University of Chicago

During the 2016-2017 school year, College Advising Corps – Chicago placed 11 recent college graduates as college advisers in 11 high schools throughout Chicago and its south suburbs. In mid-2017, the program transitioned to its new home at the University of Chicago.

Our Chicago advisers supplement the work of school guidance counselors, who are often overwhelmed by impossible caseloads and duties outside of the college access realm, to make sure that every graduating senior has a postsecondary plan. Their work focuses specifically on first-generation, underrepresented, and low-income students, who often face multiple barriers on their path to college. The program aims to achieve four main goals: increase the college-going rate at partner schools; expand the range of colleges to which students apply and in which they enroll; increase the college completion rate of partner school graduates; and help principals, counselors, and teachers foster a college-going culture in the school.

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10High Schools Served

How to Apply

Contact the Program Director

High Schools Served

Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School

Benito Juarez Community Academy, Chicago

Chicago Vocational School, Chicago

Hyde Park Academy, Chicago

Kenwood Academy, Chicago


Multicultural Arts High School

Percy J. Julian High School

Thomas Kelly High School

Wells Community Academy High School

Woodlawn High School

Our Donors

College Advising Corps