AoC.org was created in 2013. The founding team had one mission: create an easy to use and credible product that connects students to accredited online colleges. These three requirements (easy to use, credible, and only promoting accredited colleges) were important to the team because at that time everyone felt that’s exactly what students could not quickly access off the internet.
In 2013, many websites were being hastily created and as a result, misled students to the wrong programs. These websites were misleading because they promoted only programs the website was affiliated with, such as predatory for-profit programs, and even unaccredited colleges as well. They did not utilize government data to show students the full scope of what’s really available. Even worse, legitimate resources like College Navigator were outdated and not leveraging modern day designs and technology to make the search as easy as possible for students. There just weren’t any good choices.
There are now nearly 1000 accredited colleges offering online programs. We live in a day and age where going to college online is a real alternative. Many times, it’s even more affordable and convenient, and at the end of the day, you’ll still receive the same education as your campus peers.
And this led us to create AoC.org.
In 2015, we decided it was time to refresh everything on the site. Even though we update our data periodically throughout the year, the team felt we could better serve our audience by re-designing the entire site as well as re-writing our primary content.
In addition to being credible, we want to be transparent. All throughout the site you’ll find a sponsored school search tool. This allows a quick way for students to get in touch with an accredited college offering a program they’re interested in. The schools students find using this tool are affiliated with AoC.org. When a student completely fills out a form, we receive commission from the sponsored school in return. We only receive commission if the form was filled out from the sponsored school search tool, not if the student visits a school’s site on their own and signs up.
We’ve done our best to make this clear as to not mislead students. For more information about how we generate revenue and our sponsored school search, visit our Disclosure Guide.
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