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Unaccredited Institutions

This is a list of colleges, universities, and other institutions that do not have educational accreditation. Some of these institutions may have legal authority to enroll students and grant degress, but do not have educational accreditation for various reasons. Others are diploma mills that mislead customers and grant fake degrees.

This list is not complete, but we are doing our best to keep it up-to-date. By using it, you understand that we do not guarantee its accuracy. It is just one of many tools that help us identify fraudulent educational credentials.
NameCountry of OperationLocationNotes
Académie Européene d'Informatisation   
Academy of Natural TherapiesUnited StatesFormerly in Hawaii until closed by court order; may have reopened in Wyoming or Montana. 
Academy of Religious & Spiritual Studies   
Adam Smith University Saipan 
Addison State UniversityCanadaOttawaHas no Ontario authorization to issue degrees.
Akamai University   
All Saints American University   
Almeda University   
Ambassador University Corporation   
American Bible College UniversityUnited StatesArizona 
American Central UniversityUnited StatesWyoming 
American Century UniversityUnited StatesNew MexicoFormerly known as Century University.
American City University   
American Coastline UniversityUnited StatesFormerly operated from mailbox rental services in Hawaii and Louisiana.Was owned by Dr Richard Hoyer.
American College of Metaphysical TheologyUnited StatesGolden Valley, Minnesota 
American Global University   
American National University   
American Pacwest International University   
American School of MetaphysicsUnited StatesNew York 
American State UniversityUnited StatesHawaiiAka Hamilton University and Richardson University
American University in London   
American University of HawaiiUnited StatesGulfport, Mississippi; Clinton, Mississippi; (also reported to be operating in India)Not to be confused with the University of Hawaii
American University of London   
American World University   
Ames Christian UniversityUnited StatesFlorida 
Andersonville Theological SeminaryUnited StatesCamilla, Georgia 
APA UniversityNigeriaUtonkon, Benue StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Apostolic Prophetic Bible College & Theological SeminaryUnited StatesRochester Hills, Michigan 
Ashford UniversityUnited Kingdom Not to be confused with the accredited Ashford University in Iowa
Ashwood University   
Aston UniversityNigeriaUKNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Atlanta UniversityNigeriaAnyigba, Kogi StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Atlantic Intercontinental UniversityNigeriaOkija, Anambra StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Atlantic International University   
B. H. Carroll Theological InstituteUnited StatesArlington, Texas 
Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education SocietyIndiaGokak, Belgaum, Karnataka 
Barber-Scotia College  Lost accreditation in 2004
Barrington UniversityUnited StatesMobile, Alabama (formerly operated by Virtual Academics.com of Boca Raton, Florida) 
Belford UniversityUnited StatesOperated from a PO Box in Humble, TexasNot to be confused with the University of Bedford which is linked to University Degree Program
Beloved Community SeminaryUnited StatesOregon, Hawaii 
Bennington University  Not to be confused with Bennington College
Berne University   
Bettis Christian UniversityUnited StatesArkansas 
Bienville UniversityUnited StatesWoodville, Mississippi 
Bircham International University  Formerly Oxford International University
Blackpool University   
Blacksmith UniversityNigeriaAwkaNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Bolta University College AbaNigeria Not licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Brethren Bible InstituteIndiaPathanamthitta 
Breyer State University   
Bridgewater University  Associated with instantdegrees.com; not to be confused with Bridgewater College
British West Indies Medical College  Earlier known as West Indies College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery
Bronte International University   
Buxton University  Not to be confused with the University of Derby's Buxton campus (Connected with instantdegrees.com)
Cal Southern UniversityUnited StatesHouston, Texas, and registered in the South Pacific island of Niue.Not to be confused with California Southern University in Irvine, California or California Southern Law School in Riverside, California.
Calamus International University   
California Graduate School of TheologyUnited States  
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.")
