SMASH faculty speaking to a group of students.

SMASH Academy is a 3 year, intensive STEM-focused college prep program that empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers. Scholars are immersed in studies at leading universities throughout the country for a multi-week program each summer. During the academic year, scholars participate in monthly programming.

They are coached by instructors that represent the future they can have. Because of their common background, students connect more deeply with instructors and gain true mentorship from these STEM professors and industry professionals. As they go through the program, scholars not only develop their skills and network – they also find their voice and build the confidence to become who they want to be.


Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements listed below in order to be considered for SMASH (no exceptions).

  1. GPA: Must have a minimum 9th grade 3.0 GPA or equivalent. 
  2. Grade Level: Be in the 9th 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 Michigan 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.

SMASH Michigan Target Schools

SMASH Michigan will give preference to applicants who attend our target schools listed below. However, if your school is not on the list, you are still welcome to apply.

  • Academy of the Americas (Detroit)
  • Advanced Technology High School (Dearborn)
  • Belleville High School (Belleville)
  • Benjamin Carson School for Science and Medicine (Detroit)
  • Carman-Ainsworth High School (Flint)
  • Cass Technical High School (Detroit)
  • Central High School (Detroit)
  • Cesar Chavez Academy High School (Detroit)
  • Chandler Park Academy High School (Harper Woods)
  • Cody High School (Detroit)
  • Communication and Media Arts High School (Detroit)
  • Cornerstone Health and Technology (Detroit)
  • Davis Aerospace Technical High School at Golightly (Detroit)
  • Denby High School (Detroit)
  • Detroit College Preparatory High School at Northwestern (Detroit)
  • Detroit Christo Rey (Detroit)
  • Detroit Edison Public School Academy – High School (Detroit)
  • Detroit International Academy (Detroit)
  • Detroit Leadership Academy (Detroit)
  • Detroit School of Arts (Detroit)
  • East English Village Preparatory Academy (Detroit)
  • Ecorse Community High School (Ecorse)
  • Fordson High School (Dearborn)
  • Frederick Douglass Academy (Detroit)
  • Hamtramck High School (Hamtramck)
  • Henry Ford Academy – Dearborn (Dearborn)
  • Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (Detroit)
  • Henry Ford High School (Detroit)
  • Hope of Detroit (Detroit)
  • International Academy of Flint (Flint)
  • Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (Detroit)
  • John Glenn High School (Westland)
  • Loyola High School (Detroit)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School (Detroit)
  • Melvindale High School (Melvindale)
  • Mumford High School (Detroit)
  • Oak Park High School (Oak Park)
  • Old Redford Academy (Detroit)
  • Osborn High School (Detroit)
  • Pershing High School (Detroit)
  • Pontiac High School (Pontiac)
  • Renaissance High School (Detroit)
  • River Rouge High School (River Rouge)
  • Robichaud High School (Dearborn Heights)
  • Romulus Senior High School (Romulus)
  • Southeastern High School (Detroit)
  • Southfield A&T (Southfield)
  • Southwestern Classical Academy (Flint)
  • Taylor High School (Taylor)
  • The School at Marygrove (Detroit)
  • University High School Academy (Southfield)
  • University Preparatory Academy High School (Detroit)
  • University Preparatory Science and Math High School (Detroit)
  • University Preparatory Academy Art & Design (Detroit)
  • Voyageur Academy (Detroit)
  • Wayne Memorial High School (Detroit)
  • Western International High School (Detroit)
  • Ypsilanti Community High School (Ypsilanti)

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.