In 2017, Furman University became South Carolina’s first university partner with the National College Advising Corps (NCAC). The Furman College Advising Corps places well-trained recent college graduates in under-resourced communities to establish a stronger college-going tradition. Emphasis is placed on increasing the rate of college enrollment and completion among low-income, first-generation college and under-represented students. Using the NCAC ‘near-peer’ model, advisers form relationships with students through one-on-one meetings, group presentations, college tours, parent engagement activities related to the college applications process, and financial aid. Advisers serve as supplementary support for the schools’ counseling departments by collaborating with counselors, career development facilitators, school administrators, and teachers to expand the reach of often-understaffed departments.

Our Why?

According to a 2014 report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school. Although upward mobility and economic security increasingly hinge on postsecondary education, many students do not have access to quality resources, guidance, and direction related to navigating the college entry process. The Furman College Advising Corps strives to address this critical need in South Carolina.

Our Impact

FCAC advisers provide transformative service to students in Chester and Lancaster County School Districts. Seniors who meet with a college adviser are:

  • more likely to visit a college or university
  • 22% more likely to submit the FAFSA
  • 28% more likely to apply to college
  • 21% more likely to be accepted to a college

Become an Adviser

Furman University’s CAC advisers serve in rural South Carolina, Lancaster and Chester Counties. Applications will open early spring semester. Recent college graduates within the past two years of the upcoming fall academic year are encouraged to apply. Interested individuals can apply for the position through Furman University’s Human Resources website. Pre-service training begins early June.

Benefits of Service

  • Gain Leadership development and meaningful work experience
  • Engage in civic and social justice movement within education
  • Apply lived college experience through direct service duties in high schools
  • Earn a living stipend
  • Earn an AmeriCorps Education Award that can be applied to graduate studies or student loans

FCAC Partners

Special thanks to our supporters for their generous contributions.

College Advising Corps
Chester County School District
J. Marion Sims Foundation
Lancaster County School District
The Duke Endowment
USC Lancaster