I was looking at programs around the country. I went to Chicago, Philadelphia, and Louisville to look at different programs in those areas. Many schools have ABSN information sessions, and so I went to several of them. In the end, the reason I chose NKU was pretty much two-fold. First, it was very close to me, so I wouldn't have to sell my place and move. Second, I would get in-state tuition, so the cost was extremely reasonable. Do I regret my choice? Nope, not at all. Also, at an information session I went to in Phily, there were a couple nurses from area hospitals that spoke there, and they said the ABSN students were highly sought after for employment, due to their perfect pass rate on the NCLEX, being older and more mature, having previous life experiences, and being excellent nurses. So, whatever you may have heard about ABSN students not making good nurses just isn't the popular opinion.