Carolina College Advising Corps

We believe that college should be possible for any student who’s ready and willing to do the work.

That’s why we have the Carolina College Advising Corps, which sends recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduates — many of whom are the first in their families to attend college — to serve as full-time college advisers in high schools across North Carolina.

Advisers encourage and support high school students across the state as they discover schools where they’ll thrive. Here’s some of their best advice for your college search.


Advice from the Corps

Mathew Ricigliano

“Branch out of your comfort zone and look into some colleges you haven’t heard much about. You’ll feel like you’ve done your research and have
found many schools that fit your criteria.”


west stokes high school adviser
Nancy Almanza-Quiroz

“You’ve pushed hard to get here — don’t let money be an obstacle. Know that there are resources available to help you pay for your education.”

Nancy Almanza-Quiroz

Shikeshia Henderson

“Create a ‘brag sheet’ where you write down your best qualities and character traits. It gives you a starting point and helps you feel empowered as you apply.”


PAMLICO County High School adviser