U.S. Department of Education

What Works Clearinghouse: Summer Counseling for College Success

Posted on April 9, 2018

Summer Counseling for College Success from What Works Clearinghouse

Intervention Description

Summer counseling is designed to help college-intending high school graduates complete the steps needed to enroll in college and start their college careers. These programs provide services during the months between high school graduation and college enrollment and involve outreach by college counselors or peer mentors via text messaging campaigns, email, phone, in-person meetings, instant messaging, or social media. Summer counseling intervention services are typically set up through students’ high schools, though some programs may be based in colleges or nonprofit organizations. These intervention services provide college-intending individuals with information about tasks required for college enrollment, as well as assistance in overcoming unanticipated financial, informational, and socioemotional barriers that prevent college entry. The ultimate goal of summer counseling is to increase the number of students who successfully enroll in college, particularly among disadvantaged students at a greater risk of not matriculating.


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