How to Pick a School on Abound Finish College

This is a README for—the article any newcomer can read to get acquainted with how the site works, the issues at play, and our best practices for picking a school and program.

So you’re ready to go back to school? You’re in the right place. There are a lot of options out there, and a lot of needs you may have. We’re here to help you connect with the school that best fits what you need. We have gathered the information from many different schools and housed it all here in one place so it’s a breeze for you to compare and contrast your options.

We hope Abound provides you with the most useful information in your first step in choosing to further your education.

Take a moment to walk through the navigation of the site with me. This will help you get on the right track to finding your best fit school. First, do you know what degree you’d like to pursue? Or is location more important? Right from the homepage you can search by area of study, or by state or metro area. Next, you can choose whether you want to look at schools with online, hybrid, or on campus offerings. Not picky? You can choose to browse all three options.

Finding Your School

Once you have your search results, you’ll be able to sort alphabetically or by featured schools. Those schools marked as featured are schools that have gone through an additional interview process with the Abound team and have been found to excel in providing students with what they need to succeed.

Along the left side of the page, you are able to see your search filters. If you chose your area of study and location on the homepage, you’ll see those options chosen as well as your classroom type selection. Additionally on location, you can limit your search area by distance from a zip code. You also have another option to filter by school type of public, private, catholic, or christian.

Browse through your search results and click through on a few schools that spark your interest. Each school page highlights different aspects of what that school has to offer. It’s easy to read through information and you can navigate easily to different areas that interest you most.

You can get to know a school by the numbers by scrolling through some statistics. This can include enrollment numbers, graduation rate, gender ratios, tuition costs, and more.

If you want a quick look at what your time with this school might be like, check out some of its highlighted features – broken up into student experience, affordability, and campus resources.

For more information on specific degrees, click through the tabs to read more about what each one has to offer, or zero in on the degree of your choosing to learn more about it.

If you liked what you saw, be sure to take down the contact information for the school at the bottom of the page. It’s a quick way to see where they’re located and who to contact if you’re interested in more information about their offerings.

Getting Advice

At Abound, we want to be sure that students like you have the information they need to make smart, informed choices. Be sure to stop by the Advice section and browse through helpful tips, articles, videos, and more. All of the content is designed to inform students of financial aid packages and benefits, supply students with student success tips, and give helpful information about what to look for when choosing a school.

If you’re curious about life after graduation or how earning your degree will impact your current job, the Program Options & Careers section can provide some helpful information. Here, you can choose areas of study and get a fresh overview of courses you would be taking, what jobs you can get with that degree, and more information about the changing scape of different industries.