Originally Posted: Jan 1, 2020
Last Updated: Apr 29, 2020
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 CollegeXpress.com 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 are 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.
Thousands of schools to explore
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 schools 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.
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 collect comprehensive admission data straight from the colleges themselves on a yearly basis. Through an information survey, the schools give us an impressive amount of data that we then present to you and your students via CollegeXpress. This includes admission application processes, school costs, majors and minors, sports offered, and much more. All data is collected yearly in completion because we take pride in providing the most up-to-date information possible for informed decision-making on your students’ top schools!
Immediate connections to top schools
Many of the schools on our site are clients of our parent company, Carnegie Dartlet. 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, there will be 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.)
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.
Related: How to Start Your Scholarship Search
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, 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 an annual $2,000 Community Service Scholarship for Multicultural Students, which students can apply for on the site after creating a CollegeXpress account. This application requires a 1,000-word essay on the student’s involvement in community service activities. Students of multicultural backgrounds must be planning to attend one of our featured colleges and universities to be eligible.
- Everyone is eligible for this one (including you, counselor!). 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 in 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!
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 information about the SATs, admission essay tips, advice for 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 hold an annual Student Writers Program, feature student vloggers on YouTube, and welcome guest posts from counselors anytime—get in touch if you’re interested in contributing!
A community built for and by students
Another great aspect of the CollegeXpress community is that we encourage students to take an active role in their college search and help each other. Our private CX Facebook group is a close-knit group of students, including bloggers and vloggers, where we post exclusive content just for them and engage in meaningful conversations about the college search process. We consider your students ours as well—we want only the best for them and like knowing we played even a small part by offering them resources and tools to enrich their high school and college experience.
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 notebooks and stickers, oh my! Want some for your students? Just send us an email.
Share with your students today!
If your students aren’t registered on CollegeXpress, they’re missing out on a free community of support in their college search process. We pride ourselves on providing the best information, resources, and advice we could possibly provide 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!