Authorization & Accreditation

Last updated: June 22, 2020

Conference of Degrees and Authority

Degrees are conferred by the Board of Trustees of Top Rock University. Top Rock University is a nonprofit degree-granting institution in good standing with the State of Hawaii. Our registration and good standing may be verified by visiting the State of Hawaii's Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs website. Our registration and good standing as a nonprofit corporation in Hawaii does not signify the State of Hawaii licenses, approves, or regulates the academics or operations of the university. Our headquarters is located at 75-5737 Kuakini Highway, Ste 203D, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Distance Education Only

Top Rock University is a digital university providing distance education. We do not operate a physical campus or provide in-person instruction in Hawaii or elsewhere.


Top Rock University is governed by a four-member Board of Trustees.

State Authorizations

As a distance education provider, we enroll students only in states and territories where we have authorization or exemption.

Accreditation and Organization Milestones

November 2016 - We began development of Top Rock University.

March 2018 - We launched our private beta.

August 2018 - We met with Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) to understand the agency's accreditation requirements. We learned we need to be in operation for two years prior to applying for accreditation with DEAC.

June 2019 - We established our nonprofit organization in the State of Hawaii.

June 2019 - We launched our headquarters in Kailua-Kona, HI.

May 2020 - We met with Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to understand the agency's accreditation requirements. We were encouraged to apply for accreditation if we would make substantial changes to our programs, including 1) configure our general education courses to be more theoretical, 2) convert our self-paced programs to structured programs, and 3) convert our competency-based programs to credit-hour programs.

June 2020 - We unanimously voted to reject making the requested changes to our program and declined the invitation to apply for accreditation with ACICS.

Future Milestones

July 2022 - We are eligible to apply for accreditation with DEAC. We haven't yet determined whether we will seek accreditation with DEAC.

Accreditation Status

We declined an invitation to apply for accreditation from Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools because the program, curriculum, and operational changes required would be detrimental to our students and negatively impact our ability to offer a quality and affordable business education online. We are open to considering relationships with quality-assurance or accreditation agencies if we find a good fit.

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State of Hawaii Accreditation Disclaimer

The State of Hawaii asks us to provide you the following disclaimer so there’s no confusion regarding our accreditation status. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding accreditation at TRU, please contact us at


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