The Carolina College Advising Corps helps low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students find their way to colleges that will serve them well. By providing well-trained, enthusiastic advisers who are close in circumstance to the students they serve, the program aims to increase college-going rates at partner high schools across North Carolina.
College advisers are placed in high schools and are immersed in the school setting. Advisers work closely with the schools’ counseling staff and work with students both in one-on-one and group settings. College advisers facilitate campus tours and take students to visit a variety of institutions. College advisers do not recruit students exclusively to UNC Chapel Hill but help students find their “best fit” institution, wherever that may be.
College advisers participate in an intensive four-week training program on the UNC campus, as well as ongoing professional development opportunities at the national level. The Corps also provides ongoing support throughout the year in the form of regularly scheduled check-ins, regional team meetings, and national trainings. Advisers are trained to guide students on how to prepare for college admission, choose a college that matches their interests, complete admission, and financial aid applications, and locate and apply for appropriate scholarship opportunities. In addition, college advisers provide parents with the information they need to encourage and support their children’s pursuit of a post-secondary education.