The Need

Nationally, the student-to-adviser ratio is over 450:1, leaving many students with just 20 minutes a year with a college adviser. High-need students often lack the guidance and support they need to prepare for college, apply to best-fit schools and for financial aid, enroll and persist in their studies, and graduate.

In America, earning a college degree is critical to good economic prospects and a higher quality of life. Yet, too many high school students are not applying to or going to college. This is especially true among America’s highest need students: first-generation college going, low-income, and/or underrepresented students. While half of all people from high-income families have a bachelor’s degree by age 25, just 1 in 10 people from low-income families do.

High-need students receive the least assistance in the college admissions process. Not only is the national student-to-adviser ratio over 450:1, high-need students often lack the guidance and support they need to prepare for and apply to college.

The College Advising Corps works in underserved public high schools to provide the support needed for low-income and underrepresented kids to navigate the college admissions process. We believe this work is not only transformational for the the students we serve and for the advisers that serve them, but it is imperative to America’s economic strength and to preserving opportunity for all.

Why Going to College Matters

Earnings: The economic value of a college education is undisputable.

Quality of Life

Getting a college degree is about more than getting a job. While employed college degree holders earn more than others, college-educated Millennials also have lower unemployment and poverty rates than their less-educated peers and are more likely to be married and less likely to be living in their parent’s home.

The need for the College Advising Corps is great. We hope that you will join us in increasing opportunity for America’s students.