Home > Resources > College Prep > Preparing for College > 20 Questions to Ask Your School Counselor

20 Questions to Ask Your School Counselor

Your school counselor is one of your most important resources. She or he can help you schedule your courses, balance your workload, and plan for college. Don't know your counselor very well? Make an appointment.

ADVERTISEMENT

Here are some basic questions to get your conversation started. It always helps to think ahead about what you want to ask or talk about. They're busy and you're busy.

  1. What are the required and recommended courses -- for graduation and for college prep?
  2. How should I work my schedule so I'll complete them?
  3. What elective courses do you recommend?
  4. What Advanced Placement courses are available?
  5. When is the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) exam going to be given here?
  6. Is this school a testing center for the SAT or ACT, or will I need to go somewhere nearby?
  7. Do you have any after school or evening sessions available for college planning, or for taking the SAT or ACT?
  8. Do you have college handbooks or other guides that I can browse or borrow? Do you have a copy of the free Taking the SAT booklet, which has a practice test in it? Or a test booklet to prepare me for the ACT?
  9. What activities can I do at home and over the summer to get ready for college?
  10. What kinds of grades do different colleges require?
  11. Are there any college fairs at this school, or nearby?
  12. Where do other kids from this school go?
  13. Can you put me in touch with recent grads who are going to colleges on my wish list?
  14. Do you have information about colleges far away, or do you favor schools nearby?
  15. If my colleges need a recommendation from you, how can I help you know me better, so it can be more personal?
  16. What are the requirements or standards for the honor society?
  17. Are there any special scholarships or awards that I should know about now, so I can work toward them?
  18. Can I see my transcript as it stands now, to see if everything is as I think it should be?
  19. Do you have any forms I would need to apply for financial aid?
  20. How does our school compare to others, in terms of test scores?

ADVERTISEMENT

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Will Taking a Semester Off Hurt My Scholarship Money?

August 5, 2022

by Ashley Eneriz

College is a big commitment and burnout is easy if you don’t pace yourself. That said, taking a semester off is a normal thing to do while pursuing your degree. Whether you need a quick break for personal reasons or exciting opportunities, like a once-in-a-lifetime trip or work experience, here’s what you need to know about your scholarship money before taking time off. [...]

FAFSA Myths You Need to Stop Falling For

July 26, 2022

by Ashley Eneriz

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid — more commonly known as FAFSA is the key to funding your college education. Not only can the FAFSA connect you to grants, scholarships, and work-study opportunities, but filling out the form is also the first step to applying for federal student loans. Even though filling out the FAFSA is simple and straightforward, several misconceptions still fly around it. Here are the top FAFSA myths you need to stop believing. [...]

5 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Winning a Scholarship

June 28, 2022

by Ashley Eneriz

Everyone wants to win a full-ride scholarship and enter their freshman year without financial stress. However, the reality is that you have a greater chance of winning smaller scholarships to aid your degree goals. Get a head start on your scholarship game this summer, so that you can head into your senior year closer to funding your college goals. [...]

Last Reviewed: August 2022