About Us

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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GradReports is a product of Optimal, a leading higher education researcher and publisher. Optimal uses data to empower people to make better decisions about careers and education. In addition to providing comprehensive resources, Optimal has given away over $915,000 of its profit since 2010 in needs-based scholarships.

What We Do

We provide Salary Scores for over 2,200 colleges across 334 majors, salary-driven rankings, and reviews from current students and alumni. Our methodology, available on each rankings page, is based on median alumni earnings in the year after graduating, using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. In addition, we manually collect information on available degrees and coursework and publish Trends & Insights articles, using our proprietary data and investigative research to provide expert editorials.

Our users also have the ability to get connected with any of our partner colleges to get detailed information on the degrees they are interested in directly from school representatives.

2,200

Colleges with Salary Scores

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Ranking Lists

35,753

Reviews Published

2,231

Students Matched Annually


Our Team

Sung Rhee

Sung Rhee - CEO

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. A fun fact about Sung is that he was a cartoonist for The Harvard Crimson during his college years.

Sung has been featured in several publications, including GeekWire and 425 Business Magazine. Additionally, the CEO Perspective he authored provides a more in-depth look into his background and how Optimal came to be.

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Brittany McCullough
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Taitum Ridgway
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Emily Ferrier
Emily Ferrier
Data Collection & Infrastructure Lead
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Nicole Hopler
Nicole Hopler
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Celeste Harms
Celeste Harms
Marketing Manager
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Sarah Glass
Sarah Glass
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Mariya Bashkatova
Product Manager
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Eliana Schwartz
Eliana Schwartz
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Taylor Nichols
Taylor Nichols
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Jennifer King Logan
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Writer
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Brian Peters
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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

Dr. Richard Vedder

Professor Emeritus at Ohio University, Author, & Higher Education Change Advocate
Athens, OH

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.

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GradReports in the News

As a driver of the college outcomes and value conversation, GradReports has been featured in many national and local media outlets, including Forbes, College Confidential, and Business Insider. For more information, please visit our press page.

Professional Affiliations

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 Advertising Policy

GradReports makes money through inquiry generation. This means that schools pay us to appear in various advertising placements across our site (marked with the word "Advertisement or "Ad") and if a user clicks on an advertising school, they will have the option to submit a form requesting that a representative of the school contact them with more information. Submitting this form creates an inquiry, which the school pays us for, since inquiries can turn into future enrollments at these schools. Learn more about how we make money.


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: