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.

In 2013, we piloted College Application Week in just three school districts and eight high schools. In 2014, Utah College Application Week expanded to include 49 high schools in 15 districts with over 10,000 senior student participants. In 2015, 25 school districts and 83 schools participated with over 21,000 applications submitted.

  • 90% of participants reported that participating in UCAW increased their interest in going to college
  • 96% said it increased their understanding of the college application process
  • 87% said it increased their likelihood to seek help with applications

UCAW happens even 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 2017 Site Application

Download the 2017 UCAW Site Coordinator Manual

Watch the UCAW training webinar

Download the UCAW What’s Next document

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.

UCAW Spanish Language materials

UCAW worksheet (Spanish)

UCAW parent/student letter (Spanish)

UCAW undocumented student information (Spanish)

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.