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In Detroit, we celebrate college application season by kicking off with #WhyApply in September and hosting Michigan College Month in October. 

The purpose of Michigan College Month is to ensure all graduating seniors have the opportunity to apply to college. Michigan College Month can open the door for students by encouraging them to take the most significant steps toward pursuing 

postsecondary education.


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 that meet match, reach and safety qualifications.


Michigan College Month | October 



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. 

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has adopted this national campaign, and DCAN supports Detroit high schools and community-based organizations with participating each October.


In 2022-2023  we had 1,086 Detroit seniors participate and complete a total of 3,445 college applications, an average of about 3.17 applications per student.


Special shoutout to the 2023-2024 participating schools and organizations: 

Cass Technical High School 

Central High School

Chandler Park Academy High School

Covenant Schools Detroit

Covenant Schools Detroit-Central

Crockett Midtown High 

Detroit Community High School

Detroit Cristo Rey High School

Detroit Edison Early College of Excellence

Detroit Leadership Academy High School

Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars

Detroit School of Arts

East English Village Preparatory Academy

Frontier International Academy

Hope of Detroit Academy High School

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Lincoln-King High School

Loyola High School

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

Mumford High School

Northwestern High School

Old Redford High School

Osborn High School

Pershing High School

Renaissance High School

Southeaster High School

The Etiquette Series

The School at Marygrove

Trio Upward Bound Wayne State

Universal Academy

University of Detroit Jesuit High School

University Prep Academy High School

University Prep Art & Design High School

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives

Voyageur College Prep

WAY Michigan

Western International High School


Need to register to participate? 

It is not too late to sign up to participate in the College Bound Michigan (CBMI). This campaign houses Michigan College Month, The College Cash Campaign and College Decision Day.  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. For all other support with Michigan College Month contact Program Manager Ashley Lane-Barrett at

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