Research & Reports

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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Report: High School Performance Matters Most in College Admission Decisions

According to NACAC’s recently released 2019 State of College Admission report, a student’s high school record remains the primary consideration of colleges when reviewing applications, a finding that has been consistent over the past three decades.

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New Data Visualization Project from NACAC Highlights Equity Gaps in School Counseling

Across the nation, school counselors in US public schools grapple with caseloads that are nearly double the recommended maximum of 250. New data compiled by NACAC show that even wider gaps can appear between districts within the same state.

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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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Guide to the College Admission Process

As NACAC’s signature publication, the guide provides a comprehensive look at researching colleges, submitting applications, choosing an institution to attend, and more. New chapters addressing the unique needs of transfer and international students are featured in the latest edition.

Podcast: College Admissions Decoded

Developed in the wake of the Operation Varsity Blues bribery scandal, NACAC launched its College Admission Decoded podcast series.


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