Office of Degree Authorization

Unaccredited colleges


Degrees from these unaccredited colleges are approved by ODA for use in Oregon.
Note this: 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.

Unaccredited Schools that offer degrees approved for use in Oregon

IICC World Link Graduate CenterOregon 
Kilns CollegeOregon 
Maitripa CollegeOregon 
North Portland Bible CollegeOregon 
Pacific Bible CollegeOregon 
Pacific Evangelical School of MinistryOregon 
Process Work InstituteOregon 
Professional School of PsychologyCalifornia 
Shekinah Bible CollegeOregon 
Southern California University for Professional StudiesCaliforniaPsychology PhD only
Trinity College of Graduate StudiesCalifornia 
Universitas 21 GlobalSingaporeIndividual degree evaluation required for use in Oregon

*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.

See also list of religious exempt colleges 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 or Country Website or Contact information
State of Texas
State of Hawaii For list of schools taken to court by State of Hawaii:
State of California:
State of Washington:
State of Idaho: Contact Harv Lyter, 208-332-1587,
State of Nevada: Contact David Perlman at:
State of Michigan:
State of Maine:
Australia: For a 24 hour, 7 day a week higher education credential verification system (degreeoftruth Australia),
click on the following link:
Great Britain:
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Degree use laws in the United States - May, 2010
Degree Use Law Map
Red states have broad laws prohibiting or restricting the use of unaccredited degrees.
Yellow states have narrow or more limited protections for genuine degrees.
States with Poor college approval  Laws States where the operation of poor quality unaccredited degree suppliers is easy because of state laws that are poor, poorly enforced, or obscure are shown in orange. Other states’ laws vary from excellent to so-so.

ODA provides this information as a general guideline for Oregon employers and potential students who may be considering or evaluating degrees issued in these states.
Potential problems with degree suppliers located in these states

State Potential problems with degree suppliers
California New law not yet enforced. All unaccredited degrees assumed invalid unless evaluated.
Colorado Poor screening of problem schools.
Delaware No effective enforcement. All unaccredited degrees assumed invalid unless evaluated. Many fake colleges registered as corporations. See list of genuine colleges at:
Idaho Recent improvement in enforcement, but degree mills remain in state.
Florida Limited enforcement.
Hawaii Weak law, partly offset by excellent enforcement.
Mississippi State law has limited effect. See the State of Mississippi for a list of unapproved entities. Recent improvement.

Use of unaccredited degrees in Oregon

In many jobs and professions, degrees from unaccredited suppliers are not acceptable, because a degree from an accredited school is required. Oregon law (ORS 348.609) 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.

To determine whether a degree from an accredited school is required for employment or licensure, check directly with the responsible entity.

In addition, an individual using an unaccredited degree, even if the employer allows use of such degrees, must disclose on resumes, letterheads, business cards, announcements and advertisements that "(Name of school) does not have accreditation recognized by the United States Department of Education and has not been approved by the Office of Degree Authorization." ORS 348.609(2)(a). The only exception is for schools approved by ODA. See ORS 348.609(d) and OAR 583-050-0014.

It is a Class B Misdemeanor under the Oregon Criminal Code to use a degree in violation of ORS 348.609.

U. S. Degree Suppliers

The use of unaccredited degrees issued by suppliers in the United States is governed by ORS 348.609(1) and (2)(a). Some degrees cannot be used at all and some can be used only with a disclaimer. U.S. suppliers, and suppliers who operate in multiple countries but appear to be based in the U.S., have no letter code in the "Type" column in the following list.

Foreign Degree Suppliers

The use of degrees issued outside the United States is governed by ORS 348.609(1)(a), which requires that such degrees come from schools with the foreign equivalent of U.S. accreditation. Suppliers that appear to be based outside the U.S., though possibly also operating in the U.S., have a code of "F" in the "Type" column below.

List of Suppliers

The following list of unaccredited degree suppliers is maintained by ODA for the protection of the citizens of Oregon and their post-secondary schools by identifying those degree suppliers that do not meet the requirements of ORS 348.609(1). This is not a comprehensive list and new suppliers emerge every day, many of which remain unknown to ODA. 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.

Users of degrees from these suppliers may contact ODA with any questions about the legal status of such degrees for use as credentials in Oregon. ODA cannot give legal advice but can provide information about how a degree is treated, why it is treated that way and steps that a user can take to obtain a formal evaluation from ODA or another evaluator.

Employers, potential students, potential clients and others doing business with users of these degrees should take appropriate steps to determine the true nature of the credentials listed here in order to ensure that degrees are genuine and are being used legally.

