Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Paoze Thao


High school guidance counselors are a valuable asset in the education system, and support their students in a variety of ways. An important aspect of high school is the emphasis on college and career readiness for students’ post-secondary career goals where guidance counselors are the main resource for. Guidance counselors are the least understood within the education system and are not given enough credit for the types of services they provide to ensure student success. The purpose of this senior capstone research is to highlight and examine the role of high school guidance counselors and their impact on student success in college and career readiness. Through the use of a literature review, one high school guidance counselor written response survey, an anonymous high school student survey of forty-four students, an anonymous college student survey with ten responses, the result findings revealed that high school guidance counselors are not utilized by high school students in the ways they are intended to be and can potentially influence their postsecondary education and career goals.