Cambridge State UniversityUnited StatesJackson, MississippiDistrict officials discovered the school has an extensive criminal history and is nothing more than a diploma mill.
Canbourne UniversityUnited States Not to be confused with Camborne School of Mines
Canby Bible CollegeUnited StatesCanby, OregonFormerly Leadership Training Institute (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as “unaccredited religious exempt school”).
Canterbury University (Seychelles)   
Canyon College   
Capital City Religious InstituteUnited StatesBaton Rouge, Louisiana 
Carolina University of TheologyUnited StatesManassas, VirginiaWebsite states that school is accredited by Accrediting Commission International[46] but notes “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.”
Chadwick UniversityUnited StatesAlabama 
Charis School of DivinityUnited StatesFlorida 
Chase University   
Christ Alive Christian Seminary and UniversityNigeriaEnuguNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Christ For The Nations Institute   
Christian Bible CollegeUnited StatesRocky Mount, North Carolina 
Christian Leadership UniversityUnited StatesNew York 
Christians of Charity American University of Sci. & TechNigeriaNkpor, Anambra StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Clarksville School of TheologyUnited StatesClarksville, TennesseeShut down in 1982.
Clayton College of Natural HealthUnited StatesAlabamaSame operator as Chadwick University
Clayton Theological InstituteUnited StatesCalifornia 
Clayton UniversityHong Kong  
Collumbus UniversityNigeriaUKNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Colton University   
Columbia Pacific University   
Columbia State University   
Columbus University, Picayune, MississippiUnited States Closed by state action in Louisiana.
Commonwealth Open University Virgin IslandsNot to be confused with Commonwealth Institute
Communion of Saints SeminaryUnited StatesOregon 
Concordia College and University   
Concordia Theologica Institute For Biblical Studies   
Cranmer Theological HouseUnited StatesLouisiana, Texas 
Crescent City Christian CollegeUnited StatesMetairie, LouisianaBasically a coach's house — no campus, no facilities, no faculty, no library that anyone could discover.
Crown CollegeUnited StatesTacoma, WashingtonLost accreditation in 2007
Delta International University of New OrleansUnited States  
Dispensational Theological SeminaryUnited StatesForest Grove, OregonOregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as an unaccredited religious exempt school
Donsbach University (or Donsback University)   
Dorcas UniversityUnited StatesHonolulu, Hawaii 
Dublin Metropolitan University   
Earlscroft University   
Eastern Caribbean UniversityUnited StatesTexas; St. Kitts, Virgin Islands 
École supérieure Robert de SorbonFrancePurportedly in France, but linked to diploma mills in Sarasota, FloridaAka American Universities Admission Program
Ellington University   
Eternity Bible College   
European Open University  Not to be confused with the European Open Universities Network at European Association of Distance Teaching Universities
Fairfax University   
Faith Seminary - Salem OregonFormerly Oregon Theological Seminary (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school.
Farington University   
Florida State Christian CollegeUnited StatesFlorida 
Frederick Taylor International UniversityUnited StatesHawaii; California 
Frederick Taylor UniversityUnited StatesCalifornia 
Friends International Christian UniversityUnited StatesFlorida; CaliforniaWebsite states, “FICU is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education.”
Full Gospel Christian CollegeUnited StatesPontiac, Michigan 
Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith   
Generale University  Also called Generale Polytechnic Institute.
Geo-Metaphysical InstituteUnited StatesNew York 
George Wythe CollegeUnited StatesCedar City, Utah 
Georgia Christian UniversityUnited StatesNorcross, Georgia 
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."
Global Church Theological Seminary and Global Church University   
Golden State Baptist CollegeUnited StatesSanta Clara, CaliforniaPart of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement, listed among Wikipedia category Unaccredited Christian colleges and universities.
Golden State School of TheologyUnited StatesStockton, California 
GreenLake University   
Greenwich University Operated on Norfolk Island from 1998 to 2002.Not to be confused with University of Greenwich, London, England.
