Journey to College - Apply Missouri

Applying to college can be daunting, especially for students who may be the first in their family to attend college, are low income, are from ethnicities underrepresented in higher education, or are experiencing homelessness or other special circumstances. The Apply Missouri program, formerly known as Missouri College Application Week, helps seniors at participating high schools 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 toward continuing their education beyond high school. Apply Missouri can help students decide which colleges best meet their needs and submit admissions applications. This program can contribute to a college-going culture at your high school, generating excitement and engagement among students.

Site coordinator resources

The 2017-18 site coordinator Resource Manual is now available. Covering all three Journey to College programs, the manual contains student worksheets, ideas for activities, fillable templates, printable flyers, tips for organizing and promoting your activities, and other materials to help make your Apply Missouri event successful. Download the entire manual or find Apply Missouri-specific resources and templates at

The Missouri Department of Higher Education hosted a webinar on August 29, 2017 regarding how to participate in any of the Journey to College programs during 2017-18, and a PDF of that presentation is now available. Additionally, the following presentations were provided during our second annual Journey to College Day in April 2017:



History of the program:

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Missouri College Advising Corps piloted this program 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 with large percentages of students at risk of not going to college. The 2013 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. This is the fifth year Apply Missouri has been held at Missouri high schools. Apply Missouri events have been held at more than 250 schools and has helped more than 14,000 students submit at least one college application. Apply Missouri is part of the American College Application Campaign.