The College Database was started in 2012 by Doug, Wes and Aaron. Our vision was (and still remains) to simply provide accurate information to ease the decision making process for post-secondary education for high school students, college students and adult learners. From young to old, we look to serve those in the educational ecosystem to help make more informed decisions.
Our visitors come from over 130 counties across the world. Prospective students searching for college and university information for schools in the United States can find tuition, enrollment, university type, location based information with integrated Google Maps for usability, and various rankings information to see how the schools they are considering compare against others. In our pursuit of ever increasing our value to those we serve, we welcome comments and suggestions below.
With such a critical decision in life – what college or university to attend – we consider data integrity as a critical element of our value to our website visitors. Drawing only from reliable data sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, we publish only data that is backed by the United States federal government.
Coming from the tech world in Silicon Valley, Doug has a passion for data and education. Graduating from Carnegie Mellon with a degree in Business and Entrepreneurship, Doug dove head first into the College Database initiative last year, leveraging learnings from his own education and career in tech. Doug has a lovely wife Mimi and a son Caiden, with another little guy on the way in early 2014.
Wes Ricketts received his master’s degree in history in 2006, book-ended by teaching stints at the elementary and college levels, respectively. He entered the content side of higher education as an editor in 2007. He joins The College Database as vice president of communications.
Aaron is a data scientist skilled in drawing valuable insights from messy data. Having worked in academia as well as for various governments, Fortune 500 companies, and start-ups, Aaron has seen and solved a wide variety of data problems. In his spare time, you might find Aaron crunching number (for fun), reading books on political philosophy, skiing, or traveling the world with his small but growing family.