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College Advising Corps

College Advising Corps, in partnership with Trinity University, places exceptional recent graduates from all fields of study on high school campuses as near-peer college advisers to lead low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students to college. Trinity currently has 16 college advisers in San Antonio-area high schools.

As a partner of the College Advising Corps (CAC) which consists of institutions of higher education in 14 states, Trinity joins other Texas chapters: Texas Christian University (TCU), Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin who now serve 112 high schools in Texas. Each chapter recruits, hires, and trains its own graduates to serve as college access advisers at selected partner high schools.

The program is sponsored by the College Advising Corps and private foundations and business.

College Advisers

Advisers receive intensive training before serving in a high school, completing a four-week practical curriculum that focuses on college access, college admissions, financial aid, student services, diversity, community service, and professionalism.

Adviser Eligibility

In order to comply with the College Advising Corps "near-peer" advising model, all adviser candidates must meet these requirements in order to be considered for employment:

  • Advisers must hold a bachelor's degree from Trinity University at the time service begins in the high school.
  • Advisers must be near-peers to the high school students they serve. Therefore, advisers should be traditional-aged college students and no more than six (6) years removed from their high school experiences.
  • Advisers should have a successful academic record.
  • Advisers are hired for a one year service commitment with an option to be re-hired for a second year. Advisers cannot serve with the Advising Corps for more than two years.
  • Advisers must demonstrate a commitment to public service as evidenced by previous work in the community and/or among the targeted populations. 

Adviser Assignments & Contact Information →

Partner High Schools

Trinity University has made a commitment to work in the highest need high schools to provide access to all colleges and universities. Advisers work with school counselors to help students and their families become excited and informed about college.

Harlandale Independent School District:

KIPP : San Antonio 

North East Independent School District:

San Antonio Independent School District:

Southwest Independent School District:

About the College Advising Corps

Trinity University College Advising Corps aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education. By placing recent Trinity graduates as college advisers in local San Antonio-area high schools, advisers work full-time with high school students and assist them with planning their college searches, completing college admissions and financial aid applications, and enrolling at schools that will serve them well.

The College Advising Corps model:

  • College Advising Corps utilizes a near-peer model so advisers are close in age to the students that they serve;
  • College Advising Corps works in partnership with colleges and universities across the state, drawing on their infrastructure and resources;
  • College Advising Corps advisers serve the whole school, rather than a cohort of particular students, to foster a school-wide college-going culture;
  • College Advising Corps participates in a national external evaluation to quantitatively measure outcomes and qualitative results; and
  • College Advising Corps focuses on best-fit colleges, encouraging students to attend schools that will serve them well both academically and socially.

The need for the College Advising Corps:

  • Even many of the highest-achieving disadvantaged students — young men and women who are well qualified to continue their education beyond high school — do not consider attending a four-year college, and many who say they plan to apply, never do.
  • Nearly 25% of low-income students who score in the top quartile on standardized tests will never go to college.
  • College access studies have found that the complexities of college and financial aid applications are a serious barrier for low-income students, many of whom are the first in their families to consider college.
  • The national student-to-guidance counselor ratio of 467:1 means that the average student spends 20 minutes per year talking to a counselor.
  • According to the Department of Education, 90 percent of the fastest-growing jobs today require post-secondary education, yet the U.S. lags behind other nations in young adults enrolled in higher education.