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


Christian Covington- Avery & Williams Acad Adviser

College Advising Reflection
Feb 10, 2023

Growing up homeschooled, I hadn’t thought much about college; I had always assumed I would go to school somewhere and probably major in history. By the time I graduated, I was not sure what I wanted to do or how to even apply to college, so I ended up getting a job and working for a few months. With all of my friends in college and me just working, I felt like I was missing out and wanted to go to college, too.

Baylee Smith

Behind the Scenes of First Generation
Jan 9, 2023

Growing up, I knew nothing about college. My mom and dad had me soon after they graduated high school. My dad attended trade school and still is a truck driver. My mom has always worked at a company in their customer service department since I was born. Neither of them attended a four-year university. Because of this, I am a first-generation college student.

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.

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