Press Kit

About College Advising Corps

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 do this, we place well-trained, recent college graduates, from 24 partner institutions of higher education, as full-time college advisers in the nation’s underserved schools. We provide the support that high school students need to navigate the complex processes of college admissions, securing financial aid, and enrolling in schools that serve them well. Because advisers are close in age and background to the students they serve, they can connect with students in ways others often cannot. Our model not only offers assistance to students, but also provides jobs for recent college graduates. In the 2015­‐2016 school year, College Advising Corps consists of 532 advisers in 531 high schools serving over 140,000 students.

Established in 2005, College Advising Corps allows higher education to play a part in K-12 education reform policy and contributes to the national conversation about college access completion and affordability and economic competitiveness and mobility. College Advising Corps is an independent, non-profit organization.

Why

Did you know that for every one guidance counselor nationwide, there are 467 students? A student spends less than 20 minutes per year with a guidance 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 college decision process?

Many of these 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 we work in (Alaska, California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming). Contact us for the latest local statistics, data, and individual stories.

Moving Forward

The vision moving forward:serve over 300,000 students annually within the next 5 years at over 1,000 high schools. This is more than double the number of students that are currently being reached.

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

Kevin Anselmo – Email: kevin.anselmo@advisingcorps.org / Tel: 919 260 0035