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College Admissions Counseling

Professional Certificate in College Admissions Counseling

Professional Certificate in College Admissions Counseling

Online Program


12-18 months



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It's a rigorous climb from high school to college; students need all the help they can get. Tackle your responsibility with confidence. Learn how to organize and present the information to the college-bound to make their transition as smooth as possible.

Gain the knowledge and expertise to work with students who are ready to make one of the most important decisions in their life. Help junior and senior high school students faced with establishing academic and career goals, and learn the ins and outs of college admissions to help students from a variety of backgrounds.

Designed For

  • High school college and career counselors who want to develop their professional competencies.
  • High school guidance counselors who want to acquire specialized knowledge to transition into the role of college counselor.
  • College admissions personnel who want to become more familiar with high school processes and institutional protocols.
  • Junior high and middle school counselors who want to provide their students with a head start in planning their post-secondary options.
  • Teachers who want to be better informed about post-secondary options.
  • Individuals who want to develop an independent college counseling practice.
  • Parents who want to assist their middle or high school student with the admissions process.

What You'll Learn

  • How colleges choose students
  • Application calendar for private and public colleges
  • Financial planning and admission procedures for small private colleges
  • Helping athletes and students with special talents
  • Working with underrepresented students
  • Critical dates on the testing calendar
  • Preparing students for college entrance exams

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in both private and public schools.

Program Overview


18 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“I was able to open my own practice as an Independent Educational Consultant, and am grateful to UCR Extension for helping me achieve my entrepreneurial dreams! The knowledge I gained from the program gave me an added advantage when helping high school students.”

Angel Hearn

Educational Consultant
My College-Bound Counseling
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

The College Counseling Process

EDUC X313.35B

4 units

College Admissions Procedures

EDU X313.37

3 units

Quarter 2

Analysis and Application of Effective Career Counseling Strategies

EDUC X313.44

3 units

Quarter 3

Financial Aid Planning for Higher Education

EDUC X313.34A

2 units

Professional and Ethical Issues in the College Application Process

EDUC X313.38

3 units

Quarter 4

Practicum in Counseling College-Bound Students

EDUC X313.39

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“I enjoy sharing my years of knowledge and experience with students from various backgrounds—first generation, international, various income and academic levels--with my UCR Extension students in order to provide them with the necessary skills to successfully guide others in the college admission process. I also keep my students current with the latest trends in college admissions.”

Christine DiBenedetto

Director of College Counseling
Army and Navy Academy
Carlsbad, CA

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