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

Legacy 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

Universal Academy

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

WAY Michigan

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 alane@detroitcan.org

Register for Michigan College Month