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NACAC is dedicated to undertaking rigorous, unbiased research exploring issues of concern to college-bound students, their parents and the educators who serve them.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Explore Student-to-Counselor Ratios by School District

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Student-to-Counselor Ratios by School District

To highlight differences in student-to-counselor ratios, NACAC has prepared a series of state maps highlighting school district-level data available from the US Department of Education. Although state averages provide a general sense of how states are meeting students’ school counseling needs, they can mask substantial differences in student-to-counselor ratios within states. A school district-level analysis draws attention to areas most in need of outreach and support.

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Agents and International Student Recruitment

Learn more about specific requirements, such as the provision that the names and contact information of all commissioned agents must be included on institutional websites.

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Community Colleges and Transfer

High school counselors generally feel prepared to advise students about community colleges and believe these institutions offer relatively easy application and enrollment processes. However, results of a national survey conducted by NACAC showed that many counselors feel less knowledgeable about transfer policies at area four-year colleges and about comparisons of community colleges to for-profit colleges.

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In Time for 2018 Elections, NACAC Survey Shows Student Activism is on the Rise

The intensity of the current political climate has led to increased activism among students at more than half (52 percent) of all secondary schools across the US, according to survey data from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

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NACAC research illuminates complex elements of college admission counseling and comprise a unique body of knowledge in the field.

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