Get to Know Your Counselor

Get to Know Your Counselor

(Reprinted with permission from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling- NACAC)

One of your most important resources in the college search is your guidance or college/career counselor. Many school counselors specialize in helping students find a college or career. Their knowledge can point you in the right direction in the college process.

In some schools, students have the same guidance counselor throughout their high school years. In other schools, you have a different counselor every year or two. If you don't know your counselor very well, now is the time to make an appointment.

But don't think that you can just drop in to your guidance office and leave with a list of schools. Your counselor can help you the most if you take the time to talk to him or her about your goals, personality, and academic record. If you already have a list of what you want in a school or a list of possible colleges, bring it. The more information you provide, the more your counselor can aid in your college search. And don't be shy about asking questions. Counselors are there to answer students' questions and even enjoy doing it.

Stay in contact with your counselor throughout your college search. Your counselor can help you to clarify your goals, see whether your grades and courses are good enough for the colleges you're considering, and develop a plan for the rest of the admission process.

Written by Jennifer Gross.