Frequently Asked Questions

Why on earth are you called Noodle?

Great question! Here’s what dictionary.com says about Noodle:

Noodle: noun Slang. The head: Use your noodle. verb Informal. a. to play; toy: to noodle with numbers as a hobby. b. to make or devise freely as an exercise or experiment (sometimes followed by up): The architects noodled up a model of a solar house.

We want to put the play in education search. Plus, we just liked it.

Are you sure Noodle is free?
We’re sure. We know your parents probably told you that “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.” While that’s wise advice when buying appliances, it doesn’t apply here. Noodle is completely free and will always be free!
Why do I need to Sign Up?
Signing up for your Noodle account gives you tons of advantages. We’re obsessed with helping everyone find the best possible educational opportunity for them. Those last 2 words may seem small, but they’re the most important thing to us. In order to help you, we need to get an idea of what your priorities are. By signing up, you get access to the tools we’ve designed to help you find the opportunity that matches your needs, personality, and preferences. Once you’ve got a Noodle account you can save your search results. You can also comment on our blog with questions for our experts, make lists of schools, find your friends, or contact schools and tutors. Keep checking back because the list of “members only” perks is growing all the time. To learn more about new features, sign up for the Noodle newsletter in your Profile Settings.
How do you have such great search results?
Through a series of very complex algorithms. They’re the fruits of a lot of labor done by a team of serious data geeks, and they’re so complex that most of us don’t even understand them! By asking you a range of questions in our search Wizard, these guys translate your needs, personality and preferences into a series of education solutions that suit you perfectly. This is also why it's a good idea to answer all of our Wizard questions: the more you answer, the better the fit. Keep in mind that every question you skip means that this factor will not be considered when choosing schools that might be a good fit for you. This isn’t always a bad thing because you can also save your searches; so you can re-take the Wizard as many times as you like and change what’s important for each search.
What are Noodlings?
Noodlings is the blog/advice section of Noodle. You can find articles that relate to the type of educational opportunity you’re interested in and choose subjects that you’d like to learn more about. Need some advice on how to write the personal statement for your law school application? On Noodlings you can find advice from admissions experts, opinion and education news, or consumer tips about things like cheap textbooks or how to avoid application fees. Leave comments to add your opinions, share tips with other users or ask for more advice from experts.
What’s the difference between an “Expert” and a “Noodle Pro?”
Great question! An Expert is a professional who shares their expertise on the Noodlings blog. A Noodle Pro is a different creature entirely. So you must be wondering.
What is a Noodle Pro?
A Noodle Pro is a certified tutor that we’ve hand selected for general awesomeness. Noodle Pros are very experienced and tutor in academic subjects and test prep. They’re usually pretty smart too. For example, one of them got a grant from NASA to make models for planetary astrophysics research and another got perfect scores on the LSAT, GMAT and GRE. The combination of experience, personality, braininess, and proven tutoring and test prep success is why we call them Pros.
Um, I found something on your site that’s not accurate.
We don’t like to be wrong, but when you’re building something as big as Noodle it sometimes happens, so we really love it when people correct us. This way we can be right again and the next user who comes along will get the best possible information. Being accurate is a major priority for us, so please let us know if you find anything that doesn’t look right by emailing feedback@noodle.org.
Are you hiring?
Yes! Check out our Careers page.