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DIPLOMA MILLS | ACCREDITATION | UNACCREDITED COLLEGES | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Complete list of accredited U. S. colleges

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT WE HAVE BECOME AWARE OF SOME QUESTIONS AS TO THE ACCURACY OF THIS DATABASE.

UNTIL THESE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN RESOLVED, PLEASE DO NOT RELY SOLELY ON THIS RESOURCE TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT AN INSTITUTION IS PROPERLY ACCREDITED.

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation Database, available by clicking HERE, may be a more reliable resource until the problems with the US Department of Education's database are addressed.

Degrees from these unaccredited colleges are approved by ODA for use in Oregon.
ODA approval does not mean that the degrees will be accepted by licensing agencies or employers. Degrees from closed or merged schools that were accredited by a U.S. Dept. of Education-recognized accreditor at the time the degree was earned are legal for use as credentials in Oregon.

Institution Jurisdiction(s) Remarks
Bob Jones University South Carolina  
Dispensational Theological Seminary Oregon  
Gutenberg College Oregon  
Pacific Bible College Oregon  
Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry Oregon  
Process Work Center of Portland Oregon  
Profesional School of Psychology California  
Salem Bible College Oregon  
Southern California University for Professional Studies California Psychology PhD only
University for Humanistic Studies* California  
Washington Institute for Graduate Studies and School of Law Utah Master's in Taxation degrees are valid for use in Oregon.
Doctoral degrees are not valid for use in Oregon.
Western Institute for Social Research California  
William Carey International University California  

*NOTE: The University for Humanistic Studies had two main campuses in California. Redding closed 3/31/1997, Solana Beach closed in May 1999. Degrees issued through those dates are valid in Oregon.

If you do not live or work in Oregon, check with higher education licensing authorities in your state regarding the legality of degrees. States adjacent to Oregon appear below.

State of California: www.dca.ca.gov/bppve
State of Washington: www.hecb.wa.gov/autheval/daa/daaindex.asp
State of Idaho: contact Randy Thompson at: rthompson@osbe.state.id.us
State of Nevada: contact David Perlman at: dperlman@cpe.state.nv.us

State of Michigan list of unacceptable degree suppliers: www.michigan.gov/documents/Non-accreditedSchools_78090_7.pdf

Invalid degrees in Oregon

Degrees from all of these suppliers are invalid for use in state or licensed employment in Oregon and the use of such degrees can result in criminal prosecution or civil penalties depending on the circumstances of the use. In addition, it is illegal to use such degrees or credentials for any purpose unless the user discloses in writing to all persons to whom the degrees is presented that the supplier is unaccredited and unapproved by ODA.
U. S. Degree Suppliers
U. S. entities that lack accreditation are shown with information about the state where the entity operates.

Foreign Degree Suppliers
The degree suppliers listed below that are not in the U.S. do not meet the statutory requirements in ORS 348.609 for foreign degree use in public or licensed employment in Oregon.

