Student, Parent & Counselor Roles

Understanding who does what is essential in making the college search process run smoothly for students, parents, and college counselors. This bulleted list describes each individual's role throughout this process.


  • Attend all assigned senior seminars;
  • Arrange and attend regular meetings with college counselor to review and send materials;
  • Use research materials in College Counseling Center to discover more about colleges;
  • Provide College Counseling Office information on accomplishments/activities in and out of school;
  • Complete all assignments given by College Counselors;
  • Plan (with parents) college visits/interviews;
  • Work with college counselors on essays; submit rough drafts well before deadlines;
  • Follow the timeline given by college counselors to complete applications/essays/supplements;
  • Learn which colleges require which tests (SAT I, SAT II, ACT); register for and take them;
  • Check to see that official scores have been sent by the testing services;
  • Work with college counselors to submit appropriate test scores to colleges;
  • Ask teachers to write letters of recommendations; and
  • Do your applications on your own. Advice and proofreading is fine, but you should do all the work.
  • Be involved in the process; encourage and facilitate visits, read articles, and reference books;
  • Frankly discuss your agenda with your son or daughter (what you can afford, location, special interests, etc.);
  • If applying for need-based financial aid, determine the forms needed for each college, fill them out, and file by the deadline;
  • Research colleges yourself; know what your son or daughter is interested in;
  • Complete the Parent Questionnaire provided by the College Counseling team;
  • If needed, meet with your son or daughter's college counselor or maintain phone contact; let us know of special circumstances early;
  • Attend Parent Information Nights;
  • Provide access to credit card #'s for application fees;
  • Allow your son or daughter to do his/her own work on applications or essays;
  • Decide with your child how often you will discuss how the process is going;
  • Watch for and read email entitled “College Counseling News.”
College Counselors
  • Provide access to information on colleges, tests, and other aspects of admissions process through parent information nights, guest speaker programs, senior seminars, and additional programs as warranted;
  • Hold Senior Seminars to inform students of their responsibilities;
  • Advise students on which tests to take and when to take them, and assist with the registration process;
  • Through regular individual, group, and family meetings, help students to assess themselves and to create an appropriate list of colleges;
  • Gather information on students to present to colleges; write comprehensive letters of support;
  • Provide school support (recommendations, transcripts, school profile) to colleges in a timely fashion;
  • Read and comment upon rough drafts of essays and supplements;
  • Update colleges on students' progress throughout senior year;
  • Attend national conferences to stay current on admissions policies and trends; visit colleges to broaden knowledge of appropriate schools for Moravian Academy students;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with college admissions offices;
  • Host college representatives' visits to our campus; facilitate representatives' meetings with interested students; and
  • Answer questions and provide support to help lessen the anxiety and demystify the college admissions process.

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