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Regional Accreditation vs. National Accreditation

What is the difference between Regional Accreditation vs. National Accreditation. Which one would be better..? I'm still kind of confused on these, need some help please. Would like to go to The Art Institute of California — San Diego for Graphic Design. Anyone knows if this school is any good...? Will appreciate all the help.


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Asked by Anonymous at 1:44 PM on May. 13, 2011 in

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  • Regional is in your area where you live national is all over the united states. National is better

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 1:49 PM on May. 13, 2011

  • The main difference is if you want to transfer schools. Most nationally accredited schools will take transfer credits from regional schools, but not necessarily the other way around.

    Here's a link that might help.


    Answer by anng.atlanta at 1:49 PM on May. 13, 2011

  • Regional is better :) these are your community colleges and state universites. National are your private, for profite get you no-where colleges in a nut shell. Nationally accredited are ECPI, ITT Tech, University of Phoenix has both accreditations, but still expensive. Yes they all get you a degree, but with about a $15,000/year price difference. I've gone to both and really feel screwed by the nationally accredited schools, most credits do not transfer from a nationally accredited school. All those technical colleges are crap, if you're paying over probably $200-$250/credit hour, pull out the brakes! Your best bet is community college :) GL

    Answer by yesmaam at 1:49 PM on May. 13, 2011

  • While it seems as though it would be the opposite, regional accredidation is actually better. Read more about it here.

    Answer by jmpj8107 at 2:33 PM on May. 16, 2011

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