ABOUT THE MARCH
ABOUT THE COLLEGE MARCH
Every year, on the second Friday in December, high school seniors from across the country march their college applications out the front doors of their schools and to their local post office or mail truck. Members of their school communities, family members, local business leaders, politicians, and other supporters turn out to cheer them on. The 2016 College March was on December 9. Over 2,700 seniors marched at 35 schools from 12 cities across the country, the vast majority on the same day.
ORIGINS OF THE COLLEGE MARCH
The College March began in 2011 at NYC Outward Bound's Network School WHEELS, where it was the brain child of assistant principal Jenny Rodriguez. In 2012, it spread across our New York City network of public schools with support from Capital One Bank. Our high schools all march while the underclassmen cheer them on, and our middle schools and elementary schools turn out to support them as active participants.
The College March is a powerful symbol of the idea that every student, regardless of background or circumstance, can be prepared to thrive at a high-quality institution of higher learning. It is a powerful ritual that helps establish college-going cultures in our schools, reminding every student that with perseverance, resilience and hard work, each of them can earn a degree - and that we will challenge and support them all in doing just that. The date also helps seniors submit their college applications on deadline.
HOW IT'S GROWN
In 2014, the College March went national and doubled in size as NYC Outward Bound Schools engaged schools from across the country in joining the March. Collectively, the non-NYC schools hail from the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions via our partner EL Education and from the South through charter network Uplift Education, which Capital One Bank partners with. This year, the number of schools marching in NYC more than doubled. The ten new schools received support from the NYC Department of Education’s College Access for All office and NYC Outward Bound Schools.
HOW YOU CAN JOIN THE #COLLEGEMARCH
As a School/Organization
Visit our How to March page for all the details on how to join the March, including event logistics, media tips and partnership/sponsorship ideas. Let us know you're joining so we can add you to our growing list of participants.
As an Attendee
Line a parade path near you in support of a neighborhood school/organization - a full list of participating schools, organizations and their locations can be found on our Who's Marching page.
As a Social Networker
Join the conversation using #CollegeMarch on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tag us @NYCOutwardBound so we can share you posts, tag our sister schools @ELeducation and @UpliftEducation, and consider thanking our generous partner @CapitalOne.