In order to help students deal with rising tuition costs and combat the student debt crisis, we've launched the first ever online college rankings to utilize salary and debt data by program. For each online degree, we calculated a 10-year return on investment using these program-specific outcomes data. We identified colleges we believe are worthy investments because of their low average student debts and high median alumni salaries, as reported by the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard. View Rankings »
We independently research thousands of colleges to identify the ones offering the best quality and price. View our rankings at OnlineU.
Each year we give away $260,000 of our profit in needs-based scholarships. Visit our scholarships page to learn more and see our recent winners.
Optimal helps prospective students make informed, data-driven decisions to improve their collegiate experience and their post-college careers. We provide over 85,000 in-depth student reviews and college rankings for every major based on alumni salaries and manually researched tuitions. Our tools provide accessible and transparent data regarding cost and earning potential, allowing students to choose educational paths to success without the burden of insurmountable debt.
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As part of our mission to make college more accessible, Optimal has given away $676,961 of our profit in need-based scholarships since 2010.
Recent Winner - Online Degree Scholarship
ELIGIBILITY: Students enrolled at a public community college, junior college, technical college, or city college, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree at the associate’s level or a first-time bachelor’s level.
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students enrolled at a private or public educational institution, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree at the associate’s level or a first-time bachelor’s level.
ELIGIBILITY: Students enrolled at a private or public educational institution, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree at the associate’s, bachelor’s or post-bachelor’s level. The academic program must be pursued online - all classes require little to no attendance on campus.
At Optimal, we embrace a culture of growth, experimentation, and creativity. Our small and agile team allows all members to exercise great responsibility and freedom, leading each person to have a measurable impact on our business. We also offer unique benefits like tuition reimbursement and charitable donation matching. We enjoy solving hard problems just as much as we enjoy our wine and cheese parties and snuggling with our troop of quirky office dogs.