High School Guidance Counselor Timeline

Find out exactly when you should visit your high school counselor and what you should plan to accomplish while you’re there.

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As you proceed through your high school career, you’ll need to get acquainted with your high school guidance counselor, as you’ll be seeing her often.

Even though your counselor is there to help, it’s a good idea to know exactly what exactly what kind of help you should be asking for during each phase of high school. This will ensure that both you and your counselor are on the same page as you progress from college search to testing to applications.

To help you out, we’ve outlined each of the major occasions you should meet with your high school guidance counselor.


To help you out, we’ve outlined each of the major occasions you should meet with your high school guidance counselor, and exactly what you should talk about while you’re there.

Freshman Year

  • Start your freshman year off right with a trip to your guidance counselor to see what you can do to plan for college now.
  • You’ll be in constant contact with your high school counselor regarding class selection and college prep. Now’s the time to work with your counselor to make sure your freshman classes are challenging enough and look into signing up for AP and honors courses.
  • During the spring of your freshman year, you’ll want to pay your high school guidance counselor another visit to schedule sophomore classes that emphasize college prep.

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

  • In the spring of your junior year, visit your high school guidance counselor to align your high school classes with your college goals and to develop a standardized testing plan.
  • As your junior year progresses, check in with your counselor to talk about GPA and how it relates to college admissions.
  • Work with your counselor to develop your college resume and make sure to schedule challenging courses for a senior year that will impress college admissions boards.

Senior Year


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