News & Announcements

Optimal has been publishing rankings of colleges since 2009 and awarding scholarships since 2010. We pride ourselves on thorough research and fair assessment of all available programs, with the hopes of helping students make educated decisions when choosing a degree.

Optimal was formerly know as SR Education Group until January of 2020, when the company rebranded. All blog posts from 2019 and before will refer to SR Education Group.

Optimal Announces Summer 2021 Scholarship Winners

Since 2010, Optimal has offered need-based scholarships to help college students realize their educational and career goals. We view this as an ex... Read more »

Optimal Announces Spring 2021 Scholarship Winners

Our highest priority at Optimal is to assist college students in charting a course for their educational and professional goals, and then providin... Read more »

Optimal Announces Winter Scholarship Winners for 2021

At Optimal, we are dedicated to helping college students achieve their educational and professional goals, which includes supporting students in ne... Read more »

Announcing Optimal’s Fall Quarter Scholarship Recipients

The Optimal scholarship board has chosen 26 winners for this quarter’s higher education scholarships! Optimal created its needs-based scholarship ... Read more »

CEO Perspective: How Optimal Came to Be

...empower people to make better decisions about their education by giving them the data they need to do it. Optimal was an accident. A serendipi... Read more »

Optimal Stands With Black Communities

At Optimal, we stand with Black students and communities and are committed to ongoing efforts that advance social justice within our company and co... Read more »

Optimal’s SocialWorkDegree.org Releases College Rankings Based on Median Net Income

Social work is a quickly growing field that allows graduates to enter the workforce and immediately pursue their passion of helping others. However... Read more »

Optimal’s Online Education Resources Highlighted by Forbes

As incoming freshmen plan their futures, they have many options to consider for the fall semester. With the uncertainty of the pandemic, online edu... Read more »

Meet Our Springtime Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship Recipients!

Our next group of students are the undergraduate and graduate scholarship winners! The drive, professional goals, and perseverance of these winner... Read more »

Introducing Optimal’s Spring Quarter Community College Scholarship Winners

The following community college scholarship winners have all shown great commitment to their long-term educational goals. As many of these students... Read more »

Introducing Optimal’s Spring Quarter Military Scholarship Winners

Optimal is happy to award our Spring 2020 Military Scholarships to Hannah Burgess and Sarah Maara. Both applicants are motivated to use their educa... Read more »

Optimal Announces 12 Spring Scholarship Winners for 2020

Each quarter Optimal selects twelve recipients for our needs-based scholarships. There are four categories students apply to, depending on where th... Read more »