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colleges, seminaries, and universities that do not have educational accreditation.
Degrees or other qualifications from unaccredited institutions may not be accepted by
civil service or other employers. Some unaccredited institutions have formal legal authorization to enroll students or issue degrees, but in some jurisdictions (notably including the United States) legal authorization to operate is not the same as educational accreditation. [1 ] [2 ]
Institutions that appear on this list are those that have granted post-secondary
academic degrees or advertised the granting of such degrees, but which are listed as unaccredited by a reliable source. An institution may not maintain accreditation for one of several reasons. A new institution may not yet have attained accreditation, while a long-established institution may have lost accreditation due to financial difficulties or other factors. Some unaccredited institutions are fraudulent diploma mills. Other institutions (for example, some [3 ] Bible colleges and seminaries) choose not to participate in the accreditation process because they view it as an infringement of their religious, academic, or political freedom. Some government jurisdictions exempt religious institutions from accreditation or other forms of government oversight. [4 ] Still other institutions are not required to have accreditation. [5 ]
Some of the institutions on this list are no longer in operation. Several unaccredited universities have names that are similar to those of accredited institutions or that falsely imply that an entity is a public university.