Admission Trends & Guidance: How Admissions Counseling is Changing in 2019

In 2016, the guidance counselor to student ratio in public schools was 1 to 350. That means that the average public high school guidance counselor was in charge of guiding and addressing the college application needs of 350 students. Just over half of principals reported, “helping students prepare for postsecondary schooling,” as their top priority for their schools’ counseling office. The average public counselor spent 21 percent of their time on post-secondary counseling compared to their private school counterparts spending 47 percent of their time on college guidance. This leads to a 10-hour gap per week between the amount of time public and private school students receive college guidance, not accounting for any difference in financial resources or impartible knowledge between public and private schools. Even so, private school counselors, while offering more to the average student, report that most students don’t take advantage of the full gamut of resources offered. In a national survey, 90% of counselors indicated that their schools offered information on college admissions tests, colleges, and the basics of the financial aid process. The percentage of students who took advantage of these types of help was far lower because the initiative remains with the student and parents to ask for assistance, or even demand it against the clamor of hundreds of other students and families.

As these trends continue into 2019, it is more critical than ever to take control of your child’s future and secure the guidance needed to remain competitive in the admissions process. At Collegiate Blueprint, we understand that guidance is personal. We cap how many clients we serve each cycle to ensure we can provide a personalized roadmap and admissions strategy for every student. Contact us today for a free consultation, and we can figure out which of our service plans best fits your family’s needs.

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