Fast Facts


The mission of the NC State College Advising Corps (“CAC”) is to increase college access and completion among low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation college students in rural North Carolina.


The NC State CAC launched in 2014 as the result of a generous gift from the John M. Belk Endowment. The $10 million grant enabled the addition of three new partner institutions, including NC State University. The following year the NC State CAC doubled in size. The 2021-2022 NC State CAC includes 20 advisers serving over 3,100 seniors in 21 rural high schools across 11 counties in North Carolina.


NC State College Advising Corps consists of the program director, assistant program director, and 20 college advisers serving in partner high schools.

Partner Schools

Bladen County

  • East Bladen High School (Elizabethtown, NC)
  • West Bladen High School (Bladenboro, NC)

Duplin County

  • James Kenan High School (Warsaw, NC)
  • East Duplin High School (Beulaville, NC)
  • North Duplin High School (Mt. Olive, NC)
  • Wallace-Rose Hill High School (Teachey, NC)

Franklin County

  • Bunn High School (Bunn, NC)
  • Franklinton High School (Franklinton, NC)
  • Louisburg High School (Louisburg, NC)

Granville County

  • South Granville High School (Creedmoor, NC)
  • J.F. Webb High School (Oxford, NC)

Martin County

  • Riverside High School (Williamston, NC)
  • South Creek High School (Robersonville, NC)

Moore County

  • North Moore High School (Robbins, NC)

Pender County

  • Heide Trask High School (Rocky Point, NC)
  • Pender High School (Burgaw, NC)

Perquimans County

  • Perquimans County High School (Hertford, NC)

Pitt County

  • Ayden-Grifton High School (Ayden, NC)
  • North Pitt High School (Bethel, NC)

Washington County

  • Washington County High School (Plymouth, NC)

Wayne County

  • Southern Wayne High School (Dudley, NC)


College advisers work predominantly with high school seniors and juniors on navigating the college search, application, and financial aid processes.

Activities include:

  • One-on-one college advising, including assistance with exploring and applying to postsecondary programs
  • Group advising on career exploration, the college application, and financial aid processes, and scholarships
  • College entrance exams preparation (ACT/SAT)
  • College representative visits and field trips to college campuses
  • Parent and family nights
  • FAFSA, scholarship and college residency assistance
  • Building a college-going culture in collaboration with school and community partners
  • Outreach training for school personnel, community partners, and professional organizations


  • Over 2,900 high school seniors served in 21 schools in 11 counties
  • College advisers met with 93% of the graduating senior class in their partner high schools
  • 56% of graduating seniors submitted at least one college application
    • Seniors submitted a total of 5,078 college applications in 2021-2022
  • 43% of graduating seniors submitted the FAFSA


Nicole Ditillo, Program Director | | 919.515.5247