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Who We Are

TheBestSchools.org is a comprehensive resource site for current, and prospective students, giving them the tools and information they need to make decisions about their educational and career paths. Whether students are looking for college degree programs, financial aid, scholarships, transferring schools, looking for resources for their research, or other higher education news and insights, we offer free guides, rankings, and informative articles that can help.

With editorial independence is a top priority, our higher education experts provide these data-backed resources to help people sift through their college and career choices so that they can put themsleves onto a better path for their lives. Our expert team of researchers do the legwork for prospective students, with their ambitions, geographic location, and financial circumstances in mind.

How We Make Money

Every company needs to generate revenue. At TheBestSchools.org, we do this by advertising certain programs on behalf of schools that compensate us for student referrals.

When site visitors make school selections using our college or degree finder tool, or when they interact with ads labeled as “ad” or “advertising disclosure” on our website, we may receive compensation from partnered colleges and universities. We strive to be as transparent as possible when it comes to separating our advertised and editorial content. The advertising placements through which we receive compensation are unambiguously identified with terms like “ad” or “advertising disclosure.”

Maintaining Editorial Independence

Our proprietary methodology and algorithm for evaluating college programs ensures that our guides and rankings are unbiased. The data sources we use include the National Center for Education Statistics, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Common Data Set Initiative, are all recognized for providing accurate information about education and occupations around the United States. We also incorporate unique data that we obtain through online surveys and student testimonials when we believe such data will provide a more complete and valuable experience for the user in making a college selection. In addition to maintaining the highest standards for our sources, we do not rank any schools or programs on our website based on any type of financial relationship with any school partner.

Schools never receive preferential treatment in our rankings because of financial compensation or advertising partnerships. All the schools in our rankings are evaluated using the same criteria and are ranked by our algorithm. We do not award schools rankings that do not directly reflect variables such as admission rates, retention rates, graduation rates, and program costs.

We take editorial integrity seriously and constantly evaluate our content for bias, recency, and accuracy. Our experts, writers, and editors all abide by a consistent set of editorial standards focused on the balanced presentation of facts and responsible journalism. Editorial decisions are made, and editorial content is conceived, with current, prospective, and returning students in mind, and is therefore focused on supporting the student experience, without any consideration to financial relationships with school partners. All schools in our rankings are nationally or regionally accredited, providing an extra layer of quality assurance and transparency in our rankings.

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Last Updated: August 13, 2019