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College Alert Center is a recovery service for missing college students that quickly creates and distributes the student's information in mass numbers and to the right resources. We have been doing this at Child Alert Center since 2005, so we understand the key elements in the process. We have a 100% recovery rate at both companies.  If your son or daughter went missing while at college, you want the best available service for them.

Our capability to send up to 20,000 text links per minute of a mini-poster to our mobile network is very important. For those traveling abroad, the poster can be translated in 42 languages (see list). In addition, we will send the text link to campus security, who can forward it to the entire student population, if necessary. By distributing this information quickly in mass numbers we greatly increase the chances of recovery of the student.

College Alert Center provides parents, campus security and local law enforcement with the best tool for recovering a missing student and would be a value-added benefit for any college to offer to the parents.

Parents Should Know

Almost all students that go missing do so while away from campus, thus the onus falls on the parent to start the recovery process, not the college. It doesn't matter if they are on spring break, traveling abroad or even out to dinner, if they are off campus, then they are likely on their own. This is why you need our service. 

Missing students often go unreported until tragedy strikes. While the Department of Justice keeps crime statistics just like colleges, neither keeps statistics for those that go missing. After researching the last 100 missing college students, we established some interesting statistics. This can happen anytime, anywhere, to anybody.

  • 96% of the missing were away from the college campus 
  • Only 10% were found alive and the others were unknown or worse.
  • 10% were traveling abroad when missing.    
  • Enrollment size varied; smallest of 1,340 students to over 60,000 for the largest.

For only $15 per year per student, this valuable service may help bring home your child to your family and friends. 

Below are recent stories of missing students that show how real this is to the parents, colleges and communities. 


Recent Missing Student Stories

Sep 22 2014 Stepped up search for Minnesota student missing at NDSU
The search for a Minnesota college student attending North Dakota State University is accelerating. The Fargo Forum reports that Thomas Greg Bearson, 18, from Sartell, vanished early Saturday morning.
Sep 15 2014 Missing UVa student's last text said she was lost
A University of Virginia student for whom authorities spent much of Monday searching might have gotten lost on her way home from a party early Saturday, authorities said. Police prepared Tuesday to adjust their search area for a missing University of Virginia student, at least the fourth young woman to go missing in the area in the past five years.
Sep 14 2014 Body of missing Appalachian State University student found near North Carolina campus: police
Police said the 18-year-old freshman history major from High Point was in personal crisis and was "anguished" when she was last seen taking a van to a school dorm the night of Sept. 2, reports the Charlotte Observer.
Sep 11 2014 Father of missing AppState student Anna Smith wants more resources put into search
A parent’s intuition, says Dan Smith, led him to drive to Appalachian State University on the night of Sept. 3. When he arrived at his daughter’s dormitory, he was told by a resident assistant that there was a “situation” – she was missing. “I have been living a nightmare that nobody can pen,” Smith said Thursday. “I have been in hell since I got to this campus.”
Sep 9 2014 Montana college student missing after fishing trip found alive
A University of Montana student who disappeared over the weekend during a fishing trip was found alive on Tuesday near the state's border with Idaho where his sport utility vehicle had broken down, authorities said. Kramer was the second University of Montana student to go missing in recent weeks.
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