What is College Application Week?
Helps students who might be the first in their families to attend college navigate the application process.
Helps students who have not yet seriously considered going to college.
Gives students the confidence and encouragement that college is possible.
Helps reduce the barriers associated with having to use time away from school to complete the college application process.
Helps reduce the financial burden of college application fees
How did this initiative get started?
In 2012, the American Council on Education invited Montana to join the American College Application Campaign, a national effort to increase access to higher education. The first ever Montana College Application Week took place on November 12-16, 2012. Montana GEAR UP sends a special thank you the following four pilot sites that participated in Montana College Application Week 2012!
Arlee High School, Arlee
Fergus High School, Lewistown
Hardin High School, Hardin
Lincoln High School, Lincoln
Why does this matter?
Montana needs more college graduates. Did you know in 2010 only 61% of Montana high school graduates enrolled in college in the fall semester immediately following graduation, and fewer than 50% of Montana’s high school graduates enrolled in the Montana University System? The majority of jobs require at least some postsecondary education. We want all Montana students to succeed in the 21st Century. An essential step in getting more college graduates is getting more Montana high school seniors to apply to college.
Who is participating this year?