October 1, 2013– November 1, 2013
Iowa College Application Campaign 2013
The 2nd Annual Iowa College Application Campaign is well underway and high school seniors around the state are completing college applications with help from school staff, college admissions counselors, GEAR UP Iowa trainers and Iowa College Aid staff! The purpose of this campaign is to build awareness of higher education and encourage students, especially those from underserved populations, to take a significant step toward college by completing college applications during their seniors year. While the campaign began as a pilot program in 2012, 31 schools will participate in the effort this fall.
|Ottumwa High School|
|During the third week in October, students at Ottumwa High School had the chance to come together in the school library and spend time exploring and applying to colleges online. With assistance from school staff and GEAR UP Iowa trainers, the event was a success!|
|North High School, Des Moines|
|Students at North High School in Des Moines had the opportunity to meet with representatives area colleges and universities during their College Application Campaign held September 26th and 27th. Students were also given the opportunity to register for the upcoming ACT test, receive a copy of their transcript and class rank, get advice on improvements to their resumes and more!|
|East High School, Des Moines|
|Throughout the entire month of October, seniors at East High School in Des Moines were able to take time during the school day to fill out college applications. “This is the second year we have hosted the event at East High School,” said Roxanne Kucharski, Counselor at Des Moines East High School. “We have been setting aside time for students to fill out applications during the school day throughout the month of October and have gotten a lot of positive feedback from school teachers and staff.”|
|Roosevelt High School, Des Moines|
|Des Moines Roosevelt High School hosted an event over the course of one week for seniors. Students were able to fill out applications while those who had already done so were able to use the time to search for scholarships and grants or prepare for the SAT or ACT test. Students expressed appreciation for the help and especially for having class time to complete the applications. Teachers also decided to wear graduation robes to boost excitement for the event!|
About Iowa College Application Campaign
Iowa College Application Campaign is part of a national effort to engage and inform students across the state about the college application process. The purpose is to build awareness of higher education and encourage students, especially those from underserved populations, to take a significant step toward college by completing college applications their senior year.
Improving college attainment is critical to the growth of Iowa's economy. It is projected that by 2018,
62 percent of all jobs in Iowa will require postsecondary education. In addition, as educational attainment increases, income increases and the percent of the population living in poverty decreases. For Iowans with only a high school degree, the poverty rate is three times higher than those with a bachelor's degree or higher.
For High Schools
All Iowa high schools are invited to take part in Iowa College Application Campaign. Please complete the online registration form to sign up your high school, order materials, and provide us with the dates you plan to hold events to assist students with the college application process. Iowa College Aid will provide registered schools with resources as well as assist them with securing volunteers for their events.
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- Site Coordinator Handbook
The Site Coordinator Handbook includes items such as:
- Application Fees and Fee Waiver Information
- College Application Campaign Items Needed
- College BINGO Activity
- I Applied, Now What
- Regent Admission Index Information
- Sample Follow-up Press Release 1
- Sample Follow-up Press Release 2
- Sample Student or Family Letter
- Sample Volunteer Recruitment or Donation Request Letter
- Scavenger Hunt I Went to College Sign
- Scavenger Hunt Instructions
- Senior Survey
- Site Coordinator Checklist
- Student College Application Checklist
- Student Self Reporting Sheet
- Student Sign-Out Sheet
- Transfer in Iowa Information
- Trivia Activity and Answers
- College and Career Planning Resources
High school educators can use these resources when planning activites for their school's College Application Campaign.
- Participating High Schools
Interested in volunteering but not sure who to contact? View this list of participating high schools and their contact information, or contact Iowa College Aid for assistance in conecting with a participating high school.
- Volunteer Resource Guide
- Iowa Colleges and Universities
View a list of Iowa's colleges and universities, including their 2013-14 tuition and fees, room and board, admission requirements, programs offered; and a link to their website.
- What's your RAI Score?
Students from Iowa high schools who plan to attend the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University or the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must have a Regent Admission Index score of at least 245 and take the minimum number of required high school courses to qualify for automatic admission.
The Regent Admission Index combines four factors that strongly predict success at regent universities: ACT or SAT test score, high school rank, high school cumulative grade-point average, and the number of completed high school core courses. For more information and to calculate your unofficial Regent Admission Index score, visit the Board of Regents website located at http://www.regents.iowa.gov/RAI/index.html.
 Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (June, 2010). Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements through 2018.
 U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey 2008-2010 3-year estimates. Poverty Status in the Past 12 months