The NRCCUA Post-Secondary Planning Survey®

High school students participate in the Post-Secondary Planning Survey® voluntarily. Participation in this survey enables students to receive information which is related to their educational needs and helps them plan for the future. The most important benefit of participating in this voluntary survey and research project is the information students and their families will receive from colleges and universities. In some cases students and their families may also receive information about educational products and services such as student loans and financial aid, college admissions and tutorial services, extra-curricular enrichment and recognition programs, career, employment and military opportunities, and camps from non-profit organizations, companies offering educational products and services, and government agencies. The National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ does not share your information with commercial marketers offering to sell you non-education-related products and services. Click here to go to the Post-Secondary Planning Survey®.

Commitment to Student Privacy

For over 40 years, the National Research Center for College & University Admissions has built educational bridges between college-bound high school students and colleges and universities. Our mission is to create a brighter future through a unique process that captures and shares educational and career aspirations, with integrity…one dream at a time!

NRCCUA protects the privacy of student email addresses. We require all messages sent to the student from our database, whether on behalf of NRCCUA or its members and approved organizations, meet the established guidelines of permission-based email messaging. We do not distribute this data without provisions that allow the student to opt out. A student may choose to opt out of NRCCUA at any time by sending an email to mrc@nrccua.org indicating the desire to be removed from future emails or mailings, or both.

NRCCUA is a non-profit organization devoted to helping students receive the information needed to assist them in selecting a college education or career path that is tailored to their interests. Through NRCCUA’s Post-Secondary Planning Survey®, nearly 5.5 million current high school students have an opportunity to identify their college and career preferences. This information is then shared with over 2,200 colleges and universities. In addition, students benefit from information about financial aid and other educational organizations. Currently, 55,000 educators at 22,000 high schools have administered the survey to their students.

Privacy Protection

As a holder of student information, we recognize our responsibility to protect student privacy. We have worked to promote adoption of standards within the educational community and to inform the public about privacy issues. Working with our advisory council of education leaders, NRCCUA developed principles (see below) to protect student privacy that guide NRCCUA’s data collection and dissemination efforts. These principles are designed to assist NRCCUA in determining appropriate uses of information collected from students for educational purposes consistent with The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and other applicable law.

In 2001, the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission announced his agency’s interest in reviewing the privacy practices of organizations that collect personal information in offline or paper procedures. In 2002, the FTC and a group of state Attorney’s General inquired into NRCCUA’s student privacy practices, focusing on disclosure issues. These inquiries and the resulting review of NRCCUA’s practices led to mutually agreeable disclosure guidelines for NRCCUA to follow. NRCCUA was very pleased with the outcome of this process and continues to operate in compliance with both the FTC and AG agreements.

Principles for Educational Products and Services

The following principles, created with the assistance of our voluntary Advisory Council, are designed to provide guidance to NRCCUA in determining appropriate uses of information collected from students for educational purposes consistent with The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and other applicable law.

The primary mission of NRCCUA is to provide data from annual student surveys to colleges and universities in order to enable high school students to learn about and prepare for post-secondary opportunities.

Other education-related non-profit and for-profit organizations may use the student information to provide information about:

  • financial planning, student loans, and scholarships
  • enrichment opportunities such as travel programs, camps, extra-curricular activities and conferences
  • curriculum materials, books, Internet based educational programs, educational magazines and low-cost literary products
  • academic assistance, remedial help, and preparation for college-entrance examinations
  • recognition for high levels of performance
  • participation in community service
  • learning about civic responsibilities
  • employment, career options and the military

NRCCUA also uses student data for research purposes to have a greater understanding of the nation’s high school and college-bound students.

Advisory Council Members
Mr. Reggie Felton
Director, Federal Relations
National School Boards Association
Jill Cook
Assistant Director
American School Counselor Association
Ms. Joyce Smith
Chief Executive Officer
National Association for College Admission Counseling
Harley Frankel
College Match
Delia Pompa
Senior Vice President, Programs
National Council of La Raza
Dr. Nicole Francis
Program Manager
NASA Research & Education Support Svcs.; Smart Global Solutions, LLC (JV)
Information Collected Through Our Website

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically, including:

  • the Internet domain (for example, “aol.com” if you use a private Internet access account, or “centralstate.edu” if you    connect from a university’s domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your    computer whenever you are surfing the web) from which you access our website;
  • the type of browser used to access our site;
  • the date and time you access our site; and
  • the pages you visit.

We use this information to help us learn about the numbers of visitors to our site, and what features of the site our visitors use most. This process is not intended to collect personally identifiable information about you. In some limited circumstances, however, some personally identifiable information may be inadvertently captured in our log files. We do NOT use personally identifiable information inadvertently captured in this manner. We do NOT track information about individuals and their site visits unless they choose to register with us and access portions of our site that require login.

We do not intend to collect nonpublic personal information from children under 13 years of age. If we learn that we have collected this information from a child under the age of 13, we will promptly take all reasonable steps to delete the data from our system.

Information Collected by User Registration

Some areas of our site require users to register with us. If you choose to register, you must provide contact information such as name, address, email address, etc. as part of this registration. We use this contact information to identify and track future communications related to our survey, member news and information about our services. Users always have the ability to opt out of receiving future mailings and special offers by sending an email to: research@nrccua.org.

Use of Cookies

Some pages on this site use cookies, which are small files that the site places on your hard drive for identification purposes. You should note that cookies cannot read data off of your hard drive. Your web browser may allow you to be notified when you are receiving a cookie, giving you the choice to accept it or not. By not accepting cookies, some pages may not fully function and you may not be able to access certain information on this site.

NRCCUA Website Links

This site may also have numerous links to other sites. The privacy policies of linked sites may differ from that of NRCCUA.

Contacting Us Concerning Your Privacy

If you need additional information about NRCCUA, we invite you to visit our website at www.nrccua.org or contact us at (816) 525-2201 or research@nrccua.org.


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