What is College Application Week?
DC College Application Week is part of a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a postsecondary education. The goal of DC College Application Week is to assist all graduating seniors, especially those who may not otherwise apply to college, in navigating the complex college admissions process and ensure that each participating student completes and submits at least one application.
DC College Application Week
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History of DC College Application Week
In DC's pilot year (2012) of DC College Application Week, seven high schools participated in DC College Application Week. In 2013 that number grew to 13 schools; 735 seniors participated in DC College Application Week activities and 2,282 applications were submitted.
In its third year, the campaign was a great success, we more than doubled the number of participating sites with 32 high schools and community-based organizations participating. The 32 sites hosting events during the week of November 3-7, 2014 facilitated the completion of college applications for 2,029 seniors. With each host site setting a goal that 100 percent of all graduating seniors will apply to at least one postsecondary institution, DC seniors submitted more than 4,919 applications.
2015 DC College Application Week Host Sites
Host sites are expected to host activities for completing applications during DC College Application Week, November 2-6, 2015. Activities will take place during regular working hours when students can complete their college applications with the assistance of staff and volunteers. Each host site creates and sets their own schedule that fits the needs of the school building or community-based organization. Due to summer break, host sites are not expected to start planning until the second week of September.
Want to learn more about hosting DC College Application Week activities at your high school? Join Tiffany DeJesus, DC College Application Week District Coordinator, as she walks you through the purpose of DC College Application Week, expectations as a host site, and DC College Application Week best practices.
Information about Site Coordinator Training will be available Monday, September 14, 2015.
Volunteers are critical to a successful DC College Application Week. Districtwide and local recruitment of volunteers is needed to provide sufficient staff for each local event. Volunteers may include high school staff, registrars and admissions officers from nearby postsecondary institutions, and representatives from the community. Volunteers can greet and sign-in students, assist students with the completion of online college applications, or distribute information about financial aid opportunities.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for DC College Application Week, sign up to be a volunteer today: http://bit.ly/1JX6aKX
Volunteer assignments will begin in late October after host sites have started the school year and have determined their individual DC College Application Week activities and schedules.
DC College Application Week Site Coordinators: To request assistance with volunteer recruitment, please contact Tiffany DeJesus by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (202) 741-6415.
Site Coordinator Resources
The following resources will be available were made available on Monday, September 14, 2015, for our host site coordinators, to assist in the planning and execution of your DC College Application Week activities. A portion of these resources will be mailed or delivered to host sites that sign up by the deadline. Quantities received are based on the number of seniors at your school or community-based organization. The site coordinator training webinar will review which items are arriving by mail and which items are only available for download.
- Program Implementation Resources
- Site Coordinator Resource Guide
- Senior Resource Guide
- Volunteer Resource Guide
- Creating a College Going Culture Guide
- Site Coordinator Training Webinar [PDF]
- Marketing Materials (including: posters, stickers and swag)
DC College Application Week Events
DC College Application week sites will host college application events, November 2-6, 2015. During DC College Application Week, you will find host sites throughout the District leading in application events featuring college application completion, college application preparation or a college themed pep rally. College Application events for 2015 are listed below. Please note that the calendar will be regularly updated as host sites share their event schedules.
|Frank W. Ballou SHS||Achievement Prep Wahler Place Middle School||Excelsior College|
|Dunbar High School||Columbia Heights Educational Campus||Woodson Senior High School|
|Paul Public Charter School||Eastern Senior High School|