There are activities your school can implement before your College Application event to enhance the college-going culture and spread the word about the event.
Incorporate College Application Activities into the Classroom
Ask English teachers to assign a college application essay, personal
statement or scholarship essay as homework prior to the event. Students may be able to research the college or scholarship
applications to which they are interested in applying.
See if Civics or Social Studies teachers will lead a college match lesson where students research schools that are a good fit for their interests and goals. They may want to use EducationQuest’s College Profiles activity.
Ask Math teachers to do a lesson on calculating the cost of college. This Cost of Education activity may be helpful. Teachers could then explain the types of financial aid available to help pay for college.
Use your school’s marquee to remind students, families, staff, and the community about your College Application event. Post this information about two weeks prior to your school’s event:
“Nebraska Apply2College Campaign
Seniors will apply to college on (Dates)!”
College T-Shirt/Sweatshirt Day
Host college t-shirt or sweatshirt days before and during the event. Get students, staff, and administrators involved! Many schools host these types of college spirit days on Fridays for a few weeks prior to the school’s College Application event.
Have staff and administrators decorate their doors with memorabilia from the colleges they attended.
Use a bulletin board to celebrate the applications submitted by your seniors. Have students write their name and the names of the colleges they applied to on construction paper and post it to the college wall.
Engage a local community leader or a recent graduate of your high school who is attending college to speak with your senior class about the importance of attending college and applying early.