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

Schools that are not Authorized to Offer Degrees in the State of Oregon

Al-Ishraq UniversitySaudi ArabiaLacks authority to issue degrees 
Académie Européene d'InformatisationBelgiumSee World Information Distributed UniversityF
Academy for Contemporary ResearchUnknown  
Academy of Healing ArtsUnknown  
Academy of Natural TherapiesHawaii, CA, WY, MTClosed by court order in Hawaii. Relocated to CA, then to either WY or MT. 
Academy of Religious & Spiritual StudiesUnknown  
Adam Smith UniversityLiberia, Saipan F
Adams and Washington University, King College of Professional StudiesEngland F
Addison State UniversityOttawa, CanadaThis is not a state entity and has no Ontario authorization to issue degrees.F
Advanced Education TrustUnknown  
Advanced Learning NetworkVermontDoes not have Vermont authority to grant degrees. Appears to be a conduit for converting nonacademic work to academic credits. 
African Distributed University (AIDP)possibly NigeriaUnrecognized. Connected to the World Information Distributed University. 
Akamai UniversityHawaii  
Al Qasim UniversityPakistan F
Al-Hurra UniversitySweden, Netherlands, Michigan, Rhode Island, othersLacks degree-granting authority. Sometimes spelled Alhuraa. 
Al-Shurook UniversitySaudi ArabiaLacks authority to issue degrees. 
Alberdeen UniversityNew Mexico"Not a licensed school in New Mexico" - New Mexico Department of Higher Education. Degrees therefore invalid in Oregon. Sometimes uses spelling "Aberdeen." 
Albert UniversityDelaware  
Alexandria UniversityUS online (Nevada), not Egyptian  
All Saints American UniversityLiberia F
All-American UniversityNevada  
Allen Maxwell UniversityWyoming etc.  
Almeda College (University)Florida, IdahoClosed by legal action in Florida but may still be operating there. Operating illegally in Idaho. Degree mill. Also uses name Almeda International University. 
Ambai UniversityMassachusettsHas no degree-granting authority in Massachusetts. 
Ambassador University CorporationUnknown  
American Androgogy UniversityHawaii, Bolivia  
American Capital UniversityLiberia F
American Central UniversityWyoming  
American City UniversityWyoming  
American Coastline UniversityHawaii, California, New York, Russia  
American Columbus UniversityCalifornia  
American Global International UniversityFlorida  
American Global UniversityWyoming  
American Global University School of MedicineOhioOperating without appropriate approval in Ohio. 
American Independent International UniversityUnknown  
American International UniversitymultipleFraudulent, carries false certification reading "ADA - State of Oregon USA." Any degree bearing this certification is fraudulent. It is unclear whether this is the same American International University that operates out of California and Lebanon. Its degrees are also invalid in Oregon. 
American International University of Management and TechnologyHawaiiClosed by court order. 
American Liberty UniversityAlabama, CaliforniaAlso operates in England, Greece, S. Korea, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, and United Arab Emirates, according to the entity's web site. 
American Pacific UniversityVietnam, AsiaOperates in Vietnam and other Asian sites. Claim of offer of Central Washington University credits, faculty and programs in Vietnam is false, according to State of Washington. 
American PacWest International UniversityHawaiiState of Hawaii has filed suit to close this entity. 
American Scandinavian AcademySweden; Texas; on server in Arizona, IP address in NetherlandsClaims to be registered in the State of Texas. Most of the email addresses and cell phone number are Swedish. The American Scandinavian Academy is not a recognized Swedish institution.E
American State UniversityHawaiiRelocated to Wyoming as Hamilton University. Relocated to the Caribbean as Richardson University. 
American University for HumanitiesMississippi, Colorado, Lebanon etc.New name for American University of Hawaii, which was closed by court order. Operations claiming accreditation from AALE in Lebanon do NOT meet Oregon legal requirements and degrees are not valid here. Degrees issued from Delaware are not valid in Oregon. For State of Mississippi information: 
American University of AsturiasSpainClosed by Spanish government.F
American University of AthensGreeceClaim of Delaware authority invalid since 2005. Claim of ACICS accreditation invalid since 2005. 
American University of HawaiiMississippi. Formerly Hawaii. Also India, Lebanon, Republic of Georgia and elsewhereFor State of Mississippi information: Operates from California and Delaware. Changed its name spring 2006 to American University for Humanities. 
American University of LondonSaudi ArabiaLacks authority to issue degrees in Saudi Arabia.F
American University of LondonSt. Kitts/Nevis, UK, Sri Lanka F
American University of Mayonic Science & TechnologyColoradoLacks authority to issue degrees. 
American World UniversityMississippi, CaliforniaFor State of Mississippi information: 
Americana UniversityLiberia F
Americus UniversityWashington DC  
Ameritech UniversityMonrovia F
Amorsolo FoundationCaliforniaAlso uses name California University or CUFCE. Has no legal authority to issue college degrees or transcripts. 
Amstead UniversityUS  
Anacrusis InstituteGreece, UKGreece does not recognize private degree suppliers. Related to American U of London.F
Anderson UniversityCalifornia  
Anglo American UniversityHawaiiClosed by court order. 
Arabic Open UniversityDenmark  
Aristotle UniversityCaliforniaCollege of Law 
Armstrong UniversityCaliforniaModern degrees issued by this entity are not accredited. Older degrees may be accredited. Contact the Western Association and ACICS for information about the entity's accreditation history and the nature of its practices. 
Ashbourne UniversityGreat BritainUnrecognized by British education authorities 
