I got a tearful query from a student today (well, at least it was as "tearful" as an email can be ;) ) claiming that her school counselor had said that he would NOT back her application to her "dream" college.
I don't know if that means that he will staunchly refuse to send in the School Report or if he's really saying that his recommendation will suggest that she's not up to snuff.
Over the years, I have definitely told students that a top-choice college is "way out of reach." But I've never said bluntly, "Do NOT apply." Sometimes I think that the itch has to be scratched, even when the student expects the worst at decision time.
So I'm curious to know if other guidance counselors are insisting, "You can't apply there," to any college on your (or your child's) list.