USC College Advising Corps

USC College Advising Corps (USC CAC)

The USC 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 access and persist in their education beyond high school.

Mission and Goal

The mission of the USC 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.

As we continue to impact college-going rates with students, we also seek to create partnerships with local districts and schools. If you are interested in partnering with the USC College Advising Corps and would like to learn more, please click here.

Our Work

Find out more about our USC College Advising Corps program through this short video. The video highlights the work of two of our college advisers, Briana Delgado and Adeeva Myers at Wilson High School in Long Beach, and how they guide each student to college success.


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

2017-2018 Academic Year

For 2017-18, we have expanded to 47 advisers in 41 schools and nine districts. With the addition of three new partner districts, our nine districts are: Alhambra, El Monte, West Covina, Compton, Downey, Garden Grove,  Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Lynwood.

2016-2017 Academic Year

For 2016-17, USC CAC expanded to 31 advisers in 23 schools and six districts. Adding three new partner districts, our six districts were: Compton, Downey, Lynwood, Garden Grove,  Los Angeles, and Long Beach.

2015-2016 Academic Year

For 2015-16, we placed two advisers at each of our Long Beach high schools, expanding the program to 22 advisers serving 16 schools. Our working partnerships were with Garden Grove (3 schools: 3 advisers) Los Angeles (7 schools: 7 advisers), Long Beach (6 schools: 12 advisers).

2014-2015 Academic Year

For 2014-15, we grew the USC College Advising Corps to 16 advisers in 16 schools. Beyond Garden Grove (3 schools), we established working partnerships with Los Angeles (7 schools) and Long Beach (6 schools) Unified School Districts.

2013-2014 Academic Year

For 2013-2014, the Center partnered with Garden Grove Unified School district. Three 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, particularly 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.