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In Detroit, we celebrate college application season by celebrating #WhyApply in September and hosting Michigan College Month during the month of October. 

#WhyApply day is the annual kick-off celebration of the college application season, and the purpose of College Application Month is to support students with applying to college.


Our goal is to help all graduating high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and provide the opportunity to complete at least three applications by the conclusion of College Application Month at their high schools.

Michigan College Month


The American College Application Campaign (ACAC) is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a postsecondary education.


The purpose is to help high school seniors navigate the college admissions process and ensure each participating student submits at least one admission applications. Special focus is placed on assisting students who would be the first in their families to attend college and students who may not have considered applying to college. 

MCAN has adopted this national campaign, and DCAN supports Detroit high schools and community-based organizations with participating each October.


In 2021-2022, 680 seniors participated and completed 3,284 college applications. An average of about 4.8 applications per student. Our goal this year academic year is to significantly increase the # of schools participating in Michigan College Month. This year we hope to have at least 1500 seniors participate and complete at least 5,000 college applications. 


Special shoutout to the schools and organizations currently signed up to participate: 

Alternatives for Girls

Chandler Park Academy High School 

Detroit Leadership Academy

Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars

Eastside Community Network 

Frontier International Academy

Henry Ford High School

Jalen Role Leadership Academy

Lincoln-King Academy

Mumford High School

Northwestern High School

Osborn High School

Randolph Career and Technical Center

Southeastern High School

The School at Marygrove

Universal Academy

University Prep Academy

University Prep Art & Design

WAY Michigan

Need to register to participate? 

No worries, it is not too late to sign up to participate in Michigan College Month. For more information and to register, visit the College Bound Michigan Initiative


Need College Month Support?

Submit a Michigan College Month Support request for programming support during the month of October. For all other support with Michigan College Month email

Register for Michigan College Month
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