Majors & Degrees
What does it really mean to be a student at one of the world’s best public universities? It means choosing from one of more than 265 areas of study. Taking advantage of our amazing opportunities. And, regardless of your major, being guided by faculty mentors who include Pulitzer Prize and Guggenheim winners, National Academy of Science members, MacArthur Fellows, and even a few Emmy winners.
Browse through the list below to learn more about our nationally ranked programs.
At Michigan, you don’t apply to the University – you apply to one of our 14 undergraduate schools and colleges, depending on whether you are a freshman or transfer student: Architecture & Urban Planning; Art & Design; Business; Dental Hygiene; Education; Engineering; Information; Kinesiology; Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA); Music, Theatre & Dance; Nursing; Pharmacy; Public Health; and Public Policy.
Each school or college makes its admission decision based on their unique requirements, needs and priorities, and decisions are communicated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The majority of Michigan freshmen are admitted to our liberal arts college, LSA.
Seven academic units accept freshman applications: LSA; Engineering; Architecture & Urban Planning; Art & Design; Kinesiology; Music, Theatre & Dance; and Nursing. In addition, Architecture & Urban Planning, Business, Education, Social Work, Information and Pharmacy offer Freshman Preferred Admission (accepted students are guaranteed placement in their sophomore or junior years). And finally, Architecture & Urban Planning, Business, Dental Hygiene, Education, Information, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Public Policy are upper-level admitting units, meaning they accept applications from students in their freshman or sophomore year and, if admitted, students transfer to that unit.
Freshmen can also apply to more than one U-M school or college at a time as dual-degree applicants, with certain limitations and guidelines. This allows students to choose paths and majors that reflect their interests and individuality.
The best approach is to think about your college aspirations and to explore the best fit for you. Your high school counselor, teachers, family and others can help you reflect on your choices. You can also contact our admissions office or representatives in the schools or colleges for assistance.
It’s OK if you don’t yet know what your major will be. Many students don't, until they spend time at Michigan exploring the myriad options and resources available to them.
Once you are a Michigan student, you will find plentiful academic advising support to help you shape and focus your academic goals. Depending on the school or college to which you are admitted, you will have time to commit to a major and, if you choose, a minor course of study. Many students do not indicate their major until the end of their sophomore year; Art & Design students do not declare a major.
Earning a minor is optional; requirements are determined by your school or college. Students in academic units other than LSA have the option of pursuing minors offered by LSA, with the exception of Pharmacy. In addition, students can select various minors in the Ross School of Business; College of Engineering; School of Art and Design; School of Kinesiology; and School of Social Work.