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.


Although the official 2018-19 site registration passed on August 24, you may still be able to participate in Apply Missouri this year. Take a look at the tip sheet for how to register late, and send an questions or concerns to



Site coordinator resources

The 2018-19 Journey to College Site Coordinator Resource Manual is now available. The manual covers all three Journey to College programs and contains student worksheets, ideas for activities, fillable templates, printable fliers, 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

Be sure to order your Apply Missouri promotional items at


The Missouri Department of Higher Education hosted Journey to College Day on July 31, 2018, and those presentations are also available at


If you have any questions regarding the Journey to College programs, please contact


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 sixth year Apply Missouri has been held at Missouri high schools. During the first five years of the program, Apply Missouri events were held at more than 357 schools, helping more than 18,000 students submit at least one college application. Apply Missouri is part of the American College Application Campaign.