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CollegeXpress: A Resource Your Students Can Rely On

CollegeXpress is a premier resource for the college and scholarship search process that your students should be using right now. Here are the top reasons why!

CollegeXpress is the place to send your students to start their college and scholarship search. We might be a little biased, but it’s only because we’re proud of what we do and the resources we provide to students, parents, and counselors! Since 1995 (when first launched), our highest priority has been connecting students with their best-fit schools and giving them useful and relatable advice to go off to college confident and ready to succeed. 

But it’s not just about what we offer students; our work is also rooted in what students give back to us. We feel warm fuzzies whenever someone says our website helped them through their college search. We're proud when we see the passion behind the blogs our student writers pen for us. We smile at each student vlog posted on our YouTube channel. Students are the foundation of CollegeXpress—so if your students aren’t already a part of our community, here’s why they should be. 

1. Thousands of colleges and universities to discover

What schools are your students looking for? Do they want to attend a four-year or a two-year college? Are they looking at public or private universities? Do they want a school well known for science and engineering? Or maybe they’re thinking about taking a gap year? Whatever their preferences are, CollegeXpress has what they’re looking for. (And if they don’t yet know what the future holds yet, we have a ton of advice on how to figure it out.)

Our College Search tool makes it easy for students to search for schools by their preferences, including major, location, size, and more. It’s highly customizable so they can explore and research the right colleges for them with intention. Our school profiles make connecting with and comparing colleges easy, so their final choice becomes more informed than ever. With CollegeXpress, you and your students can feel confident that when they lock in the shortlist of their top schools, they’re making the right choice.

Related: The CollegeXpress Ultimate Guide to the College Search 

2. Unmatched college admission data

You might be wondering, “What exactly are the students comparing in the school profiles?” College search websites vary widely in the information they collect, how they collect it, and how often. At CollegeXpress, we continually gather comprehensive admission data from only the top sources, including information from the colleges themselves! You’ll find facts about application processes and deadlines, tuition and other costs, majors and minors, athletics, and much more. We take pride in providing the most up-to-date info possible for informed decision-making on your students’ top schools!

3. Immediate connections to top schools

Many of the schools on our site are clients of our parent company, Carnegie. That means they’re dedicated to the same end goal as you: connecting students to the right schools. They want to be easily accessible to the students who feel their school could be a good fit for them.

If your student is interested in one of our featured colleges and universities, they will see a green “Yes, connect me!” button at the top of their profile. After a student clicks this button, we’ll send their CollegeXpress profile information to the school, and the school will reach out to the student with more information shortly. This feature is a great way to ensure your students are being seen by these schools and not lost in an inbox among thousands of other students with initial general interest. While not all of your students’ schools of interest have this perk, many well-known schools and hidden gems are available to connect with, which can act as a valuable leg-up in the college admission process. (If a school doesn’t have the green “Yes, connect me!” button on its CollegeXpress profile, you can find contact information to get in touch yourself.)

Related: The Basics of When and How to Begin Your College Search in High School

4. Over $7 billion in scholarship opportunities

Finding the right scholarships—let alone good scholarships—can be a long and difficult process; a process so arduous, in fact, that some students don’t even bother trying. At CollegeXpress, we want to make sure students find the best opportunities to receive money for school so they don’t give up before they even start.

With millions of scholarships available in one place, our Scholarship Search tool makes it easy to search by criteria your student knows they’ll be eligible for. It saves them the time of reading through long rules and descriptions by weeding out what they know isn’t available to them and condensing the most pertinent information into a quick overview. From there, they can delve deeper into the worthwhile awards and bypass the unnecessary ones.

