Some similarities, some differences…same goal.

The role of a school counselor and that of a college counselor are often seen as interchangeable; however, both roles are quite distinct regardless of school district.

School counselors who are state certified educators can work with any student along the K-12 grade spectrum using district-based frameworks to develop and deliver counseling programs with the ultimate goal of having all students graduate college and/or be career-ready.

In addition to postsecondary planning, school counselors help students cope with academic, personal and social pressures. The school counselor is an integral part of the leadership team of any school, providing early identification and short-term intervention strategies to students, which research shows leads to better student outcomes. However, with an average caseload of 500 students, the school counselor is faced with many daily priorities that create challenges to working with each student more deeply on the college process.

College counselors, on the other hand, generally do not work with students on social or emotional issues and are instead solely focused on facilitating a student’s transition from high school to college.

College Counselors provide in-depth advisement to students on various aspects of the college application process including—but not limited to—assisting a student with crafting a personal college essay; developing and refining a college list; applying for financial aid; identifying scholarships; and completing college applications. This individual focus on the college advisement process decreases the stress and anxiety felt by both students and their families.

Finding time to provide the necessary attention to the college advisement process has become a goal for many high schools. To address this issue, school districts have partnered with Chyten to support and work in collaboration with their team of school counselors in order to provide greater reach to underserved students.

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