This week marks the first annual North Dakota College Application Week as part of the American College Application Campaign (ACAC). The North Dakota University System signed on as a member of the campaign in 2014. The ACAC is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree by helping high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and ensuring they apply to at least one postsecondary institution.
“North Dakota is proud to be a member of this important campaign to increase higher education participation,” said Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen. “Thank you to Magic City Campus for volunteering as the pilot site during our first annual North Dakota College Application Week. We are looking forward to taking this initiative statewide in 2015.”
Magic City Campus in Minot, N.D. will host North Dakota’s pilot ACAC event, entitled Magic City Campus Commits to the Future, Wednesday, Nov. 19. During this event, students will be guided through the application process from start to finish by trained volunteers. Participating students are able to apply to any public, private or tribal colleges, universities or trade schools in which they are interested.
“This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives, especially seniors who may find it difficult to navigate the college admissions process and students from first-generation, low-income families,” said Brenda Zastoupil, NDUS Director of Financial Aid. “By hosting this event during the school day, we are able to reach more students and help them take the first step in committing to their future.”
This statewide initiative is led by a steering committee made up of stakeholders from all sectors of education including representatives from NDUS, Bank of North Dakota, Valley City State University, Minot High School and the Department of Public Instruction. Additionally, there is a site committee in charge of the day-of organization comprised of Magic City Campus students and staff.
For more information about the national American College Application Campaign, visit http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/American-College-Application-Campaign.aspx.