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

Perspectives

Navigating College Access Barriers for Students in Foster Care
Apr 22, 2022

I have had the privilege of serving as the Appalachian College Advising Corps Adviser at Marjorie Williams Academy (Williams) for nearly two years. Williams is a small K-12 charter school located on the campus of the Crossnore Home for Children in Crossnore, NC. The majority of the students at Williams are full-time residents of the Crossnore Home for Children and are in custody of the state.

I am my brother’s keeper: A journey of resilience
Apr 1, 2022

“I am my brother’s keeper!”, the phrase that was echoed throughout a room filled with black and brown young men that possessed hunger, dedication, and resilience for striving to make a difference not only in their communities but also in neighboring communities and communities across the world that feature people of color. 

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