Hamilton University  Aka American State University and Richardson University.
Heartland Baptist Bible CollegeUnited StatesOklahoma City, OklahomaThe School's website states that they "seek no national or regional accreditation, but seeks only God’s approval."
Hiwassee CollegeUnited StatesTennessee 
Holy Trinity College and SeminaryUnited StatesNew Port Richey, FloridaSeminary’s website notes its choice to remain unaccredited and states, "the degree programs of this college are designed solely for religious vocations."
Honolulu UniversityUnited StatesHawaiiAka Honolulu University of the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities.
Houdegbe North American UniversityNigeria Not licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Hubbard College of Administration InternationalUnited StatesLos Angeles, California 
Huntington Pacific University   
Hyles-Anderson College and Hyles-Anderson College SeminaryUnited StatesCrown Point, IndianaPart of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement. Founder asserted that the college remains unaccredited because the government would "take away our freedom."
IICSE UniversityUnited StatesElkhart, Indiana 
Illinois Theological Seminary Online  Also named In-Depth Theological Seminary, Independent Theological Seminary and Intercontinental Theological Seminary.[79] School states: “ITS is not an accredited school with any accreditation board. ITS very much cherishes...the principle of separation between Church and State.”
Intercontinental University   
Interfaith Seminary, formerly Interfaith School of TheologyUnited StatesNew Rochelle, New YorkInstitution’s website says: “As a religious Seminary the Interfaith Seminary is not accredited by an [sic] government agency.”
International American UniversityUnited StatesCalifornia; Nepal 
International Bible UniversityUnited StatesNorwalk, California; Carpinteria, California; HawaiiAlso called "E M International Bible University" or "E.M.I. Bible University."
International SeminaryUnited StatesPlymouth, Florida 
International Theological UniversityUnited StatesCalifornia 
International UniversityAustriaViennaAn American unaccredited private institution.
International University for Graduate Studies St. Kitts and Nevis 
International University of Ministry and EducationUnited StatesGrandview, Missouri 
IOND UniversityUnited StatesHawaii; Japan 
Irish International University   
Islamic University of RotterdamNetherlandsRotterdam 
Jacksonville Theological SeminaryUnited StatesSouthaven, Mississippi 
James Monroe University  Also called James Monroe International University
Kennedy-Western University   
Kensington University   
Kent CollegeUnited StatesLouisiana 
Kentucky Christian UniversityUnited StatesAshland, KentuckyNot to be confused with Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky, which is accredited.
Kingston College British ColumbiaIllegal operation closed down October 4, 2006; not to be confused with Kingston College (England) in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England.
Knightsbridge University   
Knoxville College  Lost accreditation in 1996.
Lacrosse University   
LaSalle UniversityUnited StatesLouisianaNot to be confused with La Salle University (Philadelphia), nor with The LaSalle Extension University (Chicago).
Leadway UniversityNigeriaUghelli, Delta StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Life Christian UniversityUnited StatesTampa, Florida 
Lobi Business School MakurdiNigeriaBenue StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
London College of Technology and BusinessUnited KingdomLondon 
London External StudiesNigeriaUKNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Louisiana Baptist UniversityUnited StatesLouisianaFormerly Baptist Christian University, founded in 1973 by Jimmy G. Tharpe.
Louisiana Christian UniversityUnited StatesLake Charles, Louisiana 
Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute and SeminaryUnited StatesLouisiana 
Madison UniversityUnited StatesGulfport, Mississippi 
Maharana Patap Shiksha Niketan VishwavidyalayaIndiaPratapgarh 
Mahila Gram VidyapithIndiaPrayag, Allahabad 
Maithili University - VishwavidyalayaIndiaDarbhanga, Bihar 
Management Institute of CanadaCanada  
Master's International School of DivinityUnited StatesEvansville, IndianaOregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as “unaccredited religious exempt school.”
