We use data to empower people to make better decisions about careers and education.


We have collected over 85,000 ratings and reviews from students. Learn which schools are improving graduate outcomes at GradReports.


We independently research thousands of colleges to identify the ones offering the best quality and price. View our rankings at OnlineU.


Since 2010, we've given away over $915,000 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.


As part of our mission to make college more accessible, Optimal has given away over $915,000 of our profit in need-based scholarships since 2010.

The Optimal Scholarship Program has been temporarily suspended. We intend to resume, so please continue to check back in future quarters.


Three Optimal team members take part in a planning meeting.


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.