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Pennsylvania College Application Campaign (PCAC)

The Pennsylvania College Application Campaign (PCAC) is part of the national American College Application Campaign (ACAC) initiative. ACAC is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation students and students from low-income families pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential. The primary purpose of this effort is to help high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and ensure they apply to at least one postsecondary institution. The effort occurs during the school day, with a focus on students who might not otherwise apply to college.

The ACAC initiative began in 2005, in a single GEAR UP North Carolina high school in Chatham County.  Since that time, the program has expanded statewide in North Carolina with every district and over 470 high schools participating annually.  Since 2008, the number of states implementing a College Application program has been growing. In 2014, ACAC took place in all 50 states and the District of Columbia with over 4,000 schools hosting programs.

American College Application Campaign

Pennsylvania College Application Campaign

Year Program Started: 2014
Program Coordinator: Mike Dotts
Email Address: rdotts@pa.gov

2018 PCAC Program
Dates Hosted: October 1 - December 4, 2018
Number of Participating High Schools: 23
Number of Participating Seniors: 1,300
Number of College Applications Submitted: 1,685

2017 PCAC Program
Dates Hosted: November 2017
Number of Participating High Schools: 35
Number of Participating Seniors: 1,432
Number of College Applications Submitted: 1,637

2016 PCAC Program
Dates Hosted: November 2016
Number of Participating High Schools: 24
Number of Participating Seniors: 1,500
Number of College Applications Submitted: 1,732

2015 PCAC Program

Dates Hosted: November 1-30, 2015
Number of Participating High Schools:  25
Number of Participating Seniors:  1,682
Number of College Applications Submitted:  2,135

2014 PCAC Program

Dates Hosted: November 10-14, 2014
Number of Participating High Schools: 11
Number of Participating Seniors: 640
Number of College Applications Submitted: 926