Why is accreditation important?

Accreditation is affirmation that a college and university has been evaluated by a federally-recognized agency and approved because it meets academic, financial, and resource requirements. This validation allows students of the institution to access federally-funded financial assistance programs and simplifies the process for transferring credits between institutions.

Simmons College of Kentucky is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). ABHE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ABHE may be contacted by writing to The Association for Biblical Higher Education; 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd, Suite 130; Orlando, FL, 32822; by calling (407) 207-0808; or through their website at


On April 13, 2015, the United States Department of Education designated Simmons College of Kentucky as the 107th historically black college and university (HBCU) status, making Simmons eligible for federal grant and funding opportunities available to HBCUs. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans…”