Co-authors: Kelly Bowling, Braden River High School, Bradenton (FL), and Melanie Hildebrandt, Johansen High School, Modesto (CA)
Recently I’ve had the privilege of working with a panel of high school counselors who are passionate about helping students connect to the right colleges. One takeaway? First-generation college students are different, they say. You can’t treat them the same as everyone else. It simply doesn’t work.
Counselors: A go-to resource for first-generation college students
Before we explore what’s different, here’s one reason why counselors are crucial for helping to recruit first-generation students:
As you can see, high school counselors are 2X as important as college websites AND 7x as important as parents for providing first-generation students with vital information about college financial aid—one of the main sorting factors for these students as they choose which college to attend. So when recruiters are looking for ways to increase their impact, building relationships with counselors is a strong starting point. [Read more…]