College Access Advisor Initiative

Under the direction of the Board of Regents, every high school in Utah will have a full-time, permanent college access advisor by the 2021-2022 school year, contingent on legislative funding. As the program is implemented across the state, it will be regionally integrated into local public colleges and universities to tie in with their programming and college access efforts.

The near-peer college access advisor will:

  • help students register for and complete college entrance exams
  • submit college applications, apply for scholarships and financial aid
  • connect them to first-year experience programs to ensure a smooth transition from high school to college

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College Access Champions

College Advising infographic-04President Richard “Biff” Williams, Dixie State University: “Placing college access advisors in high schools will increase college enrollment & graduation rates and change the course of intergenerational poverty. That’s why I support Utah’s statewide College Access Advisor Program. #activelearningactivelife”

Dr. Rich K. Nye, Ogden School District Superintendent: “Ogden School District is excited for two of our schools to participate in this initial expansion. Having a person on the ground, full-time, helping students navigate college admissions and the financial aid process will be instrumental to getting more of our students connected to college opportunities. Our students, particularly those who are underserved or who would be first in their family to go to college, will especially benefit from this effort.College Advising infographic-03 (1)

Taylor King, Pine View High School: “Ms. Hallows had a great impact on my life in terms of helping me pursue higher education. If I ever had any questions about anything related to college, she always had the answer. She even was able to help me get a scholarship that helped pay for all of my books and other things during the beginning weeks of my first semester at the University of Utah. I am so glad that she was at Pine View High School during my time there since she was able to assist in so many ways inside and outside the classroom!”
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Bryan Banuelos Jara, Taylorsville High School: “As a student that originally came from Mexico and that had no experience whatsoever on how the educational system in the United States worked, I find myself extremely lucky to have had a UCAC college advisor such as Dayan Castañeda to guide me through college applications, scholarships, major explorations and even career interests. Without the resources that my college advisor provided me with, I would not be where I am now.”

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