Freshmen Next Steps


  • May
    Enrollment deposit deadline for Fall term

Congratulations! By now you’ve received your Admission letter and Campus Day invitation. You are that much closer to becoming an official first-year student at the University of Michigan. The following checklist should help ease your transition and connect you to the resources you will need to start your academic career.

Campus Day
Campus Day provides an opportunity for admitted students to tour campus, gather information, and ask questions before they make their final college choice.
Financial Aid
Whether it’s scholarships, grants, or connecting students to federal aid, U-M has numerous resources and ways to help eligible students and their families.
Attend Campus Day

This is a campus visitation program for admitted students and their parents that will give you an inside look at Michigan, from faculty, students, and programs to housing.

Timeline: Late January-April

Pay $300 Enrollment Deposit

You can do this online using application status. Once you pay your Enrollment Deposit, you’ll be guaranteed a space in your class. You will also be able to access your U-M email account and sign up for orientation and housing.

If you are unable to pay the $300 Enrollment Deposit (EDR), you must submit a written request for an EDR Waiver via Enrollment Connect by clicking the Request EDR Waiver or Extension button under the Application menu. Your request should be made no later than May 1.

If you have questions about the enrollment deposit waiver or extension process, please email

Timeline: Any time after being accepted for admission, but no later than May 1

Request Your Final High School Transcript

Once you have received your transcript with proof of graduation, send it to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. (International students should refer to our International Students page for credentials required by country.)

Timeline: As soon as possible after high school graduation

(U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This will enable you to be considered for need-based federal and state grants, scholarships, loans, and Work-Study. U-M’s federal school code is 002325.

Timeline: After October 1

Complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE

Fill out this form to be considered for need-based university grants and scholarships.
U-M’s CSS code is 1839.

Timeline: After October 1

Receive Your Financial Aid Notice

On a rolling basis, you will be notified by email when your financial aid notice will be available to view/print on Wolverine Access (a password-protected University website). You will need a U-M uniqname and password or a “Friend Account” to access your award notice online. Complete and return any forms or requested information as soon as possible.

Timeline: January and thereafter

Be Aware of the Final FAFSA and PROFILE Deadline

The university’s Office of Financial Aid must receive your FAFSA and PROFILE records by the date below to consider you for all aid programs.

Timeline: March 30

Receive Email from Office of New Student Programs

Check U-M email account for information regarding Orientation and registration.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, new undergraduate students enrolling in summer and fall terms will complete orientation remotely.

We realize that an online orientation program is not the same as an in-person experience. Nevertheless, we are committed to providing the best online orientation experience possible. You will have an opportunity to learn about campus, meet with an academic advisor, talk with current students and register for your first semester of classes.

After you have been admitted to U-M and paid the $300 EDR, you will receive an email in mid-May to register for an Advising Date. You will also receive instructions on how to complete the online orientation modules and placement tests prior to your Advising Date.

Complete your University Mentorship Program Application

Our University Mentorship Program offers yet another way to find guidance. Attend the orientation MLC session to learn more.

Timeline: Between April and July

Attend Orientation

Attend an Orientation session and register for classes.

Timeline: Early June through mid-August for fall term.

Receive your Official U-M Welcome

Look for “Welcome to Michigan” information in your inbox.

Timeline: Early August

Turn in Residence Hall & Michigan Learning Communities Applications

You can find these applications including tentative room and board and apartment rate schedules, online once you’ve paid/waived enrollment deposit fees.

Timeline: Beginning mid-April

Complete Residence Hall Application

This application must be submitted by specified date in order to be part of room assignment lottery—so don’t hesitate. Applications received after this date will be considered for available spaces based on date application received.

Timeline: Early May

Receive your Residence Hall Placement

Residence hall placements provided to incoming students as assignments are processed. Roommate information is sent at the start of August along with specifics about residence hall move-in.

Timeline: July-August

Make your Fall Term Room and Board Payment

Fall term payment for room and board due (unless you are on an extended payment plan).

Timeline: August 31

Admitted international students have unique eligibility requirements. Please see the below links for specific guidelines:

The Summer Bridge Scholars Program is limited to a select group of students each year by invitation. It offers intensive academic preparation, highly individualized academic advising, and the personal attention of faculty in a nurturing environment before the busy fall semester. If you are a Summer Bridge Scholars Program student, you will have an excellent opportunity to strengthen your academic skills, develop a peer support network, and familiarize yourself with our campus and its resources. Summer Bridge Scholars Program students are typically enrolled in an English course, a mathematics course, and a freshman seminar, and receive essential instruction about the U-M computing environment. You will receive 6-9 credits which become part of your official U-M transcript. You will also have an academic advisor who will serve as your permanent advisor providing guidance on course selection, career planning, and progress towards fulfilling degree requirements.

Our prospective and admitted students have an ongoing responsibility to inform the University of Michigan of any changes to their disciplinary and/or criminal history until they begin their first term of enrollment at U-M. In accordance with our policy, students should disclose any criminal conduct or disciplinary action taken by their high school. However, the context and rationale for these actions is always taken into consideration. The University of Michigan is a public university in a democratic society with a commitment to free speech. We value the right of students to exercise their voices and engage in lawful protest on issues that are important to them. Our university community is currently engaging in deep exploration of issues related to free speech as a cornerstone of American democracy.