College Advising Corps


Southern California College Advising Corps (SCCAC)

The Southern California College Advising Corps places recent college graduates in high schools to serve as full-time College Advisers for two years. These College Advisers become mentors within the school setting, and are often the key resource for students to persist in their education beyond high school.


Mission and Goal

The mission of the Southern California College Advising Corps is to improve college outcomes for low-income, first- generation, and underrepresented students.

The goal of the program is to raise the number of California students who attend and complete college by encouraging and assisting high school students with their college searches, college applications, financial aid, and making the transition to post-secondary education.



In the fall of 2013, the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice partnered with the College Advising Corps to launch the Southern California College Advising Corps (SCCAC). The launch was made possible by a grant from the College Advising Corps.


2013-2014 Academic Year

For the 2013-2014 academic year, the Center partnered with Garden Grove Unified School district. Recent USC graduates were hired and placed in high schools with the sole purpose of increasing the rate of college enrollment and completion for their students.

These college advisers were open-access resources to all students in the schools served, and a special focus of their work is improving college outcomes for low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students.  They served three high schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District: Garden Grove, Los Amigos, and Santiago High Schools. The advisers worked with more than 6,600 high school students in planning and reaching their college goals.


2014-2015 Academic Year

We have expanded the Southern California College Corps to 16 advisers for the 2014-2015 academic year. Beyond Garden Grove, we are also working with Los Angeles and Long Beach.

If you are interested in  partnering with us to have an adviser serve in your school, or would like to help support this program, please contact us at