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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 2023-2024 NC State CAC includes 2advisers serving over 3,100 seniors in 24 rural high schools across 14 counties in North Carolina.


NC State College Advising Corps consists of the program director, assistant program director, business officer, graduate extension assistant and 23 college advisers serving in partner high schools.

Partner Schools

Bladen County

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

Chowan County

  • John A Holmes High School (Edenton, NC)

Duplin County

  • James Kenan High School (Warsaw, NC)
  • East Duplin High School (Beulaville, 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)

Northampton County

  • Northampton County High School (Gaston, NC)

Pasquotank County

  • Pasquotank County High School (Elizabeth City, 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)
  • Spring Creek High School (Seven Springs, 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 3,100 high school seniors served in 24 schools in 14 counties
  • College advisers met with 95% of the graduating senior class in their partner high schools
  • 58% of graduating seniors submitted at least one college application
    • Seniors submitted a total of 3,996 college applications in 2022-2023
  • 51% of graduating seniors submitted the FAFSA


Nicole Ditillo, Program Director | | 919.515.5247