College Advising Corps at Brown University (CAC), housed within the Swearer Center, seeks to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education. We accomplish this by providing college application and financial aid guidance to students and their families, while fostering a culture of college attendance and higher education in Rhode Island’s urban communities.
Twelve College Advisors work full-time in urban public high schools across Rhode Island to increase college awareness, preparation, and enrollment of disadvantaged students. College Advisors are recent college graduates who are also full-time AmeriCorps members.
Brown undergraduates also contribute to the program as Access Scholars who support the work of the College Advisors. Access Scholars work on individual and group SAT preparation, essay writing, and financial aid programming. Access Scholars also participate in training and other Swearer Center activities that combine student learning outcomes with thoughtful community engagement opportunities. Access Scholars gain in-depth academic and hands-on experience of college access issues nationally and locally, and are eligible for an AmeriCorps scholarship and work-study stipend.
The College Advising Corps is funded by Serve Rhode Island and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation. For more information, please visit the National College Advising Corps website, or contact Ashley Greene, Program Director.
In the News
- "It's Decision Day at Alvarez High School" (April 2013, Brown.edu)
- "Making a Difference" (NBC Nightly News): Part 1, and Part 2
- "Local AmeriCorps Volunteers Take the Pledge" (Oct 2012, WPRI)
- "College Guides and Providence students celebrate future plans" (May 2011, Brown.edu)