General FAQs

What is CollegeXpress?

CollegeXpress is a college planning website, including comprehensive college and scholarship search tools, tons of informational articles and advice, college lists and rankings and spiffy one-click college recruitment. For more evidence of our awesomeness, read our "Why CollegeXpress?" page.


Is CollegeXpress free?

Yes! From the comprehensive college search to Ask the Experts advice, every page is free to anyone who registers.


Who can use CollegeXpress?

Even though CollegeXpress was designed with high school/secondary school and college/university students in mind, anyone can use it! You, your mom, your college counselor, even your crazy uncle Moe.


When and how is the $10,000 scholarship winner chosen?

We pick the scholarship winner at random in May each year. We will announce the winner on CollegeXpress shortly thereafter, during the summer. Then, the $10,000 scholarship is applied to the winner’s college tuition for the coming fall semester. Please see the $10,000 scholarship rules and conditions page for details.


What colleges and universities are applicable for the $10,000 scholarship?

Any one of our featured colleges and universities is applicable. You can view the full list here. Please see the $10,000 scholarship rules and conditions page for details.


Where do the Lists and Rankings come from?

Most of our lists come from a book called The College Finder by Steven R. Antonoff, an educational consultant from Denver, Colorado. The lists are a product of his research, the input of countless other higher education professionals, and student user suggestions.

You'll also see designations showing whether the list was produced by Experts, Facts, or Users: When we say "Experts," we mean the list is subjective and based on the input of higher education insiders (like Mr. Antonoff!). With Facts, that just means the lists rely on the cold, hard facts (often from our research division, Wintergreen Orchard House). And, last but never least, User lists are based on your suggestions! Some lists were also used with permission from other sources (noted on the page). For more information regarding the book and lists, check out our "Why CollegeXpress" page.

We just want to make one last thing perfectly clear: no one pays to be on these lists, not even our featured colleges (see "What is a featured college?" on our "Why CollegeXpress" page).


How can I cancel or delete my account?

Fill out the comment form with Cancel/Delete Account/Unsubscribe as your subject, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, and other contact information, so we can process your request. (And if there’s anything we could do to win ya back, we’d love to hear your suggestions!)


How can I get a copy of your privacy policy?

Our privacy policy is located at the bottom of every page on our website and is also available here.


For Students

How do I register?

We’ll guide you through our quick and easy, one-time registration. You just need to give the basic information, but the more details you fill in, the easier it is for us to match you with schools and scholarships that fit you! Not registered? What are you waiting for! It’s quick, easy, and it enters you into our $10,000 scholarship contest!


How can I find colleges and scholarships on CollegeXpress

Easy. Just use our college and scholarship search tools and plug in your info. Our college search is the best in the business, with over 4,000 school listings, and our scholarship search is worth over $7 billion. (Yes, that’s billion, with a B.) And they’re both powered by data from Wintergreen Orchard House, one of the oldest and most trusted college research companies in the country.


I need help with my college search! What should I do?

We have tons of advice, from how to begin your college search to dealing with student life to finding a job after graduation, and much more! And if you have more specific questions, just Ask the Experts


How can I get recruited by the colleges on this site?

We are all about the one-click recruitment! All you need to do is click the green “I want to hear from…” button on any featured college profile. (Again, you can find colleges that fit you using our college search.) Before you know it, the featured colleges you select will start recruiting you and sending you more info!


How can I get more information from the colleges on this site?

See above, "How can I get recruited by the colleges on this site?"


Why haven't I heard from the featured colleges and universities I contacted?

We’re sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, we cannot control when and if colleges and universities you contacted through CollegeXpress respond to you. We send every information request directly to the schools you select, but each college and university controls its communication with students differently. We recommend that if you haven't heard from some of the schools you selected, contact the college/university directly.


How do I sign up for the $10,000 scholarship?

All you have to do is register on CollegeXpress to be eligible for the annual $10,000 scholarship giveaway! Please see the $10,000 scholarship rules and conditions page for details. If you’ve already registered with CollegeXpress, you’re already entered to win!


How do I add or remove colleges from my profile?

Go to the "Your Stuff" tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page and select "Schools" from the drop-down menu. Under "Schools," there's a button that says "Edit Favorites." You can also just go to the individual college or scholarship pages and click the green "saved" button to deselect the school or scholarship.


Can you send me more information on a certain school, program, or major?

For information on specific schools, programs, and majors, we suggest getting in touch with the college or university directly, which you can do through CollegeXpress! Just click the big green “I want to hear from…” button on our feature school profiles. You may also find the college or university websites helpful, and we include official school contact information and URLs on our school profile pages too.


How can I get accepted into my favorite college?

