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.

Perspectives

Working in the Professional World
Sep 25, 2020

My idea of “professional” is slightly eccentric. I thought I would be running my own farm by now. My degree in Environmental Studies from Brevard College, along with my numerous internships and jobs working in agriculture, prepared me for that. But did my experiences prepare me to sit in an office and try to make connections with students, parents, teachers, and other educational professionals?

Hosting a College Access Event During COVID
Sep 22, 2020

The 2020 Senior Night at Avery County High School, planned and hosted by ACAC adviser Kallie Kressly, was a huge success! Senior Night took place on Wednesday, September 16th from 5:00-6:30pm in the school’s auditorium. There were about 25 in-person attendees and 25 virtual attendees on Zoom, all seniors and parents looking to get more information about the college application and financial aid processes.

Headin’ Down South
Sep 3, 2020

As I drove south from my hometown of Whipple, Ohio to the far western reaches of North Carolina, I noticed a lot of changes. The Appalachian foothills I grew up in gradually turned to veritable mountains. I began seeing chains like Piggly Wiggly and Bojangles, and the number of churches per mile skyrocketed. The ghostly figures of trees and telephone poles smothered by kudzu lined the roadside. For the first time in my life, I was really going to plant myself in the south. 

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