Putting Your School Counselor to Work

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The college counselor at your high school is an important resource for planning for and applying to college. The counselor is there to help you, but it's key that you prepare for any meetings to make the best use of your time. Your counselor is also helping tons of other students apply to college at the same time -- the national student-to-counselor ratio is 1:482 -- so doing a little research on your own and approaching your college counselor with a plan can help you work together to find the best school for you and build a competitive application. Get a jump start on your college planning process with these essential questions.

1. When Should I Start Thinking About Applying to College?

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