Georgia Apply to College Results
The Georgia Apply to College program reached new heights in 2013 with a record-breaking number of events taking place in November! 207 events took place during the 6th annual Georgia Apply to College program, providing more seniors with the opportunity to receive hands-on assistance from volunteers and school staff as they applied to college.
For the sixth year in a row, the Governor proclaimed November “Georgia Apply to College Month” in support of the GAC program.
Thanks to the hard work and preparation of the Site Coordinators and their school teams, the 2013 GAC program was a big success! Over 20,000 seniors from across the state took advantage of the opportunity to participate in their school’s GAC event! This brings the total number of seniors participating in a GAC event since 2008 to almost 100,000!
A HUGE “thank you” goes out to the hundreds of parent, school, college, business, military and community volunteers who helped make the 2013 program possible. Over 1,200 volunteer slots were filled at the participating schools! The Georgia Apply to College program could not exist without the involvement of so many volunteers with a passion for seeing students succeed!
Also, thanks to McEachern and Monroe Area High Schools for sharing their incredibly inspiring Georgia Apply to College videos!!! We hope to see even more amazing videos in 2014!!!
McEachern High School video
Monroe Area High School video
Participating High Schools Give Positive Feedback
While site coordinators were no longer required to submit an evaluation of their GAC experience as part of the 2013 program, we continued to receive lots of positive feedback. Below is just some of the feedback we received following the 2013 events!
The event was amazing; and we as a whole saw a significant increase in the number of students interested in attending and applying for college.
With support of staff and visitors, our seniors had a perfect opportunity to apply to college with ease. They were able to get the help and assistance they needed because of this event.
I am glad to have experienced hosting this for the first time and plan on adding in more of your suggestions on your site, hopefully, for next year. It was received well by our students and that is what matters. Again, thank you for the opportunity.
The GAC event helped our students reduce the barriers of the college process. Having a school wide event showed the students that higher education is possible for everyone.
We will continue hosting this as our students really benefit from this opportunity.
This is a phenomenal opportunity for students. Thank you for offering it.
This is an awesome program and benefits our students. We are thrilled to be a part of it.
Having a day set aside to help every senior apply to college has tremendous impact because each student receives individual attention and help through the application process. This takes the fear and worry out of the college application process.
Thank you! We appreciate everything! Wonderful resources!
The Georgia Apply to College (GAC) program continued to grow in 2012 with 188 high schools holding an event during November, the month designated by the Governor as Georgia Apply to College Month. Over 19,000 seniors participated in the GAC program at their school and many others were impacted by Apply to College activities leading up to the event at their school.
Site Coordinators see GAC as a valuable experience for seniors
We once again overwhelming heard from GAC Site Coordinators that their students benefitted from their Georgia Apply to College event. 92% of Site Coordinators completing a 2012 GAC survey indicated that the event helped encourage students to apply to college, particularly those who may not otherwise have successfully applied, and helped students apply to college earlier in their senior year. 98.67% indicated they would recommend that their high school participate in the GAC program again in a future year.
The following are some of the comments that were provided by Site Coordinators who held a GAC event in 2012:
Apply to College is a valuable experience for all seniors and especially critical for first generation students. It motivates students to get their applications submitted and gives them hope that they can attain their dreams. The event also generated a lot of follow up visits to see me about completing the process if they weren’t able to on thad day and to research other options. It’s a great way to reach a lot of students in one day!
I thoroughly enjoyed our Georgia Apply to College Event. We had so many volunteers readily available to help all of our seniors complete their college applications! This was a great event in that our students were pumped about the idea that they could go to a college or university.
I think this was a great opportunity for the seniors to get the assistance that they need in order to successfully apply to college. Applying for college can be difficult, and I think that having the event at school gave many of our seniors the confidence needed in order to apply to college. I think that the parents also appreciated that we were there to assist them during this time. I would definitely would hold this event again next year.
Wonderful opportunity to assist seniors prepare for their next step in their education. It provides an opportunity for those who would not normally consider completing a college application to receive assistance and time during school.
Our students loved participating in GA Apply to College Day. The best feedback we received from students is that several of them would not have even tried to apply to college without this event.
Students value the opportunity to focus on applying to college while receiving assistance from volunteers
Perhaps most importantly, many students participating in the 2012 program indicated that the GAC program made a difference in their college application plans. 80.19% of those students completing a 2012 GAC program survey indicated that the program influenced their decision to apply to college and 81.73% indicated the program encouraged them to apply earlier than they would have otherwise. 97.59% indicated they would recommend that their high school hold a GAC event again in the future.
The following are some of the comments provided by the students who applied during the 2012 Georgia Apply to College program:
The admission counselors and volunteers were great at helping answer questions and it gave students the time and information needed to apply to college that they may not otherwise have had.
The assistance I received today was amazing. They were very helpful and answered all questions I had.
