StraighterLine, Nichols College Partner to Make Degree Completion More Accessible, Affordable for Adult Learners

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StraighterLine and Nichols College announce partnership to provide flexible degree options

StraighterLine and Nichols are helping students change the game by offering an affordable and flexible pathway to a degree at Nichols College.

Nichols College ( has partnered with StraighterLine, the leading independent provider of low-cost, online general education courses. Nichols 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.

Four in 10 Nichols graduates become a president, CEO, or business owner; moreover, 93 percent of Nichols 2014 graduates were employed or in a graduate program within six months after graduation. Nichols is ranked as a “Best Regional College” among its peers in the North by U.S. News & World Report for 2016. The average salary of a Nichols graduate with 10-19 years of professional experience is $91,500, which is 37 percent higher than the College’s top-10 competitors, according to Nichols was also recently designated as a Military Friendly School.

Of the partnership, StraighterLine Founder and CEO Burck Smith said, “By providing adult learners with an accelerated, accessible, and flexible option for completing their degrees, Nichols is demonstrating its commitment to student success.”

“Nichols College is pleased to partner with StraighterLine,” said Nichols College President Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D. “Through this partnership, our students will be able to benefit from the value, convenience, and flexibility that a Nichols education offers while at the same time saving them money on this important investment in their education.”

StraighterLine and Nichols are helping students change the game by offering an affordable and flexible pathway to a degree at Nichols College.

About Nichols College
Founded in 1815, Nichols College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. Within a supportive community, Nichols transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education.
Nichols College serves students interested primarily in a comprehensive business education that is supported by a strong liberal arts curriculum. Through its Undergraduate Adult Education Degree Program, students can earn a Nichols degree when and how they need to.

About StraighterLine
StraighterLine solves the #1 issue facing students today – the skyrocketing cost of college – with low-cost online courses that prepare students for success. StraighterLine combines a $99 a month course subscription with guaranteed credit pathways to accredited degree programs to save students up to 60 percent on the total cost of their degree. More than 10,000 students got started with StraighterLine last year.

StraighterLine takes the worry out of credit transfer with a College Savings Network of nearly 100 accredited colleges that guarantee acceptance of StraighterLine courses.

Having also been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT), StraighterLine courses will also be considered by more than 2,000 other colleges and universities for transfer to their degree programs upon request.

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