ADVi / Virtual Advising Project

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has developed a virtual advising system, accessible by text message.

A chatbot named ADVi – short for “advisor” and powered by Mainstay – uses artificial intelligence to provide on-demand support via text message to Texans looking to attend or return to higher education. High school seniors may access ADVi by starting a freshman application in ApplyTexas.

When students sign up to receive messages from ADVi, they receive:

  • The ability to ask questions about pursuing higher education 24/7 via text message;
  • Backup support from our virtual advisors if a student has needs or questions beyond what ADVi can provide;
  • Student-friendly, accurate, and engaging messages about key college access milestones, common questions, and action steps;
  • Information and tips to help with their college applications, planning, and financial aid; and
  • Resources to help navigate the transition to college

The goal of the Virtual Advising Project is to help ensure more Texans have the information they need to access higher education and complete their certificates or degrees at Texas colleges and universities. This project supports the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’ s Building a Talent Strong Texas higher education strategic plan.

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ADVi Information

Inquiries regarding about ADVi or the Virtual Advising Project should be directed to Nicole Davis, Program Manager.

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ADVi Website

Learn more at the ADVi website.

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