About Us

Guide to Online Schools is a product of Optimal, formerly known as SR Education Group until January of 2020, when the company rebranded.

Guide to Online Schools is a free and comprehensive guide that enables students to compare all online colleges in the U.S. We seek to help driven people accomplish their education goals in a financially responsible manner. By providing resources that are easy to use but hard to find elsewhere, Guide to Online Schools hopes to empower more Americans to go to college while lowering the overall cost of earning a degree. We want to be part of the solution to the student debt crisis that has been plaguing our nation for years. Getting a degree might be necessary, but it shouldn't break the bank.

Optimal created Guide to Online Schools to help students choose the best school for their career aspirations and budget. It is our mission to be the most authoritative online resource for students, and we are dedicated to making objective information about education, careers, and college financing easily accessible.

Sung Rhee
CEO

After working in the education industry for over 9 years as the CEO of Optimal, Sung became discouraged by how difficult it was to find accurate information about what's truly important to prospective students. He saw the need for sites dedicated to transparency around finding quality education options that are both affordable and accessible.

Sung's an Ivy League grad who's passionate about changing the landscape in higher education so it better reflects the interests of students. He knows prestige doesn't always translate to quality and doesn't want to see students get a raw deal.

Our Team

Brittany McCullough
Director of Operations
Gustav Gennrich
Lead Software Engineer
Heidi Alexander
Office Manager
Samuel Arnett
Software Engineer
Mariya Bashkatova
Product Manager
Rita Bellito
Account Specialist
Emile Blouin
Software Engineer
Tyler Crocker
Senior Software Engineer
Victoria Duan
Product Manager
Sarah Fernquest
UX Designer
Emily Ferrier
Senior Product Manager
Sarah Glass
Outreach Specialist
Rachel Hansen
Senior Product Manager
Susan Heinrich
Account Manager
Brian Hepp
Outreach Manager
Nicole Hopler
Marketing Manager
Renae Howard
HR Manager
Oliver Li
Marketing Manager
Paige Longdon
Content Manager
Mylinh Pham
Product Manager
Taitum Ridgway
Senior Product Manager
Maggie Roe
Content Manager
Aviva Schmitz
Product Manager
Eliana Schwartz
Senior Product Manager
Kellen Schwartz
Marketing Manager
Stuti Sulgaonkar
Software Engineer
Ryan Tam
Data Manager
Lauren Valentine
Lead Account Manager
Adria Vaughan
Outreach Specialist
Ivana Zetko
Product Manager