The Committed to Excellence and Opportunity (CEO) pre-college program provides middle school 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 members) to increase college access, retention, and graduation, CEO offers transformative experiences to support lifelong learning, self-actualization, resiliency, and high levels of achievement.

CEO Program Highlights

Academic Year Programming

  • Scholar workshops/meetings
  • College tours
  • Academic monitoring/intervention 
  • SAT test preparation
  • Diverse cultural exposures 
  • Scholarship tracker/eligibility updates 


  • Career exploration 
  • Writing enhancement
  • Goal setting
  • Identity development 


  • SAT preparation 
  • Awareness of college/university climates and expectations
  • Writing enhancement 


  • College applications
  • Financial Aid overview
  • Scholarship applications
  • First-year college success techniques

CEO Parents

  • Parents are required to attend Parent meetings throughout the academic year to stay engaged with CEO programming. Parent meetings are currently scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays (dates are provided in the CEO program calendar). Please view the "Current Students" tab to see more details regarding parent meeting schedule.


Eligibility for the CEO Program

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 students 
  • 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:

  • Attend 80% of scheduled CEO meetings
  • Participate and complete 80% of CEO academic enrichment assignments
  • Participate in SAT Prep Courses 
  • Complete at least 40 service learning hours (10 each academic year)

For the 2019-2020 academic year, scholar meetings are currently scheduled bi-weekly from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at UM-Flint (Sept.-Dec). Meeting days may be subject to change for the winter semester. 

    Current Students

    For frequent program updates and communication, please use the provided links below: