Many families believe that high school counselors provide their students with the college planning they need in order to choose the appropriate schools and create the strongest college applications and essays. They often don’t realize that high school counselors work with 450 students. Most have an average of 38 minutes to provide individual assistance to college-bound students. Tight school budgets make it difficult for high school counselors to visit colleges and participate in professional development
As a private college counselor, I just returned from a HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association) conference on the East coast. Not only did more than 200 of us hear inspiring speakers discuss the college admissions changes taking place, but we participated in discussions about helping students find the best colleges for their academic and social needs, understanding how college admission decisions are made, and helping learning disabled students transition to college.
Many of us took the opportunity to visit colleges and universities in the area and attended information sessions in order to find out about changes at these schools and what they are looking for in prospective applications.
This is one of a number of conferences we attend every year to make sure as private college counselors we have the expertise to help families make the best college decisions.