List of unaccredited institutions of higher education

List of unaccredited institutions of higher education

This is a list of colleges, seminaries, and universities which do not have educational accreditation.

Degrees or other qualifications from unaccredited institutions may not be accepted by civil service or other employers. Some unaccredited institutions have formal legal authorization to enroll students or issue degrees, but in some jurisdictions (notably including the United States) legal authorization to operate is not the same as educational accreditation.[1][2]

Institutions that appear on this list are those that have granted post-secondary academic degrees or advertised the granting of such degrees, but which are listed as unaccredited by a reliable source. An institution may not maintain accreditation for one of several reasons. A new institution may not yet have attained accreditation, while a long-established institution may have lost accreditation due to financial difficulties or other factors. Some unaccredited institutions are fraudulent diploma mills.[3] Other institutions (for example, some Bible colleges and seminaries) choose not to participate in the accreditation process because they view it as an infringement of their religious, academic, or political freedom.[4] Some government jurisdictions exempt religious institutions from accreditation or other forms of government oversight.[5] Still other institutions are not required to have accreditation.

Some of the institutions on this list are no longer in operation. Several unaccredited universities have names that are similar to those of accredited institutions or that falsely imply that an entity is a public university.

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  • Earlscroft University[9][12]
  • Eastern Caribbean University, Texas; St. Kitts, Virgin Islands[9]
  • Ecole supérieure Robert de Sorbon, France; also linked to the American Universities Admission Program in Sarasota, Florida, which was sued in 2006 for allegedly using the logo of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers to deceive prospective students.[6][78][79] (The school's website——disputes the allegation of being a diploma mill.)[80][81][verification needed]
  • Ellington University[69]
  • Eternity Bible College[82]
  • European Business School Cambridge, or European Business School (Cambridge)[83][84]
  • European Open University[85] Not to be confused with the European Open Universities Network at European Association of Distance Teaching Universities
  • European Union University, Madrid, Spain (but incorporated in the U.S. state of Iowa)[2]


  • Fairfax University[6][9]
  • Faith Seminary - Salem, formerly Oregon Theological Seminary (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)[54]
  • Farington University[6][86]
  • Florida State Christian College, Florida[10][11]
  • Frederick Taylor International University, Hawaii; California[6][10]
  • Frederick Taylor University, California[10]
  • Friends International Christian University, Florida; California. Website states, “FICU is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education.”[10][11][87]
  • Full Gospel Christian College, Pontiac, Michigan[10][11]


  • Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith[34]
  • Generale University (also called Generale Polytechnic Institute)[88]
  • Geo-Metaphysical Institute, New York[10][11]
  • George Wythe University, Cedar City, Utah[89]
  • Georgia Christian University, Norcross, Georgia, United States[10]
  • Georgian International University, Paoli, Pennsylvania[90]
  • Glencullen University ("A phony 'Irish university' is marketing degrees internationally via the Internet. An EL reporter in the US, posing as a prospective student, has been offered an English literature degree from 'Glencullen University', without any study, for $960.")[91]
  • Glendale University (previously called Glenndale University)[6][11]
  • Glenford University in Mississippi. Reported closed as of 2007.[27]
  • Global Church Theological Seminary and Global Church University[10][11]
  • Golden State School of Theology[92] (Stockton, California)
  • Golden State Baptist College, Santa Clara, California. Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement, listed among Wikipedia category Unaccredited Christian colleges and universities.[93]
  • Golden State University, Mississippi[27]
  • Greenwich University[94] (Operated on Norfolk Island from 1998 to 2002. Not to be confused with University of Greenwich, London, England)


