Over 90% of middle school students say they plan to go to college, yet only two-thirds of students actually end up attending. The goal of UCAW is to provide every high school senior at our partner schools the opportunity to complete at least one college or university application during the school day, with a particular focus on students who would be the first in their families to attend college, low-income students, or students who may not have otherwise considered applying.

UCAW happens every November in high schools around the state. For real-time updates about the program, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use the hashtags: #UCAW, #iApplied, #whyApply.


Want to have your school participate in Utah College Application Week?

Fill out the UCAW 2018 Site Application

Watch the UCAW training webinar

UCAW What’s Next document

Download the 2018 UCAW Site Coordinator Manual

UCAW Fee Waiver Form

To learn more about participating in the Utah College Application Week campaign, contact the program manager at ucaw@ushe.edu. The UCAW program is under the direction of the USHE Outreach and Access department.


2018 Utah Colleges & Schools Application Reference Sheets

Download and print as many copies as needed for your school’s Utah College Application Week events.

Public Colleges

Private, Non-Profit Colleges

Tech Schools


UCAW Spanish Language materials

UCAW worksheet (Spanish)

UCAW parent/student letter (Spanish)

UCAW undocumented student information (Spanish)


K-8 UCAW Activity Ideas

Needs ideas on how to engaged younger grades with UCAW? This document includes activities and lessons for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students.

College and Career Awareness Activities for Elementary and Middle School Students


About the National Campaign

The American College Application Campaign (ACAC), an effort of the American Council on Education (ACE), is a national initiative to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a post-secondary education. The purpose is to help high school seniors navigate the college admissions process and ensure each participating student submits at least one admissions application.

The ACAC initiative began in 2005, in a single GEAR UP North Carolina high school in Chatham County. Since that time, the program has expanded statewide in North Carolina with every district and over 470 high schools participating annually. Since 2008, the number of states implementing a College Application program has been growing. In 2013 Utah joined ACAC as the 39th state. In 2014 all states jointed this national campaign. More information on ACAC.