Press Kit

About College Advising Corps

Based in Chapel Hill, N.C., College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education. To deliver on this mission, College Advising Corps places well-trained, recent college graduates from 24 partner institutions of higher education as full-time college advisers in high schools across the nation. Advisers provide the support that students need to navigate the complex processes of applying to college, securing financial aid, and enrolling in schools that will serve them well. In the 2017-2018 school year, College Advising Corps will serve an estimated 190,000 students across the nation, placing an anticipated 617 advisers in 640 high schools in 14 states. The organization’s virtual advisers, who leverage technology to connect with students not served through the in-school model, will reach an additional 10,000 high-achieving, low- to moderate-income students identified through a partnership with the College Board.

Why

Did you know that for every one school counselor nationwide, there are nearly 500 students? A student spends, on average, less than 20 minutes per year with his or her counselor.

College-educated parents of students from middle-class or wealthy backgrounds are often able to help their kids navigate the complex college admissions and financial aid process. What about underrepresented students who come from low-income families whose parents or guardians have never been to college? How do they navigate the processes of researching and applying to colleges, securing financial aid, and enrolling in a school that will serve them well?

Many low-income students fall through the cracks. And the facts speak for themselves:

  • Students from wealthy families are 7 times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24 than those from low-income families.
  • Nearly 25% of low-income students who score in the top quartile on standardized tests never go to college. Of those who do enroll, many do not obtain a degree.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Education, 90% of the fastest-growing jobs today require a postsecondary education.
  • Unemployment among those who are non-college educated is significantly higher than those with college graduates. Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workplace notes unemployment can be three times higher for those without a college degree.

National Impact

The following is data highlighting our national impact:

  • 30% more likely to apply to college or university
  • 24% more likely to be accepted by a college or university
  • Students served by College Advising Corps are 18% more likely to apply to three or more institutions of higher education, 26% more likely to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), 20% more likely to take three or more SAT/ACT prep workshops, and 17% more likely to visit a college or university.

Local impact

We have numerous statistics highlighting our local impact in the 14 states in which we work (California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia). Contact us for the latest local statistics, data, and individual stories.

 

How We Can Help You

The following are ways in which we work with the media:

  • Journalists writing a profile on the work of College Advising Corps or covering its latest news
  • Journalists writing a local story on how advisers are impacting different communities
  • Journalists looking for commentary on higher education access from our Founder and CEO, Nicole Hurd

An example of previous media coverage includes NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams featuring College Advising Corps on its Making a Difference segment – you can watch at the following link.

Media Contact

Missy Sherburne, Chief External Relations Officer — msherburne@advisingcorps.org, (919) 442-6315