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


Kicking Off Scholarship Season
Jan 12, 2022

One of the biggest concerns I  hear from students when applying to college is “How will I pay for school?” It was certainly what I thought about the most when I was in high school.

Adviser Perspective: First Generation Success by Sarah Estes
Dec 16, 2021

It was an ordinary Monday when I had a student come leaping into my office. She said “Ms. Estes, Ms. Estes, I have been waiting to show you this since Friday!” In her hands she was holding an acceptance letter to her dream college. And yes, I will get excited and do my signature happy dance for all of my students, but this moment has been one of my favorite moments of being an Adviser so far.

I had an adviser, and now I'm one
Dec 5, 2021

When I think back to middle school, I knew that I wanted to go to college. Neither of my parents attended college, so I did not know how I would get there - but I knew it was something that I wanted to make happen for myself. I applied to attend the early college in my community and luckily got accepted. I attended Caldwell Early College High School in Hudson, NC and could finally start to see those dreams become reality. #firstgenproud

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