Effective college counselors guide students in a variety of ways, including:
- Identifying the colleges and universities that may be a good fit
- Exploring areas of study
- Guiding students and their families through the college admissions and application process
- Understanding how to finance a college education through the FAFSA process
- Helping students understand what colleges are looking for when it comes to admissions criteria (e.g., outside activities; entrance exams such as the SAT)
The UCLA Extension College Counseling Certificate program was created to train admissions officers, school counselors, educational consultants, high school administrators, and parents facilitate positive admissions experiences for college-bound students.