College Advising Corps

 cac-appstate_logo-square-color-1line.jpgToo many students in Appalachia do not consider attending college despite their potential. Too many students in our rural public schools say they plan to apply to college but never do. Fewer adults in western North Carolina earn college degrees than the national average. We believe that education has the power to transform lives, and that every student in Appalachia deserves the opportunity to attain a college degree. 

Individual advising for students fosters real results. College Advising Corps is here to support students, families, and schools throughout our region. The Appalachian College Advising Corps, established in 2019 through a partnership with Appalachian State University, hires recent Appalachian graduates to help first- generation, underrepresented, and low-income students get to and succeed in their post-secondary journey and beyond. Serve with us!


College Advising Corps advisers

Adviser Services

  • Academic and extracurricular planning
  • Application support, including essays and balanced list-making
  • FAFSA, CSS Profile, and scholarship completion support
  • Admissions and financial aid award comparison and best-fit decision- making
  • Admissions and financial aid workshops
  • Group activities about college and life skills
  • Connections to postsecondary resources and opportunities
  • Standardized test preparation and registration
  • Family events

Latest News

Katherine Minton, adviser Alexander Central High School

“I don’t know…”
May 20, 2024

I stayed pretty consistent with my answer whenever I was asked what I wanted to do with my life, “I don’t know” with an un

Gabby Galvan, adviser North Henderson High School

Because We Have a Purpose
May 13, 2024

Growing up in a multicultural household provided me with a unique perspective, seamlessly transitioning between two worlds until my introduc

Kenley Jackson, Adviser at Alleghany High School

What The CAC Has Done For Me: What the CAC Has Allowed Me to Be
May 7, 2024

For a moment I would like to tell you a story about a girl’s journey from self-doubt to unshakeable confidence and how it

Join College Advising Corps

The Appalachian College Advising Corps seeks to hire recent graduates from Appalachian State University to serve as college advisers in high-need high schools throughout western North Carolina. As members of a national movement, Appalachian State University College Advising Corps college advisers will help students in rural, underserved Appalachian communities realize their dreams of achieving postsecondary education.

Priority in applications is given to Appalachian State graduates, but the Appalachian College Advising Corps does accept applicants who graduated from institutions other than Appalachian State University, as long as the applicant's home institution does not have a College Advising Corps program located on its campus.

Become an Adviser

Advisers develop leadership, work, and life skills as they interact with K-12, higher education, and community-based organizations, developing knowledge and forging connections that will benefit them in their next step, whether that is a career or graduate school.

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