By Olivia Lewis for BridgeDetroit

Did you get the big envelope or the little envelope?

For David Tinsley, a senior at University Prep Science and Math High School, there were a lot of big envelopes.

Tinsley applied to 45 colleges and universities and has received 36 acceptance letters so far. His top choices are all Historically Black Colleges and Universities, though he says he applied to a few in-state schools, too. In an upended year due to the coronavirus pandemic, many high school graduates have had to alter or put off college due to new financial hardships and academic challenges. However, students in Detroit say they are relying on their support systems and preparatory programs to navigate their collegiate pursuits

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