College Advising Corps’ History

2014 was a year of innovation and expansion for College Advising Corps! Thanks to a $10 million, three-year gift from the John M. Belk endowment, College Advising Corps grew greatly in rural North Carolina, adding partner programs at Davidson College, Duke University, and North Carolina State University, while increasing the number of advisers at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With the help of the College Board, America Achieves, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, College Advising Corps launched our eAdvising initiative. The eAdvising initiative includes alumni who are providing remote support to high achieving low- and moderate-income students. From 14 advisers in 2005 to 469 advisers in 2015, we continue to increase opportunity for America’s students! Please view our full timeline below!

  • 2005: With help from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Nicole Hurd launched College Advising Corps, then called the College Guide program, at University of Virginia (UVA), placing 14 recent UVA graduates in rural communities where college-going rates were below average.
  • 2007: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education invested over $12 million over four years to expand the program nationally. Nine new programs were added, including, University of Alabama; Brown University; University of California, Berkeley; Franklin & Marshall College; Loyola Maryland University; University of Missouri; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Tufts University; Pennsylvania State University; and University of Utah. The headquarters moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • 2008: University of Illinois System became partner programs.
  • 2009: University of Georgia became a partner program.
  • 2010: The State of Alaska, University of Michigan, and University of Texas at Austin joined as partner programs.
  • 2011: Partner programs were founded at Michigan State University, New York University, TCU, Texas A&M University, Trinity University, and University of Wyoming. College Advising Corps was awarded its first Social Innovation Fund Award.
  • 2012: College Advising Corps added Texas State University as a partner program and launched a partnership with KIPP. College Advising Corps was the recipient of a National Service Impact Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • 2013: College Advising Corps became an independent, non-profit organization and received the National Association of College Admission Counseling’s Excellence in Education Award, as well as its second Social Innovation Fund Award. University of Southern California joined College Advising Corps as a partner program.
  • 2014: At the White House Summit on College Opportunity, College Advising Corps was highlighted as an example of an organization that has demonstrated its effectiveness in increasing college enrollment among low-income students. Thanks to a gift from the John M. Belk Endowment, Davidson College, Duke University, and North Carolina State University became partner programs. College Advising Corps also launched a program in Boston and an eAdvising initiative. Nicole Hurd was named a 2014 Influencer by the Chronicle of Higher Education.