List of Unaccredited Schools and Educational Facilities<

List of Unaccredited Schools - Is Your School Accredited?

The following list of unaccredited degree suppliers should help you quickly identify schools that nationally unaccredited as defined by the state of Oregon, which recognizes only "those accreditors recognized by the U.S. Department of Education."

As an example, a school that is accredited in California, but whose degrees are not recognized in Oregon, would likely be on the list below. Why, since there is no scam and the education could have value? Because, unless you plan to live and work the rest of your life in California, that could be a disastrous educational path.  Few people can count on living in a given state for the rest of their life.

This list is derived from several sources, to provide one comprehensive list. 

You may want to see our overview page and our tips on recognizing scam schools, first.

The sources for the list below include the Oregon Office of Degree Accreditation (ODA) list to help identify those degree suppliers that do not meet the requirements of Oregon's standards (ORS 348.609(1)) which are considered to be one of the few comprehensive lists of carefully screened schools; the State of Maine's list and Wikipedia's list. The Oregon standard defines accreditation to include only those accreditors recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Most public employment, professional licensure, teaching, admission into a graduate school and degree use in other areas requires a degree from an accredited school. Any employer may impose such a requirement on job applicants or employees if a degree is required for employment. The State of Oregon requires accredited degrees for state employment. A list of accredited schools is maintained by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Note that Oregon reminds us that some states have low or doubtful standards:

"Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, Alabama, Wyoming, Mississippi and California have either no meaningful standards, excessive loopholes or poor enforcement owing to local policy or insufficient staff. Degrees issued by unaccredited private colleges in Alabama, Idaho, Mississippi or Wyoming should be evaluated with great caution. In particular, Mississippi has no oversight standards. "

This University of Illinois page has much more information about those states.

Keep in mind that no list can be all-inclusive and new schools (and scams) appear every day, and many schools correct problems that get them on a list. The list contains degree suppliers that may not now exist, may never have existed, exist only as unregulated businesses, operate under exemptions in state laws or operate with state approval outside Oregon.

For general information about the operations of unaccredited schools investigated by the U.S. Senate and other entities, see the following links:


Unaccredited schools

All schools below are considered by the state of Oregon's and other U.S. and international standards to be UNACCREDITED.  Many are scams, a few may be decent schools, but ALL are without accreditation, something most sensible people would say is a starting point to obtain a quality education and a degree that will be broadly accepted and respected.

If you believe a school is identified as a unaccredited in error, or you believe a school should be added to this list, please contact us, with your reasons why.


