For the 2020-21 application cycle, we are modifying our admissions process and requirements. Please visit the Application Changes page to see a summary of important changes.
Winter Term Application Deadline
FAFSA and CSS Profile Available
Early Action for First-Year Students Only
Application Deadline for School of Music, Theatre & Dance Students only
Suggested Financial Aid Filing Date for Fall First-Year Students
Fall Term Application Deadline
Summer Half Term Application Deadline
Financial Aid Deadline for all Incoming Students
Students who submit an application before they have received a high school diploma will apply as a first year student, and should submit the following items prior to the deadline:
- Completed Common Application or Coalition Application with $75 application fee* payment (Please note that both application options include specific University of Michigan questions, and there is no advantage to submitting one over the other.)
- High school transcript (additional requirements by country)
- School Report (Common App) or Counselor Recommendation (Coalition App)**
- One Teacher Evaluation (core academic teacher or other non-relative who can speak directly to the student's academic aptitude, potential, and classroom performance )
- SAT or ACT score, if available and you wish them to be considered, or other test results like PSAT, if available***
- TOEFL, MET, or IELTS scores (for non-native speakers of English)
- Official college transcripts (for high school students dual enrolled in a college or university; additional requirements by country)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and potential delays in receiving USPS mail, and limited staffing, we highly recommend that all required documents be submitted electronically. You can do so via your application vendor or an online document service such as Parchment, Scrip-Safe, SCOIR, National Student Clearinghouse, and so on.
Early Action Applicants
Students who apply Early Action will receive a decision earlier in the process, as they are guaranteed a response by late-January. Regular Decision candidates may not receive a final admissions decision until early-April.
You do not need to apply EA, but this fast-paced approach may fit your needs by providing you with a decision sooner. It's a great option if you know that Michigan is one of your top choice schools.
The Chief Advantage of Early Action
Early Action provides you with a guaranteed decision date. For many students, this enables better planning.
Applying for Early Action typically involves the same steps and materials as regular admissions.
Deadlines and Decisions
Complete application and materials — postmarked by November 15
Early Action decision release — by late January
Final equal consideration deadline — February 1
Note: Students who apply via Early Action but don’t meet the requirements or deadlines will be rolled into the regular decision applicant pool. All materials must then be postmarked by February 1 and decisions will be released by early April.
Sending Test Scores
Please be advised that if you wish standardized test scores to be considered with your application, we prefer to receive your official ACT or SAT scores by the deadline date of November 15 in order to complete your application file.
All admissions decisions will be posted on Enrollment Connect. When your decision is ready to view, you will be sent a notification via email from Michigan.Admissions@umich.edu with the subject line "Your University of Michigan Application Status Has Been Updated." The decision notification email will NOT be sent if you have already viewed your decision. Please add this email address to your safe list so that your notification does not go to your junk or spam folder. However, given variations in online security, we recommend that you check both your inbox and junk mail folders just to be sure. Notifications will be released to the email address you provided on your application. If you need to update your contact information, you can do so using the “Verify Application Answers" button on the Application menu of Enrollment Connect.
Applicants who have been admitted will also receive paper correspondence. We will send your admissions decision to the address you provided in your application; if you have provided a mailing address, we will send the decision there. If you have only included a permanent address, that is where your decision will be sent.
We are unable to give decisions over the phone; it is your responsibility to monitor Enrollment Connect for your decision.
NOTE: All of these materials must be received by the Nov. 15 deadline for your application to be considered for Early Action, Feb. 1 for Regular Decision.
Electronically submitted materials must be received on the application deadline date, and hard copy materials must be postmarked on or before the deadline date.
Do not submit additional documents unless specifically requested, as this may delay your decision.
If you enrolled in college study after secondary school graduation, you must apply as a transfer student.
*You can apply for a fee waiver in the application if you meet certain criteria. Visit Enrollment Connect to view your application fee waiver status if you have already submitted your application. International students are not eligible for fee waivers. In addition to the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver granted by the state, the University of Michigan will waive all Common Application or Coalition Application filing fees for students who qualify as tribal-enrolled American Indian or Alaska Native applicants (Tribal Enrollment Number required). Applicants should check "Other Fee Waiver Request" and "American Indian or Alaska Native Tribal Enrollee" in the U-M specific portion of the application.
**The School Report or Counselor Recommendation must be submitted with an official high school transcript and received in our office by the deadline. For this reason, we strongly encourage counselors to submit the report and transcript electronically.
***We will allow for self reported test scores for the 2020-2021 season; the scores do not need to come from the testing agency. If you have not yet had your scores reported, you can have them sent to us using these links:
NOTE: Some schools and colleges at the University of Michigan have additional application requirements. Interested students should visit their websites to review these important instructions:
Michigan’s ROTC programs offer you the opportunity to grow into a leader. Each is designed to ground you in the professional background and military skills training needed to pursue a career as an officer in your chosen branch of the service. At the same time, students will be completing bachelor’s degree programs (and, in some cases, graduate degree programs) while defraying the cost of a college education through highly competitive, merit-based scholarships.
You’ll have an intensive college life and experience in ROTC through events, opportunities for service with such agencies as the Red Cross, base visits, club and intramural sports, military balls, and much more. You’ll belong to a tight-knit group, forge lifelong friendships, and gain the kind of discipline that will apply to a wide range of careers and professions. Above all, you’ll live the country’s highest values of honor, loyalty, and integrity.
From its central location on the North Campus, the Michigan Naval ROTC will train and educate you as an officer in either the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps. Army ROTC will prepare you to be an officer in the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard upon graduation. The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will prepare you to become an Air Force officer commissioned as a second lieutenant.
All programs offer deferment to attend advanced civilian graduate and professional schools.
For Home-Schooled and Online Students
In addition to your home schooled transcript and your ACT or SAT score, we strongly encourage home-schooled and online students to submit subject tests, AP exam scores, or grades from an accredited secondary or post-secondary institution in the academic subjects required for admission. For admission into the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts we encourage submission of test scores or graded work in a natural science, social studies, and foreign language subject. The College of Engineering encourages test scores or graded work in calculus, chemistry, and physics. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance requires home-schooled students (including online high school students) to submit records of school progress and results from at least two SAT subject exams; AP exam results or official transcripts for dual enrollment work completed in an accredited college or university can be substituted for the SAT subject test.