Who Can Apply to ECA?

You are eligible to apply if you reside in one of the following ECA districts. You can also apply through Schools of Choice if you do not reside in one of the ECA districts or you reside in a county adjacent to Washtenaw County. 

  • Ann Arbor Public Schools
  • Chelsea Public Schools
  • Dexter Community Schools
  • Lincoln Consolidated School
  • Manchester Community Schools
  • Milan Area Schools
  • Saline Area Schools
  • Van Buren Public Schools
  • Whitmore Lake Public Schools
  • Ypsilanti Community Schools

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available slots, a lottery is conducted in accordance with the procedures established by the WEOC Joint Steering Committee. In addition to the required grade level, all applicants will be required to complete a series of skill assessments, participate in a student/parent interview, and complete other ECA requirements.​

If you have additional questions, please email Crystal Jackson at jackson@earlycollegealliance.info 

The ECA & ECA Academy enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is opened.

Families are encouraged to apply and students will be accepted into the program based on open enrollment slots per district. 

Online applications can be submitted by clicking ‘Apply Now'.

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If the number of eligible enrollees for any of our districts during the Enrollment window exceeds the number of available openings, a lottery will be conducted to determine the Fall cohort for those districts. The lottery will be conducted in accordance with the enrollment policies and procedures as developed and approved by the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Joint Steering Committee (WEOC JSC). Letters will be sent to all applicants notifying them of their status.

All students/applicants selected in the initial lottery are "conditionally" accepted into the ECA program. Final/Full acceptance/approval is granted by Eastern Michigan University and the student’s ECA District’s Administration, upon receipt of all required registration documents.

Participation in the ECA School of Choice Pool can potentially maximize the probability of acceptance. 

The number of available slots for each ECA District is determined by the policies set forth by the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Joint Steering Committee. For purposes of the initial lottery, 30% of a district’s initial available slot allocations are reserved for applicants who receive or are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Eligibility verification will be required.

The number of slots listed below for each District is an approximation and is subject to change by the Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Joint Steering Committee (WEOC JSC) without notice.

ECA District Lottery Slots Available

If a District does not use all of its available slots, the remaining slots can be re-apportioned to the other districts.

Eighth and Ninth-grade applicants on the waitlist for the following enrollment cycle will be given first preference for the Fall cohort.

ECA Information Sessions

​Are you/your student interested in attending the Early College Alliance? Learn how the ECA can help you/your student get a head start on college and career while earning up to 60 college credits at Eastern Michigan University — a $30,000 value!  Please join us for more information.

IN-PERSON Information Sessions -

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Monday, November 7 ~ 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Thursday, December 1 ~ 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Tuesday, January 17 ~ 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Mrs. Jackson, our Sr. Administrative Assistant will contact you via email a week prior to your visit regarding the campus location and parking information - please be sure to include a valid Parent/Guardian email address.

VIRTUAL Information Sessions -

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Tuesday, November 15  ~ 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Monday, December 12  ~ 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Thursday, February 9  ~ 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Thursday, March 30 ~ 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

You must register in advance for these meetings. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Student Shadowing

The ECA is hosting Shadow Day experiences for prospective students and families.

This will be a chance for students to shadow a student in ECA high school classes for either a morning or afternoon.

We will provide special programming for parents/guardians while their students are in class, including a Q & A session with the Principal and current students, parents, & guardians.

Shadow Day is for students entering 9th, 10th or 11th grade for the 2023-2024 school year. Students are only allowed to attend ONE Shadow Day per school year.

Please sign up for Shadow Day by clicking: HERE