Name, Location(s), Remarks, Wikipedia footnotes, Type

  • Academy for Contemporary Research, Unknown
  • Acad'mie Europ'ene d'Informatisation, Belgium [1][2], See World Information Distributed University, F
  • Academy of Healing Arts, Unknown
  • Academy of Natural Therapies (, Hawaii, CA, WY, MT, Closed by court order in Hawaii. Relocated to CA, then to either WY or MT.f[3][4]
  • Academy of Religious & Spiritual Studies [1]
  • Academy of Religious & Spiritual Studies, Unknown
  • Adam Smith University, Liberia, Saipan [4][5][1]
  • Adams and Washington University, King College of Professional Studies, England,  , F
  • Addison State University, Ottawa, Canada; "has no Ontario authorization to issue degrees"[1]
  • Advanced Education Trust, Unknown
  • Advanced Learning Network, Vermont, Does not have Vermont authority to grant degrees. Appears to be a conduit for converting nonacademic work to academic credits.
  • African Distributed University (AIDP), possibly Nigeria, Unrecognized. Connected to the World Information Distributed University.
  • Akamai University [1]
  • Al Qasim University, Pakistan,  , F
  • Alberdeen University, New Mexico, "Not a licensed school in New Mexico" - New Mexico Department of Higher Education. Degrees therefore invalid in Oregon. Sometimes uses spelling "Aberdeen."
  • Albert University, Delaware
  • Alexandria University, US online (Nevada), not Egyptian
  • All Saints American University, Liberia [1], F
  • Almeda University[4][6][7][8][1], Florida, Idaho, Closed by legal action in Florida but may still be operating there.
  • Ambassador University Corporation [1][6]
  • American Capital University, Liberia,  , F
  • American Central University (Wyoming)[9]
  • American City University, Wyoming
  • American College of Metaphysical Theology, Golden Valley, Minnesota[6][5][11]
  • American Columbus University, California
  • American Global University [1], Wyoming
  • American Independent International University, Unknown
  • American International University, Belize
  • American Liberty University, Alabama, California, Also operates in England, Greece, S. Korea, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, and United Arab Emirates, according to the entity's web site.
  • American National University[12]
  • American Pacwest International University [1][13], Hawaii, State of Hawaii has filed suit to close this entity.
  • American Pacific University [1], Hawaii
  • American School of Metaphysics, New York[6][5]
  • American State University[14] (Hawaii) (aka Hamilton University), Hawaii, Relocated to Wyoming as Hamilton University. Relocated to the Caribbean as Richardson University.
  • American University for Humanities, Mississippi, New name for American University of Hawaii. Operates from California. For State of Mississippi information: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/Academic_Affairs1/MCCANonApprovedEntitiesList2005.pdf
  • American University of Hawaii, Mississippi. Formerly Hawaii. Also India, Lebanon, Republic of Georgia and elsewhere, For State of Mississippi information: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/Academic_Affairs1/MCCANonApprovedEntitiesList2005.pdf Operates from California and Delaware. Changed its name spring 2006 to American University for Humanities.
  • American University in London [15], St. Kitts/Nevis, UK, Sri Lanka,  , F
  • American University of London [6] [1][4][16]
  • American University of Hawaii[17][6][4](in Gulfport, Mississippi and Clinton, Mississippi; also reported to be operating in India[18]; not to be confused with University of Hawaii)
  • American World University[19], Mississippi, California, For State of Mississippi information: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/Academic_Affairs1/MCCANonApprovedEntitiesList2005.pdf
  • Americana University, Liberia,  , F
  • Americus University, Washington DC
  • Ameritech University, Monrovia,  , F
  • Ames Christian University, Florida [5]
  • Amstead University, US
  • Anacrusis Institute, Greece, UK, Greece does not recognize private degree suppliers. Related to American U of London., F
  • Anderson University, California
  • Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, Georgia [20]
  • Anglo American University, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Apostolic Prophetic Bible College & Theological Seminary, Rochester Hills, Michigan[5]
  • Aristotle University, California, College of Law
  • Ashbourne University, Great Britain, Unrecognized by British education authorities
  • Ashford University, United Kingdom; not to be confused with the accredited Ashford University in Iowa[1], The British entity has no degree-granting authority. NOTE: The Franciscan University of Iowa recently changed its name to Ashford University. This U.S. college is accredited by the North Central Association and is not a diploma mill., F
  • Ashington University, British Virgin Islands; Louisiana
  • Ashwood University [4][1], Unknown, No evidence that it exists.
  • Athenaeum U, Panama and UK.,  , F
  • Atlantic International University[21][7][6][8], Hawaii, Florida
  • Atlantic National University, California
  • Azaliah, formerly New Mexico, Lost its US accreditation in 2002. Also operates in S. Africa and Asia., F
  • Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society (Gokak, Belgaum, Karnataka, India)[22]
  • Bangalore Inst of Science, Tech. and Mgt, India,  , F
  • Barber-Scotia College (lost accreditation in 2004)[23]
  • Barrington University (Mobile, Alabama)[8][4] (formerly operated by Virtual Academics.Com of Boca Raton, Florida[24]), See furtherinformation.html furtherinformation.html
  • Belford University[4][1][25] (operated from a PO Box in Humble, Texas; not to be confused with the University of Bedford which is linked to University Degree Program), previously Nevada or Arizona
  • Beloved Community Seminary, Oregon, Hawaii [1], Oregon, Hawaii, Not an Oregon degree-granting entity. Degrees issued in Oregon are not valid. Degrees issued in Hawaii are legal for use in Oregon with disclaimer.
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education, Unknown