Metro UniversityNigeriaDutse/Bwari, AbujaNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Metropolitan Collegiate InstituteUnited KingdomLondonAssociated with the fake teaching hospital Sussex General Hospital, both purportedly in London.
Miami Christian UniversityUnited StatesMiami, Florida 
Monticello University   
Morris Brown CollegeUnited StatesAtlanta, GeorgiaLost accreditation in 2002.
Mountain States Baptist CollegeUnited StatesMontanaPart of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement.
National University of NigeriaNigeriaKeffi, Nassarawa StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Nations UniversityUnited StatesMonroe, Louisiana 
New Tribes Bible InstituteUnited StatesJackson, Michigan; Waukesha, Wisconsin 
New West SeminaryUnited StatesOregon City, OregonOregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school.
Nightingale UniversityPanamaPanama City, Panama; Melbourne, Australia 
North American Reformed SeminaryUnited StatesFlagstaff, Arizona 
North Central UniversityNigeriaOtukpo, Benue StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Novus UniversityUnited StatesDiamondhead, Mississippi 
Ohio Christian CollegeUnited StatesOhio 
Open International UniversityNigeriaAkureNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Oregon College of MinistryUnited StatesGresham, OregonOregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school
Pacific International UniversityUnited StatesSpringfield, MissouriOriginally was located in Victoria, Australia.
Pacific National University and Theological InstituteUnited StatesLos Angeles, California 
Pacific Southern University   
Patriot Bible UniversityUnited StatesColoradoFormerly 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.
Paul Quinn College  Lost accreditation in 2009.
Pebbles UniversityNigeriaUKNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Pensacola Bible InstituteUnited StatesPensacola, Florida 
Pensacola Christian CollegeUnited StatesPensacola, Florida 
Pilgrims UniversityNigeria Not licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Portland Bible CollegeUnited StatesPortland, OregonOregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school.
Preston UniversityPakistan  
Preston University  Aka Fairmount International University.
Promis University of LondonUnited KingdomLondon 
Providence Christian CollegeUnited StatesOntario, California 
Raja Arabic UniversityIndiaNagpur 
Regent International University  Not to be confused with the accredited Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Richmond Open UniversityNigeriaArochukwu, Anambra StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Rochville University  Not to be confused with La Rochville University, an accredited university in France
Royal University IzhiaNigeriaP.O. Box 800, Abakaliki, Ebonyi StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Rushmore University   
Rutherford University  Previously known as Senior University and Stratford International University.
Sacramento International UniversityUnited States Also called San Francisco International University, and Bellington University.
Saint Augustines University of TechnologyNigeriaJos, Plateau StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Saint Clements UniversityNigeriaAdo-Ekiti, Iyin, Ekiti StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Saint Luke School of MedicineUnited StatesLiberia, California (US), Ghana 
Saint Martin’s College and SeminaryUnited StatesMilwaukee, Wisconsin 
Saint Stephen’s Educational Bible CollegeUnited StatesLos Angeles, California 
Saint Wolbodo SeminaryUnited StatesBaltimore, Maryland 
Samuel Ahmadu UniversityNigeriaMakurdi, Benue StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Sancta Sophia SeminaryUnited StatesOklahomaClaims "accreditation" by the Accrediting Commission International for Schools, Colleges, and Theological Seminaries, Inc., an unrecognized accreditation agency.
South California Polytechnic UniversityTaiwan  
South Pacific University   
Southend UniversityNigeriaNgwuro Egeru (Afam) Ndoki, Rivers StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Springfield Christian College and Theological Seminary   
Springsfield University CollegeUnited StatesClearwater, Florida 
St Johns University School of Medicine Montserrat 
St. Clements University  Called a "degree mill" by the State of Maine, but removed from list after a formal action taken by St. Clements University.
St. Paul’s College & SeminaryUnited StatesSaint Paul, Minnesota 
St. Regis UniversityUnited StatesDominica, Liberia, Washington D.C., and WashingtonClosed by court order in June 2005. Not to be confused with Regis University in Denver, which is accredited.
