Committed to Excellence & Opportunity

The Committed to Excellence & 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, the University of Michigan-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

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

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)


Please fill out the below forms and submit to the Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives.