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College Advising Corps - Boston University

  • College Advising Corps - Boston University
  • 881 Commonwealth Ave
  • Boston, MA 02215
  • 2013
  • Katie Hill
  • Program Director
  • 617-358-2655

Program Description

The College Advising Corps-Boston University (CAC-BU) seeks to increase the number of low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students entering and completing college.

To achieve this mission, CAC-BU places well-trained recent college graduates into under-served high schools to serve as near-peer AmeriCorps college advisers. CAC-BU college advisers work within their school placements to promote a culture of college attendance and to increase educational opportunities for all students. College advisers assist students with completing college applications and applying for financial aid; advisers are committed to helping each student find his or her "best-fit" institution.

For the 2018-2019 school year, CAC-BU is comprised of 36 full-time college advisers serving students at 34 high schools in the Boston Public Schools district, in addition to the KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 1800
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Between 50% and 75%