The NC State College Advising Corps assists low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students from rural North Carolina navigate the process of finding colleges that are the best academic, financial, and personal fit for them.
NC State University College Advising Corps (NC State CAC) launched in 2014-2015 as the result of a generous gift from the John M. Belk Endowment, which aimed to expand the College Advising Corps in North Carolina. The inaugural cohort of advisers consisted of nine recent NC State graduates serving in nine rural high schools across North Carolina. In the 2023-2024 academic year, NC State CAC will have 23 college advisers serving 24 schools across 14 counties.
NC State college advisers are recent college graduates. They undergo an intensive four-week training program each summer and on-going training throughout the year to prepare them for advising high school students on the college admissions and financial processes. Advisers are placed in under-resourced rural high schools across North Carolina, where they serve as full-time college advisers to assist students who may not have seen college as a possibility. They are often the key resource for students to persist in their education beyond high school and become mentors within the school setting.
Advisers meet with students, collaborate with high school teachers and staff, and plan events throughout the year to create and promote a college-going culture within the community. Furthermore, the NC State College Adviser serves as a role model for service and an expressive voice of the importance of an educated workforce. Their commitment to their schools helps many students realize and finalize postsecondary education plans.
The NC State College Advising Corps is part of NC State’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA). We are a partner university of the College Advising Corps, a national nonprofit college access organization that works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education. The NC State CAC is an AmeriCorps affiliated program.