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Why Distance College Counseling Works

Isn’t it true that when admission officers evaluate student applications they
really don’t know the students applying to their universities? Other than an
interview that some colleges offer, acceptance decisions are based on
transcripts, test scores (at most colleges), and recommendations, but more importantly, a written document that is generally submitted online, the college application.
In order for students to portray themselves in the best light, their GPA’s,
test scores, resumes, essays and recommendations must paint the best
possible picture. The demand for college admissions guidance is so widespread
that to accommodate more students, distance college counseling is necessary.

College counseling professionals guide students through their admissions
process on the telephone, through email, via fax, video-conferencing and
Skype. Distance does not seem to be a factor in getting to know applicants.
Online learning and countless virtual programs are growing rapidly with much
success. Students are at ease with the distance format. Between personal web
pages, social media, texts and emails, online communication is a comfort zone
for most people and many students prefer communicating online.

Distance College Counseling and Electronic Communication is the way:• Most university applications continue to go paperless

• Online college applications, passwords, pin numbers, and secret
questions to login are standard.
• Numerous professors post assignments, readings, lectures and
syllabi online
• Colleges send out admission decisions online and high schools are
using programs where students receive online reports
• Face to face college counseling meetings are generally conducted in
front of a computer.

It is likely that college applications will become even more distinct in the
coming years. Video uploads, personal blogs and url’s are recent
additions to college applications and some colleges conduct interviews via
Skype. College Consultants guide students to present applications that are
unique, simultaneously exploring creative possibilities in photo uploads,
displaying computer graphic skills, musical backgrounds and links to
personal pages.

Many high school, transfer and graduate students have such busy
schedules, they prefer connecting with colleges and counselors
online rather than face to face. Amid homework, jobs, athletic
activities and other extracurricular activities, students generally like
communicating their questions and input online.
If college counselors can get a clear, honest and
accurate picture of students from their college applications
without face to face meetings, then it is likely that admissions officers will
as well.

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