College Countdown MS: Who We Are

Who We Are

The American College Application Campaign (ACAC) is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential. The primary purpose of this effort is to help high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and ensure they apply to at least one postsecondary institution. The effort occurs during the school day, with a focus on students who might not otherwise apply to college.

The College Countdown MS steering committee is comprised of members from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Mississippi Community College Board, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), The Woodward Hines Education Foundation Get2College Program, and the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid. Heather Morrison, the IHL P20 Projects Coordinator, is the state coordinator.

What We Do

In conjunction with school leaders and volunteers, the steering committee will coordinate the hosting of a three-part series of in-school events for each participating school:
1. Application Days to help students submit college applications
2. FAFSA Days to assist students and their parents in submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and MS Office of Student Financial Aid application with guidance on funding from federal, state, college, and private resources
3. College Signing Days to celebrate students committing to the college of choice

Participating Schools

Amite County High School
Bay High School
Biloxi High School
Broad Street High School
Bruce High School
Calhoun City High School
Canton High School
Clinton High School
Collins High School
East Union Attendance Center
Florence High School
Gauiter High School
George County High School
Greenville High School
Hancock High School
Hazlehurst High School
Heidelberg High School
J.Z. George High School
Jim Hill High School
Kemper County High School
Lake Cormorant High School
Leland High School
Long Beach High School
Madison S. Palmer High School
Magee High School
McComb High School
McLaurin High School
Mendenhall High School
Meridian High School
Mississippi School of the Arts
Moss Point High School
Murrah High School
New Albany High School
Northwest Rankin High School
Noxubee County High School
O’Bannon High School
Ocean Springs High School CTE
Okolona High School
Park Place Christian Academy
Pelahatchie Attendance Center
Philadelphia High School
Poplarville High School
Porter’s Chapel Academy
Ray Brooks School
Riverside High School
Ruleville Central High School
Shaw High School
Simmons Jr. Sr. High School
Simmons Junior-Senior High School
South Delta High School
Southeast High School
St. Martin High School
Stringer Attendance Center
Taylorsville High School
The Piney Woods School
Vancleave High School
West Lauderdale High School
West Marion
West Point High School