Ashburry UniversityMississippi  
Ashford UniversityGreat BritainThe 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 UniversityBritish Virgin Islands; Louisiana  
Ashwood UniversityFlorida, Pakistan, possibly TexasFake. May also operate ''Universidad de las Palmas." 
Athenaeum UPanama and UK.Does not exist.F
Atlantic International UniversityHawaii, Florida  
Atlantic National UniversityCalifornia  
Atlantic Pacific UniversityChengdu, People's Republic of China  
Auberdeen UniversityIdahoHas no authority to issue degrees. 
Azaliahformerly New MexicoLost its US accreditation in 2002. Also operates in S. Africa and Asia.F
Bangalore Inst of Science, Tech. and MgtIndia F
Barrington UniversityAlabamaSee furtherinformation.html furtherinformation.html 
Bavarian College of ScienceGermanyUnrecognized, has no degree-granting authority. 
Belford UniversityTexas, previously Nevada or Arizona. Also Saudi Arabia.Fake. 
Beloved Community SeminaryOregon, HawaiiNot 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 EducationUnknown  
Bennington UniversityUnited States, possibly elsewhereNot the same as accredited Bennington College in Vermont. The unaccredited supplier sometimes uses a Vermont address, too. 
Berkeley International UniversityDelawareHas no legal authority to issue degrees. 
Berne UniversityPennsylvania, St. Kitts, VirginiaApproval 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 UniversityVirginia  
Bienville UniversityLouisiana, MississippiClosed by state action in Louisiana. For State of Mississippi information: 
Bircham International UniversityUK, Spain, Bahamas, etc. F
Blackstone University   
Brainwells UniversityUS, CanadaMay operate from outside North America. 
Brantridge UniversityHawaiiHas ceased operations. 
Breyer State UniversityAlabamaNot a state school. Lost its authority to issue degrees on June 3, 2008. 
Bridgewater UniversityUK, Seychelles F
Brighton UniversityMissouri, HawaiiClosed by court order. 
Britain College of Management and ScienceUKSee: furtherinformation.htmlF
British American Business InstituteUnknown  
Brixton UniversityBritish ColumbiaOperating Illegally. Lacks authority to issue degrees. 
Bronte International UniversityUnknown, probably CaribbeanNew name for the entity formerly known as Trinity College and University. Also operated in Louisiana and maybe elsewhere.F
Burnell CollegeGreat Britain  
Burnett International UniversityHaiti, St. KittsMedical school 
Business and Computer University CollegeLebanonMay be branch of unaccredited American University of Hawaii.F
Buxton UniversityPossibly UK, Singapore, PortugalNot a legal institution, therefore degrees invalid in Oregon.F
Cal Southern UniversityTexasNot a California school. Not the same as California Southern University. Registered in the South Pacific Island of Niue. 
Calamus International UniversityBritish West Indies F
California Institute for Human ScienceCalifornia, Japan  
California Pacific UniversityCalifornia  
California Technical UniversityCaliforniaThis is a private high school in Los Angeles, not a degree-granter. It has no relationship to Caltech, which is a genuine accredited degree-granter in California. 
California University FCECaliforniaSee also Amorsolo. 
Calvary UniversityVirginia based; also Oregon, UK, Netherlands, other foreign sitesHas no legal authority to issue degrees. 
Cambridge International UniversityCape Town, South AfricaDoes not have appropriate authorization from South Africa.F
Cambridge State UniversityHawaii, MississippiNot a state school. For State of Mississippi information: 
Camford UniversityAlabama  
Campile UniversityUK and Belize  
Canada International Education CentreAlberta CanadaDegree mill. Lacks degree-granting authority. Lacks Alberta approval. 
Canadian School of ManagementCanada  
Canbourne UniversityUKNot an authorized British university, therefore degrees invalid in Oregon.F
Canterbury University UKNot associated with the legitimate New Zealand University of Canterbury nor the UK Canterbury Christ Church University or University of Kent at Canterbury.F
Canyon CollegeIdaho, CaliforniaAll degrees issued by the entity should be considered invalid. Continues to operate illegally in Idaho. Statement issued by State of Idaho: "Canyon College (Caldwell, ID) is NOT properly registered with the state of Idaho. They are NOT accredited by any accrediting body recognized by either the USDE or the State Board of Idaho. ... Idaho does not consider Canyon College credits or diplomas valid" Canyon College announced an additional address in California on August 8, 2008. California currently allows any business to issue college degrees, whether or not it is a genuine college. 
Capital American UniversityLiberia F
Caribbean Medical UniversityCuracao  
Carlingford University   
Carrington UniversityUnknown  
Center College of Executive & Professional DevelopmentIndia F
Center State University of Executive & Professional DevelopmentMonrovia F
Central Pacific UniversityHawaii, Delaware, DubaiHas ceased operations in Hawaii but may still be active as a Delaware corporation owned from Dubai. 
Central State UniversityCalifornia, CanadaNot a state school. Canadian and other foreign "affiliates" do not have appropriate legal status as degree-granters. 
Century UniversityNew Mexico  
Chadwick UniversityAlabama  
Charis School of DivinityFlorida  
Chartwell UniversityCanada, Washington DC  
Chase UniversityUnknown  
Chelsea UniversityUnited KingdomLacks authority to issue degrees in UK.F
Cherub CollegeBahamas  
Christian Leadership UniversityNew York  
City University of L.A.California  
Claremont UniversitySeychelles IslandsOperated from Illinois by former St. Regis University degree salesperson. Degree mill, no connection to genuine Claremont U in California. 
Clayton College of Natural HealthAlabamaDegree holders are ineligible for Oregon professional practice or licensure. 
Clayton UniversityHong Kong F
