Choosing a School or College

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 first-year 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 first-years are admitted to our liberal arts college, LSA.

First-year Admitting Units

Ten academic units accept first-year applications: Business; LSA; Engineering; Architecture & Urban Planning; Art & Design; Education*; Kinesiology; Music, Theatre & Dance; Business; Nursing; and Pharmacy.

*Students can apply directly to the Learning, Equity, and Problem Solving for the Public Good (LEAPS) first-year admitting major in Education. The LEAPS major is the only first-year admitting major within the school.

Preferred Admission

For incoming students with demonstrated interest in an upper-level program.

In addition, Architecture & Urban Planning, Education, Information, Pharmacy, and Ross offer First-year Preferred Admission in which accepted students are guaranteed placement (via transfer to the upper-level program) in their sophomore or junior years after being admitted to a first-year-level school or college.**

Upper-level Admitting Units

For incoming students who develop an interest in an upper-level program after enrolling in a first-year admitting unit at Michigan.

And finally, Architecture & Urban Planning, Dental Hygiene, Education, Information, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Public Policy are also upper-level admitting units, meaning they accept applications from students already enrolled at Michigan in their first year or sophomore year. If admitted, a student would then complete a cross-campus transfer to that upper-level program. This means that these upper-level programs remain options for students who develop an interest after enrolling at Michigan with a first-year admitting unit.

Dual-degree Applicants

First-year students 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.

**Students who are admitted to other U-M schools or colleges (such as the College of Engineering) and Ross will enroll in Ross in their sophomore year through Preferred Admission provided they meet admission requirements after their first year on campus.

Choosing a Major

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.

List of Majors & Degrees

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Program School/College
Actuarial Mathematics (Sub-Major) College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Aerospace Engineering College of Engineering
Afroamerican and African Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
American Culture College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Anthropology College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Applied Exercise Science School of Kinesiology
Architecture Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
Art and Design Stamps School of Art & Design
Arts and Ideas in the Humanities LSA Residential College
Asian Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Astronomy and Astrophysics College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
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Program School/College
Biochemistry College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Biology College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Biology, Health, and Society College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Biomedical Engineering College of Engineering
Biomolecular Science College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Biophysics College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Business Ross School of Business
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Program School/College
Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Science College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Chemical Engineering College of Engineering
Chemistry College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Civil Engineering College of Engineering
Classical Archaeology College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Classical Civilization College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Classical Languages and Literatures College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Climate and Meteorology College of Engineering
Cognitive Science College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Communication and Media College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Community and Global Public Health School of Public Health
Comparative Culture and Identity College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Comparative Literature College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Composition School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Computer Engineering College of Engineering
Computer Science (BS) College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Computer Science (BSE) College of Engineering
Creative Writing and Literature LSA Residential College
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Program School/College
Dance School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Data Science College of Engineering
Data Science (BS) College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Dental Hygiene School of Dentistry
Drama LSA Residential College
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Program School/College
Earth and Environmental Sciences College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Economics College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Electrical Engineering College of Engineering
Elementary Teacher Education Marsal Family School of Education
Engineering Physics College of Engineering
English College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Environment College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Environmental Engineering College of Engineering
Ethnic Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Evolutionary Anthropology College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
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Program School/College
Film, Television, and Media College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
French and Francophone Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
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Program School/College
Gender and Health College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
General Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
German College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Global Environment and Health College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Greek (Ancient) Language and Literature College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Greek (Modern) Language and Culture College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
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Program School/College
History College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
History of Art College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
I
Program School/College
Industrial and Operations Engineering College of Engineering
Information Analysis and Design School of Information
Interarts Performance Stamps School of Art & Design
Interarts Performance School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Interdisciplinary Astronomy College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Interdisciplinary Physics College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
International Security, Norms, and Cooperation College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
International Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Italian College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
J
Program School/College
Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Judaic Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
L
Program School/College
Latin American and Caribbean Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Latin Language and Literature College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Latina/Latino Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Learning, Equity, and Problem Solving for the Public Good (LEAPS) Marsal Family School of Education
Linguistics College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
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Program School/College
Materials Science and Engineering College of Engineering
Mathematical Sciences College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Mathematics College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Mathematics of Finance and Risk Management College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering
Microbiology College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Middle East Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Middle Eastern and North African Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Movement Science School of Kinesiology
Music School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Music Education School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Music Theory School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Musical Theatre School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Musicology School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
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Program School/College
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering College of Engineering
Neuroscience College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences College of Engineering
Nursing School of Nursing
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Program School/College
Organ School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Organizational Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
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Program School/College
Performing Arts Technology School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Pharmaceutical Sciences College of Pharmacy
Philosophy College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Physics College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Piano School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Plant Biology College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Polish College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Political Economy and Development College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Political Science College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Psychology College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Public Health Sciences School of Public Health
Public Policy Ford School of Public Policy
Pure Mathematics College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
R
Program School/College
Robotics College of Engineering
Romance Languages and Literatures College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Russian College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
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Program School/College
Secondary Teacher Education Marsal Family School of Education
Sociology College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Space Sciences and Engineering College of Engineering
Spanish College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Sport Management School of Kinesiology
Statistics College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Strings School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Structural Biology College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
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Program School/College
Theatre & Drama School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
U
Program School/College
Urban Technology Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
User Experience Design School of Information
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Program School/College
Voice School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
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Program School/College
Winds and Percussion School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)
Women’s and Gender Studies College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)