8 Questions Parents Must Ask Their Child’s Guidance Counselor About the College Search

What Parents Don’t Know to Ask About College Admissions

For juniors and seniors in high school, the college application process can be overwhelming and daunting without the right resources in place. Research conducted by StudentAdvisor.com and Bentley University found more than 58% of today’s students suggest beginning the college research process by speaking to a high school guidance counselor.


“Guidance counselors today have told us that they only have time to focus on the top 10% and the bottom 10% of the class,” said Dean Tsouvalas, Editor-in-Chief of StudentAdvisor.com. “It’s imperative for parents and students to be prepared with pointed questions to ensure they are getting the cold, hard facts from their guidance counselors. Then, parents and students can visit StudentAdvisor.com to find the best college match to move the process forward.”

So, what should parents ask? We put together a list of 8 questions every parent should ask their child’s guidance counselor while evaluating and applying to colleges.

StudentAdvisor.com’s 8 questions to ask:

  1. What are the school policies about taking time off to visit college campuses?
  2. How do I make the best use of campus visits?
  3. What if our student wants to attend a college that traditionally doesn’t attract a lot of students from this high school? How will you help?
  4. What if we disagree with our child about their college choices?
  5. What if we can’t afford college?
  6. What is your connection with my child’s college list? How can you help?
  7. What if the schools on my child’s list do not offer a desirable financial aid package?
  8. If my child wants to attend graduate school, does the undergrad school I choose have any impact?

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