Scholarships offered by CX

CollegeXpress also offers our own scholarships for students:

  • Every student who creates a free account on CX is automatically entered to win our annual $10,000 scholarship contest, which they can use at any of our featured colleges and universities as a first-year, transfer, or graduate student. No extra application is necessary—all you have to do is complete your CollegeXpress account to enter! 
  • We also offer monthly mini scholarship contests that are super easy to apply to! All students have to do is create a free CX account and answer the featured question in just one sentence. Once you're registered, you can answer the new question every month for another chance to win.
  • Everyone is eligible for this one (including you, counselors!). Anyone registered on CollegeXpress can win our monthly $500 Refer-a-Friend contest. Just share your unique link (found here when you’re logged in) with students, parents, and fellow counselors. For every person who completes registration through your link, you’ll gain an entry into that month’s contest. Every month is a new chance to win, and you can win this prize over and over—so keep making referrals to improve your chances!

Related: Scholarship Search Spreadsheet Template 

5. Top-notch articles and advice

Our content may be the most unique resource on CollegeXpress. We believe the importance of advice from individuals who understand the college search process (and struggle) cannot be understated! Whether a student needs SAT study resourcesadmission essay tips, advice on making friends when they get to college, or tricks for landing their first job, we have a blog post (or several) for it, all written by trusted experts and real-life students and counselors in the CollegeXpress community. We also have an ongoing Student Writers Program, feature student vloggers on our YouTube channel, and welcome guest posts from counselors anytime—get in touch if you’re interested in contributing!

Bonus reason: The swag

We love showing our student community that we appreciate them, and we also love giving away free stuff. As part of the CX community, your students will have access to all the CX swag we’ve made up just for them—pens and sunglasses and stickers, oh my! Want some for your students? Just send us an email.

Let your students know about CollegeXpress!

If your students aren’t registered on CollegeXpress yet, they’re missing out on a free community of support throughout their college search process. We pride ourselves on providing the best information, resources, and advice we could possibly give to ensure students find the best-fit colleges for them in the easiest way possible. And we hope that as a counselor who is part of our community, you agree!

There's no time like the present! Share this link to help your students create a free CollegeXpress account today.

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Rose Kearsley

Rose Kearsley

High School Class of 2021

CollegeXpress has seriously helped me out a lot, especially when it comes to scholarships and studying for tests like the ACT. I also really love the financial help. It’s a little harder to pay because I live with a family of eight, so any help is appreciated. Thanks for this opportunity!

Joseph Johnsly

Joseph Johnsly

High School Class of 2021

It's an honor for me to be writing to share a little about my experience with CollegeXpress. I've been using CollegeXpress for about a year now, and the reason why I chose it is because it provides astonishing scholarships for every student around the globe. Besides that, this organization dispenses all the information necessary to help students get to college. CollegeXpress has helped me have an easier experience with applying to colleges and choosing the best fit for myself.

Hannah Nelsen

Hannah Nelsen

High School Class of 2022

CollegeXpress has helped me look at colleges that fit my interests by taking my profile and matching it to colleges that have the programs I'm looking for. It has the ability to connect me to colleges so I can be contacted by them and look at them more in-depth to find what's right for me. Additionally, the scholarship database is super beneficial for getting scholarships for college. Not only does it help lift the financial burden of college but it shows all the opportunities available. Overall, CollegeXpress has been very helpful to me.

Caitlin Eaton

Caitlin Eaton

$10,000 Scholarship Winner, 2021

I first discovered CollegeXpress during my sophomore year of high school while researching colleges that interested me. My SAT prep class the following year further familiarized me with the opportunities available through the organization. CX has personally helped me by exposing me to a diverse selection of schools as well as scholarships and life tips that have provided valuable guidance in my college search.

This scholarship will help me adjust to college life without worrying as much about tuition. This gives me more room to truly explore and benefit from all aspects of higher education. I plan to study Conservation Biology and work protecting species/ecosystems. I’m looking forward to getting field experience and seeing firsthand the problems research is solving.



High School Class of 2023

CollegeXpress helped open me up to many colleges that fit my interests. I’m only a sophomore in high school, so I like having a lot to look at, and CX does a great job of picking colleges that meet my wants. It's a great website that I'll continue to use until it comes time for me to apply for colleges. I also like that it notifies me through email with options to look at. Thanks CX!

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