GradReports helps students choose a college that will best serve their academic and financial futures by providing Salary Scores, data-driven rankings, and alumni reviews. We believe that students deserve current and accurate data to make informed decisions, which is why we created our proprietary Salary Score. The score, based on alumni earnings in the year after graduating, compares the median alumni salary for a specific program at one school to the median alumni salary for the same program at other schools. Each school then receives an overall Salary Score by level, which is a weighted average of all of its program scores based on student enrollment in each program. Students can use GradReports’ Salary Score search tool to access over 2,200 school profiles to see a clear comparison of how schools stack up.
GradReports offers salary-based rankings at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels, as well as across 70 campus-based degrees and 20 online programs. The site also provides over 30,000 student reviews and ratings of over 2,000 schools.
GradReports focuses on the data that is most relevant to prospective students — proven outcomes and high salaries, not exclusivity and prestige. We believe that making college outcomes data more accessible, transparent, and easily comparable will enable more people to choose educational paths that lead them to success and don't burden them with insurmountable debt.
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Optimal Board Advisor
Richard Vedder, distinguished higher education change advocate, serves as a board advisor for OnlineU, advising on content and contributing editorials. As an advisor, he supports Optimal's core mission of adding data-driven information to the higher education space and setting students up for career success.
Dr. Richard Vedder
Vedder is an esteemed figure in the higher education sector, writing frequently for numerous notable outlets including Forbes, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Opinion, and Inside Higher Ed. He has also authored several books regarding issues within the higher education sector, including "Going Broke by Degree: Why College Costs Too Much" and "Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America." Much of his writing challenges the current American higher education system and proposes solutions for economic, societal, and institutional changes.
Optimal strives to provide authoritative resources for students seeking high-quality and affordable online education programs through our professional affiliations.
Optimal is proud to be an institutional member of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). The OLC is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 1999 and comprises a collaborative community of leaders and innovators in the higher education space. Members are dedicated to advancing the OLC’s vision of setting the global standard for online and digital learning.
Our Editorial Policy
We ensure that our relationships with our advertising partners do not hinder our editorial integrity. Partner schools are always clearly labeled and we never show them any preferential treatment when developing our ranking lists.
All schools featured on our site are accredited by accrediting bodies recognized by the United States Department of Education. When creating our content, we always conduct extensive research in order to ensure that we provide accurate and current information about program offerings and tuition costs. This information comes directly from schools' official websites or representatives. We also source information from government databases and agencies such as: