The goal of CAC is to increase low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students in entering and completing a higher education degree. Using recent college graduates, CAC looks to encourage students to pursue post-secondary education and assist students as they look to navigate the college admissions process.
CAC was established in 2004 by Nicole Hurd, a professor at the University of Virginia (formally National College Advising Corps). After having great success in rural Virginia high schools, the program expanded and now encompasses all parts of the country, reaching fourteen states with partner institutions including: University of California-Berkeley, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Michigan, and University of Texas.
The consortium of Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, and Millersville University makes up the Pennslyvania College Advising Corps.
This year overall, the College Advising Corps has 375 Advisers in 423 High Schools in 14 States serving 128,000 students.
AmeriCorps funds local and national organizations committed to addressing critical community needs through service in the fields of education, public safety, health, and the environment.