The College Board's Student Search Service is a free, voluntary program that connects students with information about educational and financial aid opportunities from nearly 1,900 eligible colleges and universities, and scholarship and other educational programs.
When students take the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10, they’re asked if they want to participate. By opting in, they give the College Board permission to share their names and limited information with colleges and scholarship programs looking for students like them.
How It Works
- Students answer questions on the SAT student questionnaire or their PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 answer sheets.
- Eligible organizations use answers from students who have opted in to search for groups of students who may be a good fit for their communities and programs.
- The most searched items are expected high school graduation date, cumulative GPA, and intended college major.
- Organizations can search by any attribute students provide except disability, self-reported parental income, Social Security number, phone number, and actual test scores.
How to Participate
- Answer "yes" to the Student Search Service question on the answer sheet when students take the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, or PSAT 10.
- Opt in when registering for the SAT.
- Opt in each time students take an assessment so that new data can be included.
Participation is completely voluntary and students can stop participating at any time.
Most students opt in to Student Search Service so they can get information about more than 1,900 colleges and scholarship programs without being solicited by commercial entities. It's also a way to take advantage of the scholarships offered by our new partners.
Students say that as much as they like hearing from colleges they already know, they really like hearing from colleges they were previously unfamiliar with. Student Search is a great way to discover what different colleges offer and find out about their application processes, financial aid packages, and campus life.
Unauthorized Test-Prep Solicitations
It is the College Board’s strict policy NOT to sell student information to test-preparation companies, nor are such companies affiliated with the College Board.
We recommend the following precautions if students receive unsolicited calls from persons identifying themselves as belonging to a test-preparation company:
- Never provide credit card information.
- Don't commit to a purchase regardless of the caller's high-pressure tactics.
- Get the company's contact information and the name of the caller; ask for a callback number.
- Contact your local consumer affairs office, your local Better Business Bureau and/or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) if the company continues to make unsolicited phone calls.
Learn more about our Student Search Service Usage Policies.