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How do you find a directory of accredited universities?

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The United States Department of Education's Office of Post-Secondary Education, Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission are online resources that have databases or directories of accredited universities. In the United States, accrediting groups or agencies evaluate universities, colleges and degree programs according to strict academic standards before granting them accreditation.

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Although the United States Department of Education does not grant the accreditation for schools or programs, it does recognize accrediting agencies and the schools that these agencies certify as meeting certain educational standards or criteria as set by a review board. However, the Department of Education has a database that lists all accredited universities in the United States.

To search the database for a specific school, visitors to the site need to input its name to see if it is accredited. This site also has a database for internships, degree programs and residencies that can be searched by either accrediting agencies or institution name. Data for all accredited institutions and programs are also downloadable as files.

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation also has a database for accredited institutions and searching through it requires the names of the institution and accrediting agency. There is also a database for accredited programs.

Additionally, anyone seeking information on accredited distance learning post-secondary institutions and programs can visit the Distance Education Accrediting Commission that has a database. The site also list accredited distance learning high schools.

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