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Almeda University

Fax: (208) 379-4725 10400 Overland Rd # 224, Boise, ID 83709 ! Almeda University is Believed to Be Out of Business !

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According to the company they offer 1,750 on-line courses, and degrees for life experiences. The BBB suggests you read and understand all materials before signing up for the degrees that are offered.

BBB Accreditation

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Reason for Rating

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Based on BBB files, this business has a BBB Rating of No Rating. The reason is as follows:

  • This business has no rating because BBB has information indicating it is out of business.

Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

34 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 4 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 5
Billing/Collection Issues 6
Delivery Issues 2
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 6
Problems with Product/Service 15
Total Closed Complaints 34

Additional Complaint Information

Complaints generally allege that the company did not disclose on their website the conditions of the "Life Experience" degree that consumers receive, misunderstanding that the degree may not be accepted by a potential employer, that the degree is not legal in some states, and that the company does not have a physical location.The company responds to complaints when presented by the BBB. Generally, the complaints are addressed by explaining that the company discloses all information on their website about the degrees, offers refunds when warranted and explains that they only exist as an on-line degree company.

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

8 Customer Reviews on Almeda University
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 3
Neutral Experience 2
Negative Experience 3
Total Customer Reviews 8

Additional Information

BBB file opened: October 05, 2004 Business started: 01/01/1997 Business started locally: 01/01/1997
Business Management
Mr. Richard Smith, CEO
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Richard Smith, CEO
Business Category

Correspondence Schools Schools - General Interest

Additional Information

According to BBB records, the address listed for Almeda University, 10400 Overland Rd., # 224, Boise, ID is a private mail box company. Almeda University has informed our office that this address in Idaho is a "centralized mail facility" and not part of any Almeda University campus. Mail sent to the Idaho address is forwarded to Almeda agents in various locations. Almeda University states they do not publish the physical location of any of its offices. As an on-line Virtual Private Network (VPN) they have no facilities to accommodate students or visitors. Almeda University states they are accredited by the Association for On-line Academic Excellence, also known as AOAEX. This association advertises that they are a non-governmental private accreditation association. Almeda University informed the BBB that their standards are reviewed each year by AOAEX for an annual fee of $750.00. Almeda University is not accredited by the U.S Department of Education, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. According to information on Almeda University's application, they are unable to participate in the federal student aid program or GI Bill. Additionally, Almeda University degrees are not legal for academic or business uses in the following States: Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Washington and Idaho. Residents of these States should consider the Almeda degree as a novelty item only. Potential students may contact the U.S. Department of Education at to find out more information on accreditation standards. For general information on choosing a reputable on-line degree program click on this link


BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview

BBB Customer Reviews Rating represents the customers opinions of the business. The Customer Review Rating is based on the number of positive, neutral and negative customer reviews posted that are calculated to produce a score.

Customer Review Experience Value
Positive Review 5 points per review
Neutral Review 3 points per review
Negative Review 1 point per review

BBB letter grades represent the BBB's opinion of the business. The BBB grade is based on BBB file information about the business. In some cases, a business' grade may be lowered if the BBB does not have sufficient information about the business despite BBB requests for that information from the business.

BBB Letter Grade Scale

BBB Rating Value
A+ 5
A 4.66
A- 4.33
B+ 4
B 3.66
B- 3.33
C+ 3
C 2.66
C- 2.33
D+ 2
D 1.66
D- 1.33
F 1
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Star Rating scale

  Average Score
5 stars 5.00
4.5 stars 4.50-4.99
4 stars 4.00-4.49
3.5 stars 3.50-3.99
3 stars 3.00-3.49
2.5 stars 2.50-2.99
2 stars 2.00-2.49
1.5 stars 1.50-1.99
1 star 0-1.49

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