Clermont College of BusinessMontanaAppears to be offshoot of Prescott College, closed by Hawaii. 
College of Medical & Health SciencesSt. Lucia F
Colony UniversityLiberia F
Colorado University of Naturopathic MedicineSpain, British VI F
Columbia Commonwealth UniversityWyoming  
Columbia Pacific U.CaliforniaClosed by court order. 
Columbia State UniversityLouisianaClosed by court order. See also: Senate Hearing Day 1 ; Senate Hearing Day 2 
Columbus UniversityLouisiana, MississippiClosed by state action in Louisiana. For State of Mississippi information: 
Commonwealth Open UniversityVirgin Islands F
Communion of Saints SeminaryOregonOperating illegally in Oregon, degrees invalid. 
ConcordiaVirgin Islands, Spain, Dominica, Liberia, IndonesiaThis name is in common use around the world. Some schools are accredited, some are unaccredited but operating legally and some do not really exist. Concordia College and University of Liberia does not meet Oregon standards for degree use, contrary to statements made in its promotional materials. It should be viewed as a degree mill.F
Continental UniversityLiberia, Phillipines  
Corllins UniversityCalifornia, MichiganDegree mill. Has no authority to issue valid degrees. 
Cornerstone UniversityLouisianaNOTE: Cornerstone University in Michigan is not the same entity, and is accredited. 
Cosmopolitan Univlocation uncertainFormerly in Missouri. 
Cranston Universityonline, Singapore, Nevada?  
Cromwell College of IT and ManagementGreat Britain  
Crossworld Institute of Professional StudiesKenyaRelated to the Bircham U. degree mill 
Crown Church College & UniversityUnknown  
Cultural International CenterCalifornia, Lebanon  
Culverton CollegeMalaysia  
Dartley UniversityDelawareLacks authority to issue valid degrees. 
Denmark College of Management and ITCopenhagen, Denmark  
DiUlus Institute and UniversitySeborga (Italy), New Mexico  
Dixon-Byrd Medical UniversitySt. Kitts  
Donsbach UniversityCalifornia  
Dublin Metropolitan UniversityIrelandDoes not have authority to issue Irish degrees.F
Earlscroft UniversityGreat Britain, Commonwealth, Seychelles F
Earlstown UniversityNew YorkDegree mill, sells degrees outright. 
Earthnet InstituteHawaiiClosed in Hawaii in 2005 by court order. 
East Point UniversityUnknown  
Ecole Superieure Internationale de BruxellesBelgium, SpainNot a degree-granting institution. 
Edenvale UniversityTexas, Great Britain, New YorkHas no legal authority to issue degrees valid in Oregon. 
Edison UniversityUnknownNote: not the same as the accredited Thomas Edison of New Jersey. See also LaSalle University. 
Ellington UniversityUnknown  
Esoteric Theological SeminaryMultiple  
Euclid UniversityCentral African Republic, Chad, Belgium, St. Vincent et al.ODA is currently evaluating the present legal status of this entity. As of 2006 it had no degree-granting authority acceptable under Oregon law.F
European American UniversityDominicaAlso claims to be an international credential evaluator 
European Carolus Magnus UniversityBelgium, possibly elsewhere in Europe  
European College of MedicineUKDivision of unaccredited St Luke College of Medicine.F
European Continental UniversityDelaware, UKLacks degree authority. 
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.F
European Management University InternationalDenmark; also operates in Sweden, U.S. and ChinaDegree mill 
European University of IrelandIrelandDoes not have authority to issue Irish degrees.F
Fairfax UniversityLouisiana, Montana, S. Dakota, U.K.  
Farington UniversityRefuses to disclose  
Felton UniversityUnknown  
Firelake UniversityFinlandNot a Finnish college. Lacks authority to issue degrees. 
Fort Young UniversityLiberia F
Foundation UniversityThe NetherlandsDoes not have valid approval from the Govt of The Netherlands to issue degrees.F
Frederick Taylor International UniversityHawaii, CaliforniaClosed by court order. 
Free Swiss University of Saint GeorgeSwitzerland  
Freiburgh UniversityBelgium  
GeniversityQuebec, VirginiaLacks authority to issue degrees. 
Glamshier UniversityWyoming etc.  
Glencullen UniversityUK F
Glenford UniversityLouisianaClosed by state action. 
Glenndale UniversityUKWebsite same as Oaklands University 
Global Open UniversityUganda, Delaware, Netherlands, Zambia, IndiaLacks appropriate degree authority. 
Golden State UniversityHawaii, Delaware, Belize, British Virgin Islands, WyomingMay be multiple entities. Name of one (Hawaii) changed to Honolulu University of the Arts Sciences & Humanities. 
Gordon UniversityIllinois, Florida  
Grandview International UniversityMissouri  
Grandview International UniversityMissouriDoes not have degree-granting authority - State of Missouri 
Greenleaf UniversityMissouriDegrees banned for use in Sweden. 
Greenwich UniversityFormerly Hawaii, Norfolk Island, California.Closed by Australian govt.. See also
Information on Legality of Australian Colleges
Halifax UniversityWyoming  
Hamilton UniversityWyomingSee 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 UniversityLiberia F
Hampton CollegeNevada (not Hampton U. of Virginia)  
Harrington UniversityGreat BritainClosed by the British government; furtherinformation.html See also: Diploma MillsF
Hartford UniversityWashington DC, Vanuatu; false claim in MNClaims of Minnesota location are false. Apparently licensed on island of Vanuatu in South Pacific. An entity with the same name also operates in Washington D.C. 
Hartland UniversityLiberia F
Hartley UniversityGreat Britain F
Hawaii American UniversityHawaiiClosed by court order. 
Hawthorn UniversityCalifornia, New York, Florida  
Hawthorne UniversityUtah  
Heed UniversityWisconsin, Florida, Caribbean  
Hegel International UniversityCalifornia, Hawaii, Japan  
Herguan UniversityCalifornia  
Heritage International Universitypossibly UK, possibly FloridaDegree mill, does not exist. 
Hill University Degree mill. Probably sells degrees from the UAE.F
Holos UniversityMissouri, Norfolk Island and South Dakota  
