BigFuture Days Student FAQ

Answers to your most frequently asked questions


Why were the event details changed?

We saw a late surge in student registrations that exceeded our initial capacity. We know many of you were looking forward to this event, but we made this decision to ensure a positive and successful experience for students and colleges. 

If you had previously registered for the event, you will receive an email from the College Board with the updated information.

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What are BigFuture Days and why should I join?

We’re bringing together experts from colleges to engage with you about the college planning topics you’re most interested in. Go beyond college websites, and discover what admissions officers are really looking for in your application. You’ll have opportunities to participate in Q&A sessions in small groups, large groups, and through live sessions as well as chat.

Watch this 1-minute video to learn more about what to expect at BigFuture Days.

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Is this event free to attend?

BigFuture Days are free for all students and their parents or guardians to attend.

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Do I need to register before attending the event?

Online registration is required for students to receive access to the BigFuture Day events. If you would like to attend multiple events, you must register in advance for each event.

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Can educators register for the events?

Yes, educators can find their registration information on the Educator Information page LINK. Note that the registration path for educators is different than that for students.

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Can parents and guardians attend the event?

Yes, we encourage parents/guardians to attend the event alongside their teen.

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What kind of sessions or workshops will be offered at the fair?

BigFuture Days will offer informational workshops, panel discussions, and interactive guided sessions on college planning topics. Sessions will run between 30–45 minutes in length.

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Will I be able to speak directly with college representatives to ask questions?

Yes. You'll have an opportunity to visit individual colleges and hear directly from admissions representatives, ask questions through chat, and download important documents and resources to take with you.

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Is participating in this event a good way to show colleges that I'm interested?

Yes, for some colleges attending this event, saving their college to your list on BigFuture, and visiting a college's booth will be a good indication you're interested.

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Can I join the event on my mobile device?

BigFuture Day events are available on desktop and mobile. However, we suggest you join on a desktop to get the full experience from our sessions and resources.

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Do I need to download an app in order to join a BigFuture Days event?

No application download or plug-in is required to attend a BigFuture Days event.

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What is Student Search Service

Student Search Service® is a free service that connects students with approved colleges, scholarships, and educational non-profit organizations. By joining, you'll have the opportunity to hear from colleges and scholarships looking for students like you. Participating organizations pay for this service but there's no cost to you. Students are required to join Student Search Service in order to register for BigFuture Days. For more information about Student Search Service, please visit the Student Search Service page.

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What data will be shared through Student Search Service?

When you join Student Search Service as part of your registration for BigFuture Days, we share information that you provide to us on our website or during a College Board assessment. Your information is shared with colleges you interact with during BigFuture Days and organizations participating in Student Search Service. Participating organizations can also search for students using score ranges on the PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT, and AP assessments, expected graduation date, self-reported GPA, intended college major, geography, and other limited parameters.

College Board doesn't share disability or heath information, social security numbers, self-reported financial information, or phone numbers.

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