The process of applying to college can be daunting, especially for first-generation college students, low-income students and others who are underrepresented in higher education. Not having someone to help them navigate the college application process can be enough to prevent them from pursuing a postsecondary education. By offering Missouri College Application Week activities, 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. MCAW will help students decide which colleges best meet their needs and fill out the admissions applications. MCAW can also help create a college-going culture at your high school, generating excitement and engagement among students.

Volunteer at an event near you

Missouri College Application Week activities are going on in 57 high schools across Missouri this fall, and high schools need postsecondary education professionals to volunteer to help students apply to college. If you have experience in college admissions, academic advising, calculating college costs and evaluating financial aid, or other college administration experience, consider volunteering.

Most events are scheduled for a one-week period of time, but some high schools have chosen event begin and end dates that do not correlate with a specific week and have activities scattered throughout the month of October. Your availability will be gathered on the volunteer sign-up form and you can also select a school near you. The MDHE will communicate volunteer information to MCAW site coordinators, who will then arrange for a timeslot and volunteer role with you.

 

If you have any questions about the volunteer form or the volunteer sign-up process, you may contact Jaron Vail or Julie Meyer.

 

2014 Site Coordinator information

The Missouri College Application Week 2014 Site Coordinator Guidebook is now available! The guidebook provides site coordinators with everything needed to plan and implement a successful MCAW program, including checklists, templates, worksheets, volunteer recruitment ideas, and much more! Site coordinators may also find this brief handout helpful, detailing some of the important planning tasks that should be completed before the fall term begins.

Resources and materials available to 2014 site coordinators include:

  • Promotional flyers option 1 or option 2 - May be printed and hung on bulletin boards or distributed to students, parents, or community organizations
  • Electronic wallpaper or screensaver - May be loaded to screens for display in the high school cafeteria or to computers used by students or staff

2013 pilot

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. The 2013 pilot schools included:

Kansas City Area: Central High School, East High School, North Kansas City High School, Northeast High School, Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts Schools, Raytown High School, Raytown South High School, Ruskin Senior High School, Southwest Early College Campus, Van Horn High School, Winnetonka High School.

St. Louis Area: Bayless High School, Gateway Institute of Technology, Hancock High School, Jennings High School, McCluer High School, McCluer South-Berkeley High School, Normandy High School, Ritenour High School, Riverview Gardens High School, Soldan International Studies High School.

South Central Area: Potosi High School, Salem High School, St. Clair High School, St. James High School, Sullivan High School.

If you have questions about Missouri College Application Week, contact [email protected].