SMASH Academy is a FREE, 1-year, intensive Computer Science-focused program that empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue CS careers. Scholars are immersed in tuition-free studies in partnership with the University of Michigan for one summer and build mentorship relationships with facilitators and CS professionals that reflect their same demographics. Because of their common background, students connect more deeply and gain true mentorship.

SMASH is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented students in CS and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation. As they go through the program, scholars not only develop their skills and network – they also further develop their voice and build the confidence to become who they want to be.

GradePriceProgram Dates
Current 10th and 11th Grade Michigan Residents*FreeIn Person: July 6- July 20, 2024
Virtual: July 22- July 26, 2024
*All Engineering OnRamp Participants must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Residents of the U.S


Applications for SMASH are open. Submit your application today!


Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements listed below in order to be considered for SMASH (no exceptions).
  1. GPA: Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalent.
  2. Grade Level: Be in the 10th or 11th grade at the time of application.
  3. Math Skills: Have strong mathematics skills appropriate for your grade level, as determined by your state-standardized math test scores.
  4. Attend a public high school or private high school via scholarship.
  5. Location: SMASH Academy will give preference to applicants who attend our target schools. However, if your school is not on the list, you are still welcome to apply.
  6. CS Interest: Must have a strong interest in obtaining a computer science degree or certification and pursuing a career in CS.

SMASH Michigan Target Schools

  • Battle Creek
    • Central High School
  • Belleville
    • Belleville High School
  • Burton
    • Madison Academy High School
  • Dearborn
    • Advanced Technology High School
    • Fordson High School
    • Henry Ford Academy – Dearborn
  • Dearborn Heights
    • Robichaud High School
  • Detroit
    • Academy of the Americas
    • Crockett Midtown High School
    • Cass Technical High School
    • Central High School
    • Cesar Chavez Academy High School
    • Cody High School
    • Communication and Media Arts High School
    • Cornerstone Lincoln-King High School
    • Davis Aerospace High School
    • Denby High School
    • Detroit Community High School
    • Detroit Cristo Rey High School
    • Detroit Edison Public School Academy – High School
    • Detroit International Academy for Young Women
    • Detroit Leadership Academy High School
    • Detroit Public Safety Academy
    • Detroit School of Arts
    • East English Village Preparatory Academy
    • Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men
    • Frontier International Academy
    • Henry Ford High School
    • Hope of Detroit Academy Middle/High School
    • Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
    • Loyola High School
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School
    • Mumford High School
    • Northwestern High School
    • Old Redford Academy High School
    • Osborn High School
    • Pershing High School
    • Renaissance High School
    • Southeastern High School
    • The School at Marygrove
    • University Prep Art & Design High School
    • University Prep Science and Math High School
    • University Preparatory Academy High School
    • Voyageur College Prep High School
    • W-A-Y Academy – West
    • W-A-Y Academy – Southwest
    • Western International High School

  • Ecorse
    • Ecorse Community High School
  • Ferndale
    • Ferndale High School
    • University High School
  • Flint
    • Accelerated Learning Academy
    • Carman-Ainsworth High School
    • International Academy of Flint
    • Mott Middle College High School
    • Southwestern Classical Academy
  • Grand Rapids
    • Grand Rapids University Prep
    • Innovation Central High School
    • Ottawa Hills High School
  • Hamtramck
    • Hamtramck High School
    • Oakland International Academy – High School
  • Harper Woods
    • Chandler Park Academy High School
  • Jackson
    • Jackson High School
  • Kalamazoo
    • Kalamazoo Central High School
  • Lansing
    • J.W. Sexton High School
  • Lathrup Village
    • University High School Academy
  • Melvindale
    • Melvindale High School
  • Muskegon
    • Muskegon High School
  • Oak Park
    • Oak Park High School
  • Pontiac
    • Pontiac High School
  • Redford
    • Thurston High School
  • River Rouge
    • River Rouge High School
  • Romulus
    • Romulus Senior High School
  • Saginaw
    • Arthur Hill High School
    • Saginaw High school
  • Southfield
    • Southfield A&T
  • Taylor
    • Taylor High School
  • Wayne
    • Wayne Memorial High School
  • Ypsilanti
    • Ypsilanti Community High School

*If you have any questions, please contact the SMASH University of Michigan Program Director- Domonique Weston at [email protected]

Give Today!

Every K-12 program within Engineering OnRamp (EO) is 100% funded by our amazing donors ranging from various industries and organizations to gracious individuals who believe in EO’s mission; to serve as a pathway for a diverse group of pre-college students to discover engineering as a profession and choose Michigan Engineering as the place where they want to prepare for their future. With your support, Michigan Engineering and OCCE will move forward with driving a culture of inclusion and equity to further equity-centered engineering, maximizing impact and capacity-building within and beyond the Michigan Engineering community.