  • Hamilton University[22] (aka American State University and Richardson University[22])
  • Heartland Baptist Bible College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The School's website states that they "seek no national or regional accreditation, but seeks only God’s approval."[95]
  • Herguan University, Sunnyvale, California[96]
  • Holy Trinity College and Seminary, New Port Richey, Florida; Seminary’s website notes its choice to remain unaccredited and states, "the degree programs of this college are designed solely for religious vocations."[97]
  • Honolulu University (aka Honolulu University of the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities)[98]
  • Houdegbe North American University, Nigeria[32]
  • Hubbard College of Administration International, Los Angeles, California[99]
  • Huntington Pacific University[10]
  • Hyles-Anderson College and Hyles-Anderson College Seminary, Crown Point, Indiana. Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement. Founder asserted that the college remains unaccredited because the government would "take away our freedom."[100]


  • Illinois Theological Seminary Online, also named In-Depth Theological Seminary, Independent Theological Seminary and Intercontinental Theological Seminary.[101] School states: “ITS is not an accredited school with any accreditation board. ITS very much cherishes...the principle of separation between Church and State.”[102]
  • Intercontinental University[69]
  • Intercultural Open University Foundation, global, with headquarters in the Netherlands and USA[103][104][105]
  • Interfaith Seminary, formerly Interfaith School of Theology, New Rochelle, New York (Institution’s website says: “As a religious Seminary the Interfaith Seminary is not accredited by an [sic] government agency.”)[106]
  • International American University, California; Nepal[6]
  • International Bible University, Norwalk, California; Carpinteria, California; Hawaii. Also called "E M International Bible University" or "E.M.I. Bible University."[10][11][107]
  • International Seminary, Plymouth, Florida[10]
  • International Technological University San Jose, California[96]
  • International Theological University California[11]
  • The International University, Missouri or Nigeria[32]
  • International University for Graduate Studies St. Kitts and Nevis[10]
  • International University of Ministry and Education, Grandview, Missouri[108]
  • International University, Vienna (an American unaccredited private institution with a campus in Vienna, Austria)[6]
  • IOND University, Hawaii; Japan[6][9][11][109][110]
  • Irish International University[9][111][112][113]
  • Isles International University[114][115]


  • James Monroe University (also called James Monroe International University)[116]
  • Jacksonville Theological Seminary, Southaven, Mississippi[48]




  • Madison University, Gulfport, Mississippi[10][13][27][41][48][128]
  • Maharana Patap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya, Pratapgarh, India[34]
  • Mahila Gram Vidyapith, Prayag, Allahabad, India[34]
  • Maithili University/Vishwavidyalaya, Darbhanga, Bihar, India[34]
  • Management Institute of Canada[6]
  • Master's International School of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as “unaccredited religious exempt school”)[54]
  • Metropolitan Collegiate Institute (associated with the fake teaching hospital Sussex General Hospital, both purportedly in London)[129]
  • Metro University, Nigeria[32]
  • Miami Christian University, Miami, Florida[10]
  • Mid-States Bible College (Des Moines, Iowa) (now Kingsway Bible University)[119]
  • Mississippi International University[27]
  • Monticello University[130][131]
  • Morris Brown College (lost accreditation in 2002)[132]
  • Mountain States Baptist College, Montana.[133] Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement.[134]


  • National University of Nigeria[32]
  • Nations University, Monroe, Louisiana[135]
  • New Age International University, nominally of the Principality of Seborga, a micronation within the borders of Italy; admissions, licensing and certification are controlled by the Institute of Education, Research & Development, Kolkata, India[136]
  • New Tribes Bible Institute, Jackson, Michigan; Waukesha, Wisconsin[10][137]
  • New West Seminary Oregon City, Oregon, (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)[54]
  • Nightingale University, Panama City, Panama; Melbourne, Australia[6][10][11]
  • North Central University, Nigeria[32]
  • North American Reformed Seminary, Flagstaff, Arizona[138]
  • Northern Ireland Institute of Business and Technology, Malaysia [139]
  • Novus University or Novus University International, Diamondhead, Mississippi[13][27]


  • Oaklands University, United Kingdom.[9] May be "a new version of the University Degree Program."[6][11]
  • Ohio Christian College[10][11]
  • Open International University, Nigeria[32]
  • Oregon College of Ministry, Gresham, Oregon (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)[54]



  • Queenston University, Utah, Vanuatu, and Australia[6][10][11]