  • Bennington University[1](not to be confused with Bennington College) United States, possibly elsewhere, Not the same as accredited Bennington College in Vermont. The unaccredited supplier sometimes uses a Vermont address, too.
  • Berne University [1], Pennsylvania, St. Kitts, Virginia, Approval revoked by St. Kitts, February 2006. Closed as Berne, now operating as Bernelli University in Virginia. Further information:Further information:
    NACES Response to Question
  • Bernelli University, Virginia
  • Bettis Christian University, Arkansas[6][5]
  • The Bible Doctrine Institute (Jacksonville, Florida; founded in 1986 as The Blue Ridge Bible Institute)[26]
  • Bienville University[1][27] (Woodville, Mississippi), Louisiana, Mississippi, Closed by state action in Louisiana. For State of Mississippi information: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/Academic_Affairs1/MCCANonApprovedEntitiesList2005.pdf
  • Blackstone University,  
  • Brantridge University, Hawaii, Has ceased operations.
  • Brethren Bible Institute, Pathanamthitta, India [3]
  • Breyer State University[1][28][7], Alabama, Idaho, Not a state school.
  • Bridgewater University, UK, Seychelles,  , F
  • Britain College of Management and Science, UK, See: furtherinformation.html, F
  • British American Business Institute, Unknown
  • British West Indies Medical College (earlier known as West Indies College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery)[29][30]
  • Bronte International University [1], Unknown, probably Caribbean, New name for the entity formerly known as Trinity College and University. Also operated in Louisiana and maybe elsewhere., F
  • Burnell College, Great Britain
  • Business and Computer University College, Lebanon, May be branch of unaccredited American University of Hawaii., F
  • Buxton University[1][5] (not to be confused with the University of Derby's Buxton campus) (Connected with instantdegrees.com), UK, Not a legal British institution, therefore degrees invalid in Oregon., F
  • Cal Southern University, Texas, Not a California school. Registered in the South Pacific Island of Niue.
  • Calamus International University[4][5][31] (Has no campus; corporate location in British West Indies; operates in the UK through Calamus Extension College Ltd.)
  • California Graduate Institute[32]
  • California Graduate School of Theology [33]
  • California Miramar University, California, Formerly used the name Pacific Western University.
  • California Pacific University, California
  • Calvary Chapel Bible College (This institution's website states: "We are not accredited, nor are we seeking accreditation, so as to be free from outside control and remain open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.")[35]
  • Calvary University, Virginia based; also Oregon, UK, Netherlands, other foreign sites, Has no legal authority to issue degrees.
  • Calvin School [5]
  • Cambridge State University (in Jackson, Mississippi) ("district officials discovered the school has an extensive criminal history and is nothing more than a diploma mill.")[36], Hawaii, Mississippi, Not a state school. For State of Mississippi information: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/Academic_Affairs1/MCCANonApprovedEntitiesList2005.pdf
  • Campile University, UK and Belize
  • Canadian School of Management, Canada
  • Canbourne University[1](not to be confused with Camborne School of Mines), UK, Not an authorized British university, therefore degrees invalid in Oregon., F
  • Canby Bible College, Canby, Oregon, formerly Leadership Training Institute (Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as "unaccredited religious exempt school")[37]
  • Canterbury University, UK, Not associated with the legitimate New Zealand University of Canterbury nor the UK Canterbury Christ Church University or University of Kent at Canterbury., F
  • Canterbury University of the Seychelles[38][1][39]
  • Capital American University, Liberia,  , F
  • Capital City Religious Institute, Baton Rouge, Louisiana[5]
  • Carolina University of Theology, Manassas, Virginia (Website states that school is accredited by Accrediting Commission International but "This accreditation is not recognized by the US Dept. of Education. It is our intention in the months ahead to pursue a full accredited status with an agency recognized by the US Dept. of Education."[41]) [6][5]
  • Caribbean Medical University, Curacao
  • Carrington University, Unknown
  • Center College of Executive & Professional Development, India,  , F
  • Center State University of Executive & Professional Development, Monrovia,  , F
  • Central Pacific University, Hawaii, Delaware, Dubai, Has ceased operations in Hawaii but may still be active as a Delaware corporation owned from Dubai.
  • Central State University, California, Canada, Not a state school. Canadian and other foreign "affiliates" do not have appropriate legal status as degree-granters.
  • Century University, New Mexico
  • Charis School of Divinity, Florida [1]
  • Chase University [1]
  • Christ For The Nations Institute[42]
  • Christian Leadership University, New York[1][6]
  • Chadwick University (Alabama)[43][44]
  • City University of L.A., California
  • Clayton College of Natural Health[1] (same operator as Chadwick University) (in Alabama), Degree holders are ineligible for Oregon professional practice or licensure.
  • Clayton Theological Institute, California[6][5]
  • Clayton University [1] (Hong Kong)
  • Clermont College of Business, Montana, Appears to be offshoot of Prescott College, closed by Hawaii.
  • College of Medical & Health Sciences, St. Lucia,  , F
  • Colony University, Liberia,  , F
  • Colorado University of Naturopathic Medicine, Spain, British VI,  , F
  • Colton University [45]
  • Columbia Commonwealth University, Wyoming
  • Columbia State University [1][4], Louisiana, Closed by court order. See also: Senate Hearing Day 1 ; Senate Hearing Day 2
  • Columbus University (Picayune, Mississippi)[27] (Closed by state action in Louisiana[6]). For State of Mississippi information: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/Academic_Affairs1/MCCANonApprovedEntitiesList2005.pdf
