Muskegon Opportunity participates annually in the statewide initiative titled Michigan College Application Week. The goal of the week is to ensure every graduating high school senior completes at least one college application. A special focus is placed on students who would be the first in their families to attend, low-income students, or students who may not have otherwise considered applying. Nearly all the local schools in the county participate as Host Sites securing upwards of 1,600 college applications annually!
Approximately 90 percent of middle grade students say they plan to go to college, yet only about two-thirds of students do. For many reasons, by senior year many students believe they are unprepared or unable to achieve the college dream. Michigan College Application Week encourages students to take a significant step toward college by providing assistance and creating enthusiasm during the application process.
What exactly is, or happens, during College Application Week?
1) The primary purpose of this effort is to help high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process.
2) The application process can be daunting, even for students surrounded by a support system of caring adults.
3) Host sites set aside time and space during the school day with computer and internet access. Paper applications are acquired where necessary.
4) Host sites set a goal of 100 percent of all graduating seniors to filling out AT LEAST one application to a post-secondary institution by the conclusion of College Application Week.
5) The American College Application Campaign is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential.