English language learners (ELLs) represent a growing population in the U.S. K–12 system. Research has shown that these students face many challenges that affect their trajectory to college. The challenges include, but are not limited to, issues related to academics, socioeconomic status, parental involvement, and socio-emotional strains. This article explores the many obstacles ELLs face that affect their college/career access and attainment and provides suggestions for school counselors working with ELLs to increase their college-going culture.
Keywords: English language learners, immigrants, college counseling, college-going culture