Program Impact and Data-Driven Results

The Southern California College Advising Corps seeks to maximize its impact on improving college outcomes for low-income, first- generation, and underrepresented students.

As part of the national College Advising Corps, the Southern California College Advising Corps program continually tracks data to assess the performance of the advisers and to contribute to the evaluation of the College Advising Corps programs across the U.S.

To date, the Southern California College Advising Corps has:

  • Served over 6,600 high school students
  • Provided direct college advising to over 3,000 students through one-on-one or small group meetings

According to an evaluation of the College Advising Corps program nationally completed by Stanford University, led by Eric Bettinger, Ph.D., high schools that partner with the College Advising Corps see an 8-12 percentage point increase in college-going rates versus control schools in the area. Further, upon introduction of an adviser, College Advising Corps schools see an average increase of $1 million in scholarship support for their college-going students.


For college preparation activities, students served by the College Advising Corps are:

  • 137% more likely to apply to six or more institutions of higher education
  • 62% more likely to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • 198% more likely to attend a financial aid workshop
  • 107% more likely to take an SAT/ACT prep workshop
  • 40% more likely to take the SAT/ACT

Of greatest importance, students served by the College Advising Corps are:

  •   42% more likely to apply to a college/university
  •   67% more likely to be accepted to college
  •   84% more likely to get accepted to a four-year (versus two-year) institution
  •   63% more likely to be accepted to more than one institution