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Do you think Emma Pillsbury’s character on “Glee” is an expert in highly selective college admissions? No. And most high school counselors aren’t. Therein lies the need for the private college consultant (photo from Fox’s “Glee”).

Mark Sklarow, the Executive Director of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), an organization we believe whose membership isn’t worth the the paper it’s written on but nonetheless one we’ve been a member of (hey, don’t we all have those?), posted today about high school students’ need for the private college consultant. Citing statistics that show an average student to high school counselor ration in high schools as 350:1, Sklarow also writes in his post on college consultants that “in many parts of the country the number is two or three times this.”

He also writes about a 2010 survey conducted by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) that indicates counselors in public schools spend just “22% of their time on college advising, with the rest occupied by personal counseling, academic advising, course selection, teaching, and administrative tasks like lunchroom or bus duty.” And not only are high school counselors overwhelmed by their workload but there are many high school counselors out there who just aren’t experts on college admissions. Maybe they became guidance counselors to counsel troubled teens. They didn’t all necessarily become counselors to help get kids into Ivy League colleges.

Check out our newsletter on the private college consultant and have a look at this post on private college counselors. What do you think about the need for high school students to hire a private college consultant to improve their chances of admission to highly competitive colleges? Let us know your thoughts by posting below!

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