How Admissions Counselors Work

Sen. Richard Durbin introduced the Pathways to College Act in the Senate in 2008.
Sen. Richard Durbin introduced the Pathways to College Act in the Senate in 2008.
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In July 2008, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois introduced the Pathways to College Act, a bill that was also sponsored in the House by Rep. Tim Bishop of New York. The bill aims to increase college attendance among low-income and first-generation college attendees, which may explain why it has the support of both Republicans and Democrats. After all, an economy with a large college-educated labor pool tends to be a healthy economy. Although both Congressmen are Democrats, the bill has gained bipartisan support in both houses of Congress.

If passed, the act will create secondary school grants designed to help bulk up their college admissions counseling programs. To know how this may increase college attendance is to know how college admissions counselors work. Essentially, it's their job to get kids into colleges and programs that will tap their innate abilities and expand their talents. It's a difficult, one-on-one job; multiply that by the number of students in a given high school, and you'll have a rough idea of just how daunting a task it can be for a single counselor. This is why Durbin and Bishop introduced the Pathways to College Act.

Admissions counselors can be generally divided in two categories: those who serve in secondary schools, and those who work for colleges. In high schools, admissions counselors are also commonly called guidance counselors. In colleges, they're sometimes referred to as recruiters. Private admissions counselors straddle the line between the two. These counselors are generally hired by the parents of a kid seeking to attend college. Depending on where an admissions counselor works, their jobs will vary, but all admissions counselors have the goal of getting kids to attend and graduate from college.

In this article, we'll look at what admissions counselors do and what factors are involved with making the right fit between student, institution and course program. On the next page we'll discuss college admissions counselors.