#WhyApply Day

This fall, students across the country will be submitting college applications and celebrating their plans for the future. Hundreds of thousands of them will do so when schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia host American College Application Campaign (ACAC) events. To celebrate college application season and our students, College for West Virginia encourages participating in the #WhyApply social media campaign.

What is #WhyApply Day?

#WhyApply Day is sponsored by the American College Application Campaign, an initiative of ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning, which partners with College for West Virginia each fall to host events supporting students through the college application process, especially first-generation college students and those from low-income families who may not otherwise apply to college. This year, we hope all West Virginia high schools will participate and join us in celebrating postsecondary education.

#WhyApply Day kicks off the college application season and provides encouragement for students. State campaigns like College Application and Exploration Week and local college fairs that run from September through December are all a part of the college application season. The goal of #WhyApply Day is to utilize social media to encourage students as they begin the application process and start planning our their future endeavors.

How to Show Your Support

On Friday, September 22, 2023, College for West Virginia encourages everyone to wear your college gear (t-shirt, hats, pins, etc.) and share why you believe students should apply to college and/or why you applied to college, using the hashtag #WhyApply. Then share your response on your and your school's favorite social media platform (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Be sure to tag @CFWV in all of your posts! Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. Not sure what to post? You might:

-Type a short post in your status. Make sure you include a photo in your post! You can use one of the ones we provide you on this page.
-Make a video of yourself, your kids, or your friends answering the question
-Write your answer on a piece of paper (feel free to use the #WhyApply template provided) and post a photo of you holding it

#WhyApply Day Social Media Materials


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