  • Commonwealth Open University [1][4] (Virgin Islands; not to be confused with Commonwealth Institute)
  • Communion of Saints Seminary, Oregon [1][6], Operating illegally in Oregon, degrees invalid.
  • Continental University, Liberia, Phillipines
  • Cornerstone University, Louisiana, NOTE: Cornerstone University in Michigan is not the same entity, and is accredited.
  • Cosmopolitan Univ, location uncertain, Formerly in Missouri.
  • Cranston University, online, Singapore, Nevada?
  • Crescent City Christian College (Metairie, Louisiana) ("basically a coach's house ' no campus, no facilities, no faculty, no library that anyone could discover")[47]
  • Cromwell College of IT and Management, Great Britain
  • Crossworld Institute of Professional Studies, Kenya, Related to the Bircham U. degree mill
  • Crown Church College & University, Unknown
  • Crown College (Tennessee) [48]
  • Denmark College of Management and IT, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • DiUlus Institute and University, Seborga (Italy), New Mexico
  • Dispensational Theological Seminary Forest Grove, Oregon (Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as an unaccredited religious exempt school)[37]
  • Donsbach University (or Donsback University) [1][50][51], California
  • Dorcas University (Honolulu, Hawaii)[5][8]
  • Earlscroft University [4][7], Great Britain, Commonwealth, Seychelles,  , F
  • East Point University, Unknown
  • Eastern Caribbean University (Texas and St. Kitts)[4]
  • 'cole sup'rieure Robert de Sorbon (purportedly in France, but linked to diploma mills in Sarasota, Florida) (aka American Universities Admission Program)[52][1]
  • Edenvale University, Texas, Great Britain, New York, Has no legal authority to issue degrees valid in Oregon.
  • Edison University, Unknown, Note: not the same as the accredited Thomas Edison of New Jersey. See also LaSalle University.
  • Ellington University [46]
  • Esoteric Theological Seminary, Multiple
  • European Open University[53] Not to be confused with the European Open Universities Network at European Association of Distance Teaching Universities
  • European Carolus Magnus University, Belgium, possibly elsewhere in Europe
  • European College of Medicine, UK, Division of unaccredited St Luke College of Medicine., F
  • European Graduate School, New York, Switzerland, This supplier appears to be approved by Swiss cantons, but its degrees are not recognized for use at other Swiss universities., F
  • European University of Ireland, Ireland, Does not have authority to issue Irish degrees., F
  • Fairfax University[1][4], Louisiana, Montana, S. Dakota, U.K.
  • Faith Seminary - Salem, formerly Oregon Theological Seminary (Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)[37]
  • Farington University[1][54], Refuses to disclose its location
  • Felton University, Unknown
  • Florida State Christian College, Florida[6][5]
  • Fort Young University, Liberia,  , F
  • Friends International Christian University, Florida & California. Website states, "FICU is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education."[55][6][5]
  • Full Gospel Christian College, Pontiac, Michigan [6][5]
  • Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith[22]
  • Generale University (also called Generale Polytechnic Institute)[56]
  • Geo-Metaphysical Institute, New York[6] [5]
  • Georgia Christian University, Norcross, Georgia [6][5]
  • 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.")[57]
  • Glenford University, Louisiana, Closed by state action.
  • Glenndale University, UK, Website same as Oaklands University
  • Global Church Theological Seminary and Global Church University [6][5]
  • Golden State School of Theology[58] (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. [59]
  • Golden State University, Hawaii, Name changed to Honolulu University of the Arts Sciences & Humanities.
  • Grandview International University, Missouri, Does not have degree-granting authority - State of Missouri
  • Grandview International University, Missouri
  • Greenleaf University, Missouri, Degrees banned for use in Sweden.
  • Greenwich University[60] (Operated on Norfolk Island from 1998 to 2002. Not to be confused with University of Greenwich, London, England), Formerly Hawaii, Norfolk Island, California., Closed by Australian govt.. See also
    www.dest.gov.au/highered/alert/
    Information on Legality of Australian Colleges
  • Halifax University, Wyoming
  • Hamilton University[61] (aka American State University), Wyoming, See American State University above. Officially relocated to Bahamas as Richardson University. However, it still operated in some form in Wyoming as of early April, 2005. See also: Government Computer News; Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Hampton Bay University, Liberia,  , F
  • Hampton College, Nevada (not Hampton U. of Virginia)
  • Harrington University, Great Britain, Closed by the British government; furtherinformation.html See also: Diploma Mills, F
  • Hartford University, Vanatu; false claim in MN, Claims of Minnesota location are false. Apparently licensed on island of Vanatu in South Pacific., F
  • Hartland University, Liberia,  , F
  • Hartley University, Great Britain,  , F
  • Hawaii American University, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Heed University, Wisconsin, Florida, Caribbean
  • Hegel International University, California, Hawaii, Japan
  • Holy Trinity College and Seminary, New Port Richey, Florida. The Seminary's website notes its choice to remain unaccredited and states, "the degree programs of this college are designed solely for religious vocations."[62]
  • Holos University, Missouri, Norfolk Island and South Dakota
  • Honolulu University of the Arts Sciences & Humanities, Hawaii, See Golden State University above.
  • Honolulu University (aka Honolulu University of the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities) [63], Hawaii, See also University of Honolulu.
  • Honolulu USA, Thailand, Pakistan,  , F
  • 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."[64]
