Applying to college can be daunting, especially for students who may be the first in their family to attend college, are low income, or from ethnicities underrepresented in higher education. The Apply Missouri program, formerly known as Missouri College Application Week, is intended to help high school seniors navigate the college application process. By offering Apply Missouri activities within the normal school day, your school can ensure that every senior has the opportunity to receive hands-on assistance so they take the first big step towards continuing their education beyond high school. Apply Missouri will help students decide which colleges best meet their needs and submit admissions applications. This program can also help create a college-going culture at your high school, generating excitement and engagement among students.
Plan to host Apply Missouri 2015
Now is the ideal time to begin planning for Apply Missouri. Register now so your 2015-2016 seniors can take advantage of Apply Missouri in the fall of 2015. The Missouri Department of Higher Education will provide resources and materials to help you plan and implement a successful event.
2015 Site coordinator information
The 2015 Site Coordinator Guidebook and accompanying templates, worksheets, and other resources are now available. Review this information to learn how Apply Missouri operates.
In August, the Missouri Department of Higher Education will offer three conference calls providing an overview of the tasks 2015 site coordinators should be tackling before their Apply Missouri event begins, data and reporting requirements, and the materials and resources available to help make your event successful. Registration details for these conference calls will be sent to all registered site coordinators near the beginning of August. In the meantime, Apply Missouri site coordinators may want to save one of the following dates/times:
- Tuesday, August 11, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
- Monday, August 17, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
- Thursday, August 27, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Additional resources and materials that were available to 2014 Missouri College Application Week site coordinators are below. These are being updated over the summer, and new versions featuring the new logo and branding will be available here soon.
- Promotional flyer- For bulletin boards or distribution to students, parents, or community organizations
- Electronic wallpaper or screensaver - For screens with rotating images in the high school cafeteria or computers used by students or staff
The Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Missouri College Advising Corps hosted College Application Week events at 26 high schools around the state during October 2013. The Missouri College Advising Corps is made up of recent college graduates who work in high schools that have large percentages of students at risk of not going to college.
The 2013 Missouri College Application Week pilot program was successful, with an average of 70 percent of pilot schools' seniors participating in at least one activity. More than 2,000 seniors submitted approximately 3,600 admissions applications.