Saturday, October 2, 2010

Helping Students Find Their Way to College

Four years ago, thanks to a grant from a wonderful organization called the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, our office launched the Carolina College Advising Corps, a program that helps students find their way to colleges that will serve them well.

The Carolina Corps hires recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduates -- smart young people who want to serve and change the world -- and places them as college and financial-aid advisers in schools across North Carolina. Our advisers help students look for colleges that will be good fits for their skills, talents, and aspirations. Then they help students complete admissions and financial-aid applications, search for private scholarships, and leap over any other hurdles that might stand in the way of their enrollment. This year our advisers are serving 56 high schools with more than 10,000 graduating seniors.

The Carolina Corps is part of the National College Advising Corps -- a consortium of similar programs based at other universities across the country. The National Corps, which is also headquartered here at UNC-Chapel Hill, was featured recently in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Our advisers are amazing people, and they're very good at their jobs. And although they love Carolina, they know that their mission is to help each student find the right fit -- a place where he or she can thrive.

That's what we want for every student -- and that's what we want for you, too. Please let us know if we may help in any way. And thank you, as always, for your interest in UNC.