Farmington Schools seniors get help during College Application Week

Scores of Farmington Public Schools students got a jump on their post-secondary plans before winter break, during a College Application Week (CAW) set up by school counselors.

Introduced as a national initiative, CAW is designed to help increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue post-secondary education. Dedicating school time and having knowledgeable staff and volunteers for the application process helps reduce barriers.

College Application Week
Students complete their paperwork during College Application Week. (Farmington Public Schools)

Farmington High seniors had the opportunity to get support during their lunch hours and nearly 100 completed at least one college application. Students visited with representatives from Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Lawrence Technological Institute, Albion College, Adrian College, the College for Creative Studies, and the California College of Arts.

“Our seniors worked so diligently on college applications with us,” Farmington High counselor Renee Champagne said in a press release. “We are thrilled to watch this next chapter of our seniors’ lives unfold.”

More than 184 transcripts were requested and more than 100 letters of recommendation were written by school counselors for college applications.

North Farmington High School (NFHS) counselors helped students with college applications, transcripts, test scores, and more. Representatives from Oakland University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, Adrian College, and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising made school visits, with many offering on-site admissions.

In all, 75 college applications were submitted to 13 different colleges and universities, and 56 seniors applied to one or more colleges. Three students received offers for full tuition scholarships, with more than 15 other scholarship offers extended.

Harrison High School counselors took a more individualized approach to CAW. Counselors met with students, completed senior exit reviews, and gave individualized assistance with applications. Counselors have mailed home credit reviews, transcripts, and a list of the scholarships/financial aid information provided to each senior.