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. Students who received support from a College Advising Corps Adviser were 30% more likely to apply to college.The Appalachian College Advising Corps, established in 2019 through a partnership with Appalachian State University, is hiring recent Appalachian graduates to help first-generation, underrepresented, and low-income students get to and succeed in college 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


College and Career Guide
Apr 1, 2021

As a first-generation college student, I know first-hand what it means to feel absolutely lost in the college application process. When I decided to apply to become a CAC adviser, I did so knowing that I would be trained to be the exact person I needed when I was in the throes of the college application process. After being at my site for a few months, I quickly realized that my school didn’t have a specific process for how students receive college application information.

Adviser Perspective: FAFSA Completion - Thom Young
Mar 25, 2021


I’ve been hearing the proverb “It takes a village” thrown around a lot lately, and, in my work, it can’t be more true. What do you do, though, when the village won’t show up? As the adviser at Wilkes Central High School, and in conversation with my coworkers throughout Western NC, I’ve noticed that it has been especially difficult during this pandemic to connect with families of senior students. 

From K-12 to Higher Education: Applying to Graduate School While Serving as an Adviser
Mar 8, 2021

There is likely something ironic about the fact that while I was assisting students in applying for college, submitting their FAFSA, completing Residency Determination, and anxiously awaiting admissions decisions, I was doing the same thing. Heading into my second year with the Appalachian College Advising Corps, I was met with the harsh reality that my time with the corps would be over soon, and I would need to figure out what comes next.

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