APPROVAL OF EXEMPT STATUS
Religious Exempt Schools
Schools with a Religious Exemption are permitted by statute to offer specific degrees with exclusively religious titles approved by the ODA, but they need not meet all state academic standards. To qualify for an exemption, the school must meet requirements in ORS 348.594, as shown in 2005 advance sheets Chapter 546. Beyond those criteria, the state assumes no responsibility for the quality of these programs.
|Canby Bible College|
(formerly Leadership Institute)
2350 Territorial Rd
Canby, OR 97013
|King's College and Seminary|
(formerly Oregon College of Ministry)
PO Box 650
Gresham, OR 97030-0168
|Master's International School of Divinity|
520 Kimber Lane
Evansville, IN 47715
|Northwest College of the Bible|
1844 SE 39th
Portland, OR 97214
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|Oregon Bible College and Seminary|
c/o Sylvan Hill Church, Suite 203
5656 SW Humphrey Blvd
Portland, OR 97221
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|Portland Bible College|
9150 NE Fremont
Portland, OR 97220
|Salem Bible College of Northwest University|
(formerly Salem Bible College)
PO Box 9248
Salem, OR 97305
Religious Exemptions in the United States – August, 2009
Map shows states with no religious exemption in yellow. States with some kind of religious exemption are shown in purple.
ODA provides this basic outline of how other jurisdictions oversee unaccredited religious degree-granting colleges. Anyone interested in attending or starting a religious college in another jurisdiction should contact that jurisdiction to determine what the local law is. Some exempt schools may provide a good education; others may not.
The 30 jurisdictions below have no significant exemption for approval of unaccredited religious degree-granting institutions and programs. Some may have minor exemptions for certain aspects of programs. In these jurisdictions, degree programs undergo an evaluation and approval process identical or nearly identical to the process used for secular colleges.
District of Columbia
The 21 jurisdictions below exempt unaccredited religious degree-granting schools from government oversight. Most of these allow restricted-use degrees for religious purposes only.
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* Oregon law requires religious exempt colleges to meet certain standards, so is not a full exemption. This is true because such degrees are legal for use in secular work in Oregon.
NOTE: some states place the same requirements on accredited religious degree providers; others use a different standard for accredited and unaccredited schools.
Did not respond (5): Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island.