Honolulu UniversityHawaiiThere is confusion between this entity and Honolulu U of the Arts Sciences and Humanities. Both entities are restricted for use in Oregon owing tolack of accreditation. 
Honolulu UniversityDelaware  
Honolulu University of the Arts Sciences & HumanitiesHawaiiSee Golden State University above. 
Honolulu USAThailand, Pakistan F
Horizons UniversityFrance, Virginia  
Illawarra CollegeNew Hampshire, Virginia, Australia  
Information University of AmericaHawaii  
Institute for Creative ProcessUnknown  
Institute for Human DynamicsUnknown  
Institute for Science in MindUnknown  
Institute for the Management of Information SystemsGreat Britain  
Institute of Executive & Professional DevelopmentLiberia F
Institute of Global EducationOregonHas no legal authority to issue degrees or academic credit. 
Institute of New Media & TechnologyUnknown  
InTech UniversityLiberia F
InterAmerican UniversityNY, CaliforniaNot associated with the accredited InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico 
Intermountain Institute of Natural HealthIdaho  
International Academy of Education UniversityNew York, JapanLacks legal authority to issue degrees. 
International American UniversityCalifornia, NepalFormerly Management Institute of America 
International Earth Environment UniversityJapan, Delaware  
International Graduate CenterVermont, St. Croix USVI  
International Institute for Specialised Education and ResearchTennessee, also possibly Great Britain  
International MBSLiberia F
International Medical School of AmericaTexas  
International Mid Pac CollegeHawaii  
International Theological UniversityCalifornia  
International UniversityVienna, 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 UniversityMissouriDoes not have authority to issue some of the degrees that it issues. Contact Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education for validity of specific degrees.F
International University for Graduate StudiesSt. Kitts F
International University of NursingSt. Kitts F
IOND UniversityHawaii, Japan, PhilippinesDegree mill closed in Hawaii by court order. No evidence of legal authority to issue degrees valid in Japan. Considered a degree 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. All degrees should be considered invalid. 
Irish International UniversityMalaysia, SwitzerlandThe 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 SchoolIreland, PhilippinesIrish University Business School is not accredited by HETAC in Ireland. It has recently claimed accreditation in the Philippines and is attempting to establish itself in Africa. Oregon does not recognize any of these operations.F
Isles International UniversitySt. Kitts, Malaysia  
ITECOPAMHaitiNot a recognized Haitian college. Nursing credentials from this entity are not accepted by Province of Quebec.F
Ivory Carlson UniversityMinnesotaDegree mill operating without approval in Minnesota, apparently based in India. 
James Cook Medical SchoolCook IslandsNo longer operating.F
James Monroe UniversityLiberia, operated from Washington, Idaho and Arizona.  
JLF UniversityFlorida  
John ThomasMissouri  
Johnson Daves UniversityLiberiaAlso known as Johnson Davids University. Also claims to operate in the British Virgin Islands, United States and elsewhere. 
Jose Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara Medical SchoolTexas  
Kalinga UniversityIndiaDoes not have degree authority from India. Not the same as the legitimate Kalinga of the PhillippinesF
Kardan Institute of Higher EducationAfghanistanAffiliated with Preston U in Alabama. 
Kennedy-Western UniversityWyoming, also CaliforniaChanged name to Warren National University, 2006 
Kensington UniversityHawaii, CaliforniaClosed by court order. 
Kent Collegeprobably Louisiana  
Keystone UniversityFlorida  
Kingdom College of Natural HealthLouisiana, Russia  
Kingsfield UniversityGreat Britain F
Knightsbridge UniversityDenmarkDoes not have appropriate legal authority to issue degrees in Denmark.F
LaCrosse UniversityMississippiClosed by state action in Louisiana, relocated to Mississippi. For State of Mississippi information: 
Lahaye Global University of Journalism and Media   
Lamberhurst UniversityUnited Kingdom F
Lambert UniversityHawaiiFormerly Newport Asia Pacific University. 
Landegg International UniversitySwitzerlandLacks appropriate authority to issue degrees. 
Landsfield UniversitySeychelles F
Lansbridge UniversityBritish ColumbiaClosed by court order. 
LaSalle UniversityLouisianaClosed by court action. No connection to legitimate LaSalle of Pennsylvania. 
Laureate UniversityProbably UK or CanadaNo evidence of authority to issue degrees. Not related to Laureate Education, Inc., which operates the regionally accredited Walden University.F
Lee Community CollegeSingapore  
LeibnizNew Mexico, Italy  
Leugenia UniversitySouth Carolina  
Lexington Universityonline, Nevada?  
Liberty International University   
Limburg UniversitySweden; GreeceLacks degree-granting authority. 
Lincoln International University, Inc.HawaiiClosed by court order. 
Lincoln UniversityNew Mexico, ItalyNo connection to the legitimate Lincoln University in New Zealand or accredited institutions by that name elsewhere in the U.S. 
London College of TechnologyUKSee also: furtherinformation.htmlF
Madison UniversityMississippiFor State of Mississippi information: 
Management Institute of CanadaOntario/QuebecNot a Canadian degree-granter. (Note that membership in an association is not the same as being accredited by it.) 
Manhattan UniversityHawaii, British ColumbiaClosed by court order. 
Marlborough UniversityHawaii  
Marylebone UniversitySeychelles, UK  
Medical College of LondonUK, MontserratMontserrat approval is invalid without UK approval. See also: Further InformationF
Medical University of the AmericasBelizeNote: Not the same entity as Medical University of the Americas-Nevis, which has been approved by the State of New York.F
