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

OUR STORY

2020 Best Colleges for Earning Potential

Based on over 200,000 college degrees and the salary data of over 5 million graduates, our rankings represent the most comprehensive collection of data-driven college rankings available to date. Covering over 70 majors at the bachelor's and master's levels, as well as the 20 most popular online degree programs, our rankings help prospective students answer the question, "What can I expect to make if I graduate from a particular school with a particular major?" View Rankings »

Reviews

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

Rankings

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

Scholarships

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 and services provide accessible, transparent financial data regarding cost and earning potential that give students educational paths that lead them to success, without burdening them with insurmountable debt.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

Community College 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.

AWARD: $5,000
DEADLINE: 3/31/20

Military Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Students who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military and are enrolled at a private or public educational institution, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.

AWARD: $5,000
DEADLINE: 3/31/20

Undergraduate Scholarship

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.

AWARD: $5,000
DEADLINE: 3/31/20

Graduate Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Graduate students enrolled at a private or public educational institution, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree at the post-bachelor’s level.

AWARD: $5,000
DEADLINE: 3/31/20

Careers

Careers

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 as much as our wine and cheese parties and snuggling with our troop of quirky office dogs.