Host an Event

What do I need?

Massachusetts public high schools interested in hosting a MCAC event will be required to set aside time, space and access to computer labs during the school day for graduating seniors to complete at least one application for any university, community college or trade school that they are qualified for and interested in applying to.

Additionally, host sites will spend the weeks leading up to MCAC helping students identify the right institutional fit, drafting essays, and securing all information needed to complete their applications during the event. The MCAC committee will provide a resource manual for all host sites to assist with the organization of the event, site coordinator training webinars, and provide assistance with volunteer recruitment.

Who will help?

Assistance and encouragement for students and their parents will be provided by high school, college and community staff and volunteers, college admissions representatives and financial aid professionals. Each host school/district must complete the MCAC application and work with a web portal (ex. YPFF, Naviance, etc.) in order to measure and monitor student progress on college applications.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in becoming a Massachusetts College Application Celebration host site, please complete the application form by the early action deadline on June 30, 2017 (for best chance for college volunteers), or by the final deadline on September 15, 2017. Selected host sites will be notified within 2 weeks after application is submitted (resource manual will also be made available at that time). Once you are selected as a host site, more information will be made available regarding site coordinator trainings, implementation and volunteer recruitment.

If you would like to complete the application offline, you can download the [.doc] 2017 MCAC Host Site Application.

2017 Timeline

Date 2017 MCAC Activity:
June 30 (early action) or September 15 (final deadline) 2017 MCAC application due online or in person at GEAR UP Massachusetts office by 5 p.m.
July 31 Colleges early sign up deadline
September 19 or September 22 Site Coordinator Training Webinar/Podcast: Volunteer recruitment/ data collection- required for new host sites
October 16 Colleges sign up regular deadline
October 19 or October 20 MCAC t-shirt requests due
October 19th Site Coordinator Training Webinar/Podcast - required participation for host sites to view one (please have your student count by this call)
November 13-17 or November 20-24 2017 MCAC events held at Host sites