Recruitment and Admissions Management


Landscape provides consistent high school and neighborhood information for all applicants to help admissions officers fully consider every student, no matter where they live.

What is Landscape?

Landscape is a free, comprehensive resource that provides consistent high school and neighborhood information so admissions officers can fairly consider each student within the context of where they've learned and lived.

Landscape Development

For three years, College Board worked with admissions officers across the country to develop a resource grounded in research that would help colleges better understand an student's accomplishments in the context of the opportunities available to them.

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Tool for Undergraduate Admissions

Colleges consider many things when reviewing an applicant, including their GPA, personal essay, letters of recommendation, test scores, and more. They also consider what students achieved in the context of where they’ve learned and lived. Review frequently asked questions about Landscape to help you better understand how this tool is used for undergraduate admissions.

How Landscape Works

Participating colleges are able to provide de-identified applicant information to generate contextual information in their Landscape instances.

Scores in Context

Landscape does not supply individual-level student data or information. Participating colleges who use test scores in admissions review are able to provide this information and see it alongside the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile of SAT takers at that high school.

What is in Landscape?

The information in Landscape is not student-specific, it is general information about where a student lives and learns.

What We Provide

The College Board provides aggregate neighborhood and high school information in Landscape. No student-level data from the College Board are ever provided.

What's Included

Landscape provides three categories of information: basic high school information, test scores in context, and high school and neighborhood indicators.

“Landscape helped us consider context at a deeper level, and remains the best (if not only) way for us to recognize students whose home neighborhood context presents significant challenges that would not be visible.”

Vice President of Enrollment at a small private university

“As an institution with an access and opportunity mission, Landscape provides helpful insight and information to help us say yes to students and better identify students who have a likelihood for success at our institution.”

Director of Admissions at a regional public university

“With over 40,000 applications we have to move quickly when reviewing applications. When looking into individual applications for admissions decision, offers to bridge programs and more - we find landscape to be particularly meaningful.”

Director of Admissions at a medium private university

Additional Resources

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