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

1,082 Colleges Ranked Since 2009

Optimal is committed to a thoughtful and data-driven approach to ranking schools that benefits students and colleges alike.

  • Top Online Colleges: since 2009
  • Top Military Friendly Online Colleges: since 2012
  • Most Affordable Online Colleges: since 2014
  • Best Value Online Colleges: since 2015
  • Top Graduate Schools Based on Student Reviews: since 2016
  • Top LGBTQ-Friendly Online Schools: since 2017

You can check if your school has made our rankings here.

$ Awarded in Scholarships Since 2010

Scholarships are an integral part of our mission at Optimal. We have provided scholarships to students since 2010.

Optimal scholarships:

  • Community College Scholarship - $2,500
  • Military Scholarship - $2,000
  • Single Parent Scholarship - $2,000
  • Women's Scholarship - $2,000
  • 'Make a Difference' Scholarship - $1,000
  • Student Loan Repayment Grant - $2,000
  • Graduate School Scholarship to Teachers - $5,000
  • Need-based Scholarships - $2,500

Visit our scholarship page on our corporate website to view previous winners and apply for our current scholarships.

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