If you haven’t already read this article from Education Week, I suggest that you do so. It was concerning to us here at Campus Bound, and we wanted to take this opportunity, in this blog, to respond to it.
The take-away from the article, and from this recent study from the National Association of College Admission Counselors, is that only a third of the public high schools in the United States have a college counselor, or designated counselor, to help them with post-high school educational goals. Even more concerning is that the likeliness of a school having a college counselor goes down as the poverty rate of the high school students goes up. So even fewer middle to lower class students are getting this kind of support.
From time to time, we like to utilize the well over 50 years of combined college admissions experience of the Campus Bound staff to provide students and parents with some inside scoop. These counselors have been on the other side of the desk, so their advice is priceless.
This time, we asked our former College Admission Counselors, “If a student has less than stellar grades, how can they enhance their application in other ways?”
Here are their responses.:
Unfortunately, this happens quite a bit: we’ll have our first meeting with student and then they say the words we dislike hearing, “I wish I had known that…”
We wish the college process wasn’t confusing or difficult, but the truth is, it can be. Here are some of the most common scenarios, by school year, in which we hear students say “I wish I knew that!” Pay attention… don’t let it be you!
From time to time, I like to tap into the wealth of college counseling and admission counseling experience of the staff at Campus Bound and ask them for the “inside scoop” on a particular topic. For this month, I asked them:
“What is one thing parents can do to help their child during the college admission process?”
As part of our Advice From Inside series, where I ask our amazing staff of college counselors and former college admission counselors to share their knowledge with student and parents, this time I asked…
“What can rising seniors do over the summer to make their fall less stressful?”
Campus Bound counselors have decades of admissions experience. From time to time, we like to tap into that experience to provide you with the inside scoop. This week we asked them to finish the following sentence…
“The best teacher recommendation is one that…”
At Campus Bound, our counselors have over 50 combined years of college admission experience. We are passionate and informed about the world of college admissions. Occasionally we like to tap into that expertise and pass along our words of wisdom to families. So this month we asked, “What can students do during a college visit in order to get the most out of the experience?”
Fall… the leaves fall off the trees, the kids go back to school, and admission counselors travel around the country in search of students who would be a good match for their college. Our Advice from Inside blog series continues, as we tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience of our counseling staff to bring you real advice that can make a difference.
This week, we asked our counselors, “When you worked in Admissions, what was one thing students could do at a college fair or during a high school visit, that would make them stand out?” Here are the responses:
“Students who are attending a college fair can print up business cards, with all of their pertinent information to hand out to reps.”
“Read up on the school that’s visiting and ask a thoughtful question whose answer can’t be found on the website.”
“Shake my hand and introduce yourself first.”
“Eye contact. Handshake. Introduce yourself. Ask a question. Ask for a business card.”
“Approach the rep with confidence, and exude enthusiasm about an academic passion.”
“Mention that you have already visited my school.”
“Follow up with a quick thank you email and mention something we talked about.”
“Show me that you know something about my school. Instead of, “do you offer study abroad,” ask “I was reading about your study abroad program in Italy; can you tell me more about that?””
Consider these tips before meeting with Admission Reps during college fairs, or when they come visit your high school. Remember that the Reps you meet will likely be the ones who do the first read of your application. It helps them to put a face to the name on the paper and when they can think back to a positive interaction they had with you.