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Antioch College named candidate for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission

Photo caption: Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt announced the candidacy status news during his annual State of the College address to more than 350 alumni, friends and residents of Yellow Springs on Saturday night during the College's 2014 alumni reunion. Photo by Dennie Eagleson


YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio—June 16, 2014— Antioch College announced today that it has been named a candidate for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. Antioch’s request to be considered for early initial accreditation was also approved, meaning that after hosting a comprehensive evaluation visit, the College can expect a determination on accreditation to be made in June 2016—two years earlier than allowed by the traditional candidacy path.

“Antioch is the only liberal arts institution in America starting or re-starting today—certainly the only 164-year-old start-up,” said President Mark Roosevelt. “And with this news, we believe we are the only institution of our kind to be granted candidacy after a closure.”

Candidacy is an essential step toward earning accreditation—a major milestone in the revitalization of the College, which re-opened in 2011 following a brief closure. New and changing institutions are required to complete a period of candidacy prior to being evaluated for accreditation. To earn and maintain candidacy, an institution must fully meet the Commission’s Eligibility Requirements and Assumed Practices and demonstrate the capacity to meet all the Criteria for Accreditation within the candidacy period. [View the requirements at].

At its meeting on June 12, 2014, the Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees voted to grant the College the status of candidate for accreditation. In taking this action, the Board considered the self-study submitted by the College, the report of the comprehensive evaluation team, the report of the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) hearing committee, and the College’s responses to these reports.

The Commission also agreed to allow the College to host a comprehensive evaluation in Fall 2015—two years ahead of the traditional path—to determine whether it meets the requirements for accreditation. The Board is expected to make the final determination on initial accreditation at its meeting in June 2016.  

“This has been a monumental task—thousands of pages of documentation, a rigorous site visit and a demanding hearing in front of the Commission—an effort that has been four years in the making,” said Roosevelt. “This is the best news we could have received. The approval to pursue a two-year path to accreditation is a testament to the quality and integrity of our academic program and to our business model.”

Roosevelt said that the College’s new status provides many tangible benefits. Perhaps most significant for the Antioch community is that candidacy allows students access to federal financial aid, including Pell Grants and federal student loans. These funds will supplement the Horace Mann Fellowship for Antioch’s neediest students, providing the College a welcome new income source. 

Antioch College received authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents in May 2011 to award bachelor of art and bachelor of science degrees, but did not hold status with the Higher Learning Commission until this month. 

“When the College re-opened four years ago, many thought this day would never come,” said Roosevelt. “But here we are, thanks to the leadership of our Board, the hard work of our faculty and staff, the generous financial support of our alumni, and the adventurous spirit of our students who took a leap of faith when they decided to join us.”

Antioch College will offer a half-tuition Horace Mann Fellowship—along with other need-based aid—for all students admitted to the entering class of 2015. 

The College seeks bold, imaginative, creative students who possess the desire and capacity to affect change within their communities. In addition to rigorous academics, the College’s program requires students to spend four of their 15 quarters in a variety of full-time work placements, or co-ops, around the world. Students have worked at film studios in Los Angeles, law firms in Chicago, and theaters in New York, to name a few. Apply online at


Learn more about the Higher Learning Commission and its requirements at or 800.621.7440.


About Antioch College

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.