College Application and Exploration Season (CAES) is an initiative of Hawai‘i P-20’s GEAR UP Hawai‘i program designed to assist high school students with college application and exploration. CAES is based on the “College Application Week” program started by GEAR UP North Carolina in 2005 which expanded to 24 states and the District of Columbia in 2012. The goal of CAES is to encourage high school seniors, particularly prospective first-generation college students from low-income families, to apply to at least one college before they graduate from high school, giving every student the option to go to college.
During CAES application events, local volunteers, staff, and personnel from the University of Hawai‘i campuses and other Hawai‘i colleges will work with over ten high schools statewide during the next few months to plan activities that encourage their seniors to complete a college application. Among the schools participating this year include: Castle High School, Farrington High School, Kahuku High School, Kailua High School, Kaimuki High School, Kalaheo High School, Ke Kula ‘o Ehunuikaimalino, Kohala High School, McKinley High School, Nānākuli Intermediate and High School, Roosevelt High School, Waialua Intermediate and High School, Waipahu High School, and Wai‘anae High School. Each school coordinates its own application event with the goal of every senior completing and submitting at least one college application. In addition, some schools are planning pre- and post-application activities that target younger students to get them thinking about college early and start them on track toward the college application process.
For more information on these events, please contact us at 956-3879.
A video tutorial was also created to assist students in filling out the UH System admission application.