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If you're trying to choose a college or university, knowing the best school for your desired major can be difficult. We've compiled a list of the best colleges in universities that also happen to offer the highest-ranking majors and subject areas.

Not sure which school has the best biology program? Are you wondering if Political Science is a popular major? Not sure which accreditation organization covers what school? if any of these questions apply to you, the information below will help.

National Colleges


National colleges provide education in technical areas as well as religious studies. Degree possibilities range from certificates up to and including bachelor's degrees.

They are accredited by at least one of the agencies listed below:

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
  • Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)
  • Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools (AARTS)
  • Council on Occupational Education (COE)
  • Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
  • National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)
  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)

National Universities


National universities offer the same educational opportunities as national colleges but in many instances, they also offer graduate programs.

National universities are accredited by at least one of the agencies listed below:

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
  • Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)
  • Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools (AARTS)
  • Council on Occupational Education (COE)
  • Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
  • National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS)
  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)

Regional Colleges


Regional colleges offer certificate programs, two-year degree programs, and 4-year degree programs in a variety of subjects and majors. These schools are accredited by a regional accreditation organization. Those agencies are listed below and usually cover schools based on the school’s geographic location.

  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

Regional Universities


Regional universities are accredited by the same agencies that cover regional colleges. The main difference is that a university also usually offers graduate programs; degrees that go beyond a four-year course of study.

If you're seeking a four-year degree from a regionally accredited university, you'll want to choose a school that is accredited by one of the following agencies:

  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

Graduate Schools


For those who are seeking an advanced degree beyond their four-year education, obtaining a graduate degree is an ideal way to continue one’s education as well as increase income potential. In some careers, a graduate degree is required. For example, those who strive to become attorneys or lawyers must attain an advanced degree in order to sit for the bar exam. Another example of a graduate degree is a Master’s in Business Administration, otherwise known as an MBA. Many universities also offer graduate studies so a student can transition from an undergrad program into a graduate program seamlessly.