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College Board

Headquarters: 45 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-713-8000
Employees: 600
President: Gaston Caperton
Non-profit Organization


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The College Board administers college programs and exams for millions of high school students nationwide.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,200 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations.

Each year, the College Board serves over 7 million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and the Advanced Placement Program (AP).

The Board has regional offices throughout the country.


At its founding in 1900, the College Board was organized to help high school students make a successful transition to higher education. At that time, the handful of colleges that formed the membership association known as the College Entrance Examination Board sought to simplify the application process for students and for those colleges' admission offices.

With the College Board's revolutionary development of common entrance examinations-later known as the SAT Program or Scholastic Assessment Tests-students could apply to a number of institutions without having to sit for entrance examinations at each one. The new assessments also had another democratizing benefit: individuals could provide evidence of their credentials without regard to their family backgrounds and despite inconsistent grading systems and curriculum standards throughout the nation's high schools. The SAT was first introduced in 1926.

The development of a common entrance examination was only a beginning. The membership association developed additional assessments to provide assistance in placement and the awarding of college credit, such as the Advanced Placement Program and the College-Level Examination Program. Resources to help students conduct successful college searches were compiled, printed, and eventually made available electronically in software products and on the Internet. The College Scholarship Service was organized to provide financial aid information and assistance, so that no prepared student would be denied access to higher education because of lack of funds. Special projects were developed to help improve the academic performance of secondary school students and prepare them for college.

In 2005, a new version of the SAT was introduced which added a writing section to the exam, as well as new math and reading sections.

The College Board offers an outstanding benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of vacation, a generous retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and ongoing professional development and training.

Updated December 31, 2008

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