College Counseling: The College Selection Process

** The activities in this course have a due date. In order to earn SCECHs, all activities and assignments must be submitted at least 10 days before the course end date to allow for evaluation and resubmission.

Choosing which college to attend may be one of the first of many important decisions in a student’s life. This discussion-based course aims to hone your counseling techniques in the area of the college selection process and dispel the misperception that only a handful of “good” colleges exist for a few lucky individuals. You will have the opportunity to explore topics that include an introduction to theory, researching colleges, and advanced skills required to give greater awareness and understanding to students and families in the college selection process.

In this course, you will:

  • Explain the process of helping students through their research into colleges,
  • Discuss possible barriers to college selection and how they can be overcome,
  • Identify colleges that might be a good fit for individual students,
  • Practice advising students given specific scenarios, and
  • Generate ideas with other colleagues about how to improve your practices in college counseling.
Find more information on counseling courses and schedules here.

Who should take this course?


What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

High School

Course Partner

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.