About College Application Week

40-40-20Oregon's College Application Week (CAW) initiative is one practical way in which schools, community based organizations, and Oregonians can help reach the State's "40-40-20 goal." In 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 253, which sets forth the ambitious goal that by 2025, 40% of adult Oregonians will have earned a bachelor's degree or higher, 40% will have earned an associate's degree or other postsecondary credential, and the remaining 20% will hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Applying to college is a critical step in attending and earning a credential. CAW opens the door for students by encouraging them to take that significant step toward college in their senior year. It is particularly important for students who would be first in their families to attend college and students who have not yet seriously considered going to college. Application to nearby, open-admissions colleges – and even more distant and more selective institutions – gives students the confidence and encouragement that college is possible.




Since 2012, Oregon has partnered with The American Council on Education (ACE) to participate in the American College Application Campaign. This effort grew from just one North Carolina high school in 2005 to events in all 50 states by 2015.

From the beginning, Oregon has recognized that students receive help for the college search and application process both in their high schools and from community based organizations. As such, CAW sites include both traditional and alternative high schools, as well as community-based organizations whose primary mission is to serve school-aged youth.

In the first year, 5 high schools and 2 organizations hosted College Application Week events. Nearly 400 students participated, submitting more than 550 applications to colleges and universities throughout the United States. Read more about the successful pilot.

In its second year, Oregon College Application Week quadrupled the number of sites around the state, and served three times the number of students. The program continues to grow each year, now serving more than 100 sites and thousands of students.

Oregon College Application Week is an initiative of Oregon GEAR UP, in partnership with the American Council on Education's American College Application Campaign.