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Duke University College Advising Corps

  • Girija Mahajan
  • Program Director
  • (919) 660-2445

Program Description

Duke University College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first generation college and underrepresented high school students in rural North Carolina enter and complete higher education. To deliver on this mission, Duke CAC recruits and places well-trained, recent college graduates, as full-time, near peer college advisers in the nationâ??s underserved schools and communities; to provide the support that high school students need to navigate the complex processes of college admissions, securing financial aid and enrolling in schools that serve them well.

Success Stories

"I was deeply impacted by this program, so I know first-hand that it is beneficial to those students who need support." -Erica Elder, Adviser at Bassett High School (Basset, VA)

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • 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



  • Between 50% and 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 74%