High school seniors across the state have the unique opportunity to submit college admission applications with support from knowledgeable volunteers during Oklahoma College Application Week, Sept. 21-25.
Oklahoma’s College App Week is affiliated with the American College Application Campaign, through which college access organizations across America host college application events in all 50 states.
The primary goal of College App Week is to encourage more high school seniors, especially those who haven’t considered attending college and those from first generation college-going families, to apply and establish relationships with colleges and universities that will hopefully lead to enrollment. During College App Week, schools select a convenient time for seniors to sit down in front of a computer and apply to the college(s) of their choice. Volunteers from the community, local businesses, colleges and universities, and other supportive organizations are available to assist students with any questions during the process.
“We are excited to see continued growth in Oklahoma’s College App Week,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Our state College App Week was initiated in 2012 with 24 school districts, and expanded to 140 participating high schools, libraries, community colleges and technology centers, which represented over 12,000 Oklahoma high school seniors last year. This program provides immediate, personal guidance to high school seniors as they navigate college applications, learn about the next steps in the enrollment process, and apply for financial aid.”
Prior to College App Week, high school seniors and their families receive materials that help them research college options and prepare for application questions. In support of local events, schools often encourage students in all grade levels to think about education after high school through special events and activities. To assist event coordinators during this challenging academic year, a Virtual Toolkit has been provided to help participating schools plan and host virtual College App Week events, as needed.
Over the last nine years, more than 260 schools, higher education campuses, and community organizations and more than 35,000 high school seniors have participated in Oklahoma’s College App Week. Along with the State Regents, College App Week is supported by Oklahoma GEAR UP, the Oklahoma College Access Network (OK-CAN), the Oklahoma College Assistance Program, the Oklahoma State Chamber, the Oklahoma State Department of Education and nationally by Lumina Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the American Council on Education. For more information about College App Week, visit okcollegeappweek.org or call 800.858.1840.