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This is a list of colleges, seminaries, and universities that do not have educational accreditation. In many countries, accreditation is defined as a governmental designation. How ever many more unaccredited Universities have spread out all over the world.

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, and thus some persons may be misled into thinking that an entity is an accredited university. Accreditation is date-related: In the United States, colleges and universities are typically not fully accredited until several years after they open. Also, in the United States, many colleges and universities existed prior to the development of the modern accreditation system.[6]

There are many organizations which give their own accreditation, not generally recognised as valid by governments and others, to educational institutions. Many of these are listed in the article List of unrecognized higher education accreditation organizations. Some of the educational institutions listed here claim accreditation from such organizations.

Unaccredited Universities start by letter A

  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Medicino, Italy[7]
  • Accademia Normanna, Italy, Gambia, Florida (issues degrees through “Studiorum Universitas Ruggero II”)[8]
  • Académie Européene d’Informatisation, a.k.a. World Information Distributed University – WID, Belgium, Russia[7][9][10]
  • Academy of Natural Therapies, formerly in Hawaii until closed by court order; may have reopened in Wyoming, Colorado or Montana[11][12]
  • Academy of Religious & Spiritual Studies[9]
  • Adam Smith University, Liberia; Saipan[7][9][12][13]
  • Adams and Washington University, King College of Professional Studies, England[9]
  • Adams College[14]
  • Addison State University, Ottawa, Canada; “has no Ontario authorization to issue degrees”[9]
  • Adison University[14]
  • Advanced Learning Network, Vermont[9]
  • African Distributed University (AIDP), connected to World Information Distributed University[15]
  • Akamai University, Hawaii[9] Not accredited by an agency recognized by the US DOE[16]
  • Alberdeen University, New Mexico[9]
  • Albert University, Delaware[9]
  • Al-Hurra University (or Alhuraa University), Sweden, Netherlands; US states of Michigan and Rhode Island[9][15]
  • Al-Ishraq University, Saudi Arabia[9]
  • Al Qasim University, Pakistan[9]
  • Al-Shurook University, Saudi Arabia[9]
  • Alexandria University, Nevada (not to be confused with Alexandria University in Egypt)[9]
  • All-American University, Nevada[9]
  • All Saints American University, Liberia[15]
  • Allen Maxwell University, Wyoming[9]
  • Almeda University (also called Almeda College or Almeda International University)[9][12][14][17][18][19]
  • Ambai University, Massachusetts[9]
  • Ambassador University Corporation[9][17]
  • American Andragogy University, Hawaii, Bolivia[9]
  • American Capital University, Liberia[9]
  • American Central University, Wyoming[9][20]
  • American Century University, New Mexico; formerly known as Century University[21]
  • American City University[9][12]
  • American Coastline University,[12] formerly operated from mailbox rental services in Hawaii and Louisiana and was owned by Dr. Richard Hoyer;[22] also reported in Russia and the US states of California and New York[9]
  • American College of Brazilian Studies (AMBRA) Florida[23]
  • American College of Metaphysical Theology, Golden Valley, Minnesota[7][13][17][24]
  • American Columbus University, California[9]
  • American Global International University, Florida[9]
  • American Global University, Wyoming[9]
  • American Global University School of Medicine, Ohio[9]
  • American Independent International University[9]
  • American International University; one or more entities by this name are based in Oregon, California, and Lebanon (not to be confused with American InterContinental University)[9]
  • American International University of Management and Technology, Hawaii[9]
  • American Liberty University, US states of Alabama and California, also England, Greece, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, and United Arab Emirates[9]
  • American National University,[25] not to be confused with the accredited American National University, formerly known as National Business College
  • American Pacific University, Vietnam and other Asian locations; has falsely claimed affiliation with Central Washington University[9]
  • American Pacwest International University[15][26]
  • American Scandinavian University, Sweden and US states of Texas and Arizona[9]
  • American School of Metaphysics, New York[13][17]
  • American State University (a.k.a. Hamilton University and Richardson University), Hawaii, Wyoming, and Caribbean[9][27][28]
  • American University for Humanities, formerly American University of Hawaii; US state of Mississippi and nations of India, Lebanon, and Georgia[9]
  • American University in London[29]
  • American University of Hawaii[12][17][30] Gulfport, Mississippi; Clinton, Mississippi; (also reported to be operating in India;[31] not to be confused with the University of Hawaii)
  • American University of Human Services, Mississippi, reported closed as of 2007[32]
  • American University of London[7][12][15][17][33]
  • American University of Mayonic Science and Technology[15][34]
  • American World University[32][35]
  • Americana University, Liberia,[9] run by the Saint Regis University diploma mill
  • Americus University, Washington, DC[9][36]
  • Ames Christian University, Florida[13]
  • Amstead University, United States[9]
  • Anacrusis Institute, Greece and United Kingdom[12][15][17]
  • Andersen University, California[14][15] (not to be confused with institutions named Anderson University)
  • Andersonville Theological Seminary (formerly Andersonville Baptist Seminary), Camilla, Georgia;[37] ATS website states that it is accredited by Transworld Accrediting Commission, “on the list of Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Recognized College Programs”, and by the National Accrediting Agency of Private Theological Institutions;[38] none of these organizations are listed as a recognized accreditation agencies in the United States
  • Anglo-American University, Hawaii[15]
  • Apostolic Prophetic Bible College & Theological Seminary, Rochester Hills, Michigan[13]
  • Apostolic Theological Bible College, Tampa, Florida[39]
  • Arabic Open University, Denmark[15]
  • Ashford University, United Kingdom; not to be confused with the accredited Ashford University in Iowa[15]
  • Ashington University, British Virgin Islands, Louisiana[14][15]
  • Ashwood University, Florida, Pakistan, and possibly Texas; may operate “Universidad de las Palmas”[12][14][15]
  • Aston University, Nigeria[40] (relationship with Aston University in the UK is not clear)
  • Ateneo di Studi Superiori pro Pace, Italy, Belgium. Operated 1978–1988[7]
  • Atlanta University, Nigeria[40] (not be confused with University of AtlantaClark Atlanta University or the Atlanta University Center)
  • Atlantic International University, Hawaii (not to be confused with Atlantic University, Virginia)
  • Atlantic Pacific University, Chengdu, China[15]
  • Auberdeen University, Idaho[15]

