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Nichols College Earns National Recognition for Its Adult Undergrad Degree Program

DUDLEY, Mass.—With a dedication to the education of the adult and returning student population, Nichols College has earned recognition among the nation’s Top Adult Undergrad Degree programs.

Abound: Finish College, a college guidance system for undergraduate degree-seeking adults, commends Nichols for addressing the issues that matter most to adult students: affordable options for attending college, access to professors, campus professionals, support services, and ways to accelerate their path to graduation.

“We’re thrilled to award Nichols College for its commitment to adult students,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Abound. “Nichols College has proven itself a leader in advising students from start to finish. This school has demonstrated expertise and a strong willingness to further educate the 34 million Americans who do not have an undergrad degree.”

Abound: Finish College’s Top Adult Undergrad Degree programs meet several criteria in each of three main areas: Accessibility, Affordability, and Acceleration. Each school is evaluated based on a key analysis of transfer-credit assessment data, the career services it offers, its accessibility of campus resources, the breadth of engaged learning opportunities, and more. Schools are invited to the guidance system network only after interviewing with the Abound team and distinguishing their dedication to their students’ education.

“Abound is different than the annual statistical rankings of colleges and universities. We go beyond surface numbers in order to hand-pick institutions that offer adult and returning students a truly valuable experience,” said Schritter. “Through our nearly 20 years of work with Colleges of Distinction, we have earned a solid reputation for serving the college-bound community and identifying quality traditional undergrad institutions. As with Nichols, Abound: Finish College recognizes schools that provide the experience and success every student deserves.”

Nichols College Assistant Professor Andrew Smith, Ph.D., chair of Nichols College’s Undergraduate Adult Education Program (UAEP), said the recognition from Abound is a testament to the quality of service the program provides non-traditional students, on-campus and online.

“That an independent third-party company vetted Nichols alongside so many other colleges across the nation—and now recommends us as one of the top colleges for adult learners—is a great vote of confidence for the faculty and staff that support the UAEP,” said Professor Smith. “It is an important honor for Nichols, because it helps connect the College with a broader audience of prospective adult students who are looking for the right fit before they can complete their undergraduate degree.”

He added: “Abound is a great tool for empowering non-traditional students—particularly the millions of Americans with some college credits but no complete degree. This is a demographic that has been targeted by spurious for-profit institutions and predatory lenders. Abound provides transparent apples-to-apples comparisons of only reputable and accredited colleges so that prospective students can find the best school and program to meet their specific academic and financial needs in order to fulfill their career ambitions.”


Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom. Founded in 1815, Nichols transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders. Nichols serves students interested primarily in a comprehensive business education that includes a strong liberal arts foundation curriculum.


Lorraine U. Martinelle
Director of Public Relations and Social Media
Nichols College | Learn. Lead. Succeed.
Dudley, Mass.
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