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Virginia Students Take Next Steps Toward College Enrollment: College Application Week, Nov. 12-16

Nov 9, 2018, 13:57 PM
For thousands of Virginia high school seniors, November 12-16, 2018, is an important week.

Contact: Laura Osberger, (804) 786-2323 (o), (804) 387-5191 (m)

November 9, 2018

For immediate release

RICHMOND — For thousands of Virginia high school seniors, November 12-16, 2018, is an important week. For the past five years, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has coordinated Virginia College Application Week with support from the Virginia Secretary’s Office of Education, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia and national education non-profit Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC). This structured opportunity provides support for under-resourced Virginia high schools to assist seniors in applying to at least one postsecondary institution.

This year, 73 high schools across the Commonwealth are participating in this college-access program. (See Resources below.) In order to participate, high schools must have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches. Virginia’s community colleges and four-year public and private institutions all take part and support the College Application Week host high school sites. This year, colleges and universities will provide volunteers, on-site admissions opportunities, materials and college application fee-waivers to support students applying to college for the first time throughout the week.

“Degree completion starts with an application,” said Peter Blake, SCHEV’s director. “This annual event is an important step to increasing the number of students accessing and succeeding in higher education throughout the Commonwealth.” 

Five Tips for Application Success
High school students from across the state will submit college applications during Virginia College Application Week and throughout the next few months. Virginia partners with ECMC to produce Opportunities: Preparing for College Guide & Workbook to help all high school students navigate through the application process. A list of guidance tips to prepare for a successful submission is below. For more details and to review the full Opportunities guide, download the resource at Guides are available in English and Spanish.

  1. Meet application deadlines! Pay attention to and meet each college’s date for application. Check with the college to make sure you know what information you need to submit by the deadlines to maximize your chances for admission.
  2. Request transcripts. Request and submit an official copy of your high school transcript (and college transcript if you have already earned some college credits, such as dual enrollment) for each college where you plan to apply. You will need to send a final high school transcript to the college you attend.
  3. Request letters of recommendation. Determine who (teacher, family friend, employer, spiritual leader, etc.) you will ask for any required recommendation letters. When identifying whom to ask, consider your relationship with the person. Give your references plenty of time and make sure they are aware of recommendation deadlines. One month before your earliest deadline should be sufficient, but inquire as to your reference’s schedule.
  4. Plan to pay for college applications. Application fees vary among colleges, from $0 to more than $50. However, don’t let the application fee be a deterrent to applying. Depending upon the circumstances, many colleges will waive the application fee, especially for applicants who received fee-waivers for taking college entrance exams. Check with the college admissions office to determine the extenuating circumstances under which the college will waive the application fee.
  5. Ask for assistance! Applying to college can seem to be a daunting task. However, you are not alone. Simply find the right resource to ask --parents, teachers, school counselors and volunteer organizations, etc. They all want you to be successful!
For detailed information on Virginia colleges and universities and links to other resources, visit SCHEV’s Institutional Profiles and select the name of your preferred institution.

Virginia College Application Week is part of the 1-2-3 Go! campaign, which is designed to guide senior high school students through the steps of 1) preparing, 2) applying, 3) paying for and 4) going to college. Virginia College Application Week is part of step No. 2 in the initiative, assisting Virginia’s students and families in applying to college.

The Virginia Plan for Higher Education specifies college access and completion as among the top goals for the Commonwealth as it aims to be the best-educated state by 2030.

About Virginia College Application Week and list of participating high school sites:

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The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is the state’s coordinating agency for higher education. With The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, SCHEV is dedicated to making Virginia the best-educated state by 2030. For more on The Virginia Plan:


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