Our Pledge
We commit to overcoming obstacles and addressing systems of oppression and injustice on the journey to realize a more just and equitable education system. Access our non-exhaustive list of anti-racism resources here.


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. We do this through two innovative program models.


Our in-school model places well-trained, recent college graduates from our 34 partner universities as full-time college advisers in high schools across the nation.


Our virtual model leverages technology to connect well-trained, recent college graduates with students everywhere in the nation that technology can reach.



These students didn’t see a path to college.
This advising program helped them find one.


Excerpt from the Gates Notes

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2019-2020: CAC’s Year in Review

2019-2020: CAC’s Year in Review

Increasing Opportunity For America's Students

The 2019-2020 academic year was one of our most exciting, albeit most challenging, years to-date. Partnering with 30 universities, College Advising Corps deployed 829 near-peer advisers who served more than 240,000 students at 782 high schools in 17 states.

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“I advise because of the thousands of at-promise youth who have yet to realize their potential.”

— Vanessa Harvey, University of California, Berkeley

The 2019-2020 academic year was one of our most exciting years yet. College Advising Corps increases the number of students it serves year-over-year. Last year CAC assisted more than 200,000 high school seniors with college enrollment applications and FAFSA submissions. Partnering with 30 universities across the nation, College Advising Corps is helping students secure more than $1.4 billion in institutional aid and scholarship awards per year.

  • 829 advisers serving in 782 high schools and 240,000 students
  • CAC partners with 30 universities in 17 states
  • 109 advisers (13% of CAC advisers) were advised by CAC advisers when they were in high school

“College is the single most reliable path to the middle class and beyond.”

A $20 Million Gift for College.” 
The New York Times

David Leonhardt | May 18, 2018 | The New York Times