College Planning

How to Get on College Mailing Lists

With so many options to consider, the college planning process can feel a bit overwhelming. As a first step, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about different colleges, majors, and scholarships. One easy way to expand your knowledge is to receive information straight from colleges interested in connecting with you.

By participating in College Board’s free Student Search Service®, colleges can send you information to help you find a school that's a good fit for you. Follow the instructions below to start receiving letters and emails from colleges. 


How do I participate?

  • First, you’ll need a College Board account. If you don’t have a College Board account yet, it’s easy to sign up for one here
  • Once you’re logged in to your account, you can visit this page and opt in by clicking “Yes” in the blue bar at the top of the page.  
student search service sign in

You can also opt in to Student Search Service when you register for or take a College Board test like the PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT or SAT. 

What kind of information will I receive?  

Colleges will send you letters or emails with information they think is most relevant to you. Colleges may send you: 

  • Information on financial aid, scholarships, or other ways to make college more affordable 
  • Overviews of majors, courses, and degree options 
  • Invitations to recruitment events and campus tours 
  • Deadline information 
  • Details on campus life and student services 

What do colleges do with my information? 

By opting in to Student Search Service, you’re allowing College Board to share some of the information you provide during a test registration or when you make a college list on BigFuture™.  Institutions can only use this data to share information with you about their college or scholarship program. College Board never allows any other types of organizations to access your information, and we will never share the following: 

  • Disability status 
  • Self-reported parental income 
  • Social Security number 
  • Phone numbers 
  • Actual test scores 

How do I stop receiving mail and email from colleges? 

If you’re still in the process of deciding on the college that is best for you, we recommend you continue to participate in Student Search Service and only opt out from the specific colleges that you’re no longer interested in. You can typically opt out or unsubscribe from future mailings at the bottom of the college’s email or on their website. 

In order to make the most of the service, we recommend that you opt out only when you’ve chosen a college and been accepted. If you’ve made your decision, you can opt out at any time here.  

Visit Student Search Service to learn more.