Guiding Texas Students
A growing number of Texas 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 recent college graduates from all fields of study on high school campuses as near-peer college advisors to lead low-income and first-generation students to college.
Students throughout Texas are assigned dedicated Advisors based on their high school. Find your Advisor below to get help on admissions requirements, tuition payment options and other important information.Dallas/Fort Worth AdvisorsBryan/College Station AdvisorsHouston AdvisorsRio Grande Valley AdvisorsSan Antonio Advisors
College Advising Corps (CAC) is the "Teach for America" of college advising. In Texas, five partner institutions recruit exceptionally talented recent graduates, provide them with six weeks of intensive training and supervise and professionally develop college advisors throughout the year.
Advisors are then placed in Texas high schools with a high proportion of historically underserved students. These highly trained, near-peer advisors work full-time and build a culture of pursuing higher education in the high school and help high school students find the best fit 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.
The CAC program was founded in 2006 and now has 23 partner institutions in over 14 states. Texas launched with a pilot of 15 advisors in 2010 and scaled the next year to 120. In 2011-12, Texas Advisors 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, advisors are serving in 125 schools with a combined total student population of over 234,000.
Advisors 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 and where they will be most likely to succeed — be it a four-year university, two-year college or technical school.
Advisors learn about colleges and universities across the state and 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. Advisors 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.