eCollege(SM) Named to Forbes’ List of the Top 25 Fastest Growing Technology Companies

February 11, 2004

“2003 was a monumental year for eCollege, and we are extremely proud to be recognized by Forbes,” said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. “Online programs are becoming central to the way institutions serve the large and growing non-traditional student population. eCollege plays an integral role in powering some of the largest and most successful programs in the country.

”Since the Top 25 list was assembled, eCollege has more than doubled in size through the acquisition of Salt Lake City-based Datamark, a previously privately-held company. Datamark is the nation’s leading outsource provider of comprehensive enrollment marketing services to the proprietary post-secondary school market. Its offerings complement those of eCollege, helping institutions build enrollments and increase student retention, both online and on campus.

According to the article, Forbes searched through nearly 2,500 publicly traded U.S. technology stocks, looking for corporations with outstanding five-year annualized sales growth of at least 20 percent, and consistent year-over-year sales growth of 10 percent or more in the same period. Forbes also made it a point to look for profitable firms with revenues of at least $25 million and sales growth of 10 percent or better in the latest 12 months.

About eCollege
eCollege [Nasdaq: ECLG] is a leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary and K-12 education markets. The Company’s eLearning Division designs, builds and supports some of the most successful, fully online degree, certificate/diploma and professional development programs in the country. The Company’s Enrollment Division, Datamark, Inc., helps institutions build new enrollments and increase student retention. Customers include publicly traded for-profit institutions, community colleges, public and private universities, school districts, and state departments of education. eCollege was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Denver. Datamark was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit and

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