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All across Texas, a growing number of high school students lack adequate access to information about going to college. Many of them don't believe they can succeed in college or have never considered college a possibility. Without exposure, information, and encouragement, many students never pursue college at all.

Advise TX is bridging this gap. We place exceptional recent college graduates from all fields of study on high school campuses as near-peer college advisers to lead low-income and first-generation students to college.

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College Advising Corps (CAC) could well be likened to the "Teach for America" of college advising. In Texas, five partner institutions recruit highly talented recent graduates, provide them with six weeks of intensive training, and provide supervision and professional development for college advisers throughout the year.

Advisers are then placed in Texas high schools with a high proportion of historically underserved—students. These highly trained, near-peer advisers work full time and have the singular mission of building a college-going culture and helping high school students find the best fit college for their career aspirations and academic preparation. This includes assistance with ACT, SAT and college application fee waivers, college exploration, college application, FAFSA completion and submission, and--when college acceptance letters arrive—helping students understand the different financial aid packages they are offered.

CAC and Advise TX
CAC program was founded in 2006 and now has 23 partner institutions in over 14 states. Texas launched with a pilot of 15 advisers in 2010 and scaled the next year to 120. In 2011-2012 Texas Advisers served in 120 schools, in 60 Districts, serving 228,979 students, including 49,308 seniors. Of these, 18% were African American, 72% Hispanic, 8% White, and 2% Other ethnicity. Currently, Advisers are serving in 125 schools with a combined total student population of over 234,000.

"Best Fit" Advising
Advisers are not recruiters for their alma mater and employer. Their mission is to help high school students enroll in the post-secondary option that is the best fit—where they will be most likely to succeed and persist to degree or meaningful credential—be it a four-year university, two-year college, or technical school.

During their training, advisers learn about colleges and universities across the state, as well as certificate programs and associates degrees available in the geographic regions where they will serve. They visit community colleges in their area soon after assignment to their school. Advisers encourage students to apply to three or more institutions so they still have multiple options if their first choice does not accept them or offers a financial assistance package that is insufficient to make that institution a viable option.

College Advisers

Dallas/Forth Worth 

Aaron Lemons
South Grand Prairie High School

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Juan Trevino
Duncanville High School

Jacob Ramirez
South Garland High School

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Danielle Burget
Duncanville High School

Araceli Martinez
Grand Prairie High School

Alex Nolan
Dubiski High School

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Nicole Ciolino
North Garland High School

Esmeralda Cruz
North Mesquite High School

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Gilberto Gonzalez
Horn High School

Viviana Gloria
Mesquite High School

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Lucero Ramirez
West Mesquite High School


Sarah Bailey
Poteet High School

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George Ibarra
Richardson High School



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Jelicia Hunt
MacArthur High School

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Katherine Arnett
Nimitz High School

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Linda Zuniga
Benjamin Davis High School

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Alief Taylor High School

Ariana Martinez
Alief Elsik High School

Sherice Perkins
Alief Hastings High School

Gloria Barreiro
Cleveland High School

Judy Torres
KIPP Generations High School

Adriana Garcia
KIPP Northeast High School

Kenneth Grant
KIPP Sunnyside High School

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Edwin Cortez
Klein Forest High School

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Karan Hooda
Cypress Springs High School

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Edgar Encinia
Eisenhower High School

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Stephanie Gonzalez
Blanson CTE High School

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Juan Daniel Alarid
Katy High School

Darric Ward
Morton Ranch High School

Ethan Aulds
Mayde Creek High School

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Kennedy Washington
BF Terry High School

Edgar Garcia
Pasadena High School

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Angelica Benavides
Pasadena Memorial High School

Cindy Martinez
South Houston High School

Alejandra Lopez Camero
Sam Rayburn High School

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C.E. King High School


Ashley Sosa
Aldine High School

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Abbey Vreeland
Lamar Consol. High

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Gabriella Fuentes
C.E. King High School

Rio Grande Valley

Irving Hernandez
Hanna High School

David Daniel Barrera
Pace High School

Ana Rodriguez
Rivera High School

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Valeria Quintanilla
Porter High School

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Emily Vega
Lopez High School

Shanti Israni
Veterans High School

Kelsey Sullivan
Harlingen High School South

Kassandra Lopez

Hidalgo High School

San Antonio 

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Gabriela Gomez
Memorial High School

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Kennedy High School


Gissella Quezada
Somerset High School


Bryan/College Station

Victoria Margo
Bryan High School

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Spencer Pepper
Rudder High School

Rebekah James
Rudder High School

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Shawna Parks 
Navasota High School
ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texas and non-Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school.
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.
The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. The test questions on the ACT are directly related to what you have learned in your high school courses in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Every day you attend class you are preparing for the ACT. The harder you work in school, the more prepared you will be for the test. By taking the ACT, you make yourself visible to colleges and scholarship agencies, so it's another way to help you get ready for life after high school.

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