About Us

Since 2013, Best Value Schools has helped millions of Americans find the best education for their careers — at the best value. We publish independent, evidence-based rankings to compare thousands of schools, degrees, and programs around the country. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate degree on a traditional campus, or an online program to enhance your career, we’ll help you make a decision with confidence.

What We Do


  • We research
    658

    degree subjects to see how they'll impact your career.


  • We rank
    6,374

    schools with our evidence-based methodologies.


  • We help
    3.5 million

    students make decisions each year.


  • We compared
    1,500+

    college mascots before picking Delta State University's Fighting Okra as the best in the U.S.


  • We want
    $1.7 trillion

    in U.S. student debt (2021) reduced to zero.


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What Do We Mean By “Value”?

A higher education degree will, on average, increase your lifetime earnings. But it can also be a major financial investment in the short term. That’s why we prioritize value in our data. As explained on our methodology page, we use weighted factors such as degree investment return and alumni evaluations to determine which schools offer the best overall value.

For some students, that value may be strictly financial — affordable tuition and financial aid opportunities. Other students may value a university’s reputation or faculty quality more. Or a valuable education may be an online or flexible program that allows students to care for family, develop work experience, and balance all of life’s responsibilities while pursuing a degree.

Whatever you value most, we’re here to make your choices easier.

Our Methodology, Explained. Learn more about how we rank schools and programs. Our Methodology, Explained.

Meet the Team


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    Angelica Leicht
    Schools Editor
    Alma mater: University of Houston

    Angelica Leicht is the schools editor at Best Value Schools who oversees our college rankings, school profiles, and other higher education coverage. She previously served as an education reporter at Kearney Hub, and an editor at the Dallas Observer and Houston Press. Her writing has appeared in Affordable Colleges Online, Bankrate, The Simple Dollar, and elsewhere.

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    Danika Miller
    Education Reporter
    Alma mater: Western Washington University

    Danika Miller is a staff education reporter at Best Value Schools. She graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in creative writing. Danika has since specialized in education and finance writing as a reporter at Affordable Colleges Online, The Simple Dollar, Her Campus, CreditCards.com, Reviews.com, and elsewhere.

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    Adam Morgan
    Editorial Director
    Alma mater: Furman University, Roosevelt University

    Adam Morgan is the editorial director of Best Value Schools. He has taught undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students at Roosevelt University, the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and is a core faculty member at StoryStudio Chicago. His writing has been featured in The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere, and he has led editorial teams at The Simple Dollar, NextAdvisor, and Bankrate.

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    Kat Wallner
    Head of Marketing
    Alma mater: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

    Kat Wallner leads Marketing for Best Value Schools. She has led product and marketing for digital brands such as Reviews.com, The Simple Dollar and MYMOVE. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Journalism and Spanish. Her passion lies in connecting consumers to the right content and brands to make some life's most important financial decisions such as choosing your Higher Education.

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    Rogelio Vazquez-Rivera
    Engineering Manager
    Alma mater: University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

    Rogelio Vazquez-Rivera is the engineering manager for Best Value Schools. He began his career working at IBM building software for the collaboration solutions business. He holds a B.S. and a M.Eng. in Computer Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.

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    Rachel Stanton
    Communications Coordinator
    Alma mater: University of South Carolina

    Rachel Stanton is the communications coordinator at Best Value Schools. She graduated from University of South Carolina with a BA in Advertising. Rachel has since worked as a communications coordinator on Reviews.com, The Simple Dollar, and Million Mile Secrets before taking on the role for Best Value Schools.


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