Colleges & Universities
A word about accreditation…
Accreditation is one process used by the American higher education system to assess and scrutinize the quality of
institutions of higher education. There are two types of institutional accreditation: regional and national. Institutions
with regional accreditation are nearly all degree-granting and non-profit. There are six regional accrediting
organizations across the United States that assess and monitor institutions in their geographical area. National
accrediting organizations, on the other hand, accredit both degree-granting and non-degree-granting (career schools,
for example) institutions. Additionally, many institutions with national accreditation are for-profit. National accreditors
are not traditionally limited by geographic area, and have members spread across the country.
The United States Department of Education (USDOE) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognize
certain accrediting organizations and accept those organizations as sufficient for institutional oversight. The USDOE
recognizes accrediting organizations in accordance with federal law and regulations. Institutions must be accredited by
an accrediting organization recognized by the USDOE in order to offer federal financial aid to students; those not
accredited by a USDOE-recognized accreditor cannot participate in federal aid programs.
Regarding the transfer of credits, it is up to each institution to decide what to accept. However, as a general
rule, regionally-accredited institutions do not accept credits from nationally- or non-accredited institutions.
Regional and national accreditation focuses on the institution as a whole, and does not look at individual programs.
In some cases, a program within an institution may be accredited by a specialized accreditor in a particular field. This is
not required, however, and varies widely from institution to institution. Specialized accreditors only examine a particular
program and have no bearing on the quality of the institution as a whole.
For more information, see the USDOE’s page on accreditation.
In-state, regionally-accredited, non-profit institutions licensed to operate in Connecticut
Other in-state, non-profit institutions licensed to operate in Connecticut
In-state, regionally-accredited, for-profit institutions licensed to operate in Connecticut
In-state, nationally-accredited, for-profit institutions licensed to operate in Connecticut
Out-of-state, regionally-accredited, non-profit institutions licensed to operate in Connecticut
College Certificate Programs licensed to operate in Connecticut
Connecticut State Universities
Connecticut Community Colleges
Institutions Participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
A list of institutions participating in SARA is available here. Below are non-participating institutions
that have registered to offer distance education degree programs in Connecticut.
Out-of-State Institutions Registered in Connecticut to offer Online Instruction