Mission

The Committed to Excellence and Opportunity (CEO) pre-college program contributes to the mission of the Division of Student Affairs by providing middle and high school students with a variety of academic workshops, leadership, and cultural enrichment opportunities. Working as a collaborative community (students, parents, UM-Flint, and additional external and internal stakeholders) to increase college access, retention, and completion, CEO offers transformative experiences to support life-long learning, self-actualization, resiliency, and high levels of achievement.

Eligibility and Requirement

Students eligible for the CEO program must meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • First Generation College Student (one or both biological parent(s) did not graduate from college)
  • Low Income
  • Underrepresented Minority (African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Filipino, Pacific Islander)
  • Attends a school district with low college-going rates

I'm eligible! What should I expect after joining CEO?

Scholars are expected to actively participate in all CEO programs. Active participation consists of the following:

  • Attending 80% of scheduled CEO meetings
  • Particiapte in at least one residential summer program
  • Complete at least 125 service learning hours

Scholar meetings are bi-weekly on Mondays from 5:30 – 7:30pm at UM-Flint (Sept – Dec. and Jan. – April).

Freshman 

  • Identity Development 
  • Goal-Setting

Sophomore 

  • Career Exploration 
  • Writing Enhancement

Junior 

  • SAT Preparation 
  • Mock university experience with University faculty members 

Senior 

  • Eollege Applications
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarship Applications
  • First-Year Success Techniques

Programming

Programming for the academic year is the main component of the CEO program. Summer programming is also available and encouraged for students who participate during the academic year.

Academic Year Programming

  • Scholar Workshops/Meetings
  • College Tours
  • Cultural Excursions
  • College Buddy Day
  • Tutoring
  • Academic Monitoring
  • SAT Test Preparation

Summer Programming

CEO hosts an annual residential summer program for its rising sophomore, junior and senior students. Students have the opportunity to live on-campus in one of the UM-Flint residence halls for 5-weeks. Over the course of 5-weeks, all students are engaged in academic enrichment and exposure as they participate in a Math, Science and English course that is taught by a licensed teacher and geared to prepare them for the coursework they will be taking in the fall.

  • 5-week Summer Residential Program
  • Academic Enrichment and Early Exposure
  • Job Shadowing 
  • Weekly Cultural Excursions
  • SAT Prep
  • Mentorship with college student resident advisors