  • Tennessee Christian University, Tennessee[10][11]
  • Texas Christian Bible University, Crowley, Texas[9]
  • Texas Theological University, Texas[10][11]
  • Thomas Jefferson Education Foundation[163]
  • Thompson University[27]
  • Tiu International University, UK and Nigeria[32]
  • Thunderwood College, Internet only, an admitted spoof website for an unaccredited college which offers instant "degrees" in a variety of subjects.[164]
  • Trafalgar Distance Learning Institute, Calgary and Red Deer, Alberta, Canada[165]
  • Tri-Valley University, Pleasanton, California, raided by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for allegedly operating as a front for illegal immigration.[166][167]
  • Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana. ("Trinity is currently working towards accreditation with a U.S. Department of Education (USDE) recognized agency for all of its programs."[168] (Accessed August 18, 2010))
  • Trinity College and University[6]
  • Trinity Southern University (See: Colby Nolan)[169]
  • Tyndale Theological Seminary, Texas.[170] In 1999, Tyndale Theological Seminary was fined for violating a state law that required institutions to have state approval or accreditation to award degrees or use terms such as "college" or "university" in their names. The fine was appealed, and in August 2007 the Texas Supreme Court ruled that Tyndale and other seminaries that offer theological education and award religious degrees can do so without state government approval or accreditation.[171]




