Our Mission: We use data to empower people to make better decisions about careers and education.
Our Product: GradReports is a product of Optimal, formerly known as SR Education Group until January 2020, when we rebranded.
We created GradReports as a tool to help students choose a college or graduate program that meets their needs. We do this by providing over 30,000 in-depth student reviews as well as college rankings for popular majors based on the salaries of alumni with those specific degrees. These are the first college rankings to use by-major student earnings data available for the first time from the US Department of Education.
We believe that making college outcomes-based data more accessible, transparent, and easily comparable will allow more people to choose educational paths that lead them to success and don't burden them with insurmountable debt.
Understanding the difficulties of obtaining a quality, affordable education is what inspired founder and CEO Sung Rhee to found Optimal in 2004. He saw a need to create sites dedicated to providing transparent, data-driven information to empower people to make better decisions for their education and careers. He knows prestige doesn't always translate to quality, and Sung doesn't want to see students get a raw deal.
Outside of work, Sung enjoys playing basketball and adding to his collection of Gundam figurines. Some of his favorite college memories include his time as a cartoonist for The Harvard Crimson!