Midwest Missouri UniversityMissouri  
Midwestern UniversitySpringfield, MissouriNOTE: not the same as Midwestern U of Arizona or Illinois or Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Missouri 
Miranda International UniversityTennessee, Washington, Seborga (Italy)  
Mishigan International CollegePakistan  
Miura Marine InstituteJapanPart of unapproved IOND degree mill complex. Probably closed. 
Monterrey Institute for Graduate StudiesTexasThis 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, Hawaii, TexasClosed by court order in Hawaii. May still operate in Texas. See also furtherinformation.html 
MUST University Online programs including nursing. Lacks appropriate approval or accreditation. 
Nation State UniversityUnknown  
Nation UniversityHawaiiClosed by court order. 
National Consortium Staff CollegeMissouri  
New Manhattan UniversityUnknown  
Newbridge UniversityUnknown, possibly California  
Newburgh Theological SeminaryIndiana  
Newport Asia Pacific UniversityCalifornia  
Newport UniversityHawaii, Lebanon  
Newton UniversityVancouver BC, HawaiiClosed by court order. 
Nightingale UniversityPanamaLacks degree authority.F
Nobel UniversitySouth Korea F
North Lexington UniversityMassachusettsDegree mill. Has no authority to issue degrees. 
North Norway UniversityNorway, Panama, UKNot a Norwegian degree-granter. 
North United UniversityUnknown  
Northwestern International University, Ltd.Cyprus/DenmarkHas no recognized degree authority from Cyprus or Denmark.F
Norway UniversityNorway, UK, PanamaNot a Norwegian degree granter. Apparently operates from Panama and/or the UK. Also known as University of Norway.F
Novus UniversityMississippiFor State of Mississippi information: 
Oaklands UniversityUnknown, contact is in UKAppears to be a new version of the University Degree Program supposedly closed by the Federal Trade Commission. Website same as GlenndaleF
Oceania University of MedicineSamoa, Florida, PennsylvaniaOperating illegally in Florida. 
Olive Branch UniversityunknownClaims accreditation from Belgian entity; not recognized in U.S. 
Open University of AmericaPuerto Rico  
Open University of LincolnNebraska  
Oxford International UniversityGreat BritainNo connection to legitimate Oxford University in Great Britain.F
Oxford Trent UniversityTexas  
Pacific Basin UniversityTexas, Mexico, Micronesia  
Pacific Buddhist UniversityHawaii, Japan  
Pacific Coast UniversityCalifornia  
Pacific Southern UniversityHawaiiClosed by court order. 
Pacific Western UniversityCaliforniaDegrees 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 UniversityLiberia F
Paramount University of TechnologyWyoming  
Parkwood UniversityU.S.; Great Britain  
Pass Christian UniversityUnknownNo evidence of approval to issue degrees as of June 25, 2008. 
Pebble Hills UniversityItaly (Seborga), Australia (Hutt River Province), Delaware, CaliforniaClaims authority to issue degrees from subnational entities in Italy, U.S. and Australia. Approval is not recognized internationally and the entity should be viewed as not a degree-granting institution.F
Personal Therapy InstituteUnknown  
Pickering UniversityHawaiiClosed by court order. 
Port Rhode UniversityUnknown  
Prescott UniversityNew ZealandHas no degree authority. Linked to other fakes in UK and India. 
Preston UniversityPakistan, California, Nepal, Dubai, Alabama, WyomingLacks degree-granting authority. Owned and operated from Pakistan, but has also had U.S. operations in Wyoming and Alabama. Recently began selling degrees from California. Operates under various names in Europe, south Asia and the Middle East. In 2009, active in Nepal. 
Promis University of LondonUK and Belize  
Queens University of BrightonCalifornia, Missouri, others  
Queenston UniversityUtah, Vanuatu, Australia  
Rai University InternationalDelaware, Australia, UKLacks degree-granting authority. 
Randford UniversityDistrict of ColumbiaFake. 
Redding UniversityU.S., location unknownFake. Falsely claims to be a California degree-granter. 
Regent International UniversityAustralia, Switzerland F
Regus UniversityCalifornia, DC, TexasDegree mill, lacks degree-granting authority. Operates from Texas as of late 2009. 
Revans UniversityVila, Vanuatu, ColoradoAlso uses name University of Action Learning 
Richardson UniversityBahamas; WyomingAppears to be the new version of Hamilton University.F
Ridgewood UniversityIsrael, U.S.Fake. 
Robert Kennedy UniversitySwitzerlandThis 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 SorbonFrance, Maine, Switzerland, Florida and the Comoro IslandsUses 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 UniversityLiberia, operated from Washington state, Idaho and Arizona. F
Rochelle UniversityUnknownProbably related to Rochville University. Not the same as the legitimate College of New Rochelle in New York or University de la Rochelle in France. 
Rochville UniversityUnknownFake. See also: furtherinformation.html 
Rockfield College of ManagementSwitzerland"The Rockfield College of Management in Zürich is neither recognized by the Swiss Confederation nor accredited by the Swiss university conference. Recognized/accredited Swiss higher education institutions are listed at: Swiss ENIC Rektorenkonferenz der Schweizer Universitäten Conférence des Recteurs des Universités Suisses CRUS Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities Postfach 607, Sennweg 2 3000 Bern 9 Tel. +41 (0)31 306 60 32 Fax +41 (0)31 302 60 20 " 
Rocklands UniversityProbably UK but operator may be in US  
Romano ByzantineMinnesota, VirginiaAppears to be reincarnation of former Colorado entityl Notre Dame de Lafayette. 
Royal Canadian Institute of TechnologyBritish ColumbiaHas no legal authority to issue degrees. 
Royal University of CopenhagenDenmark  
Rushmore UniversityCayman Is., Georgia USA  
Rutherford UniversityWyoming, British Columbia, Swaziland, South Africa, ChinaDegree mill. No authority to issue degrees. Formerly labeled Stratford International University. 
