Oregon State University has created a free online resource to help students apply to college. The resource will launch on September 1. AXS Companion – developed with the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) – includes instructional videos for the Common App, an academic app platform used by more than 1,000 colleges and universities in 50 states and 20 countries .
“This tool provides critical assistance to underserved and first-generation students navigating the college application process,” said Dr. Ed Feser, vice president and executive vice president at Oregon State University. “The collaborative development of this tool also demonstrates the State of Oregon’s commitment to providing access to a college education not only to learners in Oregon, but across the country and the world.”
The application platform can be daunting, especially for people from low-income families and homes where English is not the primary language, said Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost for enrollment management at Oregon State.
Last year, 700,000 high school students created accounts but never filled out applications, according to Common App, a nonprofit organization that oversees application.
“Enrolling in college, once just a rite of passage for high schoolers, has become more stressful,” Boeckenstedt said. “Anyone involved in college admissions, even for a short time, knows that the best way to increase access to college is to break down the barriers the system can put between students and a degree. university.