Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. In 2009, they built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. The world of open education has exploded since then, and today their curated lists of online courses are hand selected by staff to showcase the very best offerings by subject area. They also ensure there is something for everyone: whether you want to explore a new topic or advance in your current field, they bring the amazing world of academia to you for free. They are a comprehensive resource for current and prospective students, giving individuals the tools, they need to make informed decisions about their educational paths and careers. Whether students are looking for financial aid, comparing college programs, or exploring a school's accommodation for learners with disabilities, they offer free guides and school rankings that can help reduce the stress of an online college search. Editorial independence is their top priority. They provide these resources because they believe transparent information and data-driven content are powerful tools for accessing high-quality education. They carry out fact-finding for students, helping them identify schools that fit their ambitions, geographic location, and financial circumstances. Revenue is generated by advertising certain programs on behalf of schools that compensate them for student referrals. Always striving to be as transparent as possible when it comes to distinguishing between their advertisements and editorial content. Academic Earth partners with trusted educational institutions to produce sponsored content for the benefit of students. Any editorial content sponsored by a partner is written by staff writers and carefully reviewed to meet their editorial standards and best practices. Some of their featured universities are Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is one of the foremost U.S. institutions in science and technology. It is comprised of five schools and one college, including the renowned School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management, offering Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees. One of the world's leading universities, Stanford was founded in 1885 in what is now Stanford, California. It is comprised of seven schools, four of which are devoted exclusively to graduate education. Stanford's most renowned programs include the Graduate School of Business, Law School, School of Engineering, and School of Medicine. UC Berkeley, founded in 1868 on the San Francisco Bay, is the flagship campus of the University of California and one of the world's most prestigious public universities. The university is divided into 14 schools and colleges, further separated into 130 academic departments offering degree programs from the undergraduate to doctoral level.