College Advising Corps Partners with IU Bloomington

College Advising Corps (CAC) recently announced its partnership with the University of Indiana Bloomington—the first partnership of its kind in Indiana with a goal of increasing the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented high school students who enroll in higher education.

“We are delighted to partner with Indiana University Bloomington to help increase the number of low-income and underrepresented high school students attending college,” said Nicole Hurd, Ph.D., founder and CEO of College Advising Corps. “Working together, we can reduce barriers and increase opportunity by empowering Indiana’s high school students with the guidance and information they need to apply for college.”

Pictured: Hilary Deardorf, program director, and IU Bloomington’s first-ever advisers Greg Fletcher, Mary Lechner, Marissa Gallardo, and Katie Lantz.

According to a 2018 report published by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, in 2016 high-income students were almost twice as likely to enroll in college as their lower-income peers. From 2011 to 2016, the college-going rate for low-income students dropped by four percent. Through its partnerships with 31 universities across the nation, 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. College Advising Corps’ in-school model places well-trained, recent college graduates from partner universities as full-time college advisers in high schools nationwide. The virtual model leverages technology to connect well-trained, recent college graduates with students everywhere in the nation that technology can reach.

Student surveys conducted by a team of researchers at Stanford University revealed high school students meeting with a CAC adviser are 26% more likely to apply to three or more colleges. Students meeting with an adviser are 24% more likely to be accepted to a college or university, 13% are more likely to take the SAT or ACT, and 27% are more likely to submit the FAFSA. In the 2018-2019 school year, College Advising Corps helped more than 150,000 high school seniors submit nearly 500,000 college applications. College Advising Corps is committed to increasing opportunity for America’s students by helping to enroll one million low-income, underrepresented high school students in postsecondary education by 2025.

“By partnering with College Advising Corps, we can help more Indiana high school students make a plan for their future,” said David B. Johnson, vice provost for enrollment management at IU Bloomington. “Thanks to CAC and our other program partners, our four advisers—all recent IU graduates—are working with students in six rural or underserved high schools and educating students on their post-secondary options.”

Indiana University Bloomington will host a launch event announcing its partnership with College Advising Corps at the admissions welcome center, Ernie Pyle Hall, on Friday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Guests will have an opportunity to meet CAC advisers, funding partners and learn more about CAC’s college advising program. Ernie Pyle Hall is located at Seventh St. in Bloomington, Indiana.

For more information, visit Indiana University Bloomington College Advising Corps.