Why CollegeXpress?

Since 1995, our mission has been to help connect students with the right schools for them. Carnegie, the organization that houses CollegeXpress, is an educational publisher and higher education marketing agency. Every year, thousands of students across the United States and around the world discover their colleges using our websites, magazines, and services. Honestly, nothing makes us happier than students finding value in what we do!

Our easy-to-use College and Scholarship Search tools, college profiles, and lists help students to find their perfect school—and a way to help pay for their education. In addition, our blogs, articles, and various resources help students, parents, and counselors navigate the college search process, student life, and so much more.

We know what college is all about—academics, personal growth, professional opportunities, and fun—because we’ve been there. We built CollegeXpress with all this in mind, creating the kind of site we wish we had when we were looking for schools. And one of the site’s best features? It’s completely free to use!

Joining the CollegeXpress Community

To start searching for colleges and scholarships, just create a free account here! Once you complete your profile, you’ll be able to access all our great college planning resources and start connecting with schools. You’ll also be entered to win our annual $10,000 scholarship! Then you can start referring your friends and other students to CollegeXpress; for every person who joins through your unique link, you’ll be entered into our monthly $250 Refer-a-Friend contest.

Featured Colleges

We're able to bring you this site for free through the support of the featured colleges and sponsors you see, and they're labeled as such in our lists and search results. They’re great schools that we're happy to represent, and we made it easier and faster for our featured colleges to recruit you. When you search for college profiles and click the "Yes, connect me!" button, our featured colleges will send you more information about their school!

The CollegeXpress Store

Our new-and-improved CollegeXpress Store has everything students and counselors need to get the inside scoop about colleges all over the country, including The College Finder and our College Atlas & Planner.

Racial justice initiatives

CollegeXpress is passionate about equality and equity for all. Read about our commitment to racial justice and how you can get involved.

Any questions?

We’re always working to make CollegeXpress the best college resource on the internet—so if you have any feedback, we’d love to hear it via email or social media. (PS: You can find even more answers on our FAQ page!)

Where Our Information Comes From

College profiles

Our college profiles are written by the colleges themselves, and they provide the photos and all the important facts and details. Some of the categories covered in each profile are:

  • Cost & financial aid
  • Majors
  • Athletics
  • Student services
  • Student body

College and scholarship data

Our robust college and scholarship data comes from yearly surveys sent out to schools across the country to collect the most up-to-date info.

Articles, blogs, and Ask the Experts

College experts—like deans of admission, financial aid officers, and college counselors—write many of our articles and “Ask the Experts” content. Those not authored by industry experts are researched and written by our staff, our student bloggers, or our beloved freelance writers.

Lists & Rankings

These lists are unlike any college rankings you’ve ever seen. In fact, they’re less like rankings and more like collections of schools organized by their strengths (or weaknesses, or just their defining characteristics). Here are a few examples: