Requirements for High School Applicants
- The application deadline for the fall semester is July 1 and for the winter semester
it is December 1.
- Completed free online application or printed paper application with $35 fee.
- Official high school transcript with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Applicants having earned a GED must submit official results of their test scores. (A minimum of a 401 composite is required.)
- ACT (our ACT code is 1989) or SAT (our SAT code is 1035) scores indicating potential to succeed at the college level. CCS uses the ACT English score and SAT writing subject test to place incoming freshmen into their English composition course. If students do not have either test result, they will be required to take the English Placement Exercise. If GED is submitted, the ACT or SAT is not required.
- Official college transcript if dual-enrolled.
- The College also accepts eligible Advanced Placement, CLEP and International Baccalaureate credits when applicable. Submit official exam transcripts for consideration. See website for current score requirements.
- Five-to eight-piece portfolio. Portfolios should be uploaded to https://ccs.slideroom.com. You will be charged a $10 upload fee.
- The application, transcripts, test scores and portfolio may be submitted separately.
- Letters of recommendation are optional.
- Personal interviews are available.
- Prospective students must demonstrate commitment, maturity and a readiness to work and grow in an educationally creative environment.
- Applicants who are unable to meet these requirements are encouraged to complete one full-time semester or two quarter terms (minimum of 12 semester credit hours) in a general liberal arts program at an accredited college and maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average prior to seeking admission. A minimum of six of the 12 credits must be in academic subjects. Occasionally, students are considered for admission on a conditional
Requirements for Home-Schooled Students
- Home-school transcripts must include a list of courses taken, grades received or level of proficiency attained. Minimum 2.5 grade point average or equivalent required.
- A high school diploma also must be submitted (based on the student state requirements). For Michigan residents, the parents providing the home-schooling will issue the diploma.
- All other admissions requirements, criteria and guidelines apply equally to home-schooled students.
Information should be mailed to:
College for Creative Studies
Office of Admissions
201 East Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202-4034
Fall Semester Deadlines
July 1: completed applications due
August 15: student deposits/commitment fees due
Winter Semester Deadlines
December 1: completed applications due
December 15: student deposits/commitment fees due
These deadlines have been established for our incoming students to ensure sufficient time for transferring credits, scheduling classes and participating in orientation.
General Timeline For High School Applicants
CCS accepts applications on a rolling basis. Following is a general timeline for fall semester applicants. The winter semester timeline varies, an admissions counselor will help guide you through the process:
- Visit Campus
- Find us at National Portfolio Days or College Fairs
- Schedule a counseling appointment or campus tour
- Earn a merit-based scholarship
SEPTEMBER 1–AUGUST 1 (Fall Semester):
Submit your application for the following fall semester beginning in September
SEPTEMBER 1–DECEMBER 1 (Winter Semester):
Submit your application for the following winter semester beginning in January
Ask your art teacher to nominate you for CCS's Award of Excellence Competition. Check here to make sure you qualify first!
JANUARY 1 - MARCH 1:
File the FAFSA online. The financial aid process takes approximately four to six weeks to complete.
Eligible candidates for the Walter B. Ford Award of Excellence Scholarship Competition admission acceptance deadline.
If you are participating on a FIRST Team and applying for a FIRST Scholarship at CCS, you must be accepted by March 1st to be eligible for this award.
The Walter B. Ford Award of Excellence Scholarship Competition will determine the winners of our highest scholarships. Applicants may be nominated by either their high school or college art instructor or by a CCS Admissions Counselor. Qualified nominees must complete all of the admissions requirements on or before the acceptance deadline.
- Request that your final, official transcript(s) and/or Advanced Placement test scores be sent directly from high school/dual-enrolled college or testing centers to the Office of Registration at CCS after you have been accepted.
- After your commitment fee has been paid, you will be mailed a letter that contains your username and password to the College's Blackboard site from the Academic Advising and Registration Office. An e-mail will be sent to your CCS e-mail account with instructions on how to complete your New Student Check-In and register for classes.
- While completing your online Check in, you will confirm your attendance for Orientation and/or English Placement Exam. New students can register for classes online, over the phone or in person with their academic advisor and will receive instructions on how to do so. It is important that you become familiar with WebAdvisor on Blackboard. This is how you will register for future semesters and receive valuable information from departments and instructors while you are attending CCS.
- You will receive an Academic Evaluation from the Academic Advising and Registration Office to your CCS e-mail account. On your Academic Evaluation your advisor will highlight the courses that are recommended for you to take the following semester. Choose your desired days and times of those courses from the schedule book, and register on-line or you may come and visit an advisor in the Academic Advising and Registration Office. You can make an appointment at 313.664.7672.
- Attend EPE - English Placement Exam (if applicable) and New Student Orientation.
Reserving space after you've been accepted
- Submit your $100 Commitment fee to reserve your space in your department and begin the registration process. Send the completed Commitment form and payment to the Admissions Office. You can also pay over the phone with a credit card by calling the Admissions Office. The commitment fee is applied directly to the first semester's tuition and is non-refundable after May 1.
- After acceptance and payment of the commitment fee, students who wish to live on campus must submit all housing forms (provided in the acceptance packet) and $550 ($200 housing deposit and $350 first housing payment) to the Housing Office. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis when all housing materials and payments have been received.
New student Move In and Welcome Week activities