New York State is proud to participate in the National American College Application Campaign (ACAC), an effort of the American Council on Education (ACE) to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue postsecondary education.
Through New York College Application Month events at participating high schools, seniors will receive critical help navigating the college admissions process and successfully submit at least one admissions application.
High schools implementing a successful College Application Campaign Month event will:
- Host a program during the school day open to any student interested in applying – focusing on engaging first-generation, low-income, and other students who may otherwise not apply to college.
- Identify and convene a school team comprised of staff and community members.
- Leverage the support of the school team to ensure that students are prepared to participate in the event.
- Engage the local community, families, and others through information letters, advertising, and volunteer opportunities.
- Create a college-going culture within the school through a variety of approaches.
- Collect data from the campaign, such as the number of students participating and the number of applications submitted.
- Follow up with students to ensure applications are complete – including transcripts and college entrance exam scores (if required or choose to submit), that letters of recommendation are requested/submitted, and that they have created an FSA ID in preparation for filing the FAFSA in December.