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University of California Merced - College Advising Corps

Program Description

College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education.

Eight advisers serve high schools in the San Joaquin Valley to help low-income and first-generation Valley students enroll and succeed in college. In the 2018-19 school year, advisers served about 3,800 students at Madera, Madera South, El Capitan, Atwater, Buhach Colony, Los Banos, Pacheco, and Turlock high schools.

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 3800
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • California State University-Fresno
  • California State University-Stanislaus
  • Merced College
  • Modesto Junior College
  • University of California-Merced