Accreditation is an objective, expert assessment of the strength of an educational provider’s curriculum. It is entirely voluntary, so lack of accreditation does not necessarily mean that the program is invalid, but we at University Bound STRONGLY recommend accredited programs. Anyone with a few dollars, a lawyer, and a personal computer can call themselves an online educator; accreditation ensures the quality and value of your degree.

See our detailed discussion of Accreditation for more information on how schools become accredited and accrediting agencies.

Accreditation is important, but it’s only the first thing to consider; there are many other factors that contribute to the effectiveness of an online college or professional degree program.