Utah College Awareness & Application Week (UCAW)

Help students complete a college application during the school day.

Over 90% of middle school students say they plan to go to college, yet only two-thirds of students actually end up attending. The goal of UCAW is to provide every high school senior at our partner schools the opportunity to complete at least one college or university application during the school day, with a particular focus on students who would be the first in their families to attend college, low-income students, or students who may not have otherwise considered applying.

UCAW happens every October in high schools around the state. For real-time updates about the program, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use the hashtags: #UCAW, #iApplied, #whyApply.

2019 UCAW Best Practices Training Webinar Series (new link coming soon)

  • Preparing for your UCAW event
  • Building awareness and a college readiness culture in your school before UCAW
    • Friday, September 13 @ 12:00PM
  • UCAW Best Practices
    • Friday, September 20 @ 12:00PM
  • Data, Data, Data & UCAW Aftermath
    • Friday, September 27 @ 12:00PM

Download the 2019 UCAW Site Coordinator Manual

Site Application

To learn more about participating in the Utah College Application Week campaign, contact the program manager at lmartinez@ushe.edu or ucaw@ushe.edu. The UCAW program is under the direction of the USHE Communication & Outreach department.

Need ideas on how to engage younger grades with UCAW? This document includes activities and lessons for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students.

College and Career Awareness Activities for Elementary and Middle School Students

The American College Application Campaign (ACAC) and the ACT center for equity and learning is a national initiative to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a post-secondary education. The purpose is to help high school seniors navigate the college admissions process and ensure each participating student submits at least one admissions application

The ACAC initiative began in 2005, in a single GEAR UP North Carolina high school in Chatham County. Since 2008, the number of states implementing a College Application program has been growing. In 2013 Utah joined ACAC as the 39th state. In 2014 all states jointed this national campaign.

More information and resources from ACAC

Contact Utah College Application Week




Board of Regents Building, Two Gateway
60 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1284