St. Thomas-a-Becket College & UniversityUnited KingdomCanterbury 
Stanton University   
Success SeminaryUnited StatesOregon 
Suffield UniversityUnited StatesOperating illegally in Connecticut 
Summerset University  Appears to be a new version of the "University Degree Program" cluster supposedly closed by UK and US action. It has no legal authority to issue degrees.
Sunday Adokpela UniversityNigeriaOtada Adoka, Otukpo, Benue StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Tennessee Christian University Tennessee 
Texas Christian Bible UniversityUnited StatesCrowley, Texas 
Texas Theological UniversityUnited StatesTexas 
The Bible Doctrine InstituteUnited StatesJacksonville, FloridaFounded in 1986 as The Blue Ridge Bible Institute
The International UniversityNigeriaMissouri, USANot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Thomas Jefferson Education Foundation   
Thunderwood College  Internet only, an admitted spoof website for an unaccredited college which offers instant "degrees" in a variety of subjects.
Tiu International UniversityNigeriaUKNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Trinity College and Seminary  "Trinity is actively working towards an application for accreditation with a U.S. Department of Education (USDE) recognized agency."
Trinity College and University   
Trinity Southern University  See: Colby Nolan
Tyndale Theological SeminaryUnited StatesTexasIn 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.
UNESCO UniversityNigeriaNdoni, Rivers StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
United Christian UniversityNigeriaMacotis Campus, Imo StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
United Nations UniversityIndiaDelhiNot to be confused with United Nations University
United Nigeria University CollegeNigeriaOkija, Anambra StateNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
United Nigerian University CollegeNigeriaOkijaNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Universal Bible InstituteUnited StatesBirmingham, Alabama 
Universal University   
Université de WallisUnited KingdomLists addresses in Wallis and Futuna and United Kingdom 
University Consulting, Inc.   
University Degree Program  Formerly operated at least 28 different diploma mills in at least five countries
University of Applied Sciences & ManagementNigeriaPort Novo, Republic of BeninNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
University of BerkleyUnited StatesErie County, Pennsylvania 
University of Beverly HillsUnited StatesCalifornia 
University of Central EuropeUnited StatesPascagoula, Mississippi 
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."
University of Fairfax   
University of IndustryNigeriaYaba, LagosNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
University of Lamberhurst   
University of Metaphysical Sciences   
University of Metaphysical StudiesUnited StatesNew Mexico 
University of MetaphysicsUnited StatesStudio City, California, and Sedona, ArizonaAlso called University of Sedona
University of Natural HealthUnited StatesBrandon, Mississippi 
University of North America   
University of Northern Virginia   
University of Northern Washington   
University of NorthWest   
University of Santa MonicaUnited States Also known as Kohenor University
University of SedonaUnited StatesStudio City, California, and Sedona, ArizonaAlternative name for University of Metaphysics
University of the Holy LandIsrael  
University of the Nations   
Uttar Pradesh VishwavidyalayaIndia  
Vancouver University Worldwide   
Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya   
Vision International University   
Volta University CollegeNigeriaHo, Volta Region, GhanaNot licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
Warnborough CollegeIreland  
Warren National University   
Washington International UniversityUnited StatesPennsylvania 
Washington School of TheologyUnited StatesOregon 
West African Christian UniversityNigeria Not licensed according to the National Universities Commission.
West Coast Baptist CollegeUnited StatesLancaster, CaliforniaWebsite states: "Pursuing accreditation...is not our intention.”
West Coast University of PanamaBangladesh  
Western Michigan Bible InstituteUnited StatesMuskegon, Michigan 
Weston Reserve University   
Woolston-Steen Theological SeminaryUnited StatesWashington 
Worchester UniversityPanama  
World Information Distributed UniversityRussiaAlso in Belgium and Switzerland 
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