About the Program

College Advising Corps

As the largest college access nonprofit in the country, College Advising Corps (CAC) is devoted to giving every student the opportunities that post-secondary education offers. CAC focuses on post-secondary enrollment and completion among low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students by delivering personalized, knowledgeable guidance on college admission, financial aid, and enrollment. We do this through an innovative, in-school program model that places well-trained, recent college graduates from partner universities as full-time college advisers in high schools across the nation.

The Appalachian State University College Advising Corps recruits and trains recent graduates to serve as advisers in partner schools throughout Western North Carolina. Advisers participate in an intensive summer training program and benefit from ongoing coaching and mentorship from experienced educators. Advisers gain valuable professional and life skills while providing outstanding service to prepare all high school seniors in our partner schools for postsecondary success.

Appalachian College Advising Corps launched in 2019 through the support of Appalachian State University, the state of North Carolina and College Advising Corps.  In our inaugural year, six advisers were placed in six schools to support college access in western North Carolina.  The following year, Appalachian CAC expanded into an additional 14 schools. For the 2021-2022 academic year, AppCAC will have 20 advisers serving in 20 counties and 22 schools across western NC.


Appalachian College Advising Corps is a part of Appalachian State University’s College Access Partnerships (CAP) department.  We are a partner university of the College Advising Corps, a national nonprofit college access organization that works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education.  Appalachian CAC is an AmeriCorps affiliated Program.



  • Academic and extracurricular planning
  • Application support, including essays and balanced list-making
  • FAFSA, CSS Profile, and scholarship completion support
  • Admissions and financial aid award comparison and best-fit decision- making
  • Admissions and financial aid workshops
  • Group activities about college and life skills
  • Connections to postsecondary resources and opportunities
  • Standardized test preparation and registration
  • Family events

College Advising Corps Pledge

We pledge as an organization, to dedicate ourselves to our mission and values—to increase opportunity for first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students. We believe that students, advisers, and communities are at the center of our work. We believe that listening, supporting, and learning with them are vital to address inequities and advance opportunity. We commit to listening, supporting, and learning with the Black members of our community as well as all communities of color. We commit to overcoming obstacles and addressing systems of oppression and injustice on the journey to realize a more just and equitable education system.