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  18. ^ Accreditation page on the American College of Metaphysical Theology website (accessed November 12, 2007) states that the institution is an "incorporated religious non-profit organization and a non-secular school" that is "not accredited." The website also states that doctoral degrees can be obtained in as little as one month for a full price of $249.
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  21. ^ State of Hawaii Department of commerce and Consumer Affairs, Civil Enforcement Lawsuit: American State University
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  23. ^ Private Educator Faces New Questions, The Vancouver Sun, 16 October 2006
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  31. ^ ATS website states [2] that it is accredited by Transworld Accrediting Commission and "on the list of Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Recognized College Programs". Neither organization is listed as a recognized accreditor in the United States.
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  33. ^ Atlantic International University website states that the school is incorporated in the U.S. state of Hawaii and has "private accreditation" through an entity "not regulated or approved by the US Department of Education."
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  35. ^ PCUSA, Presbyterian News Service, Barber-Scotia College loses accreditation, July 23, 2004
  36. ^ Alabama threatens to pull university license, South Florida Business Journal, October 27, 2000
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  39. ^ "B. H. Carroll Theological Institute was organized to seek accreditation and certification of and ultimately begin a Baptist Seminary. If granted accreditation and certification, the Institute will be a graduate level community of faith and learning..."
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  49. ^ "Calamus International University: Important Statement on Accreditation". Retrieved 2010-04-07 . This is Calamus' own page, disclaiming any government-recognized form of accreditation, but claiming accreditation by the "International Association for Distance Learning", an unrecognized entity.
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  52. ^ Calvary Chapel Bible College Accreditation
  53. ^ Jackie Harrison-Martin, Online degree decision pleases district officials, The News-Herald, Southgate, Michigan, July 2, 2006.
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  58. ^ Ryan J. Foley (Associated Press), Con man serving time in Wisconsin helped run suspected diploma mill, Washington Examiner, February 22, 2010
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  60. ^ a b c d Institutions that may be operating illegally in South Carolina; Or operating illegally elsewhere and enrolling residents of South Carolina, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, August 3, 2011
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  63. ^ Adam Jones, State’s diploma mills draw academic ire. Tuscaloosa News, Feb. 11, 2007
  64. ^ Christ for the Nations Institute website: Accreditation (accessed March 21, 2008): "Board of Directors of Christ For The Nations has determined to withdraw from pursuing accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education ... CFNI holds accreditation with the International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA) ... ICAA is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education."
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  66. ^ Closure for lack of legal authority to issue degrees is cited in Texas State Supreme Court decision and in Berkshire Eagle article, 5 November 1985.
  67. ^ "Colton State University is not accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education."
  68. ^ a b c d Diploma mills offer degrees for a price and not much else, The East Carolinian, September 30, 2004
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  71. ^ Notice Regarding Accreditation, Cranmer Theological House website, accessed April 18, 2009, states: "CTH is not formally accredited by any secular organization."
  72. ^ a b States probe teachers' uses of bogus advanced degrees, USA Today, 5/4/2004.
  73. ^ According to its website, the college has not sought accreditation and does not accept direct federal funds.Crown College Admissions FAQ (accessed June 14, 2007)
  74. ^ See Tacoma career college loses its accreditation, by Justin Matlick, Puget Sound Business Journal, August 3, 2007, and Accreditation lost, Tacoma school closes by Emily Heffter, Seattle Times, August 9, 2007
  75. ^ Stephen Barrett, M.D., Some Notes on Donsbach University, Quackwatch website, May 28, 2004
  76. ^ Nutrition Quackery: Big Business, New York Times, August 3, 1986
  77. ^ Registrars’ Group Takes On Diploma Mills, Inside Higher Ed, February 10, 2006.
  78. ^ David Gulliver, Hospital candidate runs firm that has had a tangled past, Herald Tribune (Sarasota, Florida), August 23, 2008.
  79. ^ "Registered French Institution of Higher Education #0862003720; Publication Journal Officiel de la République Française #20040039-1669: Authorized to bestow degrees L731-14"
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  82. ^ "Concern at University of Wales overseas degrees", BBC News, 9 November 2010. Accessed 24 July 2011.
  83. ^ Isabel Shapiro, "Fake 'Oxbridge educations' for sale over the internet", Varsity, 18 January 2008. (PDF) Accessed 24 July 2011.
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  85. ^ Ian Rollins, Sheriff: Degree didn’t aid Burright, Albany (Oregon) Democrat-Herald, May 5, 2006
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  88. ^ Accreditation and "Accreditation Campaign". George Wythe University. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  89. ^ Georgian International University website, which does not mention accreditation
  90. ^ Harry Browne, "'Irish' university is mobile phoney," The Irish Times.
  91. ^ Golden State School of Theology FAQ
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  97. ^ German Press Agency, "US university sues dead Singapore agent," October 15, 2006
