Guide to Online Schools News & Media

Guide to Online Schools has been publishing rankings of online colleges since 2009. 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.

1,316 Colleges Ranked Since 2009

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

  • Best Online Colleges: since 2009
  • Top Military Friendly Online Colleges: since 2012
  • Top Graduate Schools Based on Student Reviews: since 2016
  • Best LGBTQ-Friendly Online Schools: since 2017
  • Best Online Schools for Students with Disabilities: since 2017
  • Best Online Christian Colleges: since 2017
  • Best Online Schools for Women in STEM: since 2017
  • Best Online Colleges for Student Economic Mobility: since 2017
  • Best Online Community Colleges: since 2019

$637,000 Awarded in Scholarships Since 2010

Guide to Online Schools is a product of Optimal, a company that strives to empower people to make better decisions about careers and education. Optimal has provided scholarships to 170 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 the Optimal website to view previous winners and apply for our current scholarships.

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