High School Counselor Week

Weekly stories, facts, trends, and other information from around the country


December 13, 2018

Big Picture

Switching majors is adding time and tuition to the already high cost of college
Hechinger Report – Dec 7, 2018
PHILADELPHIA — When she arrived as a freshman at Chestnut Hill College, Erin Crowley wasn’t sure yet what she wanted to do there. Eventually she declared a major in psychology and a minor in art. After a year of psych classes…

How colleges are preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet
PBS Newshour – Dec 8, 2018
Eighty-five percent of the jobs that today’s students will do in 2030 don’t exist yet, the Institute for the Future has predicted.

Does It Matter Where You Go to College?
The Atlantic – Dec 11, 2018
This year, more than 2 million Americans will apply to college. Most will aim for nearby schools without global brands or billion-dollar endowments. But for the tens of thousands of families applying to America’s most elite

Despite free college tuition, low-income students struggle with living expenses
Marketplace.org – Dec 11, 2018 (LISTEN)
More states are considering free college programs as the cost of tuition rises. Tennessee has offered its own free community college initiative since 2015. But now many in the state are realizing even if tuition is paid

Community College Is More Important Than You Think–Here’s Why.
Forbes – Dec 12, 2018
When I first applied to colleges in high school, I never once considered community college. I was ambitious, an overachiever. I bought into the stereotype that community college wasn’t, as a friend once told me

A College Experiment That Really Worked
New York Times – Dec 11, 2018
It’s fashionable to question the value of a four-year college degree. But three basic facts continue to make clear how valuable such a degree is…

Columns and Blogs

Reflections on a College Tour
Post – Dec 12, 2018
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D 

What’s up with the PSAT?
Tribune News Service – Dec 11, 2018
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer

Judge refuses to dismiss case against Common App
College Explorations Blog – Dec 1, 2018
The Explorations Blog with Nancy Griesemer 


School counselors critical to address opioid, SEL needs
Education Dive – Dec 7, 2018
As the nation deals with an opioid crisis, an increasing number of schools are hiring treatment counselors to not only work with students battling addiction,

I hid my homelessness in high school. My counselor helped me speak out.
The Seattle Times – Dec 7, 2018
As I sat in that office, the counselor’s soft voice and smell of lavender coerced the words and heartache out of my mouth. Once I said, “My mom and I are homeless,” it created a bond with my school counselor that I will cherish the rest of my life.

Reflections on the People of Color Conference (PoCC)
ACCIS AdmitAll Blog – Dec 12, 2018
As a part of the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committee, D&I blog posts endeavor to share opportunities and perspectives that will allow us to better support our students and communities, while building on our own professional growth. 


Survive College-Application Season With the Family in One Piece
Wall Street Journal – Dec 11, 2018
Tension between parents and high school seniors can run high this time of year—here’s how to keep everyone calm as deadlines and decisions loom 

How To Handle Crisis Calls From Your College Kid
Forbes – Dec 10, 2018
You can’t predict the day. You can’t predict the hour. But you can predict one thing: If your kid is away at college, there’s a mighty good chance that an urgent phone call, email or text from him or her is somewhere in the offing. 

More parents struggle to repay loans they borrowed for their children’s education
CNBC – Dec 11, 2018
After Haydee Cruz and her daughter toured Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, the two were hooked. Then came the math. To finance four years of tuition and living expenses at the for-profit college… 

5 things parents should know about free federal student aid application
KTAR.com – Dec 9, 2018
Parents, do you have a rising or current college student? Have you filled out this year’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) yet? 


How these humanities graduates are finding jobs in Silicon Valley
PBS Newshour – Dec 7, 2018
Only 1 in 20 college degrees awarded today are in the humanities or liberal arts, as a perception persists that these fields don’t provide marketable skills for students entering the workforce

Admissions Process & Strategy

How To Handle A Deferral: A Step-By-Step Guide
Forbes – Dec 11, 2018
When you apply to colleges, you tend to expect one of two answers: acceptance or rejection. For the academic year of 2018-2019, 6,630 students applied to Harvard University under the Early Action program

What US College Waitlists Mean for International Students
US News & World Report – Dec 11, 2018
When you apply to colleges, you tend to expect one of two answers: acceptance or rejection. For the academic year of 2018-2019, 6,630 students applied to Harvard University under the Early Action program

5 Tips for Conquering the College Audition Waiting Room
Backstage – Dec 11, 2018
For many students applying to BFA musical theater and acting programs, college auditions will be their first major audition outside a high school or community theater environment.

What a Liberal Arts College Is and What You Should Know
US News & World Report – Dec 7, 2018
As students search for the right school, some advisers urge them to not overlook liberal arts colleges, noting the small class sizes and emphasis on overall intellectual enrichment.

Career & Technical Education

The Misguided Priorities of Our Educational System
New York Times – Dec 10, 2018
Consider two high school seniors — one who exhibits strong academic talent and one who does not. For one, December marks the homestretch of a yearslong effort

Is It Possible To Be Successful Without A College Degree?
Value Walk – Dec 10, 2018
The cost of college has gotten out of control. In just the last few decades the cost of college has skyrocketed while wages have stayed about the same, 

Financial Aid/Scholarships

9 Myths About the FAFSA® Form and Applying for Financial Aid
U.S. Department of Education (press release) (blog) – Dec 11, 2018
There’s so much information available about financial aid for college or career school that it can be hard to tell the facts from fiction. We’ve got you covered!

10 Tips To Help You Win A Private Scholarship
TeenLife Blog – Dec 9, 2018
By far, the most lucrative source of scholarship funding for college is the colleges themselves. Having said that, however, there are thousands of scholarships available from organizations outside of the colleges that may be worth pursuing.

10 Schools Where Most Out-of-State Students Get Merit Aid
US News & World Report – Dec 11, 2018
Many prospective college students apply to a public school with the hope that it will cost less than a private one. But applicants who are interested in public schools outside of their home state should understand that they will likely be charged higher tuition

Avoid these common student financial aid mistakes
Valley Courier-Dec 6, 2018

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Teen Health

Sleepless No More In Seattle – Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens
NPR.org – Dec 12, 2018
Many American teenagers try to put in a full day of school, homework, after school activities, sports and college prep on too little sleep.

Funding Abstinence:  The War on Sex Ed
Psychology Today (blog) – Dec 11, 2018
The Trump administration is moving to reverse important progress the United States has made on sexuality education in K-12 schools. Initially, the Trump administration attempted to cut $200 million from the… 


Bad score on the PSAT (or any other standardized test)? Blame brain chemistry 
Washington Post – Dec 11, 2018
We all know people who seem to be naturals at taking standardized tests: They sit down and whiz through it. They may not be the kids with the best grades, but they earn a top score anyway. 

How to help your child prepare for the SAT & college
CBS 8 San Diego – Dec 11, 2018
SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – A lot of parents and students alike are studying right now for the big SAT tests and preparing for college. Every year


50 Colleges Hit With ADA Lawsuits
Inside Higher Ed – Dec 10, 2018
Jason Camacho, a blind resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., is suing 50 colleges over the accessibility of their websites.

“The Little Things Show How Far My Daughter Has Come”
ADDitude – Dec 10, 2018
My daughter’s small victories since her high school graduation are milestones many of my friends with typical kids take for granted. For me, they illuminate my hopes for her future.

College Visits

Going on a college visit? Here’s what to ask
Knight Crier – Dec 11, 2018
Junior and Senior year is filled with not only tough classes, but also the monumental task of finding what college to attend. From going on private tours to discovery days 

College Essays

3 Ways the Optional SAT Essay Builds Writing Skills
US News & World Report – Dec 10, 2018
Though the SAT essay is no longer a formal requirement for many colleges, preparing for and taking this portion of the SAT can still carry advantages.