I've been looking through the many CA-approved schools to see what I can see. As there are 2,310 of them, I haven't seen them all by a long shot. But I've been gradually looking at all the ones that call themselves 'university', 'college' or 'institute', or give some other indication that they are more than a trade school. The most prestigious CA-approved school? Johns Hopkins University, which offers a hospital administration masters program in California. OK, that doesn't count. So, of the schools that don't have any recognized accreditation besides CA-approval, the best would have to be this guy: Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences ( http://www.kgi.edu ) It was founded in 1997 with a $50 million dollar grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. It's already part of the Claremont College consortium. Catch it quick, since it will be accredited by WASC soon. The *Coolest* CA-approved school? No competition. Check out THIS baby: National Test Pilot School ( http://www.ntps.com ) Among the toys (oops, *lab equipment*) that they have for you to play with are some 30 aircraft (more than some countries' whole air forces) including 4 Aermacchi MB326 Impalas (from South Africa, I think), 1 Bell UH-1N Huey, 2 Bell OH-58C, 1 Sikorsky S-55, an old DeHavilland Dove and (get this!) 4 SAAB S/SK 35XD Drakens!! http://www.ntps.com/Images/draken3.jpg (Eat your heart out, Corvette owners...) While we are on the subject, the *sexiest* CA-approved school would have to be: Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality ( http://www.iashs.edu ) They offer short-residency doctorates. The required on-campus time is no hardship (SF is a very cool place) and I'm sure that the IASHS labs are very stimulating. The worst CA-approved schools? That's kind of impossible to answer, since probably 1/4 of the schools I've looked for either had dead links or there was no sign that I could find that they had ever been in operation. There is a tremendous instability in the CA-approved world, with schools appearing and dissappearing almost daily. Among those that I could locate, the religious schools were the worst. I attribute that situation to the fact that California has a religious exemption. As long as they offer degrees in religious subjects, schools can do pretty much whatever they want. This means a whole lot of weird little places offering M.Divs out of church basements and people's homes. One of the more substantial of them is: Friends International Christian University ( http://www.ficu.edu ) They offer Ph.D.s in religious studies by DL, which originally drew my attention to them. Unfortunately, the spell was broken by FICU's "accreditation" by ACI, and by their liberal use of "life experience" credit. Lots of interest in producing "Christian counselors" here. Scary. Supersonic jet interceptors are way cooler.