The Need

The primary focus of the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps is to increase matriculation rates in Pennsylvania's lower income, rural high schools. To achieve this, Advisers identify a variety of post-secondary options to fit specific needs for students. These post-secondary options range from traditional four-year colleges to community colleges, to two-year trade and technical schools.

In a recent study, the U.S. Department of Education found that 90% of today's fastest-growing jobs require some form of post-secondary education. For this reason, PCAC believes it is invaluable to expose students to the wealth of post-secondary education available. 

 College Advisers provide students with both individual and group information sessions. During these meetings, Advisers will help explore the best path to reach a career of interest.

Considering the National Center for Educational Studies (NCES) identified a ratio of 488:1 students to guidance counselors in America today, 

The Need for College Advisers

having College Advisers serve in high schools is vital for matriculation success. Because of this staggering ratio, school counselors are often unable to spend the necessary time that first-generation college students require.

The same study by the NCES found that the average student spends only 20 minutes per year talking to his or her counselor. For this reason, PCAC Advisers will have the availability to spend more time with individual students and focus on their specific need as they work through the admissions process.   

The Work

The Work of A College Adviser

Our Mission is to provide support to high-need students to navigate the complex admissions and financial aid processes.

To accomplish this goal, PCAC:

  • Places advisers in underserved high schools

  • Advisers serve a 2 year, full-time commitment

  • Advisers foster a college-going culture by engaging in the community and with parents, teachers, and administrators

  • Advisers hold one-on-one meetings, assist with SAT/ACT registration and preparation, assist with FAFSA application, and many other services

  • Advisers become champions, experts, mentors, and guides

Our Training

  • Summer Training: PCAC college advisers undergo an intensive four-week residential training session during the month of July. This training is comprised of college visits, discussions, and getting practical advice from the experts in the field.

  • In-Service Training: These trainings typically occur once a month where PCAC college advisers undergo further training on specific topics of relevance such as the FAFSA, understanding financial aid awards, College Board/SAT updates, and more.

  • National Training: Once a year, PCAC advisers travel to the College Advising Corps National Summit, where the advisers serving the College Advising Corps from across the nation come together to share ideas, best practices, and build better relationships.

The Benefits

As an employee of the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Salary

  • Full health benefits

  • AmeriCorps Educational Award

  • Freedom and Responsibility within the position of adviser

  • Connections to 30+ institutions and 600+ college adviser colleagues

  • Making a difference!

The Benefits of Being a College Adviser

After completing service with the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps, alumni have gone on to...

  • Attend graduate school at: Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, The College of William and Mary, Vanderbilt University, University of Illinois, Boston College, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina, University of Michigan,  Brown University, and Columbia University.

  • Be employed by: Franklin & Marshall College, Lebanon Valley College, Drexel University, Juniata College, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Willamette University, Philadelphia Futures, and various public school districts.

How to Apply

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Let us know you are interested!

In the summer of 2020, Franklin & Marshall trained recent college graduates to become PCAC's thirteenth group of College Advisers. These thirty-three PCAC Advisers are serving thirty-seven high schools and networks in the counties of Adams, Blair, Cambria , Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lancaster,  Luzerne,  Philadelphia, York in Pennsylvania, and Camden City, New Jersey.  PCAC will look to expand its program to serve more school districts by hiring additional Advisers on an annual basis.

To be eligible for a PCAC College Adviser position, interested candidates must hold a bachelor's degree.  Preference will be given to graduates of one of the four partner institutions (Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, and Millersville University). Applications will become available in early December of 2020. Get in touch with a current adviser or contact Bob Freund  ( or  (717) 358-4458) or Julia Lake(  for more information on becoming an Adviser.

PCAC is looking to expand the program to include additional institutions of higher learning interested in serving our communities.  To learn more about becoming an institutional partner, please contact Bob Freund at or (717) 358-4458.