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


Adviser Perspective: Two School Tango
Sep 7, 2021

When I first came across the job posting for the Appalachian College Advising Corps in western North Carolina, I immediately started picturing my life back in the vortex of a high school: attending Friday night football games, getting caught up in spirit week, and making lasting connections with the students and small town community. I wondered what my placement school might be like--what would the mascot and school colors be?

Appalachian CAC Student Story
May 21, 2021

Appalachian CAC Student Story Student Perspective: Abby O’Dell

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.

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