Be a Part of Something Extraordinary!
Join us as we effect change, empower members and promote college access and success for all students. Become a member of the College Board.
More than 6,000 two- and four-year colleges, universities, high schools, secondary school districts, higher education systems, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies in every U.S. state and territory and around the world have joined the College Board.
Our mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education.
Members are a part of a preeminent association of educators that offers:
How to Become a Member
To become and stay a member of the College Board, an institution is elected by the membership, maintains accreditation, adheres to a policy of nondiscrimination and pays annual dues in a timely manner.
Complete an Application
Please select an application that reflects your institution:
- Higher education institution
- Higher education system
- Secondary education institution
- Secondary education system (district)
- Nonprofit association/organization/agency
- Institutions outside of the United States
Demonstrate and Maintain Accreditation
When an application is submitted for membership, accreditation is validated during a process of due diligence. If the accreditation is lacking or lapses, the application is deferred until accreditation is (re-)established. Please see the applications themselves for more on the accrediting bodies accepted by the College Board.
Adhere to a Policy of Nondiscrimination
Our members believe passionately in a level playing field for all students. To that end, an integral part of being accepted as and maintaining membership in the College Board is the commitment to a policy of nondiscrimination. Our members maintain policies and practices that assure equitable access to admission, receipt of financial aid, and continuing enrollment for all students. We recognize the right of an educational institution to define its mission in terms of educating persons of the same gender or of a particular religious faith as long as all persons of that gender or particular religious faith are treated equitably.
Apply — Applications Are Accepted All Year Long!
Completed applications are reviewed twice a year by the Trustee Committee on Membership in April and in September. With the approval of this committee the names of prospective members are sent for review by the Board of Trustees in October. With the approval of the Board of Trustees, the names are then added to the slate for approval at the Annual Meeting at the end of November. Current members elect new members.
An institution with an application under review for membership is accorded the status of a pending member. Pending members enjoy most of the rights and privileges of members including member rates. Pending members cannot vote.
Pay a Low Dues Rate for a High Return
Dues are purposefully modest at $325 annually to remove the barrier for entry and to encourage education institutions to remain members. Dues are assessed at the beginning of the membership year that begins November 1. For this fee, all professionals and decision makers of the member institution enjoy member benefits that include member rates on professional development opportunities, conferences and events, select publications, and on select products and services.