High School Counselor Week

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


May 9, 2019

Big Picture

The mess that is elite college admissions, explained by a former dean
Vox – May 8, 2019
When people find out I used to work as a dean of admissions at an elite liberal arts university, they want to gab about the wealthy and famous, bribes and scandal, the boogeyman of affirmative action. 

How Much Will College Cost in 17 Years?
Barron’s-May 3, 2019
Given my background as a college administrator, I’m often asked by parent friends how much they should be saving for their kids’ college tuition—which

Chinese family who paid $6.5 million in college admissions scandal claims they were scammed
CBS News – May 3, 2019
Two years ago, Yusi Zhao was a student from China living the dream. In a video, she said she was admitted to Stanford University, saying “i’m very lucky.”

On A Campus Shaken By Scandal, These USC Students Say They’re Hopeful For Change
WBUR.org – Here & Now May 7, 2019 (LISTEN)
The school year is coming to a close at the University of Southern California — one of the colleges at the center of the recent admissions scandal.

Columns and Blogs

The Legacy of Lloyd Thacker
Post – May 8, 2019
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D

Unhappy with your choices, or rejected everywhere – There are still options
Tribune News Service – May 6, 2019
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer 

College Decision Day is an Illusion
Post – May 6, 2019
The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy

The Common Application announces new members for 2019-2020
Post – May 6, 2019
The Explorations Blog with Nancy Griesemer


It’s Time To Prioritize And Fund College Counseling
Forbes – May 3, 2019
One of the lessons learned from the recent college admissions scandal is that money opens the doors to college, whether it is through an alumni legacy or by

905 to 1: Arizona has worst ratio of students to counselors in the nation
AZCentral.com- May 8, 2019
Arizona’s student-to-counselor ratio is still the worst in the nation, with an average of 905 students for every school counselor. The newest numbers


15 High School Graduation Gift Ideas
Yahoo Finance-May 6, 2019
Whether the student is college-bound, taking a gap year or jumping into a career, mark this important time in every grad’s life with a gift that shows family

You’re no Lori Loughlin, but these 4 mistakes could be killing your kids’ life skills
USA Today – May 8, 2019
The great college admissions bribery scandal of 2019 reminded us how disastrous over-parenting can be. We’ve all heard of helicopter parenting, but the concept has elevated to lawnmower or snowplow parenting


Insiders Share Tips On Navigating The College Admissions Process
CBS News – DFW – May 6, 2019
You don’t need to be a multi-millionaire for your child to get into a good university. Insiders are sharing pointers on how to stand out in the admissions process without breaking the bank or the law.


What History Can Teach Us About Choosing A College
Forbes – May 2, 2019
Another May 1 is in the history books, which is especially meaningful for those high school seniors who had to choose a college by this, the National Candidate Reply Date

Admissions Process & Strategy

More than 400 colleges are still accepting students for the fall — and many offer financial aid
MarketWatch – May 8, 2019
But an annual survey released this week provides a reminder that, despite media coverage of unethical behavior and a stress-filled college application season, the reality is that many colleges are hungry

What Are Colleges Looking For In Applicants?
The University Network (blog)- May 6, 2019
For aspiring college-goers, few things are more stressful than the college application process. From a young age, students are pressured to maintain a good grade point average (GPA), earn high test scores and

With all eyes on elite university admissions, community college stories go unheard
PRI – May 2, 2019

The day news broke of the college admissions scandal, where dozens of people were accused of paying millions to ensure their children’s acceptance at top US colleges through bribery, fraud and conspiracy,

College Application Deadlines That Extend Past May 1
US News & World Report – May 3, 2019

THE TRADITIONAL college application deadline of May 1 has passed, but 400-plus schools still have openings for freshman and transfer students to enroll this fall.

Career & Technical Education

Are Today’s CTE Programs Failing to Meet the Challenge of Vocational Education?
RealClearEducation – May 6, 2019
Nearly a year after Congress reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, states are in the thick of developing the career technical education (CTE) plans the law requires

Florida Passes Bill to Promote Career Training in Schools
Education Week-May 2, 2019
Florida schools will help students plan for careers even if they don’t want to seek a four-year college degree under a wide-ranging education bill heading to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. 

Financial Aid/Scholarships

What to Know About a College’s Net Price Calculator
U.S. News & World Report- May 8, 2019
Colleges participating in federal financial aid programs are required to supply families with a net price calculator on their website. Schools have the option to use .

Accepted! How to decipher your college aid
Washington Post – May 2, 2019
With college acceptances in hand, now comes the hard part: understanding your financial aid offers. These letters are notorious for being laden with jargon that differs from offer to offer, making comparison difficult.

You got into college. Now, how to decipher your financial aid offers.
Daily Herald – May 5, 2019
Financial aid award letters are known to be tricky to understand due to jargon and a lack of clarity about how much you have to pay out of pocket.

Don’t let college sticker prices scare you off
WKBW-TV-May 2, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It is that time of year when high school seniors need to choose a college and send in a deposit. The cost of college and the amount of debt that students can accumulate has created a nationwide

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Inside The Admissions Office

Tips for a Successful Summer College Tour Trip!
Tuft University Admission Blog  – May 1, 2019
It’s time to start thinking about summer college visits, but where to start? How can you plan a trip that is helpful and as stress-free as possible?

Preparing for College Part 3: Tips for Parents on What Your Child Needs (or Doesn’t Need)
Azusa Pacific University– May 6, 2019
The transition to college is a significant time for both new students and their families. Whether your child is getting ready to move away to college and live on campus

Teen Health

Why It Matters Where College Students Binge-Drink
The Atlantic-May 2, 2019
On Saturday, April 27, at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, a group of students calling themselves the Coalition to End Fraternity Violence seized the

Teens Have (Almost) No Clue How to Find Reliable Websites
HealthCentral.com-May 3, 2019
When it comes to getting answers to important sexual health questions online, teenagers say they face some serious practical and cultural barriers, according to

Does Social Media Use Badly Affect Teen Life Satisfaction?
Medical Daily – May 8, 2019
Parents may now relax when they see their kids spending time on social media … for health improvement at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health


Does the SAT Really Represent College Readiness?
TeenLife Blog – May 7, 2019
With hours and hours of drills and practice and repetition, preparing for the SAT can be grueling on top of an already-packed schedule. In the middle of high school

How to Provide Ample Support for ACT Writing
US News & World Report – May 6, 2019
ACT WRITING REQUIRES students to formulate an original and thought-provoking argumentative essay. First, students must choose which perspective they will advocate for: one provided by the test creators

‘It’s just a test’: Philly parents preach calm at first SAT since college admissions scandal
Philadelphia Inquirer – May 4, 2019
As city streets bustled around her, Renee Lee stood on the sidewalk, hands shoved into the pockets of an oversize La Salle College High School sweatshirt, waiting for her son to finish the SAT.

The Ones For Justice Takes Closer Look At Secrecy Behind Organization In Charge Of The SAT, ACT
CBS Dallas / Fort Worth – May 6, 2019
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The college admissions scandal exposed more than fake athletes and corrupt coaches. The scheme, which netted numerous high-profile arrests, also highlighted corruption within the testing 


How the college admissions scandal affects students with learning disabilities
WTKR.com- May 7, 2019
NEW YORK – A total of 17 parents, including actress Lori Loughlin, submitted not guilty pleas in federal court in Boston this week in relation to the college admissions scam. They insist they are innocent.