Exemption and Accreditation

State Exemptions

State of California:

Agora University (formerly St. Cyril Society) is exempt as a religious institution in the State of California, and operates under the Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, California Education Code (CEC) Section 94874 (e) of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

State of Virginia:

Agora University is a religious institution exempt from state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


The accreditation status of an institution will affect how easily an individual’s courses will transfer to another institution and how a prospective employer values the degree from a particular institution. Accreditation is an indicator of the program and the institution’s general quality and reputation. Accreditation is a process of peer review that the educational community has adopted for its self-regulation. It is a voluntary process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education. Institutions choose to apply for accredited status and once accredited, they agree to abide by the standards of their accrediting organization and to regulate themselves by taking responsibility for improvement.

Online programs must meet the same accreditation standards as face-to-face programs for both regional and specialized accreditation. Additionally, they typically are required to address unique requirements in the area of technology, support, training, accessibility, academic integrity and degree credibility.