  • Illawarra College, New Hampshire, Virginia, Australia
  • Illinois Theological Seminary Online, also named In-Depth Theological Seminary, Independent Theological Seminary and Intercontinental Theological Seminary.[65] School states: "ITS is not an accredited school with any accreditation board. ITS very much cherishes...the principle of separation between Church and State."[66]
  • Information University of America, Hawaii
  • Institute for Creative Process, Unknown
  • Institute for Human Dynamics, Unknown
  • Institute for Science in Mind, Unknown
  • Institute for the Management of Information Systems, Great Britain
  • Institute of Executive & Professional Development, Liberia,  , F
  • Institute of Global Education, Oregon, Has no legal authority to issue degrees or academic credit.
  • Institute of New Media & Technology, Unknown
  • Intercontinental University[46]
  • Interfaith Seminary, formerly Interfaith School of Theology, New Rochelle, New York (Institution's website states: "IFS is not accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency or association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and has no plans to seek such accreditation.")[67]
  • InTech University, Liberia,  , F
  • InterAmerican University, NY, California, Not associated with the accredited InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico
  • Intermountain Institute of Natural Health, Idaho
  • International Academy of Education University, New York, Japan, Lacks legal authority to issue degrees.
  • International Bible University, Norwalk, California, Carpinteria, California, and Hawaii. Also named E M International Bible University. Website states, "Accredited by the world's largest non-Governmental accrediting agency."[68] [6][5]
  • International Earth Environment University, Japan, Delaware
  • International Graduate Center, Vermont, St. Croix USVI
  • International MBS, Liberia,  , F
  • International Medical School of America, Texas
  • International Mid Pac College, Hawaii
  • International Seminary, Plymouth, Florida[5]
  • International University, Missouri, Does not have authority to issue some of the degrees that it issues. Contact Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education for validity of specific degrees.
  • International University, Vienna, Austria, "Not recognized as a university in Austria" - Bundesministerium fur Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur [Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture], 7 March 2006., F
  • International University for Graduate Studies, St. Kitts,  , F
  • International University of Nursing, St. Kitts,  , F
  • International University of Ministry and Education (Grandview, Missouri)[69]
  • International Theological University California [1][6]
  • IOND University (Hawaii, Japan)[70][71][1][6] [4], Hawaii, Japan, Philippines, Unaccredited. No evidence of legal authority to issue degrees valid in Japan. Considered a diploma mill by Japanese experts. No evidence of legal authority to issue degrees valid in Philippines. Claim of affiliation with University of Lodz in Poland is denied by U. of Lodz.
  • Irish International University[72][4][73], Malaysia, Switzerland, The Irish government has requested that Malaysia close this entity on grounds that it is neither Irish nor a university. It has obtained a business license in a Swiss canton, but is not a Swiss university., F
  • Irish University Business School, Ireland,  , F
  • ITECOPAM, Haiti,  , F
  • Ivory Carlson University, Minnesota, Degree mill operating without approval in Minnesota, apparently based in India.
  • James Cook Medical School, Cook Islands, No longer operating., F
  • James Monroe University (also called James Monroe International University)[74], Liberia, operated from Washington, Idaho and Arizona.
  • John Thomas, Missouri
  • Johnson Daves University, Liberia, Also known as Johnson Davids University. Also claims to operate in the British Virgin Islands, United States and elsewhere.
  • Jose Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara Medical School, Texas
  • Kalinga University, India, Does not have degree authority from India. Not the same as the legitimate Kalinga of the Phillippines, F
  • Kennedy-Western University, Wyoming, also California, Changed name to Warren National University, 2006
  • Kennedy-Western University[4] [5]
  • Kent College (Louisiana)[1]
  • Kentucky Christian University, Ashland, Kentucky [6]
  • Keystone University, Florida
  • Kingdom College of Natural Health, Louisiana, Russia
  • Kingsfield University, Great Britain,  , F
  • Kingston College (British Columbia) (illegal operation closed down October 4, 2006)[56]; not to be confused with Kingston College (England) in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
  • Knoxville College (lost accreditation in 1996)[6]
  • Lamberhurst University, United Kingdom,  , F
  • Lambert University, Hawaii, Formerly Newport Asia Pacific University.
  • Landsfield University, Seychelles,  , F
  • Louisiana Baptist University (formerly Baptist Christian University)[78][79]
  • Louisiana Christian University, Lake Charles, Louisiana[6]
  • LaSalle University (Louisiana)[80][81] (not to be confused with La Salle University (Philadelphia), nor with The LaSalle Extension University (Chicago))
  • Logos Divinity School [6]
  • London College of Technology and Business[82]
  • LaSalle University, Louisiana, Closed by court action. No connection to legitimate LaSalle of Pennsylvania.
  • Laureate University, Probably UK or Canada, No evidence of authority to issue degrees. Not related to Laureate Education, Inc., which operates the regionally accredited Walden University., F
  • Lee Community College, Singapore
  • Leibniz, New Mexico, Italy
  • Leugenia University, South Carolina
  • Lexington University, online, Nevada?
  • Lincoln International University, Inc., Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Lincoln University, New Mexico, Italy, No connection to the legitimate Lincoln University in New Zealand or accredited institutions by that name elsewhere in the U.S.
  • London College of Technology, UK, See also: furtherinformation.html, F
