The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.
ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development.
The Common Application is the recommended form of 277 selective colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs. These institutions meet the membership criteria and follow the principles outlined in our Statement of Purpose. They also agree to abide by our Statement of Principles and Practices for Members. In addition, all members of the admission office staff sign an annual Participation Agreement reaffirming their commitment to the Common Application. Many of these institutions use the form exclusively. All give equal consideration to the Common Application and the college’s own form.
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) is a voluntary membership organization for 300 boarding schools in the United States, Canada, and abroad. The independently incorporated non-profit organization exclusively serves the marketing and professional development needs of college-preparatory boarding schools, and provides information for families and other individuals about the benefits of living and learning in a residential setting. The association provides these services through an annual conference, a series of workshops for school administrators and staff members, admission trips, the publication of an annual directory, and a comprehensive website—www.schools.com. The association recently commissioned a comparative study to determine the value-added of the boarding school experience, the results from which are incorporated in the marketing initiative Telling the Truth About Boarding School.
The National Association of Independent Schools, governed by a board of trustees and staffed by approximately 40 individuals, is a membership organization and the national voice of independent education. It represents nearly 1,200 U.S. independent schools, including day, boarding, and day/boarding schools; elementary and secondary schools; boys’, girls’, and coeducational schools. NAIS offers a variety of products and services to member schools and associations.
The Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB) is the premier professional organization and test program provider to independent secondary schools nationally and internationally. SSATB combines comprehensive resources and cutting edge technology with over 45 years experience to offer independent school admission educators complete services for all their admission decision needs.