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Advising Corps Helps 4,110 Apply to College

More than 4,000 high school seniors submitted 11,000 applications to colleges for the 2014-15 school year through the Carolina College Advising Corps, which provides in-depth admissions and financial aid advising to students in 55 high schools throughout North Carolina.

To celebrate those future college students, the corps is holding special events in partner schools on or around May 1 — the date known as Decision Day and the universal college enrollment deadline in the U.S.

Funded by grants and private gifts and based in UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the 31 advisers work to help low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students find their way to colleges that will serve them well.

“Our advisers give hard-working students the extra help they need to go to college,” said Yolanda Keith ’08, program coordinator for the Carolina Corps. “Their service is tailored to what each student needs the most, which may be as simple as helping them fill out applications and as complicated as helping them understand financial aid practices. But the most important thing they do is to let students know that someone believes in them.”

The 4,110 students at corps high schools who applied to college this year have been admitted to a variety of postsecondary schools ranging from local community colleges to four-year universities including UNC, N.C. State and Spellman. The students include a Morehead-Cain Scholar, a Gates Millennium Scholar and several National Merit Scholars.

“The advisers do far more than help our students apply for college,” said Candis Hagaman, principal at Caldwell Early College High School. “They help our students chart out a path for a successful life beyond high school and give them the means to come back and improve our community. In this way, each adviser helps far more than just one student.”

At Decision Day, students will attend a variety of celebratory activities ranging from special breakfasts to pep rallies to ice cream socials with musical performances and special speakers. Until the last day of class, advisers also will continue to counsel students about the steps after admission — helping them understand the enrollment requirements of the colleges they have chosen and what they need to know to succeed once college begins.

By providing advisers who are close in age and circumstance to the students they serve, the Carolina Corps aims to increase college-going rates at partner high schools across North Carolina. The advisers work in partnership with teachers, counselors and administrators. Partner schools have shown college enrollment rates at 10 percentage points higher than comparative schools and increased scholarship dollars of about $1 million within the first year of partnership.

With support from the John M. Belk Endowment and the College Advising Corps (the Carolina College Advising Corps’ national partner), the Carolina College Advising Corps will welcome 10 additional recent UNC graduates as college advisers for the next three years. That will increase the number of advisers to 42 and the number of low-income high schools they serve to 65.

Carolina College Advising Corps — Partner School Districts and High Schools, 2013-14

Alamance-Burlington

Hugh M. Cummings High School

Graham High School

Bertie County

Bertie High School

Caldwell County

South Caldwell High School

Caldwell Early College High School

West Caldwell High School

Hibriten High School

Charlotte-Mecklenburg

West Charlotte High School

Garinger High School

Harding University High School

Olympic High School (5 schools in 1)

East Mecklenburg High School

Rocky River High School

Vance High School

West Mecklenburg High School

Chatham County

Chatham Central High School

Jordan-Matthews High School

Davidson County

Lexington Senior High School

Durham County

Hillside High School

Southern High School

Edgecombe County

North Edgecombe High School

Tarboro High School

Halifax County

Northwest Halifax High School

Southeast Halifax High School

Guilford County

Ben L. Smith High School

James B. Dudley High School

Hertford County

Hertford County High School

Randolph County

East Randolph High School

Asheboro High School

Robeson County

South Robeson High School

Rockingham County

Rockingham County High School

Reidsville High School

J.M. Morehead High School

Dalton L. McMichael High School

Rowan County

North Rowan High School

Salisbury High School

Scotland County

Scotland High School

Surry County

East Surry High School

Surry Central High School

North Surry High School

Mount Airy High School

Elkin High School

Surry Early College of Design

Thomasville City

Thomasville High School

Warren County

Warren County High School

Warren NewTech High School

Warren Early College High School

Weldon City

Weldon STEM High School

Roanoke Valley Early College High School


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