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How can I tell if a school is a diploma mill?



How can I tell if a school is a diploma mill?




  • They often have names similar to well-known colleges or universities, but fail to mention an accrediting agency or name a fake accrediting agency.


  • The organization frequently changes addresses, sometimes moving from state to state.


  • Written materials typically include numerous spelling and grammatical errors, sometimes on the diploma itself.


  • Overemphasis on the speed and brevity with which someone can receive a degree (e.g. "Call now and have your degree shipped to you overnight!").


  • Degrees can be earned in far less time than normal (e.g. 27 days) or the diploma is printed with a specific backdate.


  • There is no selectivity in admissions, or any questions about previous test scores or detailed academic history.


  • No interaction with professors or faculty (e.g. only two emails are received from a professor).


  • Degree requirements are vague or unspecified, lacking class descriptions and without any mention of how many credit hours are required to complete a program.


  • Tuition and fees are typically on a per-degree basis.


  • Grade point average (GPA) and academic honors (e.g. Summa Cum Laude) can be specified at the time of purchase.



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