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Maryland College Application Campaign Helps Students, Families Navigate the Process

Campaign Set for October 17-21

BALTIMORE – Maryland wants to make certain a higher percentage of the State’s working population has the benefit of postsecondary education. The Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Higher Education Commission–in partnership with the American Council on Education–are sponsoring the Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC), October 17-21.

MCAC’s goal is to increase the number of students who are applying to college early in their senior year, particularly those from families that have never attended college or may be from low socio-economic circumstances.

Maryland is implementing a comprehensive and supportive process that culminates in students’ acceptance into a postsecondary institution. Dozens of high schools in 18 Maryland school systems are taking part in MCAC.

“The Maryland College Application Campaign recognizes that education beyond high school is critical for both our high school graduates and Maryland employers,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools. “For many careers, an Associate’s Degree is an entry level credential. It is essential that more students take advantage of that golden opportunity.”

During MCAC, students receive special assistance when applying to any of Maryland’s community colleges, independent colleges, private career schools, and public universities. The initiative includes working with staff from the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (Gear-Up) program and school counselors to prepare students for the rigorous college application process. It also establishes a formal partnership with College Goal Maryland to assist with completing financial aid applications.

Starting in October and continuing through March, College Goal Maryland staff and volunteers will provide guided assistance in completing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. In addition, professionals working with College Goal Maryland will assist parents/guardians and students in understanding financial aid resources, the financial aid application process, and how to access information regarding statewide student services and admission requirements

MCAC is part of American College Application week, which takes place nationwide. In 2014, Maryland piloted the effort with 21 high schools representing seven local school systems. By last year, participation had grown to 52 schools in 14 systems.

This year’s participation marks a new record, with 118 schools participating from the following systems: Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary, Talbot, Washington, and Wicomico.

The MCAC process culminates with participating high schools holding College Decision Day events in May. Maryland plans to implement this initiative statewide.

The Maryland College Application Campaign has launched Facebook and Twitter sites to allow schools to upload pictures, comments, and videos promoting the Maryland College Application Campaign events and activities. Students are invited write short blog, reflecting on what access to this opportunity means to them.

Visit the Maryland College Application Campaign social media sites on Facebook at Maryland College Application Campaign, on Twitter at @MDCollegeApp. Students may also sent blog items to, The campaign is using the Hashtag: #MDCollegeStrong.

For more information about MCAC, contact Michelle Daley, Comprehensive Planning Specialist /MCAC State Representative at (410) 767-0359 or via email at

Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC)
FY2016 Participating High Schools

Anne Arundel
• Glen Burnie
• Meade
• Old Mill
• Northeast

Baltimore City
• Achievement Academy
• Augusta Fells Savage
• Academy for College and Career Exploration
• Baltimore City College
• Baltimore Community
• Baltimore Design School
• Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
• Baltimore School for the Arts
• Baltimore Leadership
• Bard High School Early College
• Benjamin Franklin
• Bluford Drew Jemison
• Career Vocational Technical
• City Neighbor
• Connextions
• Coppin Academy
• Digital Harbor
• Edmondson-Westside
• Excel Academy at Francis
• Forest Park
• Frederick Douglas
• Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology
• Green Street
• Home and Hospital
• Independence School
• KASA (Knowledge and Success Academy)
• Maritime Industries
• Mergenthaler Vocational Technical
• NACA Freedom and Democracy
• National Academy
• New Era Academy
• Northwestern
• Patterson
• Paul Laurence Dunbar
• Reginald F. Lewis
• Renaissance Academy
• Success Academy
• Reach! Partnership
• Vivien T. Thomas
• Western

Baltimore County
• Catonsville
• Chesapeake
• Dundalk
• Eastern Technical
• Franklin
• George Washington Carver for Arts and Technology
• Hereford
• Kenwwod
• Landsdowne
• Loch Raven
• Milford Mills
• New Town
• Overlea
• Owings Mills
• Parkville
• Patapsco
• Perry Hall
• Pikesville
• Randallstown
• Sparrow Point
• Towson
• Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
• Woodlawn

• Calvert

• Colonel Richardson
• North Caroline

• Bohemia Manor
• Elkton
• North East
• Perryville
• Rising Sun

• Henry E. Lackey
• La Plata
• Maurice J. McDonough
• North Point
• St. Charles
• Thomas Stone
• Westlake

• Cambridge – South Dorchester
• North Dorchester

• Northern Garrett
• Southern Garrett

• Kent County

• Northwood
• Winston Churchill

Prince George’s
• Bladensburg
• Central
• Oxon Hill
• Potomac
• Suitland

Queen Anne’s
• Kent Island
• Queen Anne’s County

• Crisfield Academy
• Washington Academy

St. Mary
• Leonardtown
• Great Mills

• Easton
• St. Michael’s Middle/High

• Barbara Ingram School for the Arts
• Boonsboro
• Clear Spring
• Hancock Middle Senior
• North Hagerstown
• Smithsburg
• South Hagerstown
• Washington County Technical
• Williamsport

• James M. Bennett
• Mardela Middle-High
• Parkside
• Wicomico