Though we wish everyone got into his or her “dream school,” there are no guarantees that doing anything in particular will ensure you get accepted by the college(s) you want. You can do everything right and just not fit the student profile the college is looking for. However, you can use CollegeXpress to help make yourself the best applicant possible, whether it's prepping for standardized tests, polishing your college essay, acing the college interview, and more. And you can learn more about how admission decisions are made on CollegeXpress Besides, we believe there’s more than one “dream school” for everyone out there—you just need to know how to find them, and we can help you with that too.


What kinds of questions can I submit to Ask the Experts?

Our experts can answer questions regarding financial aid, admission, student life, and almost any other college-related area—in fact, they might’ve answered your question already, so be sure to read our Ask the Experts archives! However, they will not answer school-specific questions about things like deadlines or whether or not you will be accepted. (Luckily, you can usually find answers to questions like that on our college profiles!) If you have questions about our website or how it works, you can submit them here under the "General Feedback" option.


How do I stop receiving e-mails/letters from schools?

If you like, we can delete your CollegeXpress account to stop any e-mails from being sent to you from CollegeXpress (see “How can I cancel or delete my account?” under the "General FAQs"). Unfortunately, we cannot control when and if the colleges and universities you selected through CollegeXpress contact you, so you may continue to receive e-mails and letters from schools you added on CollegeXpress even after your account has been deactivated.


How do I add/edit my personal information?

Go to the "Your Stuff" tab in the upper right-hand corner of the page and select “Profile” from the drop-down menu. From there, you'll be able to edit all the info on that page!


For Parents

Why is my child required to register?

By registering on our site, we’re able to match our student users with schools and scholarships that fit their profiles. We also reach out to our registered users via e-mail with relevant opportunities and site updates. And, finally, only by registering are users eligible for our annual $10,000 scholarship. However, registration is only required to see the full details of our school and scholarship listings; you do not need to be registered to conduct college and scholarship searches, or to view our Articles and Advice and Ask the Experts posts.


How can my child use this site to further his/her college search?

With our college and scholarship search tools, students can use their individual criteria to narrow down the thousands of schools and scholarship opportunities to those that truly fit. These searches lead to some of the most detailed and comprehensive school and scholarship listings available. Our profiles are researched and updated regularly by our Wintergreen Orchard House division, one of the oldest and most respected sources of higher education data. We also offer hundreds of related articles covering such foundational areas as admission, campus visits, and financial aid, in addition to more focused areas related to common student interests, including Catholic and Christian college life, science and engineering schools, and U.S. study for international students. Students can also read responses to common questions in our Ask the Experts section, and they can submit their own questions to be answered by our dean, a representative from one of the leading colleges on the East Coast.


For Advertisers

How can I update my school’s profile or scholarship listings?

If you’ve found outdated or erroneous information on your institution’s profile and/or any scholarship listings, please let us know, and we’ll update the site right away. There is no cost to change your information. Please visit our Scholarship and College Data page for more details and contact information.


How can our school get on your lists

Educational consultant Steven Antonoff created most of our lists, which include the ones in his book The College Finder. He has his own methodology for selecting the schools and used the input of many other college experts, like admission counselors. While we may offer suggestions for lists, we cannot control the schools on the “Experts’ Choice” lists, nor do we accept any payment to be placed on these lists. (Those institutions marked "featured colleges" are our clients, totally independent of the Lists and Rankings.) We can potentially update “Facts and Stats” lists based on factual data, research, and verified reports. You can read more about our Lists and Rankings here.


I would like to place an advertisement on CollegeXpress and in your magazines; how can I do so?

With our specialized magazines and vast online presence, we offer myriad advertising options. Please contact Mark Cunningham, Vice President, Client Solutions, at mcunningham@carnegiecomm.com or at 978-842-2813 (office).


What other services do you offer?

Our industry-leading products and services have helped thousands of higher education institutions reach their marketing, development, and recruitment goals. For more information regarding our publications and consulting services, please visit our About Us page or our corporate website.


For Counselors

What kinds of resources do you offer high school and independent counselors?

Beyond the college search, scholarship search, and expert articles available to you and your students on CollegeXpress, we offer numerous other resources used by college counselors across the country and around the globe! In conjunction with our Wintergreen Orchard House division, we also publish industry-leading college search resources just for counselors, including the annual College Admissions Data Sourcebooks. Additionally, we produce a wide range of magazines tailored to students’ higher education interests and goals, as well as guides to summer programs and private secondary schools, and their corresponding websites (summer program search, private school search).


How can I subscribe to your newsletter?

After you register for CollegeXpress, you will automatically start receiving our monthly Wintergreen Wire e-newsletter, full of advice from your peers, need-to-know dates, latest articles, special giveaways, and more!


Are counselors eligible for the $10,000 scholarship or $500 Refer-a-Friend scholarship?

Unfortunately, the $10,000 scholarship is only available to our student users. However, counselors can win the $500 giveaway to use as they wish. We also sponsor other counselor-specific giveaways throughout the year, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.