UConn College Advising Corps

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Mission

UConn CAC aims to secure post-secondary enrollment and completion for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented Connecticut high school students by placing well-trained, recent college graduates in high-need high schools around the state to provide personalized, knowledgeable guidance on college admission and financial aid to students and their families.

Program Elements

Intensive Training

UConnCAC recruits and intensively trains recent college graduates over a month-long period in advance of their appointment. Advisers are trained by expert professionals on topics of college access, admissions, financial aid and scholarships, test preparation, and working with diverse populations.

Whole School Service

Advisers collaborate with teachers, administrators, and existing counseling staff to foster a college-going culture within the schools they serve. They meet one-on-one with students and parents to find the best-fit postsecondary options for individual students, complete financial aid applications, and navigate college admissions.

Rigorous Data Collection

Advisers keep a daily record of student activity on a set of key performance indicators for increasing college enrollment rates. By documenting student progress in College Advising Corps’ GRACE database, school-wide reports are generated that inform advisers and administrators of their school’s progress.

Quick Stats

According to national data from College Advising Corps, students who receive CAC advising services are:

18% more likely to apply to a college or university

19% more likely to be accepted to a college or university

23% more likely to apply to three or more colleges

24% more likely to apply for a scholarship

Meet Our Staff and the Schools We Serve

Daniela Iniestra Varelas

Daniela Iniestra Varelas

daniela.iniestra_varelas@uconn.edu

Windham High School  Windham, CT

mercedez patrick

Mercedez Patrick

Mercedez.Patrick@uconn.edu

Bristol Eastern High School  Bristol, CT

Caitlin Pitchette

Caitlin Pichette

Caitlin.Pichette@uconn.edu

Griswold High School  Griswold, CT

Austin Telford

Austin Telford

Austin.Telford@uconn.edu

East Haven High School  East Haven, CT

 

Michelle Wu

Michelle Wu

Michelle.Wu@uconn.edu

Harding High School  Bridgeport, CT

UConn CAC Partners

The work of UConnCAC is made possible through collaboration with our high school and funding partners. We thank our partners for committing to a shared vision of increased access to higher education for Connecticut students.

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