Career counseling is a vital part of the high school counselor’s job. There are unique considerations for every student that transitions from high school to college but the transition process for the prospective student-athlete is especially complicated. The role of the counselor is discussed to begin the literature review, followed by a review of the academic eligibility information that counselors need to be aware of. Academic implications for the student-athlete such as choosing a school and a major are then discussed before transitioning to issues student-athletes may face upon arriving at college. These issues include time management skills, mental health concerns, and risky behavior concerns. A discussion of the results leads the writer to identify gaps in the literature that include the role of the high school counselor during the recruiting process as well as a current picture of what practicing counselors are doing in terms of guiding their prospective student-athletes through their transition and the perception of this guidance by the student-athlete.

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Masters of Science in School Counseling


Counselor Education - Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Rieko Miyakuni


Winona, Minnesota



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