Student Search Service

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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. Here's how it works:

  1. You may choose to participate in Student Search Service during registration.
  2. As you register, you will also be asked to fill out a student data questionnaire.
  3. Participating, eligible organizations can then search for groups of students who may be a good fit for their communities and programs, but only among those students who opt to participate in Student Search.
  4. The search criteria can include any attribute you provide, except the following: disability, parental education, self-reported parental income, social security number, phone numbers, and actual test scores.
  5. The most searched items are expected high school graduation date, cumulative GPA, and intended college major.
  6. If you have questions or concerns about Student Search Service or want more information about the program, please contact us via email or at 866-825-8051.

Once you say yes to Student Search, you'll start getting information that can help you find a college that's a good fit for you. You may get emails, postal mail or both. All of this information helps you get a better picture, so you can find colleges that you may want to attend. Some of the colleges may be familiar—or they might be new opportunities.

It's important to know that all of the colleges that you hear from are interested in students just like you.

Protecting Your Privacy

The College Board does not sell student information to test-prep companies. We recommend the following precautions if you 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 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) if the company continues to make unsolicited phone calls.
  • Reach out to Student Search Service.