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Is Virginia College Online, and Strayer University an accredited college?
Will my credits transfer from one of their schools?

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Asked by Lashonda Sunday Aug 24th 2008 in Online Colleges
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Schools must be accredited by the regional accrediting association that is responsible for the geographic area where the main campus of the school is located. Strayer's headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia, and its Online Division is in Newington, Virginia; thus the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the accrediting authority. Strayer has not been accredited by SACS, though the school says that since it has a mini-campus in Washington, D.C., MSCHE accreditation should be good enough. You decide.

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This is a great question. Anyone wanting to further their education through an online program should always check the accreditation of the institution that they are considering. All institutions say that they are accredited, and in some way they are; however, not all of them are accredited by accreditation agencies formally recognized by the United States Department of Education.

In the case of Strayer University, they are accredited by one those USDE agencies, the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA), so there is no worries there. But, it is a different Virginia College. Virginia College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), which is recognized by the United States Department of Education, but does not really work with them. So, your best bet is to go online and begin looking for comments and forums that discuss degrees issued from Virginia College, and get a feel for what people online are saying about their applicability.

With that said, like with all things on the Internet make sure you do the research, which this is a great place to start, especially when it comes online universities. Just make sure the degree you are working towards is applicable and recognized in all states.

Also, take a moment and look at these online articles, which could useful in your continued search for a legit university:

Online College Accreditation 101

Six Signs Your Online School is a Diploma Mill

Now, when it comes to transfer credits, credits will transfer but its often up to the school you try to get credit with. Take a look at this article which takes an in-depth look at this process:

Switching Schools: A Guide to Transferring Your College Credits

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