ACAC Evaluation and Success

Annual American College Application Campaign® Survey

Estimated Number of High Shools

9,200 +

Estimated Number of Students

467,000 +

Estimated Number of Applications

1,398,024

*Totals are estimates since not all participating high schools report data to the state campaigns.

2023 Campaign Results

Data from the 2023 American College Application Campaign, as reported by participating state campaigns, indicate that:

  • Over 9,200 high schools hosted a College Application Campaign event – an increase of nearly 80% over last year.
  • More than 467,000 seniors submitted at least one college application during events.
  • Students submitted a total of 1,398,024 applications.

Because not all data are reported, we know these results are conservative. To date, over 4.7 million students have been served, submitting over 8.7 million college applications since the campaign’s inception in 2005.

The History of the American College Application Campaign

2005

ACAC has seen a meteoric rise in participation and impact since it began in a single North Carolina high school in 2005.

2014

By fall 2014, it reached a tipping point, expanding to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to include more than 4,100 high schools and almost 265,000 high school seniors, generating approximately 411,000 college applications.

2019

Launched the ACAC School of Excellence Awards as an annual opportunity to lift up and highlight exemplary high schools for their work in helping students pursue postsecondary success. Twenty-one high schools received the award in its first year.

2023

During the 2023 implementation, over 9,200 high schools hosted programs with more than 467,000 seniors submitting nearly 1.4 million college applications.

Annual American College Application Campaign® Survey

Data from the 2023 American College Application Campaign, as reported by ACAC states on the 2023 annual survey, indicate that:

Because not all data are reported, we know these results are conservative. To date, over 4.7 million students have been served by ACAC and 8.7 million applications submitted since the inception in 2005.

2014 ACAC Data: Participating High schools- 4162. 2015 ACAC Data: Participating High schools- 4847. 2016 ACAC Data: Participating High schools- 5727. 2017 ACAC Data: Participating High schools- 6270. 2018 ACAC Data: Participating High schools- 7192. 2019 ACAC Data: Participating High schools- 7289. 2020 ACAC Data: Participating High schools- 5679. 2021 ACAC Data: Participating High schools- 5170. 2022 ACAC Data: Participating High schools- 5150.
2014 ACAC Data: Participating students- 267608, Applications submitted- 414223. 2015 ACAC Data: Participating students- 354810, Applications submitted- 569902. 2016 ACAC Data: Participating students- 440852, Applications submitted- 744090. 2017 ACAC Data: Participating students- 500864, Applications submitted- 836427. 2018 ACAC Data: Participating students- 592686, Applications submitted- 872575. 2019 ACAC Data: Participating students- 763402, Applications submitted- 1234011. 2020 ACAC Data: Participating students- 363182, Applications submitted- 627467. 2021 ACAC Data: Participating students- 222600, Applications submitted- 460600. 2022 ACAC Data: Participating students- 290299, Applications submitted- 959178.
For information regarding each state’s implementation of the Campaign, please click on a state below and you will be taken to their ACAC State Profile Page.

Quick Facts

Alabama - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
387
Participating Seniors
27,200 Est
College Applications Submitted
73,500 Est

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Alaska - ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
25
Participating Seniors
895
College Applications Submitted
1,595

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Arizona - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
149 Est
Participating Seniors
14,900 Est
College Applications Submitted
37,250 Est

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Arkansas - 2022 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
52
Participating Seniors
3,379
College Applications Submitted
6,312

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California - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
17
Participating Seniors
3,504 Est
College Applications Submitted
4,530 Est

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Colorado - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
39 Est
Participating Seniors
3,000 Est
College Applications Submitted
64,784

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Connecticut - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
11

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Delaware - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
45
Participating Seniors
10,000
College Applications Submitted
50

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District of Columbia - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
24
Participating Seniors
3,089
College Applications Submitted
13,634

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Florida - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
405
Participating Seniors
1,841 Est
College Applications Submitted
2,577 Est

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Georgia - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
327
Participating Seniors
24,629 Est
College Applications Submitted
21,679 Est

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Hawaii - 2022 ACAC Program
Participating Seniors
1,811

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Idaho - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
84
Participating Seniors
9,560
College Applications Submitted
28,572

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Illinois - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
87
Participating Seniors
1,771 Est
College Applications Submitted
4,428 Est

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Indiana - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
48
Participating Seniors
1,000
College Applications Submitted
2,315

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Iowa - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
239 Est
Participating Seniors
1,880 Est
College Applications Submitted
2,040 Est

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Kansas - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
218
Participating Seniors
11,890
College Applications Submitted
16,025

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Kentucky - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
111 Est
Participating Seniors
2,784
College Applications Submitted
4,872

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Louisiana - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
15
Participating Seniors
1,914 Est
College Applications Submitted
3,828 Est

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Maine - ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
3
Participating Seniors
50

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Maryland - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
206
Participating Seniors
33,229
College Applications Submitted
239,407

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Massachusetts - 2022 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
23
Participating Seniors
2,054
College Applications Submitted
5,506

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Michigan - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
278
Participating Seniors
17,358
College Applications Submitted
54,201

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Minnesota - 2022 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
105
Participating Seniors
4,376
College Applications Submitted
10,044 Est

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Mississippi - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
93
Participating Seniors
1,862 Est
College Applications Submitted
3,525 Est

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Missouri - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
45 Est
Participating Seniors
2,374 Est
College Applications Submitted
2,374 Est

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Montana - 2022 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
120
College Applications Submitted
13,000

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Nebraska - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
125
Participating Seniors
3,061
College Applications Submitted
6,531

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Nevada - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
132
Participating Seniors
10,321
College Applications Submitted
17,307

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New Hampshire - 2023 ACAC Program
Participating High Schools
62
Participating Seniors
1,886
College Applications Submitted
4,820

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New Jersey - ACAC Program