  • Madison University (Gulfport, Mississippi)[83][27][5][8], For State of Mississippi information: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/Academic_Affairs1/MCCANonApprovedEntitiesList2005.pdf
  • Maharana Patap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya (Pratapgarh, India)[22]
  • Mahila Gram Vidyapith (Prayag, Allahabad, India)[22]
  • Maithili University/Vishwavidyalaya (Darbhanga, Bihar, India)[22]
  • Management Institute of Canada, Ontario/Quebec, Not a Canadian degree-granter. (Note that membership in an association is not the same as being accredited by it.)
  • Manhattan University, Hawaii, British Columbia, Closed by court order.
  • Marlborough University, Hawaii
  • Master's International School of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana (Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as "unaccredited religious exempt school")[37]
  • Medical College of London, UK, Montserrat, Montserrat approval is invalid without UK approval. See also: Further Information, F
  • Medical University of the Americas, Belize, Note: Not the same entity as Medical University of the Americas-Nevis, which has been approved by the State of New York., F
  • Metropolitan Collegiate Institute (associated with the fake teaching hospital Sussex General Hospital, both purportedly in London)[84]
  • Miami Christian University, Miami, Florida[6][5]
  • Midwest Missouri University, Missouri
  • Midwestern University, Springfield, Missouri, NOTE: not the same as Midwestern U of Arizona or Illinois or Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Missouri
  • Miranda International University, Tennessee, Washington, Seborga (Italy)
  • Morris Brown College (lost accreditation in 2002)[87]
  • Mountain States Baptist College, Montana. [88] Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement.[89]
  • Nation State University, Unknown
  • National Consortium Staff College, Missouri
  • Nations University, Monroe, Louisiana [90]
  • New Manhattan University, Unknown
  • New Tribes Bible Institute, Jackson, Michigan and Waukesha, Wisconsin. Website states, "Although NTBI is not accredited, a number of Christian colleges and universities accept our credits." A long list of reputable Christian colleges and seminaries follows.[91] [6][5]
  • New West Seminary Oregon City, Oregon (Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school) [37]
  • Newburgh Theological Seminary, Indiana
  • Newport Asia Pacific University, California, Merged with Lambert University of Hawaii according to State of California.
  • Newport University, Hawaii, Lebanon
  • Nobel University, South Korea,  , F
  • North United University, Unknown
  • Novus University (Diamondhead, Mississippi)[8], Mississippi, For State of Mississippi information: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/Academic_Affairs1/MCCANonApprovedEntitiesList2005.pdf
  • Oaklands University, Unknown, contact is in UK, Appears to be a new version of the University Degree Program supposedly closed by the Federal Trade Commission. Website same as Glenndale, F
  • Oceania University of Medicine, Samoa
  • Oregon College of Ministry, Gresham, Oregon (Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)[37]
  • Ohio Christian College [6][5]
  • Open Institute of Law, Russia, Multiple entities in Russia use names similar to this; at least one may be legitimate. At least one lacks appropriate authority to issue degrees and is not recognized by Russian education officials. Contact Russian national officials or an appropriate international evaluation agency for more information.
  • Open University of America, Puerto Rico
  • Open University of Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Oxford Trent University, Texas
  • Pacific Basin University, Texas, Mexico, Micronesia
  • Pacific Buddhist University, Hawaii, Japan
  • Pacific Coast University, California
  • Pacific International University (Springfield, Missouri; originally was located in Victoria, Australia) [5][6][10]
  • Pacific National University and Theological Institute, Los Angeles, California[6][5]
  • Pacific Western University (California) [4], Degrees issued by the former Pacific Western University in Hawaii are not from the same entity as the current PWU of California. Employers should verify which entity issued any PWU degree.
  • Panama Canal University,  
  • PanAmerican University, Liberia,  , F
  • Paramount University of Technology, Wyoming
  • Parkwood University, U.S.; Great Britain
  • Patriot Bible University (formerly Patriot University, Colorado; claims that its accreditation is by American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions, which is an unrecognized agency deemed to be an accreditation mill)[93][5][6]
  • Pebble Hills University, Italy (Seborga), Australia (Hutt River Province), Claims authority to issue degrees from subnational entities in both Italy and Australia. Neither approval is recognized internationally and the entity should be viewed as not a degree-granting institution., F
  • Pensacola Bible Institute[94]
  • Pensacola Christian College[95][5]
  • Personal Therapy Institute, Unknown
  • Pickering University, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Port Rhode University, Unknown
  • Portland Bible College Portland, Oregon (Oregon's Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school) [37]
  • Prescott College of Business and Leadership Studies, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Preston University (aka Fairmount International University)[96], Wyoming; Pakistan, Dubai, Recently added an operation in the Netherlands called Universiteit Preston Russel Hobbes; this connection apparently disappeared in fall, 2005 but may still exist..
  • Promis University of London [1], UK and Belize
  • Punjab Technical University (Jallandhar, India)[22]
  • Queens University of Brighton, California, Missouri, others
  • Queenston University, Utah, Vanuatu, Australia
  • Raja Arabic University (Nagpur, India)[22]
  • Randford University, Virginia
  • Randford University, Florida, Not on Florida's list of degree-granters
  • Redding University, U.S., location unknown
