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Alfred University master’s degree program in school counseling rated among best in the nation

Alfred University’s master’s degree program in school counseling has been rated among the best in the nation by Optimal, a leading education research publisher.


ALFRED, NY – Alfred University’s master’s degree program in school counseling has been rated among the best in the nation by Optimal, a leading education research publisher.

Optimal utilizes data to help people to make better decisions about careers and education. Using GradReports, a tool it developed to help students choose a college or graduate program that meets their needs, Optimal rates colleges and universities by undergraduate degree programs; master’s degree programs; and on-line degree programs.

In its listing of the “25 Best Master's in School Counseling Programs 2020,” Optimal ranks Alfred University ninth in the nation.

Optimal creates its rankings by in-depth student reviews of colleges and universities, rating schools on tuition, median debt, and median salary. The company touts its GradReports as “the first college rankings to use by-major student earnings data available for the first time from the U.S. Department of Education.”

Of the schools listed in the Top 25 Master’s in School Counseling Programs, Alfred University’s median debt ($19,979) was by far the lowest.

Press release on Optimal’s GradReport rankings

“We believe that making college outcomes-based data more accessible, transparent, and easily comparable will allow more people to choose educational paths that lead them to success and don't burden them with insurmountable debt,” Optimal states on its website. “Our rankings help prospective students answer the question, ‘What can I expect to make if I graduate from a particular school with a particular major?’”