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About MatchCollege

MatchCollege is a free online resource for college bound students seeking to prudently leverage their higher education experience.  We are a search directory offering information for nearly 8,000 accredited colleges, universities, career colleges, technical schools, beauty schools, alternative medicine schools, and trade schools.

Founded in 2005, MatchCollege exists to help students and working professionals quickly and efficiently locate educational opportunities that match their vocational goals.  Our proprietary search technology was created to assist students find colleges, universities, undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and certificate programs via salient search criteria such as school type and geographic location.

In addition to creating in-depth college profile pages, we have invested years refining college degree summaries for over 400 unique programs.  Our team created degree pages as many students start with an area of interest and back into a list of colleges of interest.  Look for updates on our college degree pages as technology advances along with research initiatives at colleges and universities across the country.

THE TEAM

Our team consists of industry experts that have specializations in healthcare and business to computers to social science.  Passionate teachers, administrators, admissions officers, and financial aid experts also contribute their expertise and sterling reputation to our publications.    Our team of experts help to distill the finer points of various degree pathways and career alternatives in easy to understand terms.  Collectively, we have a rich and complete industry experience in higher education giving you the ultimate edge to find the right college for you and gather admissions information from the best schools given your unique goals visa via our free website.  To keep the website free to all users, we manage a small team to meet our mission of serving all seekers of higher education information regardless of geographic location or economic background.

Patty Chase, Managing Editor & Admissions Specialist - Patty is responsible for the operations of the publication and works hand-in-hand with our editors and content writers throughout the school year.  She and the editing team have been instrumental in  creating eBooks such as the Complete Guide to the College Admissions Process, Attending College as an Adult, Crush the Odds: Getting Accepted to Your Top College Choice, and Reducing the Cost of College.

Arianna Garcia, Assistant Editor & Financial Aid Specialist - Ari works close with the editing and content team members to ensure deadlines are met.  Her background in financial aid has added great depth to the team's strength to ensure quality information about financial matters are accurately published for college-bound students, parents, guardians, and school counselors.

Melissa Wilkins, Associate Editor - As an associate editor, Melissa is a seasonal resource who helps the editing team with research, career publications, and blogging.  With a background in communications and journalism, Melissa has been a key part of the team through various school seasons and the evolution of changes in higher education.

Matthew Jones, Account Manager - Matthew is an account manager for our publication and maintains close relationships with schools and data providers.  His duties include keeping up with changes in higher education, updating school contact information, managing partner relations, and driving KPI's across the organization.

Tracy Simpson, Data Director & Development Manager - As our dev manager and director of data, Tracy fuses user experience with data management.   She obsesses over the look and feel of the website along with managing troves of data help to ensure the accuracy of data upon publication.

DATA

The data you will find across our expansive digital library is gathered from various trusted, high quality sources that include federal and state departments of education along with verifiable, private entities.  Federal sources of data include entities such as the United States Department of Education (DOE), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), United States Department of Labor (DOL), O*Net Online (ONET), and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  Private data sources include reputable, verifiable research papers by colleges and universities along with national & regional associations and trade groups based in the United States.

SERVICES

Each MatchCollege school profile contains information on admissions, tuition, financial aid, degrees offered, athletics, campus life,  and more. Degree and career guides are also available, offering in-depth analysis of a specific degree program, trade, or career.  We have also gathered salient information from experts and trusted research partners to answer commonly asked questions about a unique learning domain.  Additionally, our state-based pages and college listings help you quickly find what you are looking for by searching with a geographic-focused lens.  Visitors are encouraged to comment on college profile pages to provide future students information from a personal perspective.

HOW IT WORKS

The home page provides various methods for navigating the site. Visitors can choose to select a state, degree program, school type, degree level, or career pathway by utilizing our proprietary matching service for all schools and programs here or for online degrees and schools. Once chosen, you will find a full or partial list of accredited colleges and universities that can be sorted by school type such as 4-year Universities, State Colleges, Trade Schools, Technical Institutes, Career Colleges, Liberal Arts Colleges, Community Colleges, Bible Colleges, Private Universities, and Public Colleges.  Alternately, you can quickly search for a specific school or degree by leveraging an easy-to-use navigation search in the top right-hand corner of the site to kick off your college hunt.

Our business model is rooted in creating win-win solutions for prospective college students and parents.  In other words, we create solutions for college-bound students to gather the information necessary to make a great decision with our vast library of degrees and colleges in the United States.  We receive compensation when we successfully recommend a degree program and/or an accredited college that fits your goals and objectives.  Schools that are part of this program are clearly marked as a Featured School or Sponsored School.  A sponsored school provides MatchCollege with information about their institution which are not independently verified.  Data aggregated to create our college profile pages, degree pages, and sponsored schools are accurate at the time of publication.  This information may change and we cannot guarantee their accuracy.

CONNECT

As one of the most trusted names in higher education information, we take our duty to provide high-quality, accurate information very seriously.  If you have comments or questions about any piece of data or college listed across our site, feel free to email the team at comments [@] matchcollege.com.  Likewise, if you have a concern that you would like to bring to the attention of our executive team, simply write to us at admin [@] matchcollege.com so we can help address the issue at hand.  The team also communicates recent publications, college trends, financial aid insights, and much more via our social media platforms at: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and occasional updates to our YouTube channel.