At BestColleges, we understand that what makes a college the "best" looks different to every student, and each college search comes with its own unique challenges. This is why we aim to help prospective students find the schools that best meet their needs through proprietary research, user-friendly guides, and hundreds of independent college rankings.
What We Do
Connecting Students to Resources
We provide students with direct connections to schools and programs that suit their educational goals through our degree resources and program rankings. Our rankings are intended to inform and guide prospective students toward institutions that provide quality education and meaningful learning experiences at affordable costs. Learn more about our rankings methodology.
We also have a wide array of free college planning, financial aid, and career resources to help all students get the most from their education and prepare for life after college. Browse our student resources to start planning your education.
Flexible Learning Options
We believe distance learning is a powerful educational opportunity for schools and students. It's a flexible option for students who cannot attend traditional campus classes, like those who are working full time or have childcare restrictions.
As online higher education demand grows and more schools bring programs online, we want to give individuals who might otherwise miss out on an opportunity to attend college the information they need to start their college search. Learn more about the benefits of online learning on our blog.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When was BestColleges established?
What kind of resources do you provide for students?
We provide many different resources for students at all stages of their educational journey. Whether they are just starting to look for schools, trying to figure out how to pay for college, or looking for career advice, we have something for every student.
A few examples of our resources include:
- College Rankings
- Scholarship Listings and Financial Aid Resources
- College Planning Guides
- Career Guides
- Health and Community Guides
Is there a charge for any of the resources or services you provide?
Are you a 501(c) nonprofit?
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What makes you experts in higher education?
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About Our Rankings
How can your rankings help me find a college?
Where does the data for your rankings come from?
How do you rank your schools?
Are for-profit or non-accredited colleges included in your rankings?
Can I change the information included in my school's write-up in a ranking?
My school was ranked higher (or lower) on last year's ranking. Why did its position change?
Can a college pay to be included on your rankings, or sponsor one?
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