Carolina College Advising Corps Helps 4,110 N.C. Students Apply to College

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For immediate use: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

More than 4,000 high school seniors submitted 11,000 applications to college 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 will hold special events in partner schools on or around May 1 – the date known as “Decision Day” and the universal college enrollment deadline in the United States.


Funded by grants and private gifts and based in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the 31 advisers 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, 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 post-secondary 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 will also 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 well-trained, enthusiastic 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—2013-2014


  • 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



  • 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


Contact information for the advisers:


Carolina College Advising Corps contact: Yolanda Keith, 919-843-7286,


Office of Undergraduate Admissions contact: Ashley Memory, 919-843-2531,


News Services contact: Robbi Pickeral, 919-962-8589,