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Below are some of the more common questions that come up when we talk to people. Take a look to see if yours is answered and if not, drop us a line.

How do you pronounce SCOIR?
SCOIR is pronounced like “score.”
What does SCOIR stand for?
Scoir is an Irish Gaelic verb that means to exit, retire, or transition from one phase to another. It was chosen by our founder, an Irishman from Belfast, while watching the 2012 Navy v. Notre Dame football game in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. The Director of Enrollment at Notre Dame asked, “What’s the score?” and SCOIR was born.
What problems is SCOIR addressing with the current college admissions process?
Many. We want students to better understand their fit with colleges so they are more likely to stay enrolled and earn their degree. We also want students to be able to show their unique skills, achievements and abilities so they are not pigeon-holed by their GPAs and SATs/ACTs. We want parents to better understand the real cost of attending certain colleges so they are not scared off by published tuition rates that very few people actually pay. We want to help high school counselors spend less time on paperwork and more time helping students who need their assistance. We want to help admissions officers find students who have a strong interest in their college so they are more likely to be accepted and receive favorable financial aid packages. The list goes on, and on, and on …
How much does SCOIR cost?
SCOIR is and always will be free to students and parents. For a limited time, SCOIR is also free for high schools under a “free, forever” license contract.
Is SCOIR a social network?
No. SCOIR does not enable student-to-student connections, permit unfiltered user-generated content, or allow unsolicited outreach by colleges. It does facilitate direct connections and communications between students and the colleges they are following, as well as between students and their high school counselors. Our college search experience does look and feel a lot like popular social media sites and includes links to social media pages.
Does SCOIR sell information about me?
Never! We do not sell, license, lease, rent, [insert your own synonyms here], or provide any third-parties access to your information. Student data is only accessible by high school counselors (if you attend a SCOIR high school), your parents (if you grant them access), and colleges that you are following (if you make your profile viewable). Parent data is accessible only by the parent. For more information check out our legal terms and policies.
Can I use SCOIR to find information about community colleges and international colleges?

You absolutely can! We have close to 2,000 community colleges and hundreds of international colleges currently in our database.

Can I use SCOIR to apply to college?
No. SCOIR is not an application platform. You still need to submit your college application through whatever system your selected colleges require.
Is there a SCOIR mobile app available?
Yes, the SCOIR mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. Our website is also mobile-friendly on your device browser.
Why should my high school use SCOIR?
It’s simply better and cheaper than any system or service available. In addition to saving time and money, it helps students make better college selection decisions and get discovered by colleges they want to attend.
What are your Terms of Service for high schools?
High schools can review our terms of service HERE.
What are your legal terms and conditions for students and parents?
You can review our general terms and conditions HERE.
Is SCOIR a secure platform?

SCOIR’s security model is an end-to-end process focused on keeping our users safe and their data secure. The SCOIR platform leverages the public cloud infrastructure provided by Google (learn more). How our services interact with this secure platform are governed by the following systems, processes and protocols.

User Authentication and Credential Management

SCOIR has controls and practices to confirm the identity of client-users and protect the security of client information. Strict procedures are employed for authenticating that each new client account is initiated and confirmed by a valid and authorized representative of a high school or college institution. Our system requires unique school-validated usernames and passwords that must be entered each time a client-user signs on to SCOIR. A centralized user management system is used to define and control client-users’ access to information and services. Client-users are required to maintain the confidentiality of their usernames and passwords and they are provided with referenceable procedures to follow if they become aware of any unauthorized use of an account.

Secured Service APIs and Authenticated Access

All services are managed through a secured global API gateway infrastructure. This API serving infrastructure is only accessible over encrypted SSL/TLS channels, and every request requires the inclusion of a time-limited authentication token generated via human login through the authentication system described above. 

Data Encryption

SCOIR services encrypt client data stored at rest, without any action required from the client, using 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard with each data encryption key itself encrypted with a regularly rotated set of master keys. All data traffic between user browsers and our data centers are automatically encrypted using robust public key technologies (2048-bit RSA or P-256 ECDSA SSL certificates issued by a trusted authority) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) for email and message routing.

What should I do if I have a question, suggestion, or need technical support?
Contact us at or visit our support site.
How do I learn more about joining the SCOIR team?
We’re constantly hiring! Check out available positions on our Careers page. If you don’t see any positions that match your specific skills, email us at