Out-of-State Authorization


Rhodes State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit degree granting institutions of higher education based in the 19-state North Central Region of the United States. In addition, many of Rhodes State's academic programs carry specialized accreditation specific to the field.  For a list of accredited programs at Rhodes State, please refer to the specific academic Division located under Academic Programs.

State Regulations

Every state has authority to regulate institutions offering education within the state’s boundaries, including online/distance learning. The need to seek state authorization for distance learning depends on a combination of the state’s laws and the activities that the program/institution is conducting in that state. Rhodes State College is committed to complying with all state regulations for distance learning programs.  Rhodes State is currently authorized to deliver online programming in the blue states (see map) highlighted below. Please note that this information is subject to change.

*Students are responsible for notifying the institution if their permanent state of residency changes.  A change in their state of residence may affect their ability to take classes and/or complete a degree from Rhodes State College.



If the online program in which you are interested is not available in your state, or you have questions regarding state authorization, approval or exemption, please contact the admissions office.

Complaint Resolution for Out of State Students taking RSC Online Courses

Rhodes State College is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities. If a conflict arises, the College desires to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and collegial manner.   Online students residing outside of the State of Ohio while attending Rhodes State who desire to resolve a grievance should follow the College's Student Grievance Policy.  However, if an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with your State. 

The State Authorization Complaint Information (below) provides phone numbers, emails and/or links to state education agencies [Note: The grievance process for various state approving agency involvement is only applicable to students taking online course work through Rhodes State College]. 


State Authorization Complaint Information