Press Release: November is College Application Month

Press Release: November is College Application Month

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  • Oct 30, 2015
November is College Application Month


Contact: Adrienne Enriquez, College Application Week State Coordinator, 503-926-6073, adrienne.enriquez@oregonstate.edu


President Obama and Governor Brown Proclaim November is College Application Month

The White House and Oregon GEAR UP unveil new resources to help students access higher education

Thousands of high school seniors across the state and the nation will submit college applications throughout the month of November, many with the assistance of caring adults during the nationwide American College Application Campaign® (ACAC) initiative. As part of this nationwide campaign, more than 100 schools and community based organizations will host Oregon College Application Week (CAW) events.

In his proclamation, President Obama says, “A college degree is the surest ticket to the middle class, and broadening paths to education so more people have the chance to earn post-secondary degrees and credentials is the best way to make sure all our people can contribute to writing our country's next great chapters.” Designed to increase the number of low-income and first-generation students applying to and enrolling in college, CAW is one step to expanding access to higher education.

Oregon CAW has the potential to support more than 15,000 seniors in applying to college, the majority of whom will submit their first college application during their school’s event. Students will submit applications to all of Oregon’s 17 community colleges, 19 independent colleges, and 7 public universities, as well as out-of-state colleges and universities as well as get a jump start on the financial aid process including applying for the new Oregon Promise community college grant program that launched November 1.

“CAW helps students with a critical step in the college-going process, but it’s really one of the culminating events. Increasing access to higher education for all students has to begin much earlier,” says Stephanie Carnahan, director of Oregon GEAR UP. “Getting ready for education after high school requires collaboration between students, families and educators. Therefore, we developed Oregon-specific comprehensive college preparation checklists for middle school through 12th grade.” The It’s A Plan: College Checklists are a highlight of the new oregongoestocollege.org website that also hosts information for College Application Week and other events to support seniors.

Using these checklists, along with several initiatives recently launched by The White House, students, families, and educators can begin planning now to be ready when it’s their turn to participate in a College Application Week event.

Governor Kate Brown joins President Obama in declaring November to be College Application Month for the state of Oregon, in support of his words: “During National College Application Month, we pledge our support for those across America who are taking steps toward earning a degree, and we continue our work to ensure all Americans can access the tools and resources necessary to make informed decisions about college.”

For more information see oregongoestocollege.org or contact Adrienne Enriquez at 503-926-6073.