The premise of College Application Week is simple: give students dedicated time and space to complete college applications with the assistance of school staff and volunteers. Over 100 schools are participating across the state throughout the month of November and thousands of seniors will apply to a community college, 4-year college or university or other postsecondary program during events at their school.

Many schools expand the basic concept of College Application Week to include a week of focused workshops and activities before, during and after school for students and families. A sampling of ideas:

Application Workshops

Parkrose High School offered essay help for students while students at David Douglas High School received specific help on the Common Application.

Instant Admissions

Colleges including Western Oregon University, University of Oregon, Portland State University and Eastern Oregon University traveled to high schools across the state for instant admissions opportunities for eligible students.

Family College Nights

Many schools capitalized on the momentum of College Application Week to share college information with students and their families during a dedicated college workshop. Lost River Junior/Senior High School held a bilingual college night with over 100 attendees!

Door Decorating Contests

Stanfield Secondary School showed off the creative ways teachers can get involved, blanketing the school with a college-going message.

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Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshops

Many schools partnered with OSAC to host a workshop on financial aid, scholarships and the new Oregon Promise program.

Alumni Panels

Clackamas Middle College brought back recent alumni to discuss their experiences in selecting a college, tips for successful admissions, and why they chose the college they did.


For more ideas and inspiration, see Oregon Goes To College's Facebook and Twitter accounts!