  • Regent International University[97][1] (not to be confused with Regent University), Australia, Switzerland,  , F
  • Richardson University, Bahamas; Wyoming, Appears to be the new version of Hamilton University., F
  • Robert Kennedy University, Switzerland, This supplier no longer issues degrees under its own name. It is approved by a Swiss canton, but its degrees are not recognized for use at other Swiss universities. Degrees issued by the University of Wales based on work done at Robert Kennedy are acceptable., F
  • Robert de Sorbon, France, Maine, Switzerland, Florida and the Comoro Islands, Uses several similar names including "U Francophone" and "Ecole Superior" with the Sorbon name. AACRAO has concluded that the entity has no authority to issue degrees. Claims of AACRAO approval made by an organization called AUAP are inaccurate and AACRAO has filed suit against the entity. Degrees are banned for use in Sweden. Not the same as 'Sorbonne', which refers to three government-recognized universities in Paris., F
  • Robertstown University, Liberia, operated from Washington state, Idaho and Arizona.,  , F
  • Rochville University[25][74] (not to be confused with La Rochville University, an accredited university in France)See also: furtherinformation.html
  • Rocklands University, Probably UK but operator may be in US
  • Romano Byzantine, Minnesota, Virginia, Appears to be reincarnation of former Colorado entityl Notre Dame de Lafayette.
  • Royal Canadian Institute of Technology, British Columbia, Has no legal authority to issue degrees.
  • Rushmore University[5][1], Cayman Is., Georgia USA
  • Saint Martin's College and Seminary, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. [6][5]
  • Saint Stephen's Educational Bible College, Los Angeles, California[6][5]
  • Sacramento International University, (also called San Francisco International University, and Bellington University)[98]
  • Sacramento Regent University, California, Has no legal authority to issue degrees in California.
  • Sancta Sophia Seminary, Oklahoma. Claims "accreditation" by the Accrediting Commission International,[99] an unrecognized accreditation agency.
  • Saint Augustin University, Florida
  • San Diego Pacific University,  
  • Shaftsbury University,  
  • Shelbourne University, Pennsylvania
  • Shepperton University, Unknown
  • South Atlantic University, Unknown
  • South California Polytechnic University (Taiwan)[8]
  • South Pacific University [102], Texas, Originated on Cook Islands
  • Southern Graduate Institute, Kentucky
  • Southwest International University, Bayside, NY
  • Springfield Christian College and Theological Seminary [103]
  • Stanton University [104]
  • St Mary's School of Medicine, Cook Islands,  , F
  • St. Augustine School of Medical Assistants, State of Georgia, online supplier.
  • St. Augustine University, location unknown
  • St. Christopher's College of Medicine, Senegal, UK, Belize, Great Britain ceased accepting its degrees, March, 2006. No Senegalese school issuing degrees under this name exists as of March, 2006. Price, Waterhouse has taken over the entity's records (UK/Senegal) and students who want to get information must contact PWC. The phone number is +44-771113725., FSt. George University International, St. Kitts, Grenada,  , F
  • St. Lourdes University, Unknown
  • St. Lucia College of Medicine, St. Lucia, See also: http://www.gmc-uk.org/med_ed/default.htm , F
  • St. Mary's College of Medicine, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • St. Paul's College & Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota[6][5]
  • St. Renoir University, Unknown
  • St. Theresa Medical School, St. Kitts,  , F
  • St. Thomas Institute, India,  , F
  • Standford University, Florida, Texas, possibly offshore, No relation to Stanford University in California.
  • Stanley State University, Unknown
  • Stefan International University, Inc., California
  • Stensan International Univ, California
  • Strassford University, Great Britain,  , F
  • Summit University, Louisiana, May also operate in Japan.
  • Sutherland University,  
  • Synergystics, Rochester, NY
  • Taiken Wilmington University, US, possibly Japan
  • Tecana International Universita, South America,  , F
  • Templeton University, online, Singapore, Nevada?
  • Tennessee Christian University, Tennessee[6] [5]
  • Texas Christian Bible University[4] (Crowley, Texas)
  • Texas Theological University, Texas[6][5]
  • The Dream Institute, Unknown
  • The Gemini College, Great Britain
  • The Thornwood University, (probably UK, Netherlands),  , F
  • Thornewood University, Great Britain,  , F
  • Thornhill University, UK,  , F
  • Trinity College and University[1]
  • , formerly South Dakota, May have moved to Canada or Caribbean. Many institutions, some legitimate, use the name Trinity.
  • Trinity International University College, Wyoming, Delaware, France, Not the Trinity International University in Illinois
  • Trinity Southern University (See: Colby Nolan)[105]
  • Trinity School of Apologetics and Theology [7]
  • Tyndale Theological Seminary (In August 2007, the Texas Supreme Court reversed the decisions of the lower courts, ruling in favor of Tyndale Theological Seminary. The ruling allows seminaries to offer theological education and award religious degrees without state government approval or oversight.)[106][107]
  • United Nations University (Delhi, India; not to be confused with United Nations University)[22]
  • United Pacific University, formerly Hawaii
  • Universal Bible Institute, Birmingham, Alabama[6][5]
  • Universitas 21, Channel Islands, UK, Not a degree-granting entity. Confusion arises because some degree-granters work through this entity to issue legitimate degrees., F
  • Universite de Wallis, Wallis and Fortuna Islands, South Pacific, Operates from London.
  • Universiteit Russell Hobbes, probably Netherlands, Formerly claimed association with Preston U of Wyoming., F
  • University College for Advanced Studies, India,  , F
  • University de la Romande, UK,  , F
  • University for Integrative Learning, California
  • Universit' de Wallis (lists addresses in Wallis and Fortuna and United Kingdom) [1]
