College Application Week

Utah College Application Week

When surveyed, over 90 percent of middle school aged students say they plan to go to college, yet only about two-thirds of students actually attend. We believe “if you can dream it, you can achieve it,” regardless of roadblocks you can reach your dreams by stepping up to higher education. For this dream to become a reality a student must take an important step toward college by filling out a college application prior to the admission’s deadline.

Last fall Utah piloted College Application Week in three school districts and eight high schools touching over 2,000 students. This year Utah will be expanding College Application Week, November 10-21, 2014, will include 49 high schools in 15 districts. The goal of Utah College Application Week is to provide every high school senior at our partner schools the opportunity to complete at least one viable college or university application during the school day with a particular focus placed on students who would be the first in their families to attend, low-income students, or students who may not have otherwise considered applying.

The 2014 College Application Week Partners Schools:

UCAW participating districts_schools

For real time updates of our 2014 program “like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @StepUpUtah / @UtahScholars / @HigherEdUtah with hashtags #UCAW and #iApplied.

To learn more about participating in the 2015 Utah College Application Week campaign, please contact Heidi Doxey, hdoxey@ushe.edu, 801-321-7115.

 

About the National Campaign

The American College Application Campaign (ACAC), an effort of the American Council on Education (ACE), is a national initiative to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a post-secondary education. The purpose is to help high school seniors navigate the college admissions process and ensure each participating student submits at least one admissions application.

The ACAC initiative began in 2005, in a single GEAR UP North Carolina high school in Chatham County. Since that time, the program has expanded statewide in North Carolina with every district and over 470 high schools participating annually. Since 2008, the number of states implementing a College Application program has been growing. In 2013 Utah joined ACAC as the 39th state. In 2014 all states are scheduled to participate in this national campaign, for more information on ACAC click here.

The Utah College Application Week program is under the direction of the USHE Outreach and Access Department; Melissa Miller Kincart, Assistant Commissioner for Outreach and Access is the State Coordinator (mmkincart@ushe.edu), Heidi Doxey is the Utah College Application Week Program Manager (hdoxey@ushe.edu).