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The Need for an Advising Corps

Our nation is facing a crisis in access to education and opportunity. Too many low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students are not receiving the advice and support they need to identify and enroll in colleges where they stand a good chance of graduation. 


According to the US Department of Labor, 90% of today's fastest growing jobs require post-secondary education. Yet, only 12% of first-generation students earn a full Bachelor's degree.

Graph of Minority ACT scores

Underrepresented Minority graduates in realtion to white graduates of US schools also do not meet ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in order for them to be accepted into colleges and earn scholarships. 

Of those students who do go on to college, in a study by the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago entitled “From High School to the Future: Potholes on the Road to College,” many are often “under-matching,” attending schools that are less selective and less challenging than those they are qualified to attend. Approximately 62 percent of underprivileged students enrolled in a college that was below their presumptive abilities. Of the highest-achieving students who presumably would have qualified for a very selective college, only 27 percent applied and enrolled, while another 29 percent enrolled in a two-year college or did not enroll at all.

By placing well-trained, talented, recent college graduates as full-time advisers in the nation’s persistently lowest-performing schools, the Advising Corps provides the support that high-need students need to navigate the college admissions, financial aid, and matriculation processes and ensures that students find institutions that will serve them well. Because our advisers are close in age and circumstance to the students they serve, they connect in ways that others often cannot.The Advising Corps also works to foster a college-going culture in our low performing schools through innovative interventions and support.

We are helping to solve the nation’s problem by fostering the spirit of community and public service in young adults throughout the country. The Advising Corps aims to improve college-going and graduation rates, thus creating a more productive workforce for future generations.