The Ohio Board of Regents is launching Ohio College Application Month November 1-30, 2014 in partnership with school leaders across the state. As part of the American College Application Campaign (ACAC) initiative, Ohio College Application Month seeks to increase the number of students who are applying to college early in their senior year, with a focus on first-generation and low-income students as well as students who may not otherwise apply to college.
The initiative is supported by the Ohio Association of College Admissions Counselors, the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the Ohio College Access Network, and the American Council on Education.
During Ohio College Application Month, students at participating high schools will be assisted as they complete college applications during the school day with the goal of each participating student submitting at least one postsecondary application. During Ohio College Application Month, students may apply to any of Ohio’s 23 community colleges, 14 public universities, 24 university regional branch campuses, 120 adult education and workforce training centers, and 64 independent colleges, as well as colleges and universities outside Ohio.
This is the first year that Ohio has hosted Ohio College Application Month statewide. According to a study by The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2018, 60% of all jobs in Ohio will require postsecondary training beyond high school. Generating an increase in the number of students participating in this initiative would help support Ohio’s workforce needs and demands.
In fall 2013, a central Ohio collaborative hosted a one-week College Application Campaign pilot program in which 12 high schools served as host sites. The regional pilot resulted in more than 700 high school seniors successfully submitting a total of 900 applications for college admission. The 2014 statewide launch will build on the efforts of last year’s regional pilot to provide high school seniors throughout the state an opportunity to successfully submit one college application. Site applications and volunteer applications are available at www.ohiohighered.org/cam. For more information, please contact Liana Wiemels at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 614-728-4643.
The Ohio Board of Regents is the state agency that coordinates higher education in Ohio. The agency is directed by its Chancellor, who is a member of the Governor of Ohio’s cabinet. The Chancellor, with the advice of the nine-member Board of Regents, provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly, advocates for the University System of Ohio and carries out state higher education policy.