Accredited Schools Online

About Us

Accredited Schools Online produces content focused on school accreditation. Accreditation is meant to assure prospective students that a school meets certain education quality standards. Accredited schools are recognized by employers, other schools, and the federal government. Accreditation can impact credit transfers, degree acceptance, and employability.

Our Mission

Since 2013, our mission has been to create accurate, trustworthy, and expert-driven content that provides prospective students with information about available accredited colleges. Every student has different educational needs, but our goal is to make it easy for them to find the degree, program, and school that will help students meet their potential.

We will never include non-accredited colleges in our school rankings, and our resources will always be free.

What We Provide

Our team of education experts are passionate about supporting prospective students with quality search tools, school rankings, in-depth guides, financial aid resources, and expert advice.

Since launching Accredited Schools Online, we have helped countless students find the accredited program or school that meets their educational and career goals, and over 1,000 colleges, universities, and government entities have shared our resources and content.

Our Team

Our team is made up of current and former teachers, data analysts, financial aid experts, educational administrators and journalists. We are passionate about data -- especially higher education data. Our team is committed to helping students make informed decisions on their pathway to college.

Featured Experts

Keith Carlson

Nursing Expert

Keith Carlson is a board certified nurse coach who helps nurses create satisfying, healthy, and enriching careers. He has been a nurse since 1996, and also writes the award-winning nursing blog, Digital Doorway. He is the co-founder and co-host of RNFM Radio and also hosts his own nursing career podcast called The Nurse Keith Show.

Kevin N. Ladd


Kevin N. Ladd is the chief operating officer and vice president of, one of the most widely used free college scholarship search and financial aid information resources online. The organization also formed RightStudent in 2011, a company that has built relationships with colleges and universities across the U.S. to provide students with the opportunity to not only interact with prospective colleges, but to also be recruited by them.

Darcy G. Keller

Financial Aid Expert

Darcy G. Keller is the Director of Student Financial Services at City University of Seattle. She has been a student advocate working in the financial aid field since 1985 at private, state, and land-grant institutions. She is a member of the national and regional financial aid associations, and has been an active member of the Washington Financial Aid Association since 2002, serving as president in the 2011-12 year.

Anne Macleod Weeks

College Admissions Expert

Anne Macleod Weeks is a graduate of Lawrence and Villanova Universities. She has been an educational administrator and English teacher for 38 years, specializing in college admissions. Weeks is a leader in the college admission and advanced placement arenas and has published on pertinent educational topics in a variety of national papers and journals. She also blogs for a career launch firm for college students and recent graduates.

Mark Kantrowitz

Financial Aid Expert

Mark Kantrowitz is a nationally recognized expert on student financial aid, scholarships, and student loans. Kantrowitz is senior vice president and publisher of Edvisors Network. Prior to joining Edvisors, Mark was founder and publisher of and publisher of He is also an author of Filing the FAFSA and writes extensively on student aid policy.

Dr. Michele Scott Taylor

College Access & Higher Education Policy Expert

Dr. Michele Scott Taylor is the Chief Program Officer at College Now Greater Cleveland, the nation's oldest college access organization. She is an expert in college access and higher education policy and programming.

Featured Writers

Gabby Hyman

Gabby Hyman is a journalist who covers higher education issues. A former English professor, he has written extensively about graduate school programs and online learning over the last ten years. He holds an MFA from the University of Alabama.

Greg Beatty

Greg Beatty earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa and has over 20 years of experience in higher education. Beatty has developed curricula for several colleges and has served on multiple committees and advisory boards.

Katy McWhirter

Katy McWhirter is a nationally recognized historian and writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. After stints in nonprofit management and government relations, she worked abroad in educational marketing. McWhirter returned to America in 2014 to combine her two passions: writing and education. She has published two popular history books and is currently working on her third, a biography. McWhirter holds a bachelor's in social entrepreneurship from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and a master's in modern history from the University of York in York, United Kingdom.

Andrew Lisa

Andrew Lisa has been writing professionally since 2001. He was one of the youngest nationally distributed columnists at the largest newspaper syndicate in the country, the Gannett News Service, and later worked as a section editor at AMNewYork, the most widely distributed newspaper in Manhattan. He has written extensively about higher education, financial aid, and the admissions process, and has interviewed some of the foremost experts in the field.

Shannon Lee

Shannon Lee has been writing for over 20 years -- and has published a dozen novels and thousands of articles. For the past several years, her professional writing has focused on education-related topics. With two children in college and one in preschool, she has a personal interest in the entire educational spectrum. When she's not writing, she's hanging out in the garden or whipping up a new recipe for her family to enjoy.

Thomas Short

Thomas Short is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington. His accomplishments include creating courses for online tutoring and helping students succeed in college. He enjoys educating readers about careers, mortgages, and education opportunities. Thomas has bachelor’s degrees from Gonzaga University in economics and history.

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At Accredited Schools Online, we are committed to providing accurate, trustworthy resources for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. We rely on primary sources, current data, and experts in the field of education when creating our content. We strive to create useful and current school rankings. Schools cannot pay to be included in our rankings, and our method for creating rankings is clearly listed on each rankings page. If you have questions or concerns about any of our content, please contact us below.

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