New York State is proud to participate in the national American College Application Campaign (ACAC), an effort of the American Council on Education (ACE), to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a postsecondary education.

Through New York College Application Month events at participating high schools, seniors receive critical help in navigating the college admissions process and successfully submit at least one admissions application.

High schools implementing a successful College Application Campaign events:

  • Host a program during the school day open to any student interested in applying – with a focus on engaging first-generation, low-income and other students who may otherwise not apply to college.

  • 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.

  • 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.