  98. ^ "Apart from the Hubbard College of Administration International, an unaccredited post-secondary school, only students taught in a number..."Dawar, Anil (19 May 2008). "Will Smith funds school teaching Scientology creator's study method". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  99. ^ Hyles-Anderson College & Seminary Catalog, Retrieved 26 Oct 2007
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  103. ^ The Diploma Mafias - with a list of diploma factories worldwide New Sabah
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  106. ^ Website states, “Accredited by the world's largest non-Governmental accrediting agency.”[3], Retrieved 21 Oct 2007
  107. ^ Steve Rock, Unaccredited school in Grandview offers degrees of uncertainty, The Kansas City Star, July 14, 2007
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  112. ^ Duped by rogue college, The Sunday Star (Malaysia), August 23, 2009
  113. ^ Nigel Morris (2008), Investigating the bogus education scam, BBC News,
  114. ^ Varsity: We’re no degree mill, Malay Mail, September 9, 2010
  115. ^ a b Diploma Mills Represent Security Threat to United States December 15, 2005 CNN, Paula Zahn Now
  116. ^ State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: Kensington University
  117. ^ Ron Matus, P.S.: Your M.A. or Ph.D. may be B.S., St. Petersburg (Florida) Times, December 6, 2007. In 2004, Florida State Rep. Jennifer Carroll removed a reference to a Kensington master's degree from the House website after a news reporter asked about it. In 2007 she told another reporter that she had spent more than $20,000 and "countless hours of research" on the degree, "only to find out that the institution lied about being accredited."
  118. ^ a b FAQ showing "accreditation" by a non-recognized "accrediting body"
  119. ^ Associated Press, Cheyenne police chief defends distance-learning degree, April 23, 2005.
  120. ^ Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges website,
  121. ^ Jan Colley, Hypnotist McKenna sues over degree claim, The Scotsman, 11 July 2006.
  122. ^ Michael Horsnell, McKenna sues over claim he bought PhD, The Times, 11 July 2006.
  123. ^ Questions about LCU
  124. ^ Sean Coughlan, College trading standards probe, BBC News, 8 June 2004.
  125. ^ Louisiana Baptist University Academics and Vision "However, as a primarily religious institution, LBU has not sought either regional or national accreditation by a secular accrediting agency."
  126. ^ Dr. Jihad: The crusading life of Islam ‘expert’ Robert Morey (page 1) Orange County Weekly March 2, 2006
  127. ^ Madison University's website states (on the page "Accreditation & Recognition") that the school is "fully accredited" by the World Association of Universities and Colleges. However, WAUC is not a recognized accreditation agency.
  128. ^ BBC News, 'Fake doctor factory' awards degrees, 26 November 2000.
  129. ^ State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: Monticello University
  130. ^ State dominates the $200 million quick-degree industry, by Heather Tang, Pacific Business News (Honolulu), May 26, 2000
  131. ^ College's Ex-President Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Washington Post, May 2, 2006
  132. ^ Mountain States Baptist College website, Retrieved 26 Oct 2007
  133. ^ List of Independent Baptist Bible Colleges, Retrieved 26 Oct 2007
  134. ^ Nations website, as archived January 12, 2008, discussed "Why has Nations University not sought accreditation of its programs?". Nations website as of May 6, 2011, discusses the lack of accreditation and efforts to attain accredited status.
  135. ^ "New Age International University: Exclusive Agreement with IERD". New Age International University. Retrieved 2011-07-31. 
  136. ^ Website states: "Although NTBI is not accredited, a number of Christian colleges and universities accept our credits." (New Tribes Bible Institute website, Retrieved 21 Oct 2007)
  137. ^ Website states: "We are an unaccredited institution exempt from state regulation because of the religious nature of our programs." (TNARS website, Retrieved 1 Dec 2009)
  138. ^ Consumer Watchdog Botswana
  139. ^ State of Hawaii Department of commerce and Consumer Affairs, Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: Pacific Southern University
  140. ^ PBU website (Accessed June 23, 2007)
  141. ^ Nowhere identified as accredited. Promotional item on page 7 of Bible Believer's Bulletin, Vol. 31 No. 6, June 2007, a newsletter published by PBI head Peter Ruckman states, "Some hidden nuggets from the King James that you are not going to be taught in any accredited school," indicating Ruckman's attitude toward educational accreditation.
  142. ^ Thomas Bartlett, A College That's Strictly Different: Secretive Pensacola Christian controls student life with tough regulations and unwritten rules, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 24, 2006
  143. ^ Announcement from PCC’s President, Pensacola Christian College website, Accessed Nov. 12, 2011.
  144. ^ Gruver, Mead (March 15, 2007). "New law prompts online school changes". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 
  145. ^ Kara Hansen, West Linn mayor’s education questioned, The Lake Oswego Review, March 11, 2010. "Redding University doesn’t offer classes but instead bases degrees on credits awarded for courses taken elsewhere and for life and work experience."
  146. ^ Former Oregon mayor pleads guilty to election violation,, May 11, 2010
  147. ^ 'I'm a celebrity, get me an honorary degree!', The Guardian, July 6, 2006
  148. ^ Erica L. Green, School official resigns amid Sun investigation into his college degrees, Baltimore Sun, April 28, 2011. A Baltimore city school official claimed to have received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Rocklands University in 1998. Article states that the school "has no current website" and that "a search of Internet archives yielded a website with no description of when the university operated or who operated it, nor any information on how to enroll or obtain a degree." George Gollin is quoted as saying: "If Rocklands was a legitimate school at some point, or went belly up, I would expect some news story that said Rocklands went belly-up."
  149. ^ [4], "Character building, health topics for YLC, By: DAVID OWENS, Associate Editor, 02/10/2007
  150. ^ #564
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