The College Counseling Office at Branson is responsible for helping students and Branson families navigate the college search and application process. Our two primary goals are to ensure that each student has choices for attending college at the end of the process and to alleviate some of the stress that is often associated with college admissions. To this end, the College Counseling Office offers a comprehensive program that aims to guide and support students and families through the process. The program consists of several major components:
Parent College Nights
Realizing that parents play a critical role in the college search and application process, the College Counseling Office offers parents programming with three primary goals in mind; first to educate parents about the current college admission landscape, second to provide insight into each aspect of the process, and lastly, to keep parents informed about where their students should be in the overall process.
Individual Appointments with Students and Families
Beginning in the second half of the junior year, college counselors meet individually with students and parents. During the family meetings the student’s academic record, interests and goals are discussed. During the individual appointments with students, we seek to learn about the student’s personal and academic interests, explore possible college choices, and discuss expectations for the college search and college admissions process. These meetings help foster strong relationships with the students. In the senior year, we continue to meet regularly with students and parents to provide guidance throughout the college application process, provide feedback and offer advice on students’ application essays, and help students with their final college decisions.
List Balancing and Overall Strategy
We support our students in their quest to be both ambitious and realistic when it comes to their college applications. Using the student's specific academic, testing, and extracurricular background, the college counselors seek to educate students and their families as to the nature of selective college admission and the shifting admission landscape. If we ever seem conservative when it comes to this process, it is because we would rather see students excited about multiple options.
Relationships with Colleges
The college counselors maintain relationships with colleges and universities through participation in college admissions conferences, professional organizations, and visit programs to colleges. To help expose students to the various colleges and universities, the College Counseling Office welcomes over one hundred college admission representatives to the school each year. Seniors are encouraged to attend these presentations as a way to learn more about the different colleges.