The Pennsylania College Advising Corps (PCAC) is a branch of the national division of the College Advising Corps. PCAC places recent college graduates as full-time advisers in underserved, rural high schools across Pennsylvania. PCAC is a consortium of Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, and Millersville University.
The mission of the College Advising Corps is to identify and assist students to make the transition from high school to a post-secondary institution. The Advisers focus on low-income, first generation students.
For the 2014 - 2015 school year, thirteen PCAC Advisers are serving fourteen high schools in the counties of Adams, Centre, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lancaster, and Philadelphia. PCAC works with partnering high schools to ellevate matriculation rates identified as below the Pennsylvania state average. Advisers meet with students individually, in groups, and in clasroom settings, assisting students in exploring possible options after high school and enabling them to achieve their goals.
Advisers assist students with scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and help to communicate these options with families. Advisers also assist both students and families in completing college applications, financial aid forms, essays, and letters of recommendation.