Virtual Advising for High-Achieving High School Students

Virtual Advising for High-Achieving High School Students

By
Oded Gurantz, Matea Pender, Zachary Mabel, Cassandra Larson, Eric Bettinger
Economics of Education Review. April
2020, Vol. 75

We examine whether virtual advising — college counseling using technology to communicate remotely — increases postsecondary enrollment in selective colleges. We test this approach using a sample of approximately 16,000 high-achieving, low- and middle-income students identified by the College Board and randomly assigned to receive virtual advising from the College Advising Corps. The offer of virtual advising had no impact on overall college enrollment, but increased enrollment in high graduation rate colleges by 2.7 percentage points (5%), with instrumental variable impacts on treated students of 6.1 percentage points.