Name Location(s) Remarks
   
Academy for Contemporary Research ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Academy of Healing Arts ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Academy of Natural TherapiesHawaii, CA, WY, MTClosed by court order. Relocated to CA, then to either WY or MT. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Academy of Religious & Spiritual Studies ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Adam Smith UniversityLiberia, SaipanClaims Liberian and other accreditation. Current status of Liberian approval is problematic at best. Recently applied for authority to operate in Puerto Rico. No evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Adams and Washington University, King College of Professional StudiesEnglandNo evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Note: said to have its North American Center in S. Carolina.
Addison State UniversityOttawa, CanadaThis is not a state entity, has no Ontario authorization and is best considered a diploma mill.
Advanced Education Trust ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. It may be connected to the St. Regis cluster of fake schools.
Advanced Learning NetworkVermontDoes not have authority to grant degrees. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Appears to exist as a conduit for converting nonacademic work to academic credits.
Akamai UniversityHawaiiAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Albert UniversityDelaware?ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Has no campus.
Alexandria UniversityUS online (Nevada), not EgyptianODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
All Saints American University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school. Liberian college approvals should be considered doubtful.
Almeda CollegeFlorida, IdahoNew corporate name: Blue Pearl Services, Diploma mill that has taken shelter under Idaho loophole allowing diploma mills if they don't supply degrees to Idaho residents, but appears to still be operating out of Florida.
American Capital University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
American Coastline UniversityHawaii, now New YorkHas a Los Angeles mail-forwarding address. Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
American Columbus UniversityCaliforniaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
American Independent International University ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
American International University of Management and TechnologyHawaiiClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
American Pacific UniversityHawaiiODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
American State UniversityHawaiiDiploma mill. Relocated to WY as Hamilton University. Hamilton uses the Wyoming religious exemption loophole to issue valueless degrees. Its status under recent Wyoming statutory changes is unclear but it appears to have relocated to the Caribbean.
American University of AsturiasSpainClosed by Spanish authorities.
American University of HawaiiShows signs of operating in India, Lebanon, Republic of Georgia, possibly Armenia and many other nations as well as (formerly) Hawaii.Does not have acceptable degree authority from any jurisdiction. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
American World UniversityMississippi, CaliforniaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Americana University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
Americus UniversityWashington DCAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Ameritech UniversityMonroviaNot an authorized Liberian University. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education.
Amstead UniversityUSAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Anacrusis InstituteGreece, UKODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Greece does not recognize private degree suppliers. Related to Am U of London.
Anglo American UniversityHawaiiClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Ashford UniversityGreat BritainDiploma mill.
Ashington UniversityBritish Virgin Islands; LouisianaAppears to be a diploma mill; has no meaningful degree authority. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Ashwood University Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Atlantic International UniversityHawaii, FloridaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Azaliahformerly New MexicoUnclear whether this is a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Lost its US accreditation in 2002. Also operates in S. Africa and Asia.
Bangalore Inst of Science, Tech. and MgtIndiaAppears to be new name for overseas aspect of St. Regis U. scam.
Barrington UniversityAlabamaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. See also furtherinformation.html furtherinformation.html
Belford UniversityNevadaAppears to be a diploma mill. Offers degrees in ten days. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Operating illegally in Nevada
Beloved Community SeminaryAshland, OregonNot a degree-granting entity. Any degrees issued are invalid. Use of any such degrees in Oregon is illegal.
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Berne UniversityPennsylvania, St. KittsODA has substantial evidence that this is not a provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Operating illegally according to PA Department of Education. Further information: Further information:
NACES Response to Question
Bienville UniversityLouisiana, MississippiClosed by state action. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Bircham International UniversityUK, Spain, Bahamas, etc.ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Its Spanish approval is insufficient to establish degree authority meeting Oregon standards.
Blackstone University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
