What role do Guidance Counselors Play in Applying to College?
Frustrated young woman

Consulting with a guidance counselor during the college application process can save you a lot of frustration.
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As a student applying to college, you will often hear advice to take full advantage of the services your guidance counselor can provide. For those of you who may wonder what a guidance counselor does during this process, here is a quick rundown.

First, your counselor will be the one who will send your high school transcripts to the colleges to which you apply.

Perhaps the most important resource your counselor provides is their wealth of experience and contacts. Working with colleges all over the country gives high school guidance counselors valuable experience with different schools. Your counselor is likely to know the details of each school’s requirements. They are also likely to know people at the school personally. A good recommendation from your counselor in these situations can be highly beneficial!

Because of this, they are also likely to know what schools are best for you or your child. Counselors may even be able to recommend schools you had not even thought of, if you are near the beginning of your selection process!

They are also of great use in examining your application, and essays. These counselors will be able to give you helpful advice in improving your application.

U.S. News and World Report recently ran an article talking about how guidance counselors are underused in the college selection process. Don’t be one of those students who lets this opportunity get away – meet early and often with your counselor when applying for college!

Bobby Touran is the founder and CEO of ApplyKit. ApplyKit helps students manage their entire college application process and also provides key resources to help them excel every step of the way.