Founded by a few colleges in 1900, College Board was created to help students access, prepare for, achieve in, and graduate from college and all forms of post-secondary education.
Many high school students are familiar with the College Board for its test offerings. The College Board is perhaps best known for its college preparatory services, such as the SAT, Advanced Placement, CLEP, and PSAT tests. Many students register with the College Board to prepare for and take those exams. Today, the not-for-profit organization has more than 5,900 member colleges and schools. In 2010, it administered more than 3 million SAT tests and 3.2 million AP tests.
In the past 112 years, the role of College Board has evolved—while it still maintains its role as a college preparatory organization, it has recently become far more active in advocacy and public policy.
In 2004, College Board launched its first schools in New York designed to prepare low-income and underserved students.
In 2010, College Board’s Advocacy and Policy Center was launched to conduct research and influence education policy. The center has several focuses: college access, college affordability, and college completion. The center believes every student deserves a quality education through primary and secondary school, should be able to afford college and have a successful post-secondary experience, and should be given the tools and resources necessary to complete college.