  • University of Berkley (in Erie County, Pennsylvania)[108][109]
  • University of Central Europe (Pascagoula, Mississippi) [27]
  • University Consulting, Inc.[46]
  • University of Devonshire, UK,  , F
  • University of Doncaster, England, See also: furtherinformation.html, F
  • University of Dorchester, Unknown
  • University of Dublin, California
  • University of Dunham, Unknown
  • University of Ecoforum for Peace, Switzerland,  , F
  • University of Esoterica (Institution website states: "We are not accredited by any state agency, and don't want to be...due to entanglements and Separation of Church and State."[111])[6][5][1]
  • University of Health Science, Hawaii
  • University of Honiara, Solomon Islands, May be operated from New Zealand
  • University of the Holy Land, Israel [1][6]
  • University of Lamberhurst[1]
  • University of Metaphysical Sciences[112]
  • University of Metaphysics, Studio City, California, and Sedona, Arizona. Also called University of Sedona [1][6][5][113]
  • University of Metaphysics, California, possibly Nevada
  • University of New Castle, Oregon, Ireland, UK, Washington DC, south Pacific islands, AKA University of Newcastle. Operating illegally in Oregon.
  • University of Newlands, New Zealand, Lacks authority to issue degrees.
  • University of the Nations [114]
  • University of Northern Washington[115][56]
  • University of NorthWest[1][4][8], Vancouver B.C.,  , F
  • University of NorthWest, Wyoming, Louisiana, Pakistan, India, New Jersey
  • University of Ravenhurst, Great Britain,  , F
  • University of San Moritz, Great Britain, Cyprus,  , F
  • University of Santa Barbara, California, No connection to UC Santa Barbara.
  • University of Santa Monica, also known as Kohenor University[1][5]
  • University of Sedona, Studio City, California, and Sedona, Arizona. Alternative name for University of Metaphysics [1][6][5][113]
  • University of Santa Monica, California
  • University of Science at Berkeley, Japan
  • University of Science, Arts and Technology (USAT), Montserrat, Accreditation denied by Caricom
  • University of Sint Eustatius, Caribbean, Denied licensure by Florida. Note spelling, used in the official documents instead of "Saint."
  • Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya (India)[22]
  • Valde University, Illinois
  • Van Ives University, Unknown
  • Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya[22]
  • Vision International University[116]
  • Vernell University, Unknown
  • Virginia International University, Virginia
  • Wakefield International University, St. Kitts/Nevis,  , F
  • Warren National University[5][4], Wyoming, New name for Kennedy-Western University.
  • Washington International University[117] (in Pennsylvania)[8][10]
  • West Coast Baptist College, Lancaster, California. Website states: "Pursuing accreditation...is not our intention."[118]
  • West Coast University of Panama (Bangladesh)[119]
  • West Coast University, Panama, Western Australia, UK, Not the accredited Health Sciences school in California, F
  • Westbourne University, Great Britain,  , F
  • Western Michigan Bible Institute, Muskegon, Michigan[5]
  • Western States University for Professional Studies, Missouri
  • Westgate University, Delaware corporation, True locations unknown; holds no meaningful accreditation.
  • Westhampton University, Great Britain,  , F
  • Westmore University, Singapore, Also called Westmore College., F
  • Weston Reserve University[1], Seychelles, Kuwait, Canada, other non-U.S. locations, No recognized provincial or national approval.
  • Willamsburg University, New York, Saudi Arabia
  • William Tucker University, Seborga (Italy), District of Columbia, Not on the District of Columbia's list of licensed schools.
  • Wilson State University, Inc., Hawaii, New Jersey, Closed.
  • Wisconsin International University, Ghana, Ukraine and others
  • Wittfield University, Hawaii, Closed.
  • Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary, Washington ("The Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary is not accredited through the mainstream religious accrediting bodies because of the uniqueness of Pagan religions... Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary has been granted religious exemption by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board Degree Authorization Agency as a college level degree granting institution of higher learning.")[120]
  • World Information Distributed University (Russia, Belgium, Switzerland)[1][121][122]
  • World Information Distributed University, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland, Not a Belgian university. WIDU - Response from Belgian French Community MOE
    WIDU Link 2 World Information Distributed University in the news: http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=6893949, F
  • World Pacific University, Guam address, Ascension Island domain registration, Does not have DETC accreditation as claimed on web site.
  • Yorker International University, South Dakota, New York
  • YUIN/American University, Hawaii, Operated from California.
  • Zenith University, Hawaii, See also Pickering and Brighton., S

This is by no means an exhaustive list of institutions whose degrees cannot be used in Oregon or elsewhere - or must be used with restrictions. It is a list of those most recently reported.

Links to Wikipedia pages links include of colleges, seminaries, and universities lacking educational accreditation.

Degrees or other qualifications from unaccredited institutions may not be accepted by civil service or other employers. See Unaccredited institutions of higher learning for discussion of the various reasons why institutions may operate without accreditation.

Institutions that appear on this list are those that grant post-secondary degrees but are listed as unaccredited by a reliable source. Some of these institutions are no longer in operation. Several unaccredited universities have names that are similar to those of accredited institutions or that falsely imply that it is a public university.

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