Role of parents in the college application process

Susan Eiges Hansen, College Consultant, shares advice for parents on what the best role for parents is in your child's college application process and how involved parents should be with applications
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Role of parents in the college application process

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When we talk about the college application and the parent's role, it is really important to establish those limits early on in the process because it is an incredibly time consuming process of choosing a college. Also, it's a big decision. It might arguably, the most important decision that somebody makes in their life, where they go to college. It has a huge impact. A lot of our high achieving parents really want to take over the process. It is important that those lines are drawn. I think the parent is a wonderful sounding board for reviewing essays, bouncing ideas off of. I think it is great when the parent can be the consultant. They never should be the coach and parents should never be taking over the process entirely. It is very important that the parent stays a consultant in the adjunctive role, in the process.
TEEN, Education, Applying to College

Susan Eiges Hansen, College Consultant, shares advice for parents on what the best role for parents is in your child's college application process and how involved parents should be with applications

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Susan Eiges Hansen

College Consultant

Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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