While guidance counselors in California’s public schools might be few and far between (In some high schools, there are as many as 500 kids for each counselor, or no counselor at all, and the average ratio is 1,000: 1, according to EdSource), some families with means are shelling out hundreds or thousands of dollars to private college admissions consultants — even now, during the recession.
The fact that some families can — and do — pay for these services is nothing new. But according to a New York Times story about the field, the number of these “independent education consultants” has grown in the last three years, to about 5,000, and they’re located mostly on the East and West Coasts. Of course, some in the college admissions world are suspicious of these so-called “experts,” and a reporter found that some of the credentials they advertised were sketchy.
Have any of you seen ads for these services, or considered using them?