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Maryland College Application Campaign Helps Students, Families to Navigate Process

Campaign Set for October 23-27

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 23-27.

The MCAC’s goal is to increase the number of students who are applying to college early in their senior year, particularly students from families that have never attended college or may be from low socio-economic circumstances. The college campaign also focuses on unaccompanied and foster care youth, students in the juvenile education system, special education students, and others underrepresented in higher education.

Maryland is implementing a comprehensive and supportive process that culminates in students’ acceptance into a postsecondary institution. Dozens of high schools in 19 Maryland school systems are taking part in the MCAC.

“Education beyond high school is critical for both our high school graduates and the needs of Maryland employers,” said Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools. “For many of today’s careers, an Associate’s Degree is an entry level credential. More of our students must take advantage of this golden opportunity to take the next step.”

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

Starting in October and continuing through March, College Goal Maryland and Maryland Higher Education Commission staff and volunteers will provide guided assistance in completing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications. In addition, professionals working with College Goal Maryland and the Maryland Higher Education Commission 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.

The 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 114 schools in 18 systems.

This year’s participation marks a new record, with 127 schools participating from the following school systems: Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, and Wicomico. The Juvenile Education Services has 13 facilities included in the total number of participating sites.

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

The MCAC has launched Facebook and Twitter sites to allow schools to upload pictures, comments, and videos promoting the MCAC events and activities. Visit the MCAC social media sites on Facebook at Maryland College Application Campaign, and on Twitter at @mcacampaign. Students may also send blog items to The campaign is using the Hashtag: #MDcollegestrong. Students are invited to write a short blog reflecting on what access to this opportunity means to them. The MCAC webpage also has extensive resources to support students and families and may be accessed at

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

Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC)
FY2017 Participating High Schools

Anne Arundel
• Glen Burnie
• North County
• 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 School for Young Women
• Barb 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
• Independence School
• KASA (Knowledge and Success Academy)
• 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
• Catonsville Alt
• Chesapeake
• Dundalk
• Eastern Technical
• Franklin
• George Washington Carver for Arts and Technology
• Hereford
• Kenwood
• Landsdowne
• Loch Raven
• Milford Mills
• New Town
• Overlea
• Owings Mills
• Parkville
• Patapsco
• Perry Hall
• Pikesville
• Randallstown
• Rosedale Alt
• 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

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

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

• Crisfield Academy
• Washington Academy

St. Mary’s
• 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

Maryland Juvenile Education System
• Alfred D. Noyes Children’s Center
• Backbine Mountain Youth Facility
• Baltimore City Juvenile Justice
• Charles H. Hickey Center
• Cheltenham Youth Facility
• J. DeWeese Carter
• Lower Eastern Shore Children’s Center
• Meadow Mountain Youth Center
• Savage Mountain Youth Center
• Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center
• Victor Cullen Center
• Western Maryland Children’s Center