College counseling has become an increasing part of our work. It used to be easier. When parents of college bound high school students applied, many would apply to around 6 colleges. There was some thought that 2 would be safeties, two range, and two reach. UCONN for many in Connecticut was a safety or a range school. Figuring out what to study and potential career paths before college were not common. Wasn’t that what college was for?
These days, due to a myriad of factors, it makes sense for many students to apply to far more than 6 schools. Schools that were once safe – UCONN being the most notable – no longer are for most students. Due to the enormous investment in college as well as the enormous employment consequences post-college, figuring out what to study and potentially which career paths to follow has become common.
The issues are so complex that my wife and I sometimes wonder how those who are not in the field – she’s a college professor – manage to navigate the college admissions world.
Summer is a good time to start the college planning for any upcoming junior and, of course, for any late starting upcoming senior.