Sacramento International University   
Sacramento Regent UniversityCaliforniaHas no legal authority to issue degrees in California. 
Sacramento Theological Seminary and Bible CollegeCalifornia  
Saint Ambrose CollegeAnguilla, Pennsylvania  
Saint Augustin UniversityFlorida  
Saint Augustine School of Medical AssistantsState of Georgia, online supplier.  
Saint Augustine Universitylocation unknown  
Saint Christopher's College of MedicineSenegal, UK, BelizeGreat 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.F
Saint Clements UniversityGreat Britain, Niue, Turks and Caicos Islands, various African sitesNew Zealand government treats Niue operation as substandard and asks that its degrees not be included in international listings.F
Saint George University InternationalSt. Kitts, Grenada F
Saint John's University College of MedicineMontserratClosed by court order.F
Saint Linus UniversityBelgium and othersConnected to the entity called World Information Distributed University. 
Saint Lourdes UniversityUnknown  
Saint Lucia College of MedicineSt. LuciaSee also:
Saint Luke School of MedicineCalifornia, Ghana, LiberiaDisowned by Liberian government in 2005. Great Britain banned use of its degrees, March, 2006. 
Saint Mary's College of MedicineHawaiiClosed by court order. 
Saint Mary's School of MedicineCook Islands F
Saint Michael UniversityFlorida, New York, California, British Columbia, Washington  
Saint Regis UniversityDominica; Liberia; Washington D.C., State of WashingtonClosed by court order, June 2005. Falsely asserted Liberian government approval. Falsely asserted Indian government approval. Note: not the same as Regis of Massachusetts or Colorado. 
Saint Renoir UniversityUnknown  
Saint Theresa Medical SchoolSt. Kitts; Sri Lanka F
Saint Theresa's Medical UniversitySt. KittsAlso operates jointly with the degree mill called Warnborough University or Warnborough College. 
Saint Thomas InstituteIndia F
San Diego Pacific University   
San Francisco International UniversityCaliforniaHas no legal authority to issue degrees in California. 
Scandinavian AcademySweden, TexasSee American Scandinavian Academy (operating under new name as of 2010).F
Scandinavian University of Science and TechnologySwedenLacks degree-granting authority. 
Scandinavian University, TheNorwayHas no authority to issue degrees. 
Scarsdale UniversityCalifornia, UKDoes not have authority to issue degrees in California or the UK. 
Shaftsbury University   
Shelbourne UniversityPennsylvania  
Shelterglen UniversityOhio  
Shepperton UniversityUnknown  
Smith Gaither Christian UniversityKansas  
Solsbury UniversityOntario, CanadaAccording 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."F
South Atlantic UniversityUnknown  
South Pacific School of MedicineTexasOriginated on Cook Islands 
Southcoast International University   
Southern Graduate InstituteKentucky  
Southern Pacific UniversityMalaysia, HawaiiClosed by court order in Hawaii. Apparently now operating in Malaysia.F
Southwest International UniversityBayside, NY  
Spartan University of Health SciencesSt. Lucia, Texas, New MexicoOperating illegally in New Mexico. 
Standford UniversityFlorida, Texas, possibly offshoreNo relation to Stanford University in California. 
Stanley State UniversityUnknown  
Stanton UniversityHawaiiClosed by court order. 
Stefan International University, Inc.California  
Stensan International UnivCalifornia  
Stonebridge Associated CollegesGreat Britain  
Strassford UniversityGreat Britain F
Success SeminaryOregonOperating illegally in Oregon, degrees invalid 
Suffield UniversityConnecticutOperating illegally in Connecticut. 
Summerset UniversityUKAppears 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.F
Summit UniversityLouisianaMay also operate in Japan. 
Sutherland University   
Swiss European UniversitySwitzerlandNot recognized by Swiss government. 
SynergysticsRochester, NY  
Taiken Wilmington UniversityUS, possibly Japan  
Tecana International UniversitaSouth America F
Templeton Universityonline, Singapore, Nevada?  
The Dream InstituteUnknown  
The Gemini CollegeGreat Britain  
The Thornwood University (probably UK, Netherlands) F
Thierry Graduate SchoolBelgium  
Thomas Bilney Theological SeminaryOhio  
Thornewood UniversityGreat Britain F
Thornhill UniversityUK F
Trident University of TechnologySingaporeDenied approval by Wisconsin. Was never legal in New Jersey as claimed.F
Trinity College and Universityformerly South DakotaMay have moved to Canada or Caribbean. Many institutions, some legitimate, use the name Trinity. 
Trinity International University CollegeWyoming, Delaware, FranceNot the Trinity International University in Illinois 
Udex UniversityEgypt, DominicaMay be connected to "Ambassador University" in Egypt. 
United Pacific Universityformerly Hawaii  
Universidad de las PalmasUnknownProbably affiliated with Ashwood University online, an unaccredited supplier. 
Universidad HispanaUtahUnaccredited. 
Universitas 21Channel Islands, UKNot a degree-granting entity. Confusion arises because some degree-granters work through this entity to issue legitimate degrees.F
Universite de WallisWallis and Fortuna Islands, South PacificOperates from London. 
Universite Libre InternationaleBelgium"The institution is not authorized to organise recognised programmes nor deliver recognised academic degrees" - Statement of the government of Belgium 
Universiteit Russell Hobbesprobably NetherlandsFormerly claimed association with Preston U of Wyoming.F
University of HonoluluHawaiiClosed by court order. 
University College for Advanced StudiesIndia F
University College of Hospitality and CareDelaware, UKLacks degree authority 
University de la RomandeUK F
University for Integrative LearningCalifornia  
University of Aberdeen InternationalSouth Dakota E