It is helpful because you get assistance that parents may not be able to give you.
All the volunteers were very caring and helpful even my principal helped me which was very cool!
Volunteers Help Make the 2012 GAC Program a Success!
The 2012 GAC events could not have been successful without the assistance provided by the Georgia Apply to College volunteers! A huge “THANK YOU” to the over 1,500 parents, recent high school graduates and college students, college representatives, current and retired counselors, teachers, and adminstrators, local business members, and so many others from the community who took time out of their day to help students apply to college! We loved seeing many repeat volunteers from previous years as well as many new faces!
The following are some of the comments provided by some of those who volunteered during the 2012 events:
I loved being able to help the kids and being able to have conversations that really helped them think about their future.
It was wonderful to interact with students who were engaged and concerned about their futures. Great job by the counselors and career center.
Congratulations to the 181 high schools from across Georgia that participated in the 4th annual Georgia Apply to College (GAC) program! In 2011, GAC events were held across the state throughout the month of November. With more than 42,000 seniors attending the participating high schools, even more students had the opportunity to receive hands-on assistance as they applied to college!
The following are some of the comments that were provided by Site Coordinators who held a GAC event in 2011:
It is a critical piece that assists families and students, especially first time generation families.
The event compelled our students, teachers, and parents to realize how important the college application process is.
This was a wonderful event that really encouraged our students to apply to colleges. It got them excited about their next educational step! Students who would have been overwhelmed by the college application process, were able to get one on one assistance. The look of pride and excitement on their faces after completing a college application was what education is all about.
College volunteers were great! Their experience was very valuable.
Students Get Their Questions Answered During GAC
The following are some of the comments provided by the students who applied during the 2011 Georgia Apply to College program:
I was encouraged to apply and had a set time and place to do so. I also had great volunteers to help me when I needed them to. They answered my questions.
I have already applied to one university beforehand, and I had many questions. I was by myself and had no help, so having the counselors by my side made it much easier.
I think having the opportunity to apply in school, lessened the stress that I had of when I was going to find the time to apply.
If it wasn’t for this event, I would’ve procrastinated on applying to college.
Volunteers Again Support Georgia Apply to College
In 2011, over 1,000 volunteer slots were filled. The volunteers helped students throughout the day: greeting them as they arrived at the event, helping students navigate to the online admission applications, offering assistance for successfully completing at least one college application, and answering questions about admissions, financial aid, college majors, and providing encouragement.
The following are some of the comments provided by some of those who volunteered during the 2011 events:
I enjoyed the interaction with the students. I had forgotten what it was like to fill out an application and was amazed at all the questions that would seem straight forward but aren’t actually easy to answer!… Wonderful program! Keep it going!
This event is very beneficial. I helped a student who does not have a computer at home and other students whose parents would not have helped. I am certain some students may not have applied without his event.
Overall the event was great, encouraged kids to apply when they normally may have not done so!
Congratulations to the 110 high schools from across Georgia that participated in the 3rd annual Georgia Apply to College Week (GACW) held November 8th–12th, 2010! More than 24,000 Georgia high school seniors attended a GACW participating high school this year. During the events, thanks to the assistance provided by over 350 college and community volunteers, students successfully completed applications for admission, taking the first big step towards continuing their education following their high school graduation. Nearly 6,000 college applications were submitted online via GACollege411.org from participating schools during GACW. This represents more than 43% of all applications submitted the week of November 8-12, 2010.
Students Value Assistance Provided by Volunteers
94% of seniors would recommend that their school continue to hold Georgia Apply to College Week events in future years. 86% of seniors rated their high school’s event as excellent or good.
The following are some of the comments provided by the students who participated in the event:
More students should get involved in an opportunity like this!
I liked having someone help me who has been through the process of completing college applications.
I learned a lot and I got to apply to college a lot sooner than I would have otherwise. In my opinion, it was great!
This day links the step between high school and college which can be complicated.
I liked the whole event! I can’t wait to go to college.
I was kind of stressed about applying to college! However, now I have a good feeling about it. I applied to college way before I probably would have if we had not had this chance here at school.
The best thing about Apply to College Week is the helpful people. I’m glad I really got to apply to a college, because I’m not sure if I would have applied to one if it was not for today. It was really helpful in every way.
It was a smooth process and it made applying to college a breeze. Our state is doing a great job at trying to raise the number of kids going to college. I am impressed.
It helped introduce me to college applications with the needed assistance, and I got all the necessary help to make my first college application a success.
All schools should take part in this important event!
Volunteers Make a Difference
For the 2010 event, 345 college and community volunteers registered with GACW and filled 511 volunteer slots. 93% of the volunteers believe that GACW helps students apply to college, and 98% would be willing to volunteer for future events. The volunteers helped students throughout the day: greeting them as they arrived at the event, helping students navigate to the online admission applications, offering assistance for successfully completing at least one college application, and answering questions about admissions, financial aid, college majors, and providing encouragement. 97.1% of students felt that the assistance provided by the volunteers helped them apply to college.
