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Accreditation and Recognition

Accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education

Luther Rice College & Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), to grant certificates and degrees at the Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctoral levels. Initial accreditation was granted on February 19th, 2014, in light of the commission’s judgment that the institution complies with ABHE’s Standards, including documentation of the appropriateness, rigor, and achievement of its stated student learning outcomes and all other Title IV eligibility requirements. ABHE may be contacted at 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd, Suite #130, Orlando, FL, 32822, or by phone at 407-207-0808. ABHE is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools

Luther Rice College & Seminary is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Rd, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: 434.525.9539; e-mail:] having been awarded Reaffirmed status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on April 21, 2015; this status is effective for a period of ten years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

TRACS ( is one of only two national accrediting organizations that are recognized by CHEA ( and the USDE ( and in addition hold full membership with INQAAHE (

State Operational Authorizations

Luther Rice operates under the authorization of the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, State of Georgia.

Luther Rice operates under the licensure of the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities, Department of Education, State of Florida.

Awards and Recognition

Luther Rice is listed under "The Best Alternative Programs/Nontraditional Education" in the Comprehensive Guide to the Best Colleges and Universities in the United States, published by the American Council for University Planning and Academic Excellence (ACUPAE).Award for most affordble online religious studies degrees

Luther Rice has been awarded the designation of one of The Most Affordable Online Religious Studies Degrees by

Luther Rice has been named a top Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.  The honor places Luther Rice in the top 15% of all institutions nationwide.  America's authority on veteran's jobs says, "Your commitment to educating our great nation's veterans will enable the United States to prosper for generations to come."

Luther Rice is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).  ECFA is an alliance with nearly 1800 evangelical ministries fully committed to responsible stewardship, financial integrity, and God-honoring practices ... and dedicated to demonstrating that commitment. 

America's leading authorities on non-traditional education say: "LRS is a shining example of what a non-traditional Christian school can achieve, including accreditation, if it operates professionally, academically, and honestly. Bravo!" Rick Walston and John Bear, Walston's Guide to Earning Religious Degrees Non-traditionally.

Associations and Organizations

Luther Rice is an active member of AACRAO, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, a non-profit association, dedicated to excellence in higher education, with over 9,000 professionals worldwide.

Luther Rice is a member of the Association of Christian Distance Education (ACCESS).

Luther Rice is an active member of CASE, The Council for Advancement and Support of Education. CASE is education's leading resource for knowledge, standards, advocacy, and training in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing, and related activities.

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