How do you find a list of Nationally Accredited Universities or Colleges available in the United States?
You can use the Internet to check if a school is accredited by a legitimate organization at a database of accredited academic institutions, posted by the U.S. Department of Education at www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation. (There are a few legitimate institutions that have not pursued accreditation.)
To find out if an accrediting agency is legitimate, check the list of recognized national and regional accrediting agencies maintained by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation at www.chea.org.
Accredited colleges and universities in the United States are accredited by regional accreditation associations, such as the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, etc. Although each one of these associations accredits only schools within its region, the credits from a regionally accredited institution are generally recognized by a regionally accredited institution in any other region. For instance, if you earned 30 credits at Boston University and then transferred to the University of Oregon, the U of O would accept your credits, even though the two schools are accredited by different regional associations. Certain programs within the university may be accredited by a national accreditation body specific to that discipline (for instance, the Psychology Degree would be accredited by the APA), but if the entire school claims to be "nationally accredited" I would view it with suspicion. Also, beware of any school that claims to be accredited by the "International Accreditation Agency for Online Universities" or by the "Universal Council for Online Education Accreditation"; neither one of these are recognized accreditation associations. Remember, a diploma mill can easily make up their own bogus accreditation association (with an impressive name, of course) and then grant themselves "full accreditation."
It's very easy! There are six regional accrediting agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and CHEA. These agencies accredit entire institutions.
Each agency has a searchable database of the schools that it accredits on its website.