Find college-themed stock photos online by searching for relevant terms on stock image sites, such as ShutterStock.com, iStockPhoto.com, StockFreeImages.com or FreeDigitalPhotos.net, as of 2015. Alternatively, sites such as Flickr.com contain a wealth of stock images available under the Creative Commons attribution as well as through entities such as Getty Images.
ShutterStock.com and iStockPhoto.com both require users to purchase stock photos before using them in any online or print materials. After creating an account and providing the necessary payment information, use the keyword search tool on each site to locate the exact kind of college-themed photos you need. Include descriptive terms, such as "students" or "history class," to find specific kinds of photos. Many photos on these sites include multiple resolutions as well as variations on the image. Pricing details are also available in each photo's listing.
Sites such as FreeDigitalPhotos.net and StockFreeImages.com include sections of royalty-free stock photos, with tools that allow users to search for college-themed photos from this section. Many of these photos require some sort of attribution for free use, though the requirements vary between photos. The college-themed photos on Flickr.com also usually require some form of attribution for free use, with some photos prohibiting use under certain circumstances. For example, a photo may allow for free use with an attribution as long as the user does not sell the photo or use it in a commercial project.