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, or (312) 263-0456.

What are the admission requirements for JIU?

The admission requirements vary based on whether you seek a graduate or undergraduate degree. Visit the Admissions page to find out more about our admissions process.

Do I have to wait until I’m admitted before I can start taking classes?

You must be admitted before taking classes.  Degree seeking students must be admitted into their program of choice before taking classes. Non-Degree students need to be admitted as an individual course-taker before they begin in a course.  Your Admissions Counselor will assist you in completing your enrollment process and ensure that you have a smooth entry into your JIU courses.

I have credits from other schools that I’ve attended. Can I transfer those to JIU?

Yes, provided they were earned at an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and that the credits match JIU requirements. For details, call a JIU Admissions Counselor at 1.800.811.5663.

I’ve spent several years in my career. Can I receive credit for that?

JIU uses a portfolio process to evaluate non-academic learning. Call a JIU Admissions Counselor at 1.800.811.5663 for more information.

I already have my degree. Why should I take a certificate program?

A certificate will expand your knowledge about a specific topic.   Maybe you want to learn the latest about the field you’re in, or perhaps you want to study something entirely different.   A certificate program gives you the opportunity to focus on one area without having to take a series of unrelated courses. 

What if I want to get my degree later? Will the certificate program classes count?

All courses within the certificate programs can be applied toward a JIU degree at any time.

How long will it take for me to complete my certificate?

The length of your participation depends on the certificate you choose.   Each course in the certificate program typically is eight weeks long.  For specific information, contact an Admissions Counselor at 1.800.811.5663.