Brantridge UniversityHawaiiHas ceased operations. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Breyer State UniversityIdaho, LiberiaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Not a state school. Loophole in Idaho law allows unaccredited degree suppliers to operate there as long as degrees are not supplied to Idaho residents. Its degrees should be considered not equivalent to those at accredited schools.
Bridgewater UniversityUK, SeychellesAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Brighton UniversityMissouri, HawaiiClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Britain College of Management and ScienceUKAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. See also: furtherinformation.html
British American Business Institute ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Bronte International University New name for the unaccredited offshore entity formerly known as Trinity College and University. Also operated in Louisiana and maybe elsewhere.
Business and Computer University CollegeLebanonAppears to be a diploma mill or substandard provider, but status unclear. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. May be branch of unaccredited American University of Hawaii.
C & E American University InstituteLebanonAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Cal Southern UniversityTexasAppears to be a diploma mill. Registered in the South Pacific Islalnd of Niue. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education.
Calamus International UniversityBritish West IndiesAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. BWI does not have degree oversight capacity.
California Pacific UniversityCaliforniaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Cambridge International UniversityCape Town, South AfricaAppears to be a diploma mill. Does not have appropriate authorization from South Africa.
Cambridge State UniversityHawaiiAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Not a state school.
Canyon CollegeIdahoODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Operates under the loophole in Idaho law allowing unaccredited degree suppliers to operate in Idaho as long as they don't supply degrees to Idaho residents. Degrees should be considered not equivalent to accredited degrees.
Capital American University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
Carrington University Diploma mill.
Center College of Executive & Professional DevelopmentIndiaAppears to be a diploma mill and part of the St. Regis University degree sales operation. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Center State University of Executive & Professional DevelopmentMonroviaNot an authorized Liberian University. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education.
Central Pacific UniversityHawaiiHas ceased operations. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Central State UniversityCaliforniaUnaccredited. Not a state school. Canadian and other foreign "affiliates" do not have appropriate governmental approval as degree-granters and their degrees are invalid in Oregon. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Century UniversityNew MexicoODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Grandfathered under loophole in New Mexico law and therefore does not undergo meaningful state oversight.
Chelsea UniversityUnited Kingdom"It has never been recognised as a university with UK degree awarding powers. They have been reported to Companies House for use of the word university without permission and Trading Standards for possible breach of the Education Reform Act 1988." - Higher Education Governance and Health Professions Team Department for Education and Skills 1D, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BT Tel: 020 7925 6932 Fax: 020 7925 6664
Christian Leadership UniversityNew YorkODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
City University of L.A.CaliforniaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Clayton College of Natural HealthAlabamaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Degree holders ineligible for Oregon professional practice or licensure.
Clayton UniversityHong KongAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Clermont College of BusinessMontanaAppears to be offshoot of Prescott College, closed by Hawaii. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
College of Medical & Health SciencesSt. LuciaThis does not appear to be a diploma mill. ODA has insufficient evidence to classify the entity under Oregon standards.
Colorado University of Naturopathic MedicineSpain, British VIODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Columbia Commonwealth UniversityWyomingODA reviewed this institution in July, 2004, pursuant to ORS 348.609(d). Based on that review, we found that this institution's policies and requirements are insufficient to allow approval of its degrees for use in Oregon at this time. Both institutional policies and Oregon law may change, resulting in different findings in the future.
Columbia Pacific U.CaliforniaClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that this was a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. May be restarting in Nevada.
Columbia State UniversityLouisianaDiploma mill. Closed by court order. See also: Senate Hearing Day 1 ; Senate Hearing Day 2
Columbus UniversityLouisianaClosed by state action. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Commonwealth Open UniversityVirgin IslandsODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Communion of Saints SeminaryOregonDiploma mill. Operating illegally in Oregon, degrees invalid.
Concordia UniversityVirgin Islands, Spain, Dominica, Liberia, IndonesiaDiploma mill. Note: No connection to legitimate Concordia University in Oregon.
Cornerstone UniversityLouisianaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Cosmopolitan Univlocation uncertainAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Formerly Missouri
