This week, high schools throughout New York City are celebrating College Application Week, (October 17 – 21) a five-day effort by our high schools to raise awareness about the importance of college attendance.
Throughout the week, 365 of our high schools are providing over 53,000 City students with a range of activities that support and celebrate college awareness and access, including introductory panels for ninth graders seeking information about college, financial aid workshops for eleventh and twelfth graders, and college application assistance for graduating seniors.
Given that many of our students come from low-income households and are often the first members of their family to seek college attendance, we understand the importance of providing support and guidance to our graduating seniors as they go through the ups and downs of the college application process.
“I remember the challenges of being the first person in my family to go to college,” said Chancellor Fariña about College Application Week. “I want all our students to know that their ability to go to college and pursue careers should not be defined by their zip code or their background. College Application Week is about ensuring that all our students know that college is an option, and that they can look to our schools to get the support and resources they need to make college attendance a reality.”
College Application Week is part of the DOE’s College Access for All initiative, which seeks to build “college-ready” cultures in all of our high schools. By the 2018-19 school year, we expect that every City student will graduate from high school with a personalized college and career plan, and thanks to efforts like College Application Week, CUNY’s application fee waivers and SAT School Day, we are confident that soon, the vast majority of our high school seniors will seek college or some other form of postsecondary instruction and/or certification.
If you are a high school student or know a high school student, check out the DOE’s handy College Planning Handbook for information and tips regarding the college application process, finding the “right” college, financial aid, and success after high school. Likewise, we also recommend that high school students speak to their counselors about their post-high school plans, as counselors can answer college-related questions and determine whether their students are “on track” for graduation.