College Counseling for High School Students

We help students and families navigate the college admission process.

Welcome to Magellan College Counseling

The college admissions process – getting into college – has become stressful and complicated, not just for teenagers, but for their families as well. You may have heard about some secret formula for getting into college - even the most highly selective colleges. But there’s no mystery, no checklist, no simple six-step process.

Magellan’s counselors see each student as an individual who will grow and flourish during your four years of college. We help you identify your priorities, then find and research your ‘best-fit’ colleges. We help you find your authentic voice, and articulate what you’ll offer to that special college community. That’s the secret formula that will help you get admitted to the right college for YOU.

College Counseling Services for 9th, 10th & 11th Graders

What Do College Counselors Do?

Students from 38,000 high schools in the United States, plus more from around the world, all compete for coveted spots at highly selective colleges. The process is complicated, stressful, full of decisions, forms, finances…and deadlines. A good college counselor knows this. A GREAT college counselor walks you through it all... with far less stress.


Magellan’s college advisors help students consider their priorities for their college experience, as well as introspect on what they have to offer a college community.


Magellan counselors work with students to identify good-fit colleges in all probability categories:  reach, target and likely.


With consultation services starting in 9th grade, Magellan counselors help students and parents map out their high school curriculum, as well as optimize extra-curricular and summer activities.


Our online college application management system helps students stay organized and on-task!  Magellan counselors help students get all the details right with this crucial part of the college application process.

Of course, there's a long list that goes into each one of those items. More than anything, we help our students and parents get through the process successfully and with less stress and more peace of mind.

FAFSA and CSU Application Both Open 

Parents: you can begin to access the FAFSA for the Class of 2021 on October 1, the same day the Cal State application opens!


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Frequently Asked Questions

These are just a few questions we are asked regularly by parents and students.

When should my child start working with a college counselor?

The short answer is that the earlier you begin working with a college counselor, the less stress you will have when applying to college. That's because you will have had an opportunity to build a personal history through high school that is geared towards the colleges you want to get into. Learn more about our college counseling services for 9th, 10th and 11th graders here, and our college counseling services for high school seniors.

Why would someone need a college counselor if there are already "free" college counselors in their high schools?

On average, counselors in California public high schools need to divide their time between 822 students. Since they are spread so thin, these counselors often start their college counseling for their students far too late. Learn more about high school college counselors here.

We already know the college my child wants to attend. How many colleges should my child apply to?

No matter how well qualified you think your child is, nothing is ever a sure thing. We advise your child to have about 8-10 colleges on his or her list. But not just any schools. They should be divided into three groups to make a balanced list. Read more about making a college list here.

My son has a 2.9 GPA. Is it still possible for him to get into a good college?

The short answer is YES! We've had students with much lower GPAs get into the schools of their choice. These days, getting into a good college depends on more than just a GPA. Read more about some of our low-gpa college admissions success stories here.

About Magellan College Counseling

Magellan College Counseling has offices in Los Angeles (including the San Fernando Valley, West LA, Beverly Hills, Thousand Oaks) and anywhere you are.

Our services include helping to plan high school classes and extra-curricular activities, helping families plan their standardized testing timeline, creating a balanced college list, help with college essays, and assistance with the all stages of actual college applications.

And we're still with you when the acceptance letters start coming in.

While we're known for our college counseling in Los Angeles, we also serve clients all over the country with our remote counseling service. So if you're looking for "college counselors near me" and you are not in or near L.A., don't worry. We can help no matter where you are, and we do it every day.

Learn more about all our college counseling services here. Or if you're thinking about relying on your high school college counseling services, read this first.

And if you've just got questions, call or contact us by email. We're happy to answer them for you.

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