Cranston Universityonline, Singapore, Nevada?Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Crown Church College & University ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Donsbach UniversityCaliforniaODA has no evidence that this is or was a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Now closed.
Earlscroft UniversityGreat Britain, Commonwealth, SeychellesDiploma mill.
East Point University ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Edison University ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Appears to be a fake run by the former owner of LaSalle U. Note: not the same as the accredited Thomas Edison of New Jersey.
Ellington University Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
European Graduate SchoolNew York, SwitzerlandThis supplier appears to be approved by Swiss cantons, but its degrees are not recognized for use at other Swiss universities. Oregon requires that foreign degrees be usable within the nation of authorization on the same terms as other college degrees in order to meet the statutory standard of having the "foreign equivalent" of U.S. accreditation. Approval by a Swiss canton therefore does not meet the Oregon standard for foreign approval.
Fairfax UniversityLouisiana, Montana, S. Dakota, U.K.Diploma mill.
Farington UniversityRefuses to discloseAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Fort Young UniversityMonroviaNot an authorized Liberian University. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education.
Frederick Taylor International UniversityHawaii, CaliforniaClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Glencullen UniversityUKDiploma mill.
Glenford UniversityLouisianaClosed by state action. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Golden State UniversityHawaiiName changed to Honolulu University of the Arts Sciences & Humanities. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Greenleaf UniversityMissouriAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Note: Degrees banned for use in Sweden.
Greenwich UniversityFormerly Hawaii, Norfolk Island, California and back to Hawaii.May be closed. Closed by Australia gov.. See also
www.dest.gov.au/highered/alert/
Information on Legality of Australian Colleges Note: This entity has a complex history. It was never accredited. Its programs varied in quality and purpose. Degrees may represent college-level work or a much lower standard and should be evaluated individually when allowed by law. Degrees are not legal for use in Oregon
Hamilton UniversityWyomingDiploma mill. See American State University above. Relocated to Bahamas as Richardson University. See also: Government Computer News; Chronicle of Higher Education
Hampton Bay University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
Hampton CollegeNevada (not Hampton U. of Virginia)Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Harrington UniversityGreat BritainDiploma mill. Closed by the British government; furtherinformation.html See also: Diploma Mills
Hartford UniversityVanatu; false claim in MNClaims of Minnesota location are false. Apparently licensed on island of Vanatu in South Pacific. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Hartland University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
Hartley UniversityGreat BritainDiploma mill.
Hawaii American UniversityHawaiiClosed by court order.
Heed UniversityWisconsin, Florida, CaribbeanFounded in Florida. Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
HolosMissouriAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Holos UniversityNorfolk Island and South DakotaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Hong Bang UniversityVietnamAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Honolulu UniversityHawaiiSee also University of Honolulu. Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Honolulu University of the Arts Sciences & HumanitiesHawaiiAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. See Golden State University above.
Honolulu USAThailand, PakistanAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Illawarra CollegeNew Hampshire, Virginia, AustraliaAppears to be a diploma mill. Never had genuine degree-granting authority by any jurisdiction. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Institute for Creative Process ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Institute for Human Dynamics ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Institute for Science in Mind ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Institute of Executive & Professional DevelopmentMonroviaNot an authorized Liberian University. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education.
Institute of New Media & Technology ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
InTech University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
International Graduate CenterVermont, St. Croix USVIAppears not to be a diploma mill; true status is obscure. ODA has no evidence that this is a provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
International MBSMonroviaNot an authorized Liberian University. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education.
International Mid Pac CollegeHawaiiNote: Accreditation repealed Dec. 19, 2003.
International Theological UniversityCaliforniaClaims all manner of exemptions and approvals, all of which are meaningless from the point of view of degree validity.
International University for Graduate StudiesSt. KittsOffshore degree supplier without adequate oversight or standards. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. No such school as the IU for Grad Studies is listed for St. Kitts by UNESCO or the Commonwealth Association.
James Monroe UniversityLiberia, operated from Washington, Arizona and perhaps New York.Diploma mill. This is the new home of the St. Regis University scam using supposed Liberian approval. Oregon does not recognize this approval as valid under ORS 348.609.
John ThomasMissouriAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Kennedy-Western UniversityWyoming, also CaliforniaUnaccredited. Degrees do not meet requirements for employment by State of Oregon or for work in any profession licensed by the State of Oregon for which a degree is required.
Kensington UniversityHawaii, CaliforniaDiploma mill. Closed by court order.
Kent Collegeprobably LouisianaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Kingdom College of Natural HealthLouisiana, RussiaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Kingsfield UniversityGreat BritainDiploma mill.
Knightsbridge UniversityDenmarkDiploma mill. The Danish government denies that this entity has legal authority to issue college degrees. Its degrees are not recognized inside Denmark.
Lacrosse UniversityMoved to MississippiClosed by state action in Louisiana. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Lambert UniversityHawaiiAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Formerly Newport Asia Pacific University.
LaSalle UniversityLouisianaDiploma mill. No connection to legitimate LaSalle of Pennsylvania. Closed.
Laureate University Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
LeibnizNew Mexico, ItalyAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Lexington Universityonline, Nevada?Diploma mill.
Lincoln International University, Inc.HawaiiClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Lincoln UniversityNew Mexico, ItalyAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. New Mexico law has inadequate oversight of private degree-granters.
London College of TechnologyUKAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. See also: furtherinformation.html
Madison UniversityMississippi ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Manhattan UniversityHawaii, British ColumbiaClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Marlborough UniversityHawaiiAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Medical College of LondonUKAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. See also: Further Information
Medical University of the AmericasSt Kitts/NevisDoes not meet Oregon standards for foreign degrees. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Midwestern UniversitySpringfield, MissouriAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Note: not the same as Midwestern U of Arizona or Illinois or Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Missouri
Monterrey Institute for Graduate Studies This entity claimed to be a branch of a Mexican institution with authority to operate in the U.S., but in fact did not have that authority and had no free-standing degree authority from Mexico. Appears to be closed.
Monticello University/Thomas Jefferson UniversityKansas, HawaiiDiploma mill. Closed by court order - See also furtherinformation.html
Nation State University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
Nation UniversityHawaiiClosed by Court Order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
New Manhattan University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
Newport Asia Pacific UniversityHawaiiRenamed Lambert University. Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Newport UniversityHawaii, LebanonAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Newton UniversityVancouver BC, HawaiiClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Nobel UniversitySouth KoreaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
North United University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
Northwestern International University, Ltd.Cyprus/DenmarkAppears to be a diploma mill. Has no recognized degree authority from Cyprus or Denmark. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Novus UniversityUSAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Open University of AmericaPuerto RicoODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Oxford International UniversityGreat BritainDiploma mill. No connection to legitimate Oxford University in Great Britain.
Pacific Basin UniversityTexas, Mexico, MicronesiaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Pacific Coast UniversityCaliforniaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Pacific Southern UniversityHawaiiClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Pacific Western UniversityCaliforniaDiploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. See also: Senate Hearing Day 1 ; Senate Hearing Day 2 See also: LINK TO CBS STORY
Pacific Western UniversityCalifornia, Hawaii, ChinaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Unclear whether the entities using the name are all one, but none should be considered legitimate educational institutions.
Pacific Western UniversityHong KongAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. See also: CBS News
PanAmerican UniversityMonroviaNot an authorized Liberian University. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education.
Parkwood UniversityU.S.; Great BritainDiploma mill.
Personal Therapy Institute ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Pickering UniversityHawaiiClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Port Rhode University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
Prescott College of Business and Leadership StudiesHawaiiClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Preston UniversityWyoming; Pakistan, Dubai, NetherlandsODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Recently added an operation in the Netherlands called Universiteit Preston Russel Hobbes. Note: undergoing ODA review at the school's request, 2004-05.
Richardson UniversityBahamas; WyomingAppears to be the new version of Hamilton University. Does not meet Oregon standards.
Robert Kennedy UniversitySwitzerlandThis supplier appears to be approved by a Swiss canton, but its degrees are not recognized for use at other Swiss universities. Oregon requires that foreign degrees be usable within the nation of authorization on the same terms as other college degrees in order to meet the statutory standard of having the "foreign equivalent" of U.S. accreditation. Approval by a Swiss canton therefore does not meet the Oregon standard for foreign approval. AKA RFK College.
