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University of Georgia College Advising Corps

Program Description

About Georgia College Advising Corps About Georgia College Advising CorpsFor many first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students, the college-going process is filled with complexities. Many of these students face significant barriers to college including financial difficulties, academic underpreparedness, and a lack of the cultural and social capital necessary to navigate the high school-to-college pipeline.

Unfortunately, little one-on-one assistance is available for these students. On average, the student-to-guidance counselor ratio in high schools across the U.S. is 488 to 1, and the distribution of counselors prepared to provide accurate college information varies widely across schools. Schools in low-income areas have even higher student-to-guidance counselor ratios, and counselors are often faced with many responsibilities in addition to college advising.

With support from the Watson-Brown Foundation, the Institute of Higher Education began an innovative near-peer college advising program in 2008. Modeled after AmeriCorp and coordinated by the National College Advising Corps (NCAC), the Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC) places college advisers in selected urban and rural high schools throughout Georgia.

Advisers are provided with tailored training to support their work with students, families, and school administrators in an effort to promote and broaden access to college.

Advisers are also challenged with the task of creating a college-going culture in their schools and communities. Much of the work of the advisers extends beyond the typical workday and beyond the walls of their high schools. Advisers partner with teachers, families, and communities, all in an effort to motivate, assist, and prepare all students for college.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 2200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 2200

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • Salem College
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of West Georgia
  • Yale University