College Access Advisors

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 mission of the college access advisors is to:

  • Help students register for and complete college entrance exams
  • Assist students with submitting college applications, applying for scholarships and financial aid
  • Connect students to first-year experience programs to ensure a smooth transition from high school to college
 

Utah College Advising Corps Staff

Nicole Batt
Director

Rachel Everitt
Associate Director & Regional Coordinator for Salt Lake City

Cassandra Fa’Amuli
Regional Coordinator for Utah County

Dallyn Hallows
Regional Coordinator for Washington County

Tanner Telford
Regional Coordinator for Ogden / Davis / Weber

2019-20 Expansion

The following high schools have full-time college access advisors for the 2019-20 school year:

Utah County Cluster

Alpine School District

  • Mountain View High School
  • Orem High School
  • West Lake High School


Provo School District

  • Provo High School
  • Timpview High School


Nebo School District

  • Springville High School
  • Payson High School

 

Washington County Cluster

Washington School District

  • Dixie High School
  • Desert Hills High School
  • Snow Canyon High School
  • Hurricane High School
  • Crimson Cliffs High School
  • Water Canyon High School
  • Pine View High School

 

Weber/Davis County Cluster

Weber School District

  • Fremont High School
  • Weber High School
  • Roy High School
  • Bonneville High School


Davis School District

  • Clearfield High School
  • Layton High School


Ogden School District

  • Ben Lomond High School
  • Ogden High School

Salt Lake County Cluster

(continuation of existing program)

Salt Lake City School District

  • East High School
  • West High School
  • Highland High School


Granite School District

  • Granger High School
  • Cyprus High School
  • Hunter High School
  • Kearns High School
  • Taylorsville High School
  • Cottonwood High School
  • Skyline High School*


Jordan School District

  • West Jordan High School


Canyons School District

  • Hillcrest High School
 
*Skyline High School elected to participate in this initial expansion using its own one-time grant funds.

2020-21 Expansion

Contingent on legislative funding, the program will expand from 34 high schools to 90 high schools, reaching over 80% of Utah’s high school students for the 2020-21 academic year. USHE expects to see a 4-5% increase in statewide postsecondary participation rates as a direct result of this program.

The Utah State Board of Education and the UTech Board of Trustees expressed support for this effort through a joint board resolution passed in fall 2019.

College Access Champions

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

President Richard “Biff” Williams, Dixie State University Tweet

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.

Dr. Rich K. Nye, Ogden School District Superintendent Tweet

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!

Taylor King, Pine View High School Tweet

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.

Bryan Banuelos Jara, Taylorsville High School Tweet

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