Fundamentals of College Counseling

An online program to provide a holistic, core curriculum to teach the critical skills of effective college counseling.

Students walking outside with a college access counselor.

The college search process can be simultaneously exciting and daunting for students and their families. Effective college counseling requires fundamental and advanced counseling skills, knowledge of adolescent cognitive development, an understanding of the higher education landscape, and familiarity with the undergraduate admissions process and financial aid. This program provides a holistic, core curriculum to teach the critical skills of effective college counseling.

Exploring Colleges: This module outlines how to research colleges both remotely and in-person. Participants will learn what they should focus on during campus visits, who to make contact with during the visit, how to maintain relationships with critical university partners and the most productive ways to assist students during their visits to college campuses.

Financial Aid and Scholarships
This module explores the financial aid process and how to best identify need based financial aid, grants and scholarships. An overview of the most beneficial scholarship search tools and application do’s and don’ts will be addressed.

The Admissions Process
This module explains the essentials of the undergraduate admissions process. Participants will learn how and why colleges make admissions decisions. Additionally, this module examines how a university’s institutional goals can impact admission decisions.

This course may be taken independently or as a component of the College Access Counseling Certificate.

Note: The Fundamentals of College Counseling online course is intended to educate participants about the basics of the college admissions/advising process. This course will not increase the likelihood of admission to Rice University and is in no way affiliated with the Office of Admissions.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42899 Jennifer Gigliotti, Nick J. Accrocco Online Online; asynchronous modules with one required synchronous session (See tab below) Thursday, November 29, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Gigliotti, Nick J. Accrocco
FORMAT: Online
SCHEDULE: Online; asynchronous modules with one required synchronous session (See tab below)
START DATE: Nov. 29, 2018

Instructor: Jennifer Gigliotti

Course Facilitator

Dr. Jennifer Gigliotti is responsible for the design of innovative professional development models for teachers, including Advanced Placement workshops, online professional development, college and career counseling workshops, and customized district trainings. She is the co-author on a college readiness grant collaboration with the AVID organization and 13 Houston-area school districts, sponsored by the Houston Endowment. Jennifer has extensive experience writing curriculum and previously taught secondary social studies in Fort Bend Independent School District. She holds an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston as well as an M.Ed. in secondary social studies education and a B.A. from The Ohio State University.

Content Expert

Dr. Nick J. Accrocco was a college admissions professional at two highly selective universities and a college counselor at four distinct secondary school communities. He earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University, his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University's George Peabody College of Education & Human Development, his graduate certificate in College Counseling from the University of California-Los Angeles and his Ed.D. in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston. Dr. Accrocco combines a passion for helping students and families through the college search process with a healthy amount of humor.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Nov. 29, 2018

End Date: Dec. 13, 2018

Schedule: Online; asynchronous modules with one required synchronous session (See tab below)

Fee: $285

Early Registration: $260 if registering by Aug. 29

Late Registration: $310 if registering after Nov. 15

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 8

Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.8

This course utilizes the Canvas platform and includes the use of high-quality videos. For maximum performance, we recommend these system requirements for the Canvas platform.

If your operating system does not meet the system requirements set forth, we cannot guarantee a quality learning experience. Please verify that your computer meets the minimum requirements prior to registering for the course.

Participants may choose to attend one of the following required sessions:

  • Sunday, December 9, 7-9 p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, December 11, 7-9 p.m. CST
  • Thursday, December 13, 7-9 p.m. CST