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.  

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!

About Us

About Us

College Advising Corps works in high schools across the country to increase the number of low-income, first generation college, and underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education.

What We Do

What We Do

Appalachian Advising Corps serves high school students throughout western North Carolina and helps to make a path to postsecondary success for the students we serve.

Our Advisers

Our Advisers

Appalachian College Advising Corps recruits and trains recent graduates to serve as advisers in partner schools throughout western North Carolina. Our advisers serve as near-peer mentors to high school students.

About the Program


Ashley Bingman, Adviser Mitchell HS

Creating Your Own Path
Nov 18, 2022

Coming from a family history of virtually no one having pursued postsecondary education, I felt a desire to get a headstart on my college career. By middle school, I was already researching top graduate schools in the country, not realizing an undergraduate degree came first or the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Peyton Johnson

Mental Health and College Access
Nov 11, 2022

During my undergraduate degree, I studied psychology. A constant theme throughout all of my classes was that everything in a person’s life flows from the state of their mental health. If an individual is mentally well, then they will be able to thrive and create a life that they enjoy living. If this is not the case, and someone is struggling psychologically, then they will have a very difficult time planning and thinking about what it is that they want from their life.

Brenda Valdez, Adviser at McDowell High School

A Full Circle Moment
Sep 23, 2022

I grew up a Latina in a predominantly white community. Like many other people of color, I faced daily struggles due to the identities I held. Finding space where I could be myself wasn't always easy, but there were a few people at McDowell High School who became a part of my support system and helped me make my way to Appalachian State, many of whom still welcome me with open arms as a come back to McDowell as a college adviser. 

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