About Georgia Apply to College

Georgia Apply to College (GAC) is sponsored by Communities in Schools of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Independent College Association, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia, and is endorsed by the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. GAC has the goal of providing all Georgia high school seniors with the opportunity to apply to college using GAcollege411.org, with a focus on providing assistance to first generation and underrepresented students as they navigate the college application process.

The first Georgia Apply to College events were held at 8 high schools across Georgia in November of 2008. The program currently has over 200 participating high schools. In support of GAC, each year the Governor has issued a proclamation declaring November Georgia Apply to College Month.

Leading up to their event, participating high schools use activities to build school excitement around going to college, encourage students to research colleges and to gather the information typically required on a college admission application. Participating schools set aside a day(or days) in November during which all of their seniors will have the opportunity to focus on completing at least one application for admission while receiving the encouragement and assistance of specially trained college and community volunteers.

The Georgia Apply to College program provides materials to help schools prepare for their event and to build excitement around applying to college, students to conduct college research and to get ready to apply, and volunteer training materials. Through the Georgia Apply to College website, volunteers can learn about events in their community.

Georgia Apply to College is part of the American Council on Education’s national initiative to increase the number of students accessing postsecondary education.

The Georgia Apply to College currently receives funding through the College Access Challenge Granted awarded through the U.S. Department of Education.