College Connection: About Regional Accreditation
All of the schools in the College Connection database hold regional accreditation from one of the six regional accreditation bodies, the most recognized and accepted type of accreditation in the United States (see Accreditation FAQ.) Generally, college credits or degrees received at a regionally accredited institution are accepted by other regionally accredited colleges or universities. Most public universities and well-known private colleges are regionally accredited.
Regional accreditation also determines a school’s eligibility for participation in federal (Title IV) and state financial aid programs.
What Are the Regional Accreditation Agencies?
There are six geographic regions of the United States with an agency that accredits college and university higher education programs:
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Accreditation of colleges in the middle states region (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico).
The New England Association of Schools & Colleges.
Accreditation of colleges in the New England region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont).
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Accreditation of colleges in the north central region (Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming).
The Northwest Association Of Schools And Colleges.
Accreditation of colleges in the north west region (Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Accreditation of colleges in the southern region (Alabama , Florida , Georgia , Kentucky , Louisiana , Mississippi , North Carolina , South Carolina , Tennessee , Texas , Virginia)
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Accreditation of colleges in the western region.
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