Student profiles are automatically set to private. Students must opt-in for the profile to be seen by employers that are approved by their university. Additionally, those with private profiles will not be seen in employer searches. Students can use all features of Handshake, including applying to jobs and scheduling appointments, without making their profile public.
When a student first creates a Handshake account, they can choose to make their profile public or private and they can change their profile visibility settings at any time through their User Dashboard. Student GPA is never public unless the student expressly opts-in to make it public.
If a student would like to increase their visibility to employers, they should fill out their profile completely, and also make it public (and thus viewable to employers). This way, university-approved employers can search and contact students that have made their profile public.