Corps Impact

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

We track data to assess the performance of our advisers and progress towards goals. We also contribute to the evaluation of the College Advising Corps programs across the U.S.


Our program works in high schools that have demonstrated need.

In 2016-17, USC CAC advisers served in our partner schools that collectively had almost 15,000 seniors.

  • 38% of graduates met minimum admission requirements for CA four-year colleges (UC/CSU)
  • 78% of students qualified for free and reduced lunch
  • 83% of students are underrepresented minorities (URM: Latino/a and African American)

In 2016-17, with over 38,000 one-to-one meetings with over 8,800 students, our USC CAC advisers helped to achieve:

  • Over 5,000 students to submit over 17,300 four-year college applications
  • Over 5,500 students to submit financial aid applications (FAFSA)
  • Over 4,300 students to receive almost 8,800 college acceptances!

Our advisers help their students reach important college-related objectives and outcomes.

In our partner schools, students who met with a USC CAC adviser were:

  • 14% more likely to visit a college
  • 19% more likely to apply for financial aid (FAFSA)
  • 27% more likely to apply to college
  • 20% more likely to be accepted to college
  • 27% more likely to submit a deposit for college enrollment

The results above are from an independent evaluation of the USC College Advising Corps program completed in 2016 by Stanford University, led by Eric Bettinger, Ph.D.


Impact Report

Our latest 2016-17 Impact Report for the USC College Advising Corps is now available. Please read the report below to understand how our USC CAC program is making progress in its goal to improve college outcomes for high school students.