A private college counselor will work with you one-on-one either by phone or in person. Private or independent counselors are knowledgeable about college admissions and can help you identify colleges that are right for you as well as guide you through the planning and admissions process.
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Is a Private Counselor Right for You?
Benefits: There are a number of reasons that a private college counselor may be helpful:
- They can give you extended individual attention. Your high school counselors are generally overloaded with student responsibilities and may not be able to work with you to the degree that you want or need.
- Many colleges are highly competitive and a private counselor who knows the “ins and outs” of college admissions can provide valuable advice concerning the admissions process. A good private counselor will help you develop a workable admissions strategy.
- Private counselors are available year round and generally accessible when you need them.
- Most students build a solid working relationship with their private counselor. In order to select a college that fits you, it is often helpful to have a counselor that understands your needs and talents.
- A private college counselor will help you with all aspects of the college application process: essays, portfolios, college visits, forms, interviews, letters of recommendations, testing, etc.
- A private counselor can help you stay focused, organized, motivated, and on task as you work your way through the admissions process, including your scholarship search.
Considerations: Keep in mind however that a private counselor may not be beneficial for you. Below are some reasons to consider before you hire a private counselor:
- Private counselors can be expensive. They may not fit your pocketbook.
- You may be able to achieve the same results on your own with help from your high school counselor, available resources, and your family.
- Your high school counseling office, books, Internet sites, etc. may provide you with all the guidance that you require to get into the school of your choice.
- Perhaps your credentials are solid and you are very clear about what you want and where you want to go to school. In this case there may not be need for additional counseling.
- Most students navigate the admissions process on their own.
- Counselors may have a college bias that can work its way into the counseling relationship. Be certain that your follow your own realistic needs and desires.
- Check out your private counselor as best as you can because “expertise” can vary from counselor to counselor.
- It is important to remember that no counselor, public or private, can guarantee admission to a college. Be leery of overreaching promises.