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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price, Second Edition by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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44. What You Need to Know About High School Counselors

Most young people who go on to college believe that the advice of their high school counselors was inadequate and often impersonal and perfunctory. When asked about their experiences with their counselors in high school, about half say that they felt like “just another face in the crowd.”

—Public Agenda study prepared for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

I once volunteered to write an article for a newsletter published by the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC), a regional organization of high school guidance counselors, private college consultants, and college staff and administrators. I turned in an article about financial aid and forgot about it until I was ...

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