Robertstown UniversityLiberiaDiploma mill. May be related to the St. Regis cluster.
Rochville University Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. See also: furtherinformation.html
Romano ByzantineMinnesotaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Appears to be reincarnation of former Colorado diploma mill Notre Dame de Lafayette.
Ross UniversitySt. KittsNot a diploma mill, but ODA has no evidence that this is a provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Oregon accepts no degrees issued under authority of St. Kitts. Note that Ross veterinary school graduates are allowed to practice in some states.
Rushmore UniversityCayman Is., Georgia USAAppears to be a diploma mill because the Cayman Islands has no equivalent to US accreditation. ODA has not evaluated this supplier, and has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Scarsdale UniversityCalifornia, UKAppears to be a diploma mill. Does not have authority to issue degrees in California or the UK. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Shaftsbury University Diploma mill.
Shelbourne UniversityPennsylvaniaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Shepperton University Diploma mill.
Solsbury UniversityOntario, CanadaDiploma mill. According to the Ontario government, "Solsbury University does not have the authority to offer degrees, programs leading to a degree or to call itself a university in Ontario."
South Atlantic University Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Southern Graduate InstituteKentuckyAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Southern Pacific UniversityHawaiiClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Southwest International UniversityBayside, NYAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
St. Augustine School of Medical AssistantsGeorgia, online supplier.Unaccredited. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
St. Augustine Universitylocation unknownAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
St. Christopher's College of MedicineSenegal, UKNot a diploma mill. Degree issuance based in Senegal but program in UK. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Note: "St Christopher's Medical school (aka) St Christopher's Medical College based in Luton is not recognised by the UK authorities as a degree course provider nor does it satisfy the criteria for degree awarding..." UK Higher Education Governance office, 2004 Note: School is undergoing ODA review at its own request.
St. George University InternationalSt. Kitts, GrenadaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. ODA has no evidence that St. Kitts enforces its degree standards.
St. John's University College of MedicineMontserratClosed by court order.
St. Lourdes University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
St. Lucia College of MedicineSt. LuciaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. See also: http://www.gmc-uk.org/med_ed/default.htm
St. Luke School of MedicineCalifornia, Ghana, LiberiaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. May be connected to the St. Regis cluster of diploma mills.
St. Mary's College of MedicineHawaiiClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
St. Regis UniversityDominica; Liberia; Washington D.C., State of WashingtonDiploma mill. Falsely asserts Liberian government approval. Falsely asserts Indian government approval. Appears to operate mainly from State of Washington but may have operations elsewhere. Note: not the same as Regis of Massachusetts or Colorado.
St. Renoir University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
St. Thomas InstituteIndiaAppears to be a diploma mill and part of the St. Regis University degree sales operation. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Stanley State University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
Stanton UniversityHawaiiClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
Stefan International University, Inc.CaliforniaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Stensan International UnivCaliforniaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Strassford UniversityGreat BritainDiploma mill.
Success SeminaryOregonDiploma mill. Operating illegally in Oregon, degrees invalid
Suffield Universitypossibly Connecticut?Diploma mill.
SynergysticsRochester, NYAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. May be linked to the St. Regis diploma mill or other suppliers of fake degrees.
Tecana International UniversitaSouth AmericaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Templeton Universityonline, Singapore, Nevada?Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
The Dream Institute Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
The Thornwood University (probably UK, Netherlands)Diploma mill.
Thornewood UniversityGreat BritainDiploma mill.
Trident University of TechnologySingaporeAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Notes: Denied approval by Wisconsin. Was never legal in New Jersey as claimed.
Trinity College and UniversitySouth DakotaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. May have moved to Canada or Caribbean.
U. Francophone R. de SorbonFrance, Maine, Switzerland, Florida and the Comoro IslandsDegrees issued by this entity are invalid for use in Oregon under ORS 348.609(a) because the entity has no legal authority from any recognized government to issue degrees. Its claim of authority from France is inaccurate and its claim of authority from the Comoro Islands is meaningless. AACRAO has concluded that the entity has no authority to issue degrees. Claims of AACRAO approval made by an organization called AUAP are inaccurate. Not the same as 'Sorbonne', which refers to three government-recognized universities in Paris.
