New York College Advising Corps at NYU

Project Name:
New York College Advising Corps at NYU


The NYU College Advising Corps (NYU CAC) aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education.  NYU CAC places well-trained recent NYU graduates as full-time college advisers in high-need partner high schools to help students through all steps of the college application process.  Advisers work closely with school staff and administration to foster a college-going culture within the schools they serve. From navigating college admissions, to securing SAT/ACT waivers and assisting students and their families with financial aid and scholarships, our advisers become experts, mentors, and student advocates.

About Our Model

NYU CAC is part of a nationwide consortium of Advising Corps universities serving over 500 high schools in fourteen states. The Advising Corps model is unique from other college access programs because it: 

  • Uses a near-peer model, placing recent college graduates who can easily relate to and serve as role models for students being served;
  • Provides full-time advisement (every day, all day) in the school setting, whereas many access programs occur only a few days a week, evenings, weekends, or over summer;
  • Is accessible to ALL students in the partner school, not restricted to a specific cohort of students as in many access programs;
  • Prepares college advisers to become citizen leaders who contribute to the communities they serve and will remain active in and contribute to education and society; and
  • Is based at postsecondary institutions (in this case, NYU) where knowledge resources are available to support the program.


2014-15 Adviser Demographics

adviser demo chart
  •  8 Male/ 11 Female
  • 63% First Generation
  • 47% People of Color
  • Types of Majors (pie chart)

Students Served Demographics

students served chart Currently serving 8,492 students:

  • 51% Male/ 49% Female
  • 89% Eligible free/reduced lunch
  • 28% English language learners
  • Ethnicity (bar graph)

Productivity to Date

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  • 90% of seniors served (5+ meetings)
  • 1,778 college applications submitted
  • 13.5% point increase in postsecondary enrollment
  • 6,790 of 1:1 meetings held
  • 496 of parent meetings held
  • 73% of SAT/ACT Registrations
  • 6 Posse Finalists/ 3 Winners
  • 10 Questbridge Finalists
  • 6 New York Times Finalists at Eximius