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College Central

Students in various careers and academic pursuits

Welcome to UCS College Central - Home for all current and future UCS Alumni!

Consider this your one stop for valuable resources as you prepare for your next academic step.

These resources are organized with links and videos to provide students and parents self-directed assistance to navigate through the post-secondary planning process. 

This project was made possible from the COVID - 19 Response Grant sponsored by Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) received in June 2020. The materials were developed by a group of Utica Community School (UCS) Counselors for UCS high school students. Support and resources were provided by Naviance.  Additional resources from College Board and Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA). 


Click on the following link for directions on how to create a MyAP classroom account to register for AP assessment(s)

For information pertaining to the AP payment process click on the following link: Utica Community Schools AP® Exam Payment Submission (

Michigan Colleges

Click on the link below for a list of all 84 public and private, 2-year and 4-year colleges in Michigan. You can find institution-specific information, such as admissions and financial aid, by navigating through the tabs at the top of the page.

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                                                                        VIRTUAL COLLEGE Q and A Sessions - Fall 2021

Explore Michigan colleges and universities without leaving your home!
Below is a list of virtual sessions being held for UCS students with the following college representatives. 
Refer back to this page to access the live link to meet and ask questions of the college representative.

Wednesday 15-Sep 7:00 PM Hillsdale College Hillsdale College Virtual Visit
Thursday 16-Sep 7:00 PM Alma College Alma Virtual Presentation
Monday 20-Sep 7:00 PM Davenport University Davenport University Virtual Presentation
Tuesday 21-Sep 7:00 PM Northwood University Northwood University Virtual Presentation
Wednesday 22-Sep 7:00 PM Central Michigan University Central Michigan University Virtual Presentation
Thursday 23-Sep 7:00 PM Michigan State University Michigan State Virtual Presentation
Monday 27-Sep 7:00 PM University of Michigan - Ann Arbor U of M Ann Arbor Virtual Presentation
 Tuesday 28-Sep 7:00 PM University of Michigan - Dearborn U of M Dearborn Virtual Visit
Wednesday 29-Sep 7:00 PM MichiganTech University Michigan Tech Virtual Presentation
Thursday 30-Sep 7:00 PM Kettering University Kettering University Virtual Presentations
Monday 4-Oct 7:00 PM Douglas J Aveda Institute Douglas J Aveda Institute Virtual Presentation
Tuesday 5-Oct 7:00 PM Hope College CANCELLED - to be rescheduled Hope College Virtual Presentation Will be rescheduled prior to Thanksgiving
Wednesday 6-Oct 7:00 PM Wayne State University RESCHEDULED - Oct. 21 Wayne State University Virtual Visit RESCHEDULED - Oct. 21
Thursday 7-Oct 7:00 PM Northern Michigan University Northern Michigan University Virtual Presentation
Monday 11-Oct 7:00 PM Grand Valley State Grand Valley State University Virtual Visit
Tuesday 12-Oct 7:00 PM College for Creative Studies College for Creative Studies Virtual Presentation
Wednesday 13-Oct 7:00 PM University of Detroit Mercy U of D Mercy Virtual Visit
 Thursday 14-Oct 7:00 PM Oakland University Oakland University 
 Monday 18-Oct 7:00 PM Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor University Virtual Visit
 Tuesday 19-Oct 7:00 PM University of Alabama University of Alabama Virtual Visit
Wednesday 20-Oct 7:00 PM Lawrence Tech University Lawrence Tech University Virtual Presentation
Thursday  21-Oct 7:00 PM Wayne State University Wayne State University Virtual Visit
Monday  25-Oct 7:00 PM Adrian College Adrian College Virtual Visit
Tuesday 26-Oct 7:00 PM Macomb Community College Macomb Community College 
 Wednesday 27-Oct 7:00 PM Rochester University Rochester University Virtual Visit
Thursday 28-Oct 7:00 PM Olivet College Olivet College Virtual Visit 
Monday 1-Nov 7:00 PM Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Virtual Visit 
Tuesday 2-Nov 7:00 PM Madonna University Madonna University Virtual Visit
Wednesday  3-Nov 7:00 PM  Concordia College - Ann Arbor  Concordia College - Ann Arbor (Link to be added) 
Thursday  4-Nov 7:00 PM  University of Toledo  University of Toledo
Monday  8-Nov 7:00 PM  Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising  Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Virtual Visit 
Tuesday 9-Nov 7:00 PM Albion College Albion College Virtual Visit
Wednesday  10-Nov 7:00 PM Siena Heights University Siena Heights Virtual Visit
Thursday  11-Nov 7:00 PM Western Michigan University Western Michigan University Virtual Visit
 Monday 15-Nov 7:00 PM Eastern Michigan University Eastern Michigan University (link to be added)
 Wednesday  17-Nov 7:00 PM Ferris State University Ferris State University Virtual Visit
 Thursday 18-Nov  7:00 PM Bowling Green State University Bowling Green State University Virtual Visit



What is an Educational Development Plan (EDP)?
An Educational Development Plan (EDP) is a document showing a student's current interests, abilities, and career pathways.  It is more comprehensive than a schedule of classes because it includes information a student can use when creating a high school schedule and planning for post-secondary options.

Why have an EDP?
The State of Michigan requires that students must be given the opportunity to create an EDP beginning in the 7th grade and revise it appropriately throughout high school.  An EDP is designed to assist students to identify career development goals as they relate to academic requirements, which may be fulfilled through career and technical education. 

How can students start/update their EDP?
Counselors meet with students to instruct on updating their EDP annually.  In addition, PowerPoint presentations have been created to assist students and are available by grade level using the tabs below. The essential elements for updating an EDP are exploring careers, projected job openings, educational/training goals, career interest surveys, activities, experiences and plans of action. 

Students and Parents are welcome and encouraged to explore Naviance on their own time.


Naviance Student – is a mobile-friendly website that you can use to plan for college and a career. Naviance Student is linked with Naviance™, a service that we use in our office to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that is specific to our school.

Naviance Student allows you to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
  • Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past
  • Research careers – Research hundreds of careers and career clusters, and take career assessments
  • Create future plans – Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned to you by the school to better prepare yourself for your future college and career goals