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College Advising Corps

Funded by the J. Marion Sims Foundation, the Riley Institute is evaluating the College Advising Corps (CAC) in two South Carolina school districts. The evaluation examines the program’s impact on students, families, and schools, and focuses on several critical outcomes. Those outcomes include: an increase in student enrollment and persistence in college; an improved college-going culture within the schools; and an increased awareness and literacy/ability of students and families to navigate the college preparation and application process.

College Advising Corps is a national organization that works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education. CAC seeks to increase college access and foster a college-going culture by placing “near peer” advisers in full-time positions at local high schools. These advisers, recent college graduate themselves, deliver personalized and knowledgeable guidance on the college application, financial aid, and enrollment process. Already serving 782 high schools within 17 states, this is CAC’s first venture in South Carolina. For more information about the College Advising Corps national program, please visit their website at