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College Planning

Helping students and their families research, apply, find funding, and prepare to continue their education after high school is an essential component of any guidance program.

Web Resources

Web Resources

General Information

Effective Advising for Postsecondary Students

This practice guide from What Works Clearinghouse provides four evidence-based recommendations for designing and delivering comprehensive, integrated advising to support students’ educational success.

Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do

This guide from What Works Clearinghouse targets high schools and school districts, and focuses on effective practices that prepare students academically for college, assist them in completing the steps to college entry, and improve their likelihood of enrolling in college.

Naviance offers a computer program package designed to be used by counselors and teachers. It also offers a podcast designed for educators.

This site offers a suggested timeline for counselors to help them prepare their students for college.

College Board
The authors of the SAT have a website dedicated to school counselors.  This site has information on many topics relevant to college planning from facilitating the college application process to explaining financial aid.

College Search

College Navigator
The U.S. Department of Education co-created this website with students to inspire and encourage youth and adults to attend college.  The site provides information on how college will benefit you financially, how to go about applying to college, how to find financing, plus a lot more.

Recommendation Letters


College Board 
This article contains tips for counselors writing recommendation letters including links to pdf forms for students and parents to fill out information to assist their counselor in writing their recommendation letter.

Journal Research Articles


CSCORE does not endorse any of the following research studies.  Instead, our goal is to present you with the latest research being conducted.  It is up to you to decide if the study is reliable and valid.


Access to School Counseling and the Connection to Postsecondary STEM Outcomes

Brookover, D. L. (2021). Access to school counseling and the connection to postsecondary STEM outcomes. Professional Counselor, 11(4), 383-399.

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Evaluation of an SCCT-based Intervention to Increase Postsecondary Awareness in Rural Appalachian Youth

Gibbons, M. M., Hardin, E. E., Taylor, A. L., Brown, E., & Graham, D. (2020). Evaluation of an SCCT-based intervention to increase postsecondary awareness in rural Appalachian youth. Journal of career development, 47(4), 424-439.

Abstract and Journal Access

A College Readiness Intervention Program's Impact on College-Going Self-Efficacy and College Knowledge

Wilson, R. D. (2018). A college readiness intervention program’s impact on college-going self-efficacy and college knowledge (Doctoral dissertation).

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Can Personalized Text Messages and Peer Mentor Outreach Increase College Going Among Low-Income High School Graduates?

Castleman, B. L., & Page, L. C. (2015). Summer nudging: Can personalized text messages and peer mentor outreach increase college going among low-income high school graduates?. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 115, 144-160.

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Are School Counselors Impacting Underrepresented Students’ Thinking about Postsecondary Education? A Nationally Representative Study

Cholewa, B., Burkhardt, C. K., & Hull, M. F. (2015). Are school counselors impacting underrepresented students’ thinking about postsecondary education? A nationally representative study. Professional School Counseling, 19(1), 1096-2409.

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Connecticut Professional School Counselors: College and Career Counseling Services and Smaller Ratios Benefit Students.

Lapan, R. T., Whitcomb, S. A., & Aleman, N. M. (2012). Connecticut professional school counselors: College and career counseling services and smaller ratios benefit students. Professional School Counseling, 16(2).

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School Counselors as Social Capital: The Effects of High School College Counseling on College Application Rates

Bryan, J., Moore‐Thomas, C., Day‐Vines, N. L., & Holcomb‐McCoy, C. (2011). School counselors as social capital: The effects of high school college counseling on college application rates. Journal of Counseling & Development, 89(2), 190-199.

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Examining the Effects of High School Contexts on Postsecondary Enrollment
Engberg, M. E., & Wolniak, G. C. (2010). Examining the effects of high school contexts on postsecondary enrollment. Research in Higher Education, 51(2), 132-153. 
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Establishing a College Culture in Secondary Schools Through P-20 Collaboration: A Case Study
McClafferty Jarsky, K., McDonough, P. M., & Núñez, A. M. (2009). Establishing a college culture in secondary schools through P-20 collaboration: A case study. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 8(4), 357-373.
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Books & Book Chapters


Parents & Educators

O'Connor, Patrick J. (2015). College Counseling for School Counselors: Delivering Quality, Personalized College Advice to Every                     Student on Your (Sometimes Huge) Caseload. Outskirts Press.


Fiske, E. (no date). Fiske Guide to Colleges. Sourcebooks.


Roads to Success
The Roads to Success program offers a free college and career curriculum for grades 7 through 12.  The website has detailed lesson plans on how to motivate your students to attend college.

Bringing in the Bystander

Bringing in the Bystander (BITB) is a high school prevention program based on the concept that all community members have a role to play in ending incivility, harassment, violence and discrimination. The important role that a bystander has in intervention is the basis for this unique and effective program.

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