UNCW Partners with College Advising Corps to Support Underrepresented Students in Rural NC Communities

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is partnering with College Advising Corps to increase educational opportunities for underrepresented students by placing college advisers in rural high schools in North Carolina.

Recent UNCW alumni will serve as full-time advisers to help students navigate the process of college admission, financial aid and matriculation. By engaging recent college graduates as advisers, students will have a current perspective of the college experience. Advisers will be placed in Beaufort, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Jones and Pasquotank counties beginning the 2021-22 academic year.

“UNCW has an incredible opportunity to increase the college-going rate for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students,” said Lauren Scott, interim director of admissions at UNCW. “The college advisers will help schools build a robust college-going culture and will be instrumental in aiding students with achieving their post-secondary goals. By placing recent UNCW graduates in this adviser role, we hope they will also highlight the opportunities these students might have at UNCW and encourage them to consider us in their plans.”

A UNCW College Advising Corps program director will recruit, train, supervise and assess advisers in their assigned schools, Scott said. The director will also be charged with maintaining relationships with district leadership, high schools, UNCW administrators and CAC.

College Advising Corps is a national nonprofit that partners with colleges and state and local governments to increase post-secondary enrollment for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students. In 2020, CAC deployed more than 820 advisers from 31 partner universities in 782 high schools in 17 states. The advisers served 240,000 students.

“We are honored to partner with the University of North Carolina Wilmington to help increase the number of students who enter higher education,” said College Advising Corps Founder and CEO Nicole Hurd. “Together, we can reduce barriers to access and increase opportunity by empowering North Carolina’s high school students with the guidance and information they need to pursue a post-secondary education.”

UNCW joins Appalachian State University, Davidson College, Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as higher education partners with CAC.

 --Venita Jenkins