The Hard Truth About College

The fact is, 35% of students transfer or don't return after freshman year, 80% switch majors during their tenure, and 66% of students do not graduate in four years. 

50%Decrease in acceptance rates to top 50 schools
21Average number of years to pay off undergraduate student loan debt
76%Don't graduate from college in four years
71%Graduate with student loan debt
79% Don't graduate with a job in their major


Sources: U.S. Department of Education, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), The American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

482:1 High School Student to Counselor Ratio

Unfortunately, many high school counselors aren't allotted enough time or resources to properly help students plan for college. In Arizona, the ratio is more than 900:1

Just 38 Minutes

38 minutes is the average time a student spends talking about college with a high school counselor during ALL FOUR years of high school. It's not enough.

DIY = Headaches

There is a plethora of college related data on the web, but without guidance it's difficult to know what to do with it. Do-it-yourself is high-stress with the risk of missing key deadlines and making choices with negative long-term financial consequence.

“Families need better guidance on how to choose and apply for college. As families face rising tuition, competitive admissions, confusing financial aid and a challenging job market, proactive planning is more important than ever.


-Kevin Krebs, HelloCollege Founder