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 2019-2020, 3,767 seniors from 33 high schools participated and completed 9,648 college applications. An average of 2.6 per student. Our goal this year is 3 college applications per student. This year we expect at least 40 high schools and community based organizations to participate. Below is a list of schools and organizations currently signed up to participate:
Academy of the Americas
Alternatives for Girls
Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine
Cass Technical High School
Central High School
Cesar Chavez Academy High School
Chandler Park Academy High School
Cody High School
Communication and Media Arts High School
Cornerstone Health & Technology High School
Davis Aerospace Technical High School
Denby High School
Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School @ Northwestern
Detroit Cristo Rey High School
DEPSA Early College of Excellence
Detroit International Academy for Young Women
Detroit Leadership Academy
Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars
Detroit School of Arts
East English Village Prep Academy
Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men
Frontier International Academy
Golightly Career & Technical Center
Henry Ford High School
Jalen Role Leadership Academy
Loyola High School
Midnight Golf Program
Mumford High School
Osborn High School
Pershing High School
Renaissance High School
Randolph Career and Technical Center
Southeastern High School
University Prep Academy
University Prep Art & Design
University Prep Science & Math High School
Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan Project Ready-College Club
Voyageur College Prep High School
Need College Month Support?
Submit a Michigan College Month Support request for programming support during the month of October. To get support submitting college month data email