A college counsellor’s main role is to offer a personalised counselling experience within a trusting and supportive environment.
We help each student reach their potential with the appropriate placement after Aiglon. This task changes each year with new student ambitions and needs matched alongside shifting admission selectivity among undergraduate programmes around the world.
A wide network
In order to provide insight on individual universities, create balanced and appropriate lists and advocate for applicants, it is essential for counsellors to have an established professional network. Each year, Aiglon’s counsellors attend theInternational ACAC conference in North America, CIS Global Forum on International Admission and Guidance in Europe, SGIS Counsellor Conference in Switzerland, and the UCAS International Advisers’ conference in the UK.
Counsellors also participate in university tours and programs around the world, gaining valuable access to admission representatives and campus facilities; our most recent visits have been to Stanford, UC Berkeley, NYU Abu Dhabi, Bocconi, Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Brown, Wheaton, New College of the Humanities, University of Cambridge, King’s College, City University of London, and others.
In addition, Aiglon’s Director of College and Career Counselling has spent the past six years serving on the Executive Board for the International Association for College Admission Counseling (International ACAC), advocating for international student access and education and voting on policies within the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
Relationships between counsellors and university admission representatives help support and maintain legitimacy and ethical operations in the profession- a topic that recently hit the headlines in the United States. The scandal related to affluent families’ advantage in the US admissions process is not a new reality, but an ugly one that has now raised significant concerns around athletic recruitment and unethical advantages in standardised testing and general admission practices. For a more detailed understanding of the current situation, please review the report on the US Department of Justice’s website. In addition, here is an article highlighting the financials behind institutions, focusing on the United States and Canada.
Aiglon’s counselling department is proud to join the ranks of thousands of professionals who adhere to (and expect that others also follow) the NACAC Code of Ethics and Professional Practices. This document serves as the industry’s guide for ethics and actions related to admission and recruitment for undergraduate programmes around the world.
Although it is easy to get lost among the political and financial influences on education today, it is important to remember that hard work and personal initiative always matters. In a recent NACAC report, the average caseload for counsellors in the US is 482 students, despite the recommendation of only 250. At Aiglon, the College and Careers Counselling department consists of four people dedicated to helping nearly 150 IB students navigate their journeys as informed and confident young adults.
Our advantage of knowing students particularly well allows us to advise on more personalised and effective levels. We also welcome conversations with parents at any point in their child’s Aiglon career and are happy to discuss the various admission processes around the world.
About Patience Fanella-Koch
Patience is Director of College & Careers Counselling at Aiglon. She leads a four-person team working to offer personalised guidance to students as they search for undergraduate programmes and further careers. Patience brings nearly 20 years of experience in the admission and college counselling world and served six years as an executive board member of the International Association for College Admissions Counselling (IACAC).