Post-Secondary Planning

  • When you hear the word "college" many students think that only refers to 4-year universities. It is important to know that when your teachers, counselor, or college adviser talk to you about college that includes: trade schools, certificate programs, community colleges, and 4-year bachelor degree programs. Really it includes ANY type of post-secondary education or training.

    COLLEGE IS FOR EVERYONE. In fact, some type of post-secondary education or training beyond high school is essential in today's job market! For some, that means going to a 4-Year University. Others head to community college with plans to transfer later. Some attend a community college or trade school with the goal of gaining a certification so they can get right to work. The important thing to remember is that there is an option for everyone!


    Michigan colleges with FREE APPLICATIONS

    Adrian College
    Albion College
    Alma College
    Alpena CC
    Aquinas College
    Bay College
    Calvin College (Waived before November 15th)
    College for Creative Studies
    Concordia University
    Cornerstone University
    Delta College
    Ferris State University
    Finlandia University
    Glen Oaks CC
    Grace Bible College
    Grand Rapids CC
    Henry Ford College
    Hillsdale College
    Jackson College
    Kalamazoo College
    Kalamazoo Valley CC
    Kellogg CC
    Kettering University
    Kirtland CC
    Kuyper College
    Lake Michigan College
    Lansing CC
    Macomb CC
    Madonna University
    Michigan Technological University
    Mid Michigan CC
    Monroe CC
    Montcalm CC
    Mott CC
    Muskegon CC
    North Central Michigan College
    Northwood University
    Oakland CC
    Oakland University
    Olivet College
    Rochester College
    Schoolcraft College
    Siena Heights University
    Southwestern Michigan College
    Spring Arbor University
    St. Clair County CC
    University of Detroit Mercy
    University of Michigan - Flint
    Washtenaw CC
    Wayne County CCD
    West Shore CC

    What is an HBCU?

    HBCU stands for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCUs celebrate African American history and culture and cultivate success. Historically, these schools have housed close relationships and a tight community. Think an HBCU might be a good fit for you? Check out this information:

    List Of HBCUs

    HBCUs Resources


    If the college you are applying to requires a counselor recommendation, please forward this request to your counselors’ email. Your counselor may ask that you fill out a “brag sheet” that tells us more about your interests and accomplishments, so we are able to write a letter that shows colleges who you are!

    Trying to decide where to apply? No worries! Here are several websites that can help you narrow things down.

    Finding Your College Fit

    College Search Step-by-Step

     White House Initiative on HBCUs

    Trade Schools 

    Going Pro With Skilled Trades

    Michigan Construction Careers


    Aveda Institute

    Paul Mitchell