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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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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State-by-State Student-to-Counselor Ratio Report

This report to provide a glimpse at the 10-year trends in student-to-counselor ratios from 2004-05 to 2014-15.

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Survey Suggests Secondary and College Admission Counselors Would Benefit from More Financial Aid Training

Only a minority of high school counselors and early-career college admission professionals report being well-versed in several financial aid topics critical for advising students, but counselors working at schools where training was provided reported higher levels of knowledge on subjects related to paying for college, according to new research.

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Barriers to Successfully Financing a College Education

Examining the role of secondary school counselors and college admission professionals in supporting student decision-making related to paying for college.

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Survey of Counselors Reveals Strong Opposition to Arming Educators

Nearly three-quarters of 2,251 counselors surveyed by NACAC in May and June reported being either “somewhat opposed” or “strongly opposed” to policies that seek to arm teachers and other school staff. The question was one of several included in the association’s annual Counseling Trends Survey to gain an understanding of the attitudes and experiences of school counselors on the topic of gun violence.

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