Before your high schooler applies to college, you want to get an idea of what each college may be like for your child. The logical answer is to visit them all, right? How easy is that? Not many parents have the time or finances to visit every college their student may want to attend – most California students apply to between 12-15 colleges! For professional college counselors, visiting college campuses is a huge part of the job. But it’s not the whole job. So what do college counselors do?
That’s where college counselors help. We have lots of ways to keep track of what may seem like an overwhelming number of colleges. Good college counselors actually visit the campuses and see what it has to offer to students, and in turn, can let you and your student know what kind of a match they may be for him or her. We’re your source for information on the colleges your student is interested in that you don’t have time to visit yourself.
The average independent college counselor visits 22 colleges a year. In one year, I visited 73 colleges! And there are other ways we stay in the loop about the colleges you are curious about. In this article in the Westwood/Century City Patch, you’ll learn what a college counselor does, and how we stay so knowledgeable about this complicated process.
Professional development is important in many professions, but for independent college counselors, it’s crucial. I am a resource for my clients and their parents, and to be successful, I must stay on top of issues related to college admissions.
Several professional organizations help me do this: I’m a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA – Associate Member). Through these organizations, I am frequently invited on college tours, to…
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