College Advising Corps

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Too 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.

AmeriCorps North Carolina logoIndividual 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

Keyara McKinney, adviser at R-S Central High School

Psalms 46:5| Failure was never an option
Feb 26, 2024

Ever felt like a disappointment? It’s been 10 years of perseverance, sacrifice and faith that has gotten me through the to

Hannah Thoman, adviser at Robbinsville High School

Growing Up as a Military Child: The Struggles of Connection
Feb 16, 2024

Growing up, moving was normal and something I expected pretty frequently.

Bridget Oberg, adviser Smoky Mountain High School

Preschoolers To Highschoolers: The Moments That Last
Jan 26, 2024

Finding myself as a high school employee was never part of my plan.

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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