Research in Higher Education

, Volume 54, Issue 7, pp 781–804 | Cite as

Creating College Opportunity: School Counselors and Their Influence on Postsecondary Enrollment

  • Andrew S. BelascoEmail author


School counselors are the primary facilitators of college transition for many students, yet little is known about their influence on college-going behavior. Analyzing data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002, this study employs coarsened exact matching and multilevel modeling to examine the effects of student-counselor visits on postsecondary enrollment, as well as determine whether the effects of such visits vary by socioeconomic background. Results suggest that visiting a counselor for college entrance information has a positive and significant influence on students’ likelihood of postsecondary enrollment, and that counseling-related effects are greatest for students with low socioeconomic status.


School counseling Postsecondary enrollment Low-SES Coarsened exact matching 



This research was supported by a grant from the American Educational Research Association which receives funds for its “AERA Grants Program” from the National Science Foundation under Grant #DRL-0941014. Opinions reflect those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the granting agencies. The author gratefully acknowledges the support and suggestions of James Hearn, Erik Ness, Manuel González Canché, Sheila Slaughter, Michael Trivette, the editor, anonymous reviewers and the Abington School District (PA).


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