The college admissions process can seem vast. As you begin down the path to college, remember your high school counselor and teachers are an important resource. Another option is to explore the independent counselor track. Sometimes, when looking for additional support or more personalized information and advice, students and parents reach out to independent counselors.
Most professional admissions counselors belong to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) or the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).
As with any other personal service, it pays to do your due diligence in selecting an independent counselor. Often the best way to find out who to consider is to ask students and parents who have already gone through the college admissions process. Once you start hearing the same names with glowing reports over and over, you’ve found a good starting place.
Here are some questions to ask an independent educational consultant:
Be sure to discuss your plans with your high school guidance counselor, so he or she knows you are looking for the best available support and guidance for your college decision.
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