The college search process can be simultaneously exciting and daunting for students and their families. Effective college counseling requires fundamental and advanced counseling skills, knowledge of adolescent cognitive development, an understanding of the higher education landscape and familiarity with the undergraduate admissions process and financial aid.
This course may be taken independently or as a component of the College Access Counseling Certificate.
Exploring Colleges: This module outlines how to research colleges both remotely and in-person. Participants will learn what they should focus on during campus visits, who to make contact with during the visit, how to maintain relationships with critical university partners and the most productive ways to assist students during their visits to college campuses.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
This module explores the financial aid process and how to best identify need based financial aid, grants and scholarships. An overview of the most beneficial scholarship search tools and application do’s and don’ts will be addressed.
The Admissions Process
This module explains the essentials of the undergraduate admissions process. Participants will learn how and why colleges make admissions decisions. Additionally, this module examines how a university’s institutional goals can impact admission decisions.
Current counseling professionals* (public/private schools and private practice), parents and school administrators. No previous counseling experience is required for this program.
*This course is recommended for college counselors with less than three years of experience.
The Fundamentals of College Counseling online course is intended to educate participants about fundamental and advanced counseling skills, knowledge of adolescent cognitive development, an understanding of the higher education landscape and familiarity with the undergraduate admissions process and financial aid.This course will not increase the likelihood of admission to Rice University and is in no way affiliated with the Office of Admissions.
This course utilizes the Canvas platform and includes the use of high-quality videos. For maximum performance, we recommend these system requirements for the Canvas platform. If your operating system does not meet the system requirements set forth, we cannot guarantee a quality learning experience. Please verify that your computer meets the minimum requirements prior to registering for the course.
- CPE 8.0 hours 8.0 hours