Schools/sites implementing Ohio College Application Month events commit to the following:
- Register to become an Ohio College Application Month site. Once you register, you can request materials from the state including campaign buttons (for staff), stickers (for students), and one “3 To Get Ready” poster (additional posters may be printed from the website, click here).
- Host a program, preferably during the school day, open to all high school seniors interested in applying – with a focus on engaging first-generation, low-income and other students who may otherwise not apply to college. The event can be over multiple days or concentrated on just one day.
- Identify and convene a school team comprised of staff and community members.
- Leverage support of the school team to ensure that students are prepared to participate in the event .
- Engage the local community, families, and others through volunteer opportunities, information letters, and advertising the program.
- Create a college-going culture within the school through a variety of approaches.
- Collect data resulting from the campaign, such as the number of students participating and the number of applications submitted.
- Complete the Ohio College Application Month Site Coordinator Survey once your event has ended.
- Follow-up with students to ensure applications submitted are complete – transcripts, college entrance exam scores, letters of recommendation are submitted, as well as the FAFSA application.
The success of Ohio College Application Month (OCAM) relies heavily on the support of volunteers. Volunteers should and can be recruited from within the school and/or your community to not only provide essential event support, but also to share their college experiences with the students.
- What will volunteers be required to do?
- Greet students
- Guide students through the application process
- Remind students to complete and submit a survey of their College Application Week experience