Accreditation is the voluntary process a public or private educational institution uses to verify, through a third-party evaluation, that it meets specific academic standards. This is something you should check for when researching online universities.
You’ll need to learn the difference between regional and national accreditation. Did you know that there are six regional accreditation agencies in the U.S.? The good news here is the accrediting agencies will list participating colleges that meet their requirements on their website.
Get a better feel for what accreditation means before you apply.