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Your Resource for Accredited Universities and Online Schools

According to the U.S. Department of Education, a record 19.7 million students were scheduled to attend American colleges and universities in the fall of 2011. To meet the growing demands of students pursuing postsecondary education, the more than 6,600 colleges and universities in the United States continue to evolve to offer students options — lots of options. aims to not only help students focus their search for accredited universities and online schools, but to help them be savvy consumers who will start school, or go back to school, ready to learn. helps you explore options for both global and localized online education. You can search our directory of schools by a field of interest, such as Accounting or Computer Science, or by geo-targeting your online school search to find institutions that serve students from your state or province throughout the U.S. or Canada.

This year, introduced the "Prep Rally" podcast, which aims to help career-minded students get the info they need to make important decisions about college. "Prep Rally" collaborates with higher education professionals to provide facts about degrees, admissions and careers. Listen to the new episodes here, or you can connect with us on Google+ and Twitter to share your questions, and we'll work hard to find the answers.

No matter if you want to pursue higher education for the first time, work towards completing a bachelor's degree you started years ago, or if you are interested in earning a master's or another advanced degree online while you work, we're committed to guiding you through a number of modern options and helping you explore educational programs that might be right for you. By connecting you with tools, information, people and schools that might fit with your educational plans, we aim to be a valuable resource for you as you start achieving your goals., your future starts here.

Education Insights

Education Insights

Jon Fortenbury

Jon Fortenbury is an Austin-based freelance writer who specializes in higher education. He's written for many publications, ranging from the Huffington Post to USA Today College, and has a bachelor's degree in journalism. He blogs regularly at

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  • 4 challenges moms going back to college face & how to navigate them

    Mothers going back to college face many challenges, ranging from paying for school to finding time to sleep. But it can be done. Here's how.

  • How to market an online degree

    Despite online degrees being totally legitimate, some employers still look at them with a skeptical eye. Here's how to alleviate their concerns.

  • 5 things to do in your last year of college that can help you land a job

    You're less than a year away from joining the workforce for decades. It's understandable that you want to relax. But it's not wise if you want to land a great job out of college. Here's what you should do instead.

  • Don't be scared to market your new liberal arts degree

    Some liberal arts graduates don't take pride in their degree and thus market other achievements instead. But in reality, a liberal arts degree is impressive, if you know how to market it.

  • What online students miss out on — and how to get it

    At first glance, online students seem to miss out on a lot: libraries, clubs, real-time interaction, etc. But this doesn't have to be the case now-a-days. You can fill the void with a little proactivity.

  • 5 intriguing new and upcoming degree programs

    From yoga studies to nanotechnology, these five educational programs are on the forefront of new and exciting fields.

  • Emerging field: sports psychiatry

    Athletes aren't exempt from suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other mental health issues. But sports psychiatrists can help them heal and perform their best.

  • Three ways to avoid undermatching when applying for college

    While some reasons for enrolling in lower-quality colleges than you can get into are legitimate, some aren't. Here's how to not undermatch if your reasons are the latter.

  • Three ways to handle coffee-fetching internships

    It's a frustrating situation to be in: An internship where you're treated like an assistant and not a soon-to-be professional. But there are things you can do to improve the situation.

  • Five tools to help online students avoid distractions

    From Facebook to Twitter to Google, online students have to contend with a number of distractions that can limit productivity. With these five tools, you can ensure these distractions don't get the best of you.

  • Should you take the ACT or SAT?

    It's a question that's never been the easiest to answer, but if you consider all the factors, choosing between the SAT and the ACT doesn't have to be difficult.

  • New degree: Robotics

    The study of robots: Who wouldn't want to learn about it? A degree in robotics can teach you about the field, as well as helping to prepare you for a possible career working with robots.

  • Three ways to build your resume in college

    A bachelor's degree alone may not be enough to find a job after college. You can and should do more during college to beef up that resume, like these three things.

  • Exam-taking tips for online students

    In many ways, tests for online students are the same as tests for on-campus students. There are a few crucial differences, though, and following these tips can help when it's time to take that test.

  • The importance of applying to "reach schools"

    It might be a stretch, but applying to colleges where you have little chance is still worth it for a few different reasons.

  • Emerging field: Food trucks

    Food trucks are popping up all over the country, but running one entails food, business and legal knowledge to give it the best opportunity for success.

  • How to find a quality internship

    Finding any old internship is often not the difficult part. Finding a quality one can be tricky, without the right approach.

  • How to navigate online forums

    Online forums: You can't escape them as an online student, but you can navigate them with ease if you follow these three cardinal rules of online etiquette.

  • Tips for strong college recommendation letters

    While letters of recommendation may be partially out of your control, there's still a lot you can do to ensure you get the best ones for college possible.

  • New degree: Geodesign

    If sustainability is your passion, you might want to learn more about geodesign, which also implements design and planning.

  • Should you work an unpaid internship?

    For some, it's a rite of passage. For others, it's a waste of time, or worse, illegal. Unpaid internships are a mixed bag, but can be worth it for the right person.

  • Five self-discipline tips for online students

    Self-discipline is not only a good skill to have in life, but a necessary one to have for online students. Developing it may take practice -- and these tips.

  • Writing grad school statement of purpose

    The importance of the statement of purpose often goes overlooked. But if you can't show why you're a fit in this paper, then it could cost you acceptance, in some cases.

  • New degree: Digital forensics

    If you grew up glued to crime television and have long been infatuated with technology, then a digital forensics degree may be your calling.

  • Is it wise to work while in college?

    Spending money and less debt vs. more time for social events and studying: That's the decision faced by many students. And there's no easy answer.

  • Three tips for emailing a professor

    In the 21st century, it's no longer possible to get by without knowing how to properly email your professors, especially for online students.

  • Five tips for writing a college admissions essay

    The college admissions essay is one of the most important components of a college application. Heed all the advice you can get to ensure you vanquish your admissions essay and get accepted into the school you want.

  • Emerging field: Email marketing

    Email has technically been around over 35 years and yet, email marketing is in many ways still emerging. But the field has become important to many companies, nonetheless.

  • How to get your employer to pay for college

    How sweet would it be if someone else paid for your college? It's not terribly uncommon. Many companies this days will do it…if you can convince them.

  • Five ways to fight procrastination

    Procrastination is easier to do now than ever, especially for online students. But hope manifests itself in online apps and changing the rules all together.