Most mainstream college rankings sites are owned by big companies who prioritize advertising money over helping students. At CAOnlineColleges.com, we want to forge relationships between students and schools that let online students thrive. Because of our connections to California, we decided to focus our efforts on California colleges and universities online degree offerings, where we can match California students with California universities that fit their needs and lifestyles.
At CAOnlineColleges.com we strive to bring you honest, accurate, and unbiased rankings that reflect the state of education in California. We bring you information and rankings that reflect where you live and will most likely work. We also team up with the folks at AcademicInfluence.com to bring you rankings based on their proprietary Influence and Desirability scores. These scores use machine learning to crawl the web to see which schools are truly influential and desirable. We also provide you with detailed school profiles that give you all the information you need to know about an institution.
How We Make Money
CAOnlineColleges.com generates revenue 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 and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These sources are recognized for providing accurate information about education and occupations around the United States. 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.
At CAOnlineColleges.com we use a combination of data from the federal government, the California state government, and AcademicInfluence.com to generate accurate and unbiased rankings. For more information, vist our Methodology page.