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College Admissions Counseling Certificate

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There is a nonrefundable application fee of $50 to declare candidacy in this program.

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Learn more about the College Admissions Counseling Certificate program.

College Admissions Counseling Certificate


Navigating the transition from high school to college isn't easy, and it's the responsibility of the college admissions counselor to help make it as smooth as possible for incoming students. The Certificate in College Admissions Counseling is designed to provide knowledge and expertise to those who work with students making that transition, as well as with junior and senior high school students faced with establishing academic and career goals.

The program will provide information in the following areas:

  • How colleges choose students
  • Application calendar for private and public colleges
  • Financial planning and admission procedures for small private colleges
  • Helping athletes and students with special talents
  • Working with underrepresented students
  • Critical dates on the testing calendar
  • Preparing students for college entrance exams

Who Can Benefit?

The program is designed for:

  • College and career counselors in a high school setting who want to develop their professional competencies.
  • High school guidance counselors who want to acquire this specialized knowledge and training to transition into the role of college counselor.
  • College admissions personnel who want to become more familiar with high school processes and other institutions' protocols.
  • Junior high and middle school counselors who want to provide their students with a head start in planning their post-secondary options.
  • Teachers who want to be better informed about the options available for their students.
  • Individuals who are interested in developing an independent college counseling practice.
  • Parents who want to assist their middle or high school student with college applications and the admissions process.

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully (with a grade of B or better) complete 18 required units. In addition to these requirements, all candidates for certification must hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Completion Time

The certificate program can typically be completed in one year to 18 months.


The cost for the certificate program is approximately $3,000. This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.


Students must possess a bachelor's degree.



  • W. Robert Blanck, M.A., served as a high school counselor and secondary principal.
  • Susan M. Dencklau, M.A., is a high school Counselor with Beaumont Unified School District.
  • Rondalynne McClintock, M. Ed., M.S. in Information Systems.
  • Frank Jonasson, M.Ed., Financial Aid Consultant
  • Chris S. White, M.A., School Counseling, Director of College Advising, High Tech High

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Additional Information

Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

Delivery Method

The courses in this program are offered online. To learn more about online courses at UCR Extension, visit our Online Course Information page.

Program Coordinator:

Lupita Villalobos
(951) 827-1665

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273