United Pacific University Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Note: No longer operating in Hawaii
University of HonoluluHawaiiClosed by court order. ODA has no evidence that it ever met Oregon standards.
University College for Advanced StudiesIndiaAppears to be a diploma mill and part of the St. Regis University degree sales operation. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
University de la RomandeUKProbably a diploma mill, appears to be closed.
University of Advanced ResearchCaliforniaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Also operated in Hawaii, where its local operation has been closed by court order, see: http://www.state.hi.us/dcca/ocp/case_info.html
University of DevonshireUKDiploma mill.
University of DoncasterEnglandDiploma mill. See also: furtherinformation.html
University of Dorchester Diploma mill.
University of Dunham Diploma mill.
University of Ecoforum for PeaceSwitzerlandAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
University of Health ScienceHawaiiAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
University of Honolulu USAThailand & PakistanAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Notes: Office in Utah. No link to Hawaii.
University of MetaphysicsCalifornia, possibly NevadaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
University of Northern WashingtonVancouver B.C. ?Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Closed by court order. Notes: may still be operating in British Columbia, not clear. Relocated from Hawaii.
University of NorthWestWyoming, Louisiana, Pakistan, India, New JerseyAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
University of Palmers GreenUKDiploma mill. Closed by the British government.
University of RavenhurstGreat BritainDiploma mill.
University of San MoritzGreat Britain, CyprusDiploma mill.
University of Santa BarbaraCaliforniaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. No connection to UC Santa Barbara. Closed?
University of Santa MonicaCaliforniaODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
University of the Holy LandIsrael, may be operated from State of OregonNot recognized as a university by Israeli higher education office, therefore cannot be recognized by Oregon as a foreign post-secondary institution. Not approved as an Oregon degree-granter.
University of WexfordGreat BritainClosed by the British government.
Van Ives University Part of network of fake schools associated with St. Regis University, a fake Liberian school.
Vancouver University WorldwideBritish ColumbiaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Not authorized or listed by appropriate BC authority.
Vernell University Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Virginia International University New institution that appears to be legitimate. Not a diploma mill under Oregon law. Degrees not valid in Oregon owing to lack of accreditation or ODA approval.
Wakefield International UniversitySt. Kitts/NevisAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Warnborough CollegeUKNot a degree-granting institution. Appearance on UK registry of training providers does not confer or represent authorization to issue degrees.
Warnborough UniversityIrelandODA has no evidence that this is a genuine Irish postsecondary institution. Accordingly, its degrees are considered invalid for use in Oregon.
Washington International UniversityPennsylvania, Brit. Virgin Isl.May be a diploma mill but status difficult to determine. British Virgin Islands does not have postsecondary oversight capability. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Operating illegally in Pennsylvania according to PA Department of Education.
Washington School of TheologyOregonDiploma mill. Operating illegally in Oregon, degrees invalid.
Westbourne UniversityGreat BritainDiploma mill.
Westbrook UniversityNew Mexico, New York, CaliforniaAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. New Mexico law does not provide adequate control of degree-granters.
Western States University for Professional StudiesMissouriAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Westhampton UniversityGreat BritainDiploma mill.
Wilson State University, Inc.Hawaii, New JerseyClosed. Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
Wittfield UniversityHawaiiClosed. Appears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards.
YUIN/American UniversityHawaiiAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. Judo school, operated from California.
Zenith UniversityHawaiiAppears to be a diploma mill. ODA has no evidence that this is a legitimate provider of postsecondary education meeting Oregon standards. See also Pickering and Brighton.

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

For access to Australia�s 24 hour, 7 day a week higher education credential verification system (degreeoftruth Australia), click on the following link: http://www.degreeoftruth.com.au/home.htm

Warning regarding so-called "Liberian" degrees: Any degrees issued by St. Regis, Breyer State, Concordia or any other entity claiming to be authorized by the "National Board of Education" in Liberia are illegal for use in Oregon and should be regarded as not meeting the standards expected of a U.S. degree.

*Monterrey Institute for Graduate Studies. As of December, 2001, this entity is not authorized to operate in Texas or Florida, where it claims to operate. Oregon will not accept MIGS-related degrees until satisfactory evidence of its legal status in the U.S. and its degree-granting authority is obtained. Oregon does recognize degrees issued in Mexico by Centro de Estudias Universitarios of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Interested in starting a college in Oregon or obtaining ODA authorization? Regulations governing the authorization of colleges in Oregon can be found at OAR 583-030, available via the sidebar on this page. Contact ODA with any questions.

Last Update 3/10/2005


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