Unaccredited Universities start by letter B

Unaccredited Universities start by letter C

Unaccredited Universities start by letter D

Unaccredited Universities start by letter E

  • Earlscroft University UK, Ireland, Seychelles[7][12][15][18]
  • Earlstown University (associated with UDP International)[14]
  • Earthnet Institute, Hawaii[12][15]
  • Eastern Caribbean University, Texas; St. Kitts, Virgin Islands[12]
  • East Point University[15]
  • 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[15][108][109] (The school on its website disputes the allegation of being a diploma mill.)[7][110][111][112]
  • Edenvale University, Dallas, Texas[12][15]
  • Edison University[15]
  • Ellington University[12][95]
  • Eurasia Community College, Italy[7]
  • European American University, Dominica[15]
  • European Carolus Magnus University, Belgium and possibly other locations in Europe[15]
  • European Continental University, United Kingdom, Delaware[15]
  • European Institute of Technology, Italy, San Marino;[7] unconnected with European Institute of Innovation and Technology
  • European Management University International, Denmark; also Sweden, US and China[15]
  • European Open University,[113] not to be confused with the European Open Universities Network at European Association of Distance Teaching Universities
  • European Union University, MadridSpain (but incorporated in the US state of Iowa)[2]
  • European University of Ireland[12][15]

Unaccredited Universities start by letter F

  • Fairfax University[12][15]
  • Faith School of Theology, says it is accredited by IASBC (which is actually SAABC);[114] SAABC is a fraud[115]
  • Faith Seminary – Salem, formerly Oregon Theological Seminary (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)[73]
  • Farington University[15][116]
  • Florida State Christian College, Florida[13][17]
  • Frederick Taylor University, California[13][117]
  • Frederick Taylor International University, Hawaii; California.[13][15][117] Former branch of Frederick Taylor University
  • Freedom Bible College and Seminary, Siloam Springs, Arkansas; claims accreditation from the International Commission on Academic Accreditation, which it notes “is not recognized by the United States Department of Education. Credits earned at any ICAAI accredited institution are not automatically transferable.”[118]
  • Freie und Private Universität Herisa, Switzerland[7]
  • Friends International Christian University, Florida; California. Website states, “FICU is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education.”[13][17][119]
  • Frontier Christian University, Indiana (formerly Southern Indiana Bible College)[120]
  • Full Gospel Christian College, Pontiac, Michigan[13][17]

Unaccredited Universities start by letter G

Unaccredited Universities start by letter H

Unaccredited Universities start by letter I

Unaccredited Universities start by letter J

  • James Monroe University (also called James Monroe International University)[7][158]
  • Jacksonville Theological Seminary, Southaven, Mississippi[59]
  • Jackson Hole Bible College, Jackson Hole, Wyoming (Offers a one year “Diploma of Biblical Foundations,” not degrees)[159]
  • Johnson Daves University (or Johnson Davids University), Liberia, British Virgin Islands, United States[9]

Unaccredited Universities start by letter K

Unaccredited Universities start by letter L

Unaccredited Universities start by letter M

Unaccredited Universities start by letter N

  • National University of Nigeria[40]
  • National University of Medical Sciences[187]
  • 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[188]
  • New England State University[14]
  • Newburgh Theological Seminary[189][190]
  • Newton University, Vancouver, Canada; Hawaii, USA (closed by court order)[9]
  • New Tribes Bible Institute, Jackson, Michigan; Waukesha, Wisconsin[13][191]
  • New West Seminary Oregon City, Oregon; Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as an unaccredited religious exempt school[73]
  • Nightingale University, Panama City, Panama; Melbourne, Australia[9][13][17]
  • Nobel University, South Korea[9]
  • Non Traditional University of USA (a.k.a. University of USA), Italy[7]
  • Norman Academy, Italy, Gambia, Florida[8]
  • North American Reformed Seminary, Flagstaff, Arizona[192]
  • North Central University, Nigeria[40]
  • Northfield University[14]
  • North Lexington University, Massachusetts[9]
  • North Norway University, Norway, Panama, UK[9]
  • Northwestern International University, Ltd., Cyprus, Denmark[9] (not to be confused with other schools named Northwestern University)
  • Norway University or University of Norway, Panama or the UK[9]
  • Novus University or Novus University International, Diamondhead, Mississippi[9][19][32]
  • Novus University School of Law (a.k.a. Novus University Law School) registered in Marshall Islands,[193] but ran in Palmdale, California by Natalie Handy,[194] spouse of James Kirk.

Unaccredited Universities start by letter O

Unaccredited Universities start by letter P

Unaccredited Universities start by letter Q

  • Queenston University, Utah, Vanuatu, and Australia[13][15][17]

Unaccredited Universities start by letter R

Unaccredited Universities start by letter S

Unaccredited Universities start by letter T

Unaccredited Universities start by letter U

Unaccredited Universities start by letter V

Unaccredited Universities start by letter W

Unaccredited Universities start by letter Y

Unaccredited Universities start by letter Z