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QUESTION: What is Optimum College?

ANSWER: Optimum College is an online academic institute founded by Gary Lee, previously an award-winning public education applied STEM Career & Technical education curriculum & athletics director. Gary was inspired to found Optimum College by a TED Talk that encouraged the development of new, modern schools. Optimum College is a college in the original definition of the word, "an organized body of colleagues engaged in a common pursuit". Our common pursuit is to reach our optimum potential. Our logo is the top of an infinite series of plus signs representing positive outlook. 

QUESTION: How do I graduate from Optimum College? 


ANSWER: To graduate from Optimum College you must prove your understanding of The Optimum Theory of Everything (included with membership) & complete a self-directed project aligned with your personal goals. Graduation can take less than a month, or years, depending on the member's drive & ability.   

QUESTION: Are there any hidden or extra costs required to graduate?

ANSWER: No. Your one-time membership fee is the only cost at Optimum College.

QUESTION: Can you break down the process of graduating from Optimum College step-by-step?


  1. After you join Optimum College you will have access to the Theory page of our site where you will find our 2-hour video-textbook, The Optimum Theory of Everything. From there, watch & understand The Optimum Theory of Everything: your agreement with the theory is never required - only your understanding is required.

  2. Use the scheduler on the Theory page to schedule a time to video-chat with Optimum College founder, Gary Lee. 

  3. During your vide-chat with Gary Lee, you will prove your understanding of The Optimum Theory of Everything through conversation. Gary will also ask you about who you are, your skills, ambitions, and the steps you can take to reach your optimum potential. 

  4. Post a verified, self-directed project to our private forum in the form of documentation, pictures or video of your project, or links to it. You can also privately email your project documentation.  

  5. If your talk & project are representative of your optimum potential then we will make you a college graduate of Optimum College, complete with a signed Certified Optimist certification and a personalized letter of recommendation from Optimum College founder, Gary Lee. 

QUESTION: What can be my self-directed project? 

ANSWER: Your project can be anything that helps you reach your optimum potential. It can be a work of engineering or programming, a work of art, a business plan, past projects or employment successes, even an outstanding athletic achievement. Simply: we don't just want you to tell people what you are capable of, we want you to show them. 

QUESTION: Can you give examples of previous projects? 

ANSWER: Sure. We call these projects Optimum Projects, and our unified physics simulation started as an Optimum Project. Another Optimum Project produced a groundbreaking virtual reality locomotion system that solved "vr motion sickness". An Optimum Project even produced a successful American manufacturing company that has manufactured & sold sports fitness equipment to NFL Super Bowl Champion teams, US Military bases, PE Teachers of the Year and thousands of schools and active groups worldwide. Every Optimum Project is unique and yours can be virtually anything you want it to be as long as it is positively moves you toward reaching you goals & optimum potential.

QUESTION: Does Optimum College own what I create at Optimum College?

ANSWER: No. You have full ownership over everything you create at Optimum College, including your self-directed project.  

QUESTION: Do you accept anything as an Optimum Project? Can I spend 5-seconds scribbling a doodle on a napkin and submit that as my project? 


ANSWER: Not all projects will meet our standards for an Optimum Project. Your project must be of suitable quality that our founder, Gary Lee, feels comfortable writing a letter of recommendation after reviewing your project and seeing proof of its authenticity. Gary has high standards, having himself completed the first three Optimum Projects which include the world's first simulation of the 4 forces of physics from 1 equation which was called "cool" by Dr. Stephen Wolfram, a sports equipment manufacturing company utilized by the NFL Super Bowl Champions, and is making gains to publish the first traditional fighting game for virtual reality platforms. Your Optimum Project does not need to be of that level, but it must be of a suitable quality to be called Optimum.

QUESTION: What if my project is not up to the standards be called an Optimum?


ANSWER: Then you can keep working until it is. We do not fail anyone at Optimum College, and you can keep working at it until your project is up to our standards. 


QUESTION: What happens if I don't understand The Optimum Theory of Everything when I video-chat with Gary?

ANSWER: Although we have high standards, we do not fail anyone at Optimum College. You can discuss with Gary until you understand The Optimum Theory of Everything, and sometimes more than one conversation will be necessary. You can keep working at it until you understand the theory. 

QUESTION: Is it possible for someone to join Optimum College and never graduate?

ANSWER: We want to graduate as many Certified Optimists as possible, but we have high standards, and graduation is not guaranteed. Again, we do not fail anyone at Optimum College and you can keep working until your understanding & project well represents the Optimum name.  

QUESTION: What is the Optimum College conduct policy?

ANSWER: Optimum College members must be high school graduates. Members are required to follow U.S. law and not be a danger to themselves or others to maintain membership. Members are required to uphold any non-disclosure agreements they might be under; simply, Optimum College is not a place to share your company secrets. The Optimum Theory of Everything video-textbook, and anything posted to our forum, is copyright and cannot leave Optimum College without permission from the post creator(s).

QUESTION: Can I cancel my Optimum College membership at anytime? 

ANSWER: Yes. You can cancel by logging in, clicking on your profile and selecting the "cancel membership" option. You can also email us and we can cancel your membership for you.  

QUESTION: What is included with membership to Optimum College?

ANSWER: Membership to Optimum College includes the following:

  • Our 2+ hour video-textbook, The Optimum Theory of Everything.

  • Zoom conversation with Optimum College founder, Gary Lee.

  • Our private podcast with guests from diverse fields & backgrounds.

  • Our private members forum.

  • Our Certified Optimist program.

QUESTION: Is Optimum College on social media?

ANSWERYes. Our work has earned us hundreds-of-thousands of follows, likes & joins, including by some of the world's most talented & renowned scientists, engineers, artists, influencers & educators. 

QUESTION: Is Optimum College really the first to simulate the 4 forces of physics from 1 equation? 


ANSWER: Yes. Here is a video explaining our groundbreaking method, and like everything at Optimum College, this is theory: questions & debate are welcome.