High School Counselor Week

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


October 11, 2018

Big Picture

Montana vote becomes a national referendum on public confidence in higher ed
Hechinger Report – Oct  9, 2018
POLSON, Mont. — Braced on the deck of a 30-foot aluminum research vessel, four local high school students bent to the task of measuring the temperature, acidity and other characteristics of sparkling-blue Flathead Lake.

What Stephen Miller’s Proposed Ban On Chinese College Students Means For Higher Ed
Forbes  – Oct 4, 2018
In the midst of the Trump administration’s support of action against Ivy League schools for discrimination against Asian-Americans, it’s been revealed that the administration seriously considered banning Chinese students from studying at US colleges and universities.

Change is on the way for the College Scorecard
Hechinger Report – Oct 5, 2018
The U.S. Department of Education is planning to add a lot more data to its College Scorecard, the online database of information about two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Columns and Blogs

Where Are the Students? 
Post – Oct 10, 2018
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D 

Essay topics to avoid
Tribune News Service – Oct 9, 2018
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer

5 Extracurricular Tips to Boost College Admissions
The College Solution Blog – Sep 5, 2018
The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy

Writing a high school résumé that ‘works
College Explorations – Sep 26, 2018
College Explorations with Nancy Griesemer


College bound? See your counselor!
The Willits News – Oct 4, 2018
It’s October 2018 and time for college bound seniors (the class of 2019) to start their college applications. Start by scheduling a meeting with your high school counselor first. Most of the application deadlines this year are Nov. 30;

School counselors struggle to meet the varied needs of all students
Tribune-Review – Oct 8, 2018
A day in the life of a Jeannette school guidance counselor could include tracking college applications and financial aid deadlines, or coordinating field trips to give students on-the-job experience. It could also involve listening to a student who had a bad night at home,, 


Beth Kobliner on how parents can maximize FAFSA’s potential
Marketplace.org – Oct 4, 2018 (LISTEN)
If you’re the parent of a high-schooler, there’s a “talk” you should be having with them. No, it’s not the one you think.

How to fund college if you didn’t save enough
NerdWallet – Oct 8, 2018
If college tuition bills are looming and you don’t have nearly enough saved, you have plenty of company. But you also have options for making it more affordable. 


From vaccinating pets to banking, Massachusetts high school offers innovative curriculum
CBS News  – Oct 10, 2018
In our series, School Matters, we take you to one school that’s finding success with a unique lesson plan. Massachusetts is ranked first in the nation in K-12 education

Admissions Process & Strategy

Does Your School Post Its ‘Profile’ Online? And Why That Matters for College Admission
Education Week – Oct 5, 2018
Students at high schools with large low-income populations could be at a disadvantage when applying to college because of a little-known document that’s part of the process: each high school’s “school profile.”

4 Ways Location Factors Into Your College Experience
Her Campus – Oct 6, 2018
College is most notably known as the best four years of our lives. It’s almost seen as a weird limbo where you have the freedom to live on your own and be who you want, while still having your parents to come to the rescue

Career & Technical Education

Career education encourages students to think big, go far
Daily Californian-Oct 5, 2018

We Still Need Career And Technical Education – Even With 3.7% Unemployment
Forbes – Oct 5, 2018
The American economy added 134,000 jobs in September, according to the US Department of Commerce. The unemployment rate sits at 3.7% – the lowest since 1969. On the other hand, earlier this week Verizon announced 44,000 layoffs to its global workforce

Debunking myths surrounding career and technical education
Lansing State Journal-Oct 6, 2018
Today’s career and technical training is not the same as it was a decade ago. Many myths surround career and technical education – what used to be called “vocational education.”l workforce

Financial Aid/Scholarships

5 Ways The FAFSA Form Can Boost College Aid
Forbes – Oct 5, 2018
The FAFSA, a form you need to fill out for college financial aid, is a bear. But that doesn’t mean you can’t tame it and reap thousands of dollars in college financial aid. A debt-free degree is still possible, but you need to do some homework

The US Department of Education awards $120 billion to students every year—here are 5 ways to get the most financial aid
CNBC.com – Oct 10, 2018
Estimating the cost of college is not as straightforward as you might think. Tuition may seem shockingly expensive, but the majority of students will receive some form of financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships or federally subsidized student loans.

The FAFSA application for student aid: File it early, and do it right
Newsday – Oct 6, 2018

To get more college financial aid, file sooner rather than later
CNBC.com – Oct 5, 2018


How to Know if Early Decision Works for You
TeenLife Blog-Oct 5, 2018
Early Decision has become more and more popular among students applying to college. A vast majority of students are opting to apply Early Decision to their first-choice colleges in order to get an answer before Jan. 1, rather than waiting for the regular college application cycle in the spring

How Applying Early for College Affects Financial Aid
US News & World Report – Oct 3, 2018
Early decision applicants may enjoy improved odds of being accepted at their dream school, but that could come at the price of receiving less in college aid, experts say.

4 Things to Know About Early Action
US News & World Report – Oct 8, 2018
Many high school students rush to complete their college applications, hoping to get accepted to a prestigious university. These ambitious students often feel anxious about the admissions process

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Teen Health

Marijuana caused more damage to teens’ brains than alcohol, study finds
USA Today – Oct 6, 2018
Marijuana use may pose a greater risk to the developing brains of teenagers than alcohol consumption, according to a new study this week. 

Teens Are Being Bullied ‘Constantly’ on Instagram
The Atlantic – Oct 10, 2018

Teens and screens: More time could be bad for mental health
KKCO-TV – Oct 5, 2018 


3 Things to Know About SAT Score Reports
U.S. News & World Report (blog)- Oct 8, 2018
Several weeks after taking the SAT, high school juniors and seniors receive their SAT score reports. 

How should admissions officials judge applicants’ writing skills?
Washington Post – Oct 8, 2018

My SAT Scores Don’t Define Me
Teen Vogue – Oct 4, 2018


College Rankings

Ranked: The Best Colleges in America
Newsweek – Oct 10, 2018
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life,” said Socrates in Plato’s Republic

Ignore College Rankings, Stanford Research Suggests
KCBS Radio – Oct 4, 2018 (LISTEN)

College Visits

Questions to Ask on a College Tour
Lawndale News-Oct 4, 2018
Touring your prospective colleges is a great opportunity to learn from the people who study, work and teach on campus. 

Why should college visits be forced marches with clipboards?
Seattle Times – Oct 5, 2018

Touring colleges is already expensive. This new service offers a $25,000 luxury version.
Vox – Oct 5, 2018

College Essays

Tips for writing your college application essay
Seattle Times – Oct 5, 2018
Getting into college can feel daunting to any high school student. They are asked to Here are tips compiled from experts for writing that all-important college application essay, which can often mean the difference between getting accepted — or rejected — by the school of your choice.