Welcome Counselors!

STARS appreciates the work you do for your students! As a network we are here to support you in as many ways as we can including counselor fly-in programs, professional development, virtual events, and more! Please feel free to sign-up for the counselor mailing list to learn when events are available to you and your students.

Counselor Resources

NACAC Rural and Small Town Special Interest Group

The Rural and Small Town SIG’s mission is to bring rural and small town admissions and college counseling professionals, as well as those committed to rural and small town education, together to increase college access and success, promote college-going culture in rural areas, and support counselors and students at rural and small town schools. All professionals committed to rural and small-town student admission, matriculation, and success are welcome to join.

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Join the educator and counselor mailing list to learn more about STARS, its offerings, and dedicated programming.

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Exclusive Counselors Events

Counselor Only Event

STARS Counselor Tours

May 17th 2024, 11:59 pm CST

The application for the 2024 STARS Counselor Tours is live now! We hope that you'll consider joining us for one of our two fully-funded counselor tours this fall.

The STARS Midwest Counselor Tour will take place August 12-14, 2024. The tour will visit the campuses of University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Chicago, and Northwestern University, with additional support from Case Western Reserve University and Washington University in St. Louis.

The STARS Northeast Counselor tour will take place September 12-14, 2024. The tour will visit the campuses of Yale University, Brown University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with additional support from Columbia University and Colby College.

The deadline to apply is May 17, 2024. Please check out our FAQ and contact us with additional questions!

Host: Brown University, Columbia University in the City of New York, The University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Yale University, Colby College

Counselor Only Event

STARS Counselor Workshop: High School Profiles

June 12th 2024, 12:00 pm CST

Please join the STARS College Network as we discuss the importance of high school profiles during the contextual review process. We'll also provide resources for high school counselors looking to craft their own high school profiles. Please note that this session is meant for high school and CBO counselors at rural and small-town high schools or community-based organizations in the United States. It is not intended for parents or students, or organizations outside of the United States.

Host: Vanderbilt University

Counselor Only Event

STARS Counselor Workshop: Case Studies

July 10th 2024, 12:00 pm CST

Please join the STARS College Network for a case studies program for high school counselors. High school counselors will have the opportunity to review multiple college applications alongside admissions counselors. Together we will discuss the importance of contextual and holistic review. Please note that this session is meant for high school and CBO counselors at rural and small-town high schools or community-based organizations in the United States. It is not intended for parents or students, or organizations outside of the United States.

Host: The University of Chicago