The evidence demonstrates that students who have met with a College Advising Corps adviser are more likely to aspire to go to college, participate in college-prep activities, apply to colleges, be accepted to college, and be committed to going to college in the fall.
In 2018-19, our advisers:
- Held 640,000 one-on-one advising sessions with 136,000 seniors
- Met with more than 158,000 seniors through either a one-on-one meeting or small group session
In doing so, our advisers:
- Aided 129,000 seniors in completing the ACT or SAT at least once
- Helped more than 131,000 seniors submit 491,000 college applications
- Arranged 122,000 college rep visits and 49,000 campus visits
- Supported 102,000 seniors in completing the FAFSA
Compared with students who do not meet with a College Advising Corps adviser, students helped by our advisers are:
- 30% more likely to apply to a college or university
- 24% more likely to be accepted to a college or university
- 13% more likely to take the SAT or ACT
- 26% more likely to apply to three or more colleges
- 24% more likely to apply for a scholarship
- 27% more likely to submit the FAFSA
Preliminary evidence from our randomized controlled trial in Texas shows that graduating seniors from College Advising Corps schools are more likely to go to college and complete an application to a 4-year college. Hispanic students and students receiving free/reduced price lunch are most strongly impacted by College Advising Corps advisers.
Students that College Advising Corps advisers have helped have continued into their second year of college at a higher rate (76%) than the national average (69%) for all students—even though most of the students that College Advising Corps serves are from demographics with far lower-than-average college-progress rates.
These findings suggest that College Advising Corps advisers are doing an effective job of targeting students, as the students with whom they have met are more likely to be first-generation college goers and to be concerned about financing their college education. Furthermore, students who have met with a College Advising Corps adviser are more likely to aspire to go to college, participate in college-prep activities, apply to colleges, be accepted to college, and be committed to going to college in the fall.
Our impact is also measured in intangible ways.
Sometimes it is hard to quantify “success” in our schools. I think that numbers tell us a really good amount about our students and about where they’re going after school, but “success” is pretty individual. For example, success to one student might mean going to an open house and visiting a school or it might mean simply learning how to apply; to another student it might be filling out ten applications by October 1st and going to the school of their dreams; for that other student, it just might take them a little bit longer to get there, but I think there’s no one way to measure these achievements. It’s just individual.
Kathleen Dollard, Adviser at Huntingdon
Area High School (Huntingdon, PA)