About College Prowler
Niche.com, Inc., formerly known as College Prowler, is an American company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that runs a ranking and review site. The company was founded by Luke Skurman in 2002 as a publisher of print guidebooks on US colleges, but now runs a website with information on K-12 schools, colleges, cities, and neighborhoods. Niche was founded as College Prowler in August 2002 by Luke Skurman. Then a student at Carnegie Mellon Universitys Tepper School of Business, Skurman spun the company out of a project in his entrepreneurship class. In 2005, College Prowler was recognized by Fast Company (magazine) for being one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in the nation. Originally, the company produced print guidebooks, but by 2007, their content was made available online for a subscription fee, and then by 2009, the subscription was removed making all web content free. Niche, as College Prowler, provided rankings, report cards (with attributed grades) and reviews of colleges in the US. During their rebranding process, Niche added coverage of K-12 schools, cities, and neighborhoods.