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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.

CAC is a national organization that seeks to increase college access and foster a college-going culture for first generation, underrepresented minorities and low-income students by placing “near peer” counselors in full-time positions at local high schools. These counselors, recent college graduate themselves, can relate to the challenges of navigating the college application and financial aid process. Already operating in 24 states and working in conjunction with partner universities, this is CAC’s first venture in South Carolina. For more information about the College Advising Corps national program, please visit their website at