As a high school student, it can be very difficult to narrow down a list of possible colleges to the handful or so the student will actually apply for. Trying to find the school with the best program for a student’s future career goals can be a challenge. The college counselor can help a student to choose colleges, fill out applications, gather letters of recommendation, and complete college essays.
College Counselors can walk the student through each step of the college application process, from taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SATs) to sending in the final paperwork needed for admission and registration.
The College Counselor reports to the Assistant Head and is responsible for administering all aspects of the college search and admissions process, including the following:
Educating students and parents about colleges, the college admissions process, trends, procedures, and testing; advising and supporting classes of 30-50 seniors and families as they go through the process; and helping students and families aspire realistically and choose wisely.
Meeting with juniors and seniors, individually and in groups, to talk about process and individual college choices.
Meeting with all college admissions representatives who visit our campus and facilitating meetings between college representatives and our students. The College Counselor also serves as a liaison with College admissions offices throughout the year.
Compiling an annual Profile of the School, as well as information on grade distributions in junior and senior courses and courses offered at our school.
Working with Registrar to maintain records on seniors, including GPA’s and transcripts
Writing an official school recommendation for each senior. To do so, the Counselor gathers information from parents, teachers, school records, and students themselves. The College Counselor also completes all School Report and mid-year report forms requested by colleges, including evaluations of students.
Administering the College Counseling Office budget and purchasing, maintaining, and sharing information on colleges, college guides, scholarships, financial aid, and paying for college.
Keeping track of admission decisions, statistics, and making a report to the Board of Trustees.
Making informational presentations to parents, such as the annual presentations to parents of 8th graders, parents of juniors, new parents, and the Parents’ Association.
Being aware of issues and trends in college admission, higher education, testing, as well as keeping up-to-date about specific colleges and maintaining membership in professional organizations: the College Board, the National Association of College Admission Counselors, the New England Association of College Admission Counselors, and Snowline (a western New England independent school college counselor group).
Maintaining and disseminating information about standardized tests such as SAT, ACT, and TOEFL, helping to administer AP and PSAT exams, serving as AP Coordinator, and working with the Registrar to arrange for time on these tests.
Serving as a member of the Curriculum Committee.
Necessary skills include excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational ability and the ability to meet deadlines. Experience in college admissions or high school college counseling, teaching experience, and computer skills are plusses.
The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; familiarity with the goals, objectives, and mission of an independent college preparatory school; the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding student and parent population; knowledge of colleges, their academic programs, admission policies, and financial policies and procedures.