University of Advanced ResearchCaliforniaAlso operated in Hawaii, where its local operation has been closed by court order, see: 
University of BerkleyPennsylvania  
University of DevonshireUK F
University of DoncasterEnglandSee also: furtherinformation.htmlF
University of DorchesterUnknown  
University of DublinCaliforniaNo connection to legitimate Irish university. 
University of DunhamUnknown  
University of Ecoforum for PeaceSwitzerland F
University of Esotericamultiple  
University of Health ScienceHawaii  
University of HoniaraNew ZealandDegree mill 
University of Honolulu USAUtah, Thailand & PakistanNotes: Office in Utah. No link to Hawaii. 
University of HonoriusNew ZealandDegree mill 
University of Metaphysical StudiesNew MexicoOperating illegally and unlicensed in New Mexico. - New Mexico Department of Higher Education. 
University of MetaphysicsCalifornia, possibly Nevada  
University of New CastleOregon, Ireland, UK, Washington DC, south Pacific islandsAKA University of Newcastle. Operating illegally in Oregon. 
University of NewlandsNew ZealandLacks authority to issue degrees. 
University of Northern WashingtonVancouver B.C. F
University of NorthWestWyoming, Louisiana, Pakistan, India, New JerseyActively selling invalid degrees in Afghanistan as of summer, 2010. 
University of Palmers GreenUKClosed by the British government.F
University of RavenhurstGreat Britain F
University of San MoritzGreat Britain, Cyprus F
University of Santa BarbaraCaliforniaNo connection to UC Santa Barbara. 
University of Santa MonicaCalifornia  
University of Science at BerkeleyJapan  
University of Science, Arts and Technology (USAT)MontserratAccreditation denied by Caricom 
University of Sint EustatiusCaribbeanDenied training status in Florida. Note spelling, used in the official documents instead of "Saint." 
University of the Holy LandIsrael, may be operated from State of OregonNot recognized as a university by Israeli higher education office. Not an Oregon degree-granter. 
University of WexfordGreat BritainClosed by the British government.F
Valde UniversityIllinois  
Van Ives UniversityUnknown  
Vancouver University WorldwideBritish Columbia, SingaporeClosed by court order. Never was authorized to issue degrees by appropriate BC authority. Singapore operation is unrecognized.F
Vernell UniversityUnknown  
Victorville International UniversityCalifornia  
Virginia International UniversityVirginia  
Vital Connection UniversityColorado, New Jersey; Arizona  
Von Epstein UniversityNevada, Argentina, Ireland, UK, Germany"This institution is neither a state university nor a university that is officially recognized by the State of Bavaria." Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Salvatorstraße 2 80327 München 
Wakefield International UniversitySt. Kitts/Nevis F
Warnborough UniversityRepublic of Ireland, also Great BritainAlso Warnborough College. "Warnborough University is not a recognized institution in Ireland" - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland "Not a UK degree-granter. Appearance on UK registry of training providers does not confer or represent authorization to issue degrees" - British Higher Education Governance office. Also operates jointly with St. Theresa's Medical University of St. Kitts.F
Warren National UniversityWyomingNew name for Kennedy-Western University. 
Washington American Governors UDelaware businessLacks valid degree-granting authority. 
Washington International UniversityBritish Virgin IslandsDegrees not recognized. 
Washington School of TheologyOregonOperating illegally in Oregon, degrees invalid. 
West Coast UniversityPanama, Western Australia, UK, Dubai, India etc.This name is used by multiple unaccredited entities. The extent to which they are related is unknown. All outside the U.S. are considered degree mills because they lack appropriate governmental authority to issue degrees. Not the same as the accredited Health Sciences school by the same name in California. NOTE: Degrees issued by a school with the same name located at 440 Shatto Place, Los Angeles CA that was WASC-accredited from 1963-1997 are valid for use in Oregon.F
Westbourne UniversityGreat Britain F
Westbrook UniversityWest Virginia, New Mexico, New York, CaliforniaNo longer licensed to issue degrees by New Mexico. Not known to be licensed in any state. 
Western States University for Professional StudiesMissouri  
Westgate UniversityDelaware corporationTrue locations unknown; holds no meaningful accreditation. 
Westhampton UniversityGreat Britain F
Westmore UniversitySingaporeAlso called Westmore College.F
Weston Reserve UniversitySeychelles, Kuwait, Canada, other non-U.S. locationsNo recognized provincial or national approval. 
Weybridge UniversityGibraltar  
Willamsburg UniversityNew York, Saudi Arabia, UKFake. Also spelled Williamburg. Part of the group of fake schools including Thornhill and others. 
William Tucker UniversitySeborga (Italy), District of ColumbiaNot on the District of Columbia's list of licensed schools. 
Williamstown UniversityunknownDegree mill. 
Wilson State University, Inc.Hawaii, New JerseyClosed. 
Wisconsin International UniversityGhana, Ukraine and others  
Wittfield UniversityHawaiiClosed. 
Worcester UniversityPanamaLacks degree authority.F
Worchester UniversityPanamaLacks degree authority. 
World Information Distributed UniversityRussia, Belgium, SwitzerlandNot a Belgian university. WIDU - Response from Belgian French Community MOE
WIDU Link 2 World Information Distributed University in the news:
World Pacific UniversityGuam address, Ascension Island domain registrationDoes not have DETC accreditation as claimed on web site. 
Yorker International UniversitySouth Dakota, New York  
Youngsfield UniversityNew York, UKFake. 
YUIN/American UniversityHawaiiOperated from California. 
Zenith UniversityHawaiiSee also Pickering and Brighton. 

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

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