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Applying to College

  • ACE is committed to helping first-generation and minority students apply for and succeed in college. The American College Application Campaign is designed to guide high school seniors through the college application and admissions process. Supported by grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, this program has already played a role in raising the percentage of low-income students who pursue higher education.

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  • American College Application Campaign

    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.

  • ACAC Resources

    Includes resources that states and high schools can use to implement successful College Application Campaign programs.

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    September 10, 2018

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    American College Application Campaign Kicks Off Another Year

    ACE’s American College Application Campaign is kicking off the 2018 application season next week, hosting its annual #WhyApply Day on Friday, Sept. 21.

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    May 2, 2018

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    ACE’s American College Application Campaign Registers Record-Setting 2017

    More than 500,000 high-school seniors submitted roughly 835,000 applications in last fall's campaign, a record for the initiative focused on first-generation and low-income students who otherwise may not apply for college.

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    April 17, 2017

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    ACE’s 2016 American College Application Campaign Reaches Record Number of Students

    Estimates show that the American College Application Campaign® (ACAC) last fall reached more than 5,700 high schools nationwide, resulting in more than 773,000 applications submitted by about 460,000 seniors.

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    September 14, 2016


    ACE’s American College Application Campaign Gears Up for Continued Growth, New Collaborations

    The American College Application Campaign® has joined forces with the ACT Center for Equity in Learning as it works to assist high school seniors in navigating the college admissions process.

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    December 16, 2014

    Five Institutions Named to Participate in Change and Innovation Lab

    ACE has selected five institutions to participate in a second round of the Change and Innovation Lab (CIL), a groundbreaking project to help colleges and universities implement significant and sustainable initiatives to increase the number of first-generation and nontraditional students with a college degree.

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    November 17, 2014

    American College Application Campaign Sees Record Year

    ​As President Obama proclaims November National College Application Month, the only nationwide college application initiative is in the midst of a record-setting year.

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    October 27, 2014

    Innovative American College Application Campaign Reaches All 50 States This Fall

    ​A college application assistance campaign that began in a single North Carolina high school in 2005 is reaching almost 200,000 students in all 50 states this fall, focusing on those who otherwise would not apply for college.

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    September 24, 2014

    ACE Opens Survey to Admissions and Enrollment Management Leaders

    The results will inform a new study to examine how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions have changed contemporary admissions practices.

  • January 18, 2011

    New Issue Brief Available on Implementing Common Core State Standards

    ACE, Achieve and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) today released Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Action Agenda for Higher Education. The brief calls on the higher education community to actively participate as new state standards are implemented for English language arts and mathematics for grades K-12.

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    October 1, 2010

    Minorities in Higher Education: Twenty-Fourth Status Report 2010

    This 2010 edition analyzes the latest racial/ethnic and gender trends in high school completion, college enrollment, persistence, degree completion, faculty, administrators, and presidents. A key finding is that while postsecondary educational attainment continues to flat-line in the United States, attainment rates have dipped for the youngest group (aged 25 to 34). Produced with support from the GE Foundation, this edition also features an in-depth analysis of Hispanics. As immigrants, young adult Hispanics experience a host of barriers to further education. The report calls for a more realistic understanding of the implications of the Hispanic population on the nation’s educational and economic competitiveness.