What Is College Counseling?

A college counselor assists students with the preparation of required entrance documentation for college. A college counselor meets with students to go over the college admissions process and helps with applications and financial aid.

Roles and Responsibilities of College Counselors

  • Educates applicants on academic and registration entrance processes, and the specific courses students need to take to follow particular career paths
  • Obtains information on specific colleges
  • Assists students in requesting and securing recommendation letters
  • Helps students with their college application essays
  • Gathers information on the student’s academic record, grades earned, and cumulative GPA.
  • Conducts collegiate meetings and schedules college visits

Soft Skills Needed for College Counseling Success

Accomplished college counselors excel in the following abilities:

  • Academic advocate
  • Interpersonal proficiencies- building relationships with students, parents/guardians, colleges and universities
  • Organizational skills
  • Research capabilities
  • Written and verbal communication aptitudes

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