The following are some of the comments provided by the volunteers who participated in the event:
I thoroughly enjoyed assisting the high school students with their online college applications. I feel that Georgia Apply to College Week encourages high school students to continue their education.
I think it really helps the students who don’t really know how to get started with the admissions process.
I believe this is an excellent opportunity for kids to be made aware of what is available to them. It allows them to see that there are caring adults who want to help them and see them succeed. It’s a perfect time for them to ask questions and get advice one on one.
Every high school should be a part of Georgia Apply to College Week.
I think the program was a success. We helped many students complete applications, who otherwise might not receive assistance from their parents or other adults. The students seemed very appreciative.
Congratulations to the 44 high schools from across Georgia that participated in the 2nd annual Georgia Apply to College Week (GACW) held November 9th-13th, 2009. Thanks to the hard work of the GACW site coordinator at each high school, as many as 8,000 Georgia seniors researched colleges, read online articles about choosing a college and completed practice admission applications in preparation for their school’s Georgia Apply to College Week event. During the event, thanks to the assistance provided by over 200 college and community volunteers, students successfully completed applications for admission, taking the first big step towards continuing their education following their high school graduation. Students were also able to have their financial aid questions answered by a representative from the Georgia Student Finance Commission.
Students Recommend High Schools Continue to Hold GACW Events
2,588 seniors completed a Georgia Apply to College Week Student Survey and, out of those students, 97.1% indicated that their participation in their school’s Georgia Apply to College Week event helped them apply to college. In addition, 98.3% of the seniors recommend their high school continue to offer the event in future years.
The following are some of the comments provided by the students who participated in the program and completed a survey:
This could not have been better; it helped out a lot.
We sometimes lose track of the time allotted to apply and this gives us the chance to remember and take the time to complete our applications.
This type [of] event will encourage other students to apply no matter [what] the situation.
Volunteers were very helpful.
Everyone was helpful and students in the future would surely love this.
Volunteers Support Georgia Apply to College Week
In 2009, over 200 community and college volunteers provided assistance during the 44 Georgia Apply to College Week (GACW) events, many of whom assisted at multiple events. The volunteers greeted students as they arrived at the event, helped direct students to open computers, helped students navigate to the online admission applications, and answered questions from students to help them successfully complete at least one college application. Student feedback shows they found the help provided by the volunteers to be very beneficial and key to them having a successful GACW experience. The feedback provided by participating volunteers shows that they played a key role in helping students apply to college. 98.4% of the volunteers indicated they are likely to support a future Georgia Apply to College Week event.
The following are some of the comments provided by the volunteers who participated in the event:
Event was very well organized and students were very engaged and interested.
It was a great day overall! Students responded so well.
Great week! I enjoyed it!
Congratulations to the 2008 Georgia Apply to College Week (GACW) pilot high schools! Thanks to the hard work of each high school’s GACW Site Coordinator and the assistance of over 55 college volunteers, the first annual Georgia Apply to College Week was a huge success! During the event, which was held November 11-13, 2008, close to 900 students from the participating high schools submitted applications to colleges throughout the state using GAcollege411.org.
- Cedar Grove High School – Hycine Robinson
- Gainesville High School – Kay Holleman
- Hardaway High School – Andee Harper
- Loganville Christian Academy – Celia Davis
- Mountain Education Center High School – Barbara Waldschmidt
- Terrell Middle High School – Martha Stevens
- Thomson High School – Pat Farner
- Ware County High School – Kathy Stevens
Students Found Event Very Helpful!
Of those students participating in the event, over 79% indicated that the event influenced their decision to apply to college and over 96% said they would rate the event as good or excellent. The following is a sample of some of the comments received from participating students:
I think this event was very helpful to me. This event showed me that many students don’t get this opportunity to receive help with college applications. I think the event was helpful for students who are unsure about their future.
Georgia Apply to College Week really helped me because prior to the event I had so many questions that got answered. Plus, I am a procrastinator and this event pushed me to go ahead and apply early. It helped me a lot!
I believe that this event is very helpful and should be done in all states to help students who have no clue about how to apply to college.
Thank you volunteers!
The 2008 event would not have been such a success if it were not for assistance provided by the volunteers. The volunteers provided a wide array of assistance including, helping students access the GAcollege411 college admission applications, assisting with GAcollege411 password resets, answering questions regarding how to complete the application, and answering questions related to admission requirements, academic programs, college life and financial aid. The following is a sample of some of the comments received from participating college volunteers:
Would love to do it again next year!
Great initial program!
Very impressed with this event.
In addition, the participating students, volunteers and high school staff provided valuable feedback on how future Georgia Apply to College Week events can be further improved. These suggestions have been incorporated into the planning for the 2009 events to ensure the events this fall are an even greater success!