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Help Colleges Find You

When students take the PSAT/NMSQT, they have the option to participate in the College Board's Student Search Service®, which makes their names and information available to colleges and scholarship programs looking for students like them.

Millions of students have received valuable information from colleges and nonprofit organizations by opting in to this free service.

How to Participate

To participate, students should answer "yes" to the Student Search Service question on their answer sheet when they take the PSAT/NMSQT. Participation is completely voluntary and students may stop participating at any time by contacting Student Search Service.

Why Participate?

Most college-bound students opt in to Student Search Service to receive information about colleges and scholarships without being solicited by commercial entities. Students have consistently reported that while they enjoy receiving information about familiar colleges and universities, they especially enjoy hearing from colleges and universities they were previously unfamiliar with.

Participation in Student Search is a great way to understand what different colleges offer and gain insight into their application process, financial aid packages, and campus life.

More than 1,100 colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use Student Search every year to find the right students for their programs, scholarships, and special activities.

Find out which student information is shared and other details about Student Search Service.

Unauthorized Test-Prep Solicitations

It is our strict policy to NOT sell student information to test-preparation companies, nor are such companies affiliated with the College Board.

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/or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) if the company continues to make unsolicited phone calls.

Learn more about our Student Search Service Usage Policies.

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