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Interested in giving back to the community? YOU can help the number of first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education in the state of Michigan

Advisers fill an auditorium with nearly 140 high-achieving first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented 11th grade students for an admissions presentation during our 3rd annual Michigan Experience Day

Advisers take high school students on college campus visits to increase the college-going culture
within schools and communities

Meet the 2014-2015 advisers! Check out their reasons for doing this extraordinary work!

College advisers help educate students and families on college costs, financial aid, and scholarships

UM is a partner of the national College Advising Corps and each year advisers from all over the
country gather at the CAC Adviser Summit to receive ongoing training, network, and receive the
latest updates in the field college access[San Antonio, TX].

A primary responsibility of advisers is to work one-on-one with students to develop postsecondary plans

Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year will open in January 2017


The goal of the Michigan College Advising Corps (MCAC) is to increase the number of low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education in the state of Michigan.

Following in the tradition of the AmeriCorps and Teach for America programs, the MCAC will recruit and train a diverse group of recent University of Michigan college graduates to work full-time as college advisers in underserved high schools throughout Michigan for one or two years following graduation. These advisers serve as an important resource for the schools as they assist high school students navigate every aspect of the college-going process.

The program strives to increase students' chances of persistence in postsecondary education by focusing on the best fit and match between the students and their college choices. Additionally, the program works to assist principals, counselors, and teachers foster a college-going culture at their school and in their community.

MCAC is one of 23 constituent programs in the National College Advising Corps; a consortium of colleges and universities whose aim is to increase the number of first-generation college going students in the United States.

History of the Program

In 2004, the University of Virginia piloted a project that utilized recent college graduates as "college guides" that were placed in underserved high schools in the Charlottesville area to serve as a resource for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented high school students in need of assistance navigating the college-going process. In 2007, the project received a large grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the National College Advising Corps (NCAC) was formed and moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. With increased funding from sources such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and Bank of America the program has grown to:

  • Employ 532 advisers nationally
  • Serve 521 schools and community colleges
  • Serving 160,000 students located in 14 states

MCAC is a member of the AmeriCorps National Service Network


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