Students have many teachers, coaches, and role models during their four years of high school. However, their high school counselor is the key person who oversees the entire student’s high school career...from applying to colleges of their choice to graduation.
Here are some of the things that high school counselors can do to give students the best chance of being accepted by the college of their choice:
• Help to plan a challenging course schedule
• Keep records of classes and grades
• Track graduation requirements
• Suggest which college admission test to take and when to take them
• Connect students to information on various colleges, majors, and careers
• Recommend colleges to match academic profiles and career goals
• Make sure transcripts are sent to colleges
• Write letters of recommendation
• Arrange for students to visit college campuses
• Explain how aid awards and financial aid work, and connect students to local scholarship opportunities
As a high school counselor, it is important to encourage students to prepare for college. Students rely on high school counselors to ensure that they are prepared for the college admission process. Finally, the high school counselor has a goal to convince their students that college is within their grasp.