Not all colleges are accredited by agencies recognized by the federal government. The most common type of accreditation of degree-granting colleges, from community colleges to large universities, is called "regional accreditation." Each regional accreditor covers the colleges in one region of the U.S. Their Web sites list all colleges accredited by them and give other information such as the current status of the college's accreditation and its degrees, students and other locations.
The following are the seven U.S.regional accreditors. Specific programs within a college may also be accredited by "specialized accreditors," and they are listed below.
Specific programs within a college may also be accredited by "special accreditors."
By Jean Morse, president of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, one of the accreditation groups.