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October 01, 2019

Apply Missouri helps students find 'best fit' for college

High schools across the state hold events during September and October

More than 100 Missouri high schools are participating in the Apply Missouri program this fall to help students submit college applications and prepare for education beyond high school.

High school staff, assisted by volunteers with college advising and admissions experience, work with seniors during the school day to research colleges and programs of study, complete college essays, and to submit admissions applications to one or more colleges or universities they are interested in attending.

Many Apply Missouri high schools also offer individual college advising and host assemblies, college fairs, and other activities to help students find their “best fit” for higher education.

“Apply Missouri is great program that assists students in submitting college applications,” said Zora Mulligan, commissioner of higher education. “The program emphasizes the importance of continuing education beyond high school, and gives students the opportunities to research, apply, and make a plan that works best for them with the help and guidance of their counselor during the actual school day.”

Now in its seventh year, Apply Missouri is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development as part of the Journey to College initiative. With 109 schools participating this year, Missouri students are set up to succeed in preparing for their future. The department provides free training and resources to help participating high schools host a successful event.

Journey to College programs are open to all students but focus on providing assistance to low-income students, students underrepresented in higher education, and students who would be the first in their families to attend college.

For more information about the Apply Missouri program and to see a full list of participating high schools, visit https://journeytocollege.mo.gov/plan/apply/apply-missouri/.

About the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development: The department works to empower Missourians with the skills and education needed for success. More information about MDHEWD can be found at https://dhewd.mo.gov or on Facebook and Twitter @MoDHEWD.