New findings published by the American School Counselors Association reveals that student-to-counselor ratios in Pittsburgh area high schools are exceedingly high, approaching 450-to-1 at man area high schools. Pittsburgh’s school-based counselors are well-trained, competent, and improve the academic and personal well-being of their students; however, given multiple job roles and large caseloads, most counselors can no longer devote the time and effort necessary to college planning and to effectively guiding students through the college search, admissions, and financial aid process. As a consequence, many Pittsburg students proceed through high school without the support needed to successfully navigate the college admissions process and to complete the tasks necessary to enroll at suitable college and universities. These tasks include, but are not limited to, creating a list of target colleges, planning high school coursework and extracurricular activities, navigating college application requirements, filling out college application forms, writing college essays, obtaining financial aid and college scholarships, and securing internships and summer program opportunities.
College Transitions strives to address the current college admission-related needs of Pittsburgh’s students, mainly by providing comprehensive college planning and college admissions counseling services to families residing throughout the Pittsburgh metropolitan region, including locations such as Mount Lebanon, Allison Park, Sewickley, Fox Chapel, Upper St. Clair, and Wexford, among others. As higher education researchers and college admission professionals, we develop evidence-backed college admissions strategies that help our students earn admission into the most competitive colleges throughout the United States, including nearby institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, Case Western Reserve, and Allegheny College. Our results support the effectiveness of our guidance and strategies.
Over the past several years, College Transitions has guided students at a number of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County high schools, such as Mt. Lebanon, North Allegheny, Upper St. Claire, Sewickley Academy, Shady Side Academy, Winchester Thurston and others. If you would like to find out more about our offerings, you may reach us via phone at 706-389-9936, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by submitting a request for a free consultation.