Steinhardt Joins National College Advising Corps; NYU Grads to Help Low-Income Students Complete Degrees

NYU Steinhardt has joined the National College Advising Corps, which aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation-college, underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education.

The National College Advising Corps (NCAC), based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, partners with a consortium of colleges and universities to hire, train, and placed full-time college advisers in underserved high schools throughout the United States. These advisers provide the guidance and encouragement that many students need to navigate the complex web of college admissions and secure financial aid.

NCAC’s NYU advisers will be housed in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s Department of Applied Psychology. Twelve, full-time advisers, all NYU graduates who are funded, in part, by the Helmsley Trust Foundation, have been hired for the 2011-12 academic year. Other support comes from the Social Innovation Fund, an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and New York Life.

NYU will be serving the following New York City schools: Wings Academy; Monroe Academy for Visual Arts and Design; Eximius College Prep Academy; Urban Assembly Academy for History & Citizenship for Young Men; Performance Conservatory High School; Monroe Academy For Business/Law; Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School; Pan American International High School; Bronx International High School; University Neighborhood High School; the High School for Computers and Technology and, the Cinema School.

NYU Steinhardt is currently the only NCAC partner serving New York State.