You and your high school experience have been impacted by COVID-19 in unprecedented ways. We understand that in this environment, we all need to make adjustments. However, it remains true that the more we know about your academic pursuits, interests, and capabilities, and personal commitments, challenges, and how you navigate your life, the better we can help you in our admissions process.
For the 2020-21 application cycle, we are modifying our admissions process and requirements.
Early Action: November 15, 2020
- All required items must be received or postmarked by November 15, 2020.
- Decisions will be released no later than the end of January 2021.
- Those not able to submit by November 15, 2020, should complete their applications by the following Regular Action deadline as adequate space will remain for their consideration.
Regular Action for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance: December 1, 2020
- All required items, including the Artistic Profile, must be received by December 1, 2020.
- Final decisions will be released in late February/early March 2021.
Regular Action: February 1, 2021
- All required items must be received by February 1, 2021.
- Final decisions will be released by early April 2021.
- No preference is given for Early Action candidates. Students who are not able to submit documents in Early Action can continue to apply up to the February 1 deadline.
We are aware that transcripts will include variable approaches in winter/spring/summer and potentially fall 2020. Students will not be disadvantaged if they received pass/fail or credit/no credit or other COVID-related grades during these terms. Each academic record will be reviewed for curriculum selected, academic rigor, and academic performance within the context of all courses where grades are available and coursework pursued.
Given the disruptions caused by COVID, we know that student/teacher relationships may have been impacted, making it more difficult for students to acquire teacher recommendations. We still encourage students to submit a letter of recommendation from a core academic teacher (math, English, science, social science, and foreign language), preferably one who instructed the student within the prior 12 months. However, the teacher recommendation may come from someone other than a teacher (not a parent/guardian, grandparent, sibling or other relative) who can speak directly to the student’s academic aptitude, potential, and performance in the classroom. This might include a community based organization educator or academic support program professional.
College is one of the biggest investments a student and their family will ever make. Whether it’s scholarships, grants, or connecting students to federal aid, the University of Michigan has numerous resources and ways to help eligible students and their families pay for college. For Michigan residents, the Go Blue Guarantee is our commitment to keeping a world-class education affordable and accessible for students pursuing undergraduate study on our Ann Arbor campus. We also make a significant commitment to non-resident students through scholarships and grants.
Our Net Price Calculator will help you estimate your eligibility for financial aid and your out-of-pocket expenses as a full-time student. Incoming students do not need to wait for an admission decision to file the FAFSA and CSS Profile, and should do so by the suggested filing date of December 15 and no later than March 31.
We accept both the Common Application and the Coalition Application. Each includes opportunities for students to share unique challenges they have faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage students to share their specific circumstances and will bring empathy and compassion to our holistic review process.
The optional Common Application question (response limited to 250 words) is:
"Community disruptions such as COVID-9 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet study spaces."
The Coalition Application states:
"Natural disasters and emergency situations like the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the lives of many students and their families. While entirely optional, you may share information here regarding how any of these events have affected you or your family circumstances." (The student then checks the situations that apply to them and is offered a text box to provide additional information, 300 words maximum.)
The COVID19 pandemic continues to create unique challenges for students. For the 2020-21 application cycle, students who are unable to provide standardized test scores are encouraged to apply and will not be disadvantaged in the application process. Applications will be reviewed with the information a student is able to provide.
- Students will be considered regardless of their ability to test or provide test scores.
- Students may choose to not submit scores or to submit other examples of their academic progress at their discretion.
- While not required, if by the deadline a student is unable to sit for and submit an SAT I or ACT test score, they may choose to submit any standardized testing result (PSAT, Pre-ACT, APs, etc.)
- Similarly, international students who may not be able to test are encouraged to submit any predictive and/or external examination or national examination, state, provincial, national, and international exams or predicted results.
- Examples include national or state exam boards in India, ordinary level exams, AS level exams, A level exams, predicted A level exams, in Singapore - "H" level exams, or the French Baccalaureate, among others.
- Although test scores are encouraged (SAT I or ACT), if available, and can be self-reported on the student's application, we recognize access to testing is limited. We will review all exam results, or lack thereof, within the context of each student's overall achievement, and what they are able to submit.
- As the admissions process continues, we will monitor the application landscape carefully and make accommodations to meet individual students' needs as appropriate.
- In order to provide the greatest flexibility in the application submission, students who choose to submit test scores will be able to provide self-reported test scores or officially reported scores during the application process. All admitted students who choose to self-report test scores, and seek to enroll, will be required to submit official scores in order to validate their self-report submission.
Confirming Your Test-Flexible Intentions
- If you have submitted an application and all of the required application materials (official high school transcript, School Report, Teacher Recommendation), with the exception of an ACT/SAT score, we will reach out to you by email. We will ask you to confirm whether you would like to be reviewed without a test score, or if you prefer for us to wait to complete your application for evaluation once the score is received.
- If you apply Early Action and have all other required materials submitted or postmarked by the Nov. 15 deadline, you will have access to the form on your Enrollment Connect portal. You will have the opportunity to indicate whether or not you wish to be reviewed as an Early Action applicant without an ACT/SAT score under our test flexible option.
- If you wait to submit your application and/or required application materials on, or just ahead of, the Nov. 15 deadline, you may not have access to this form before Nov. 15. It takes time for our office to process the thousands of applications and materials received. Therefore, if you receive our email after Nov. 15, you'll be given an additional five days to respond on the form on the Enrollment Connect portal. "Yes" tells us that you wish to be evaluated as a test flexible candidate and have your application reviewed during Early Action without an ACT/SAT score.
- If you are an Early Action applicant who responds "No" to the form, or do not submit the form within this timeframe, your application will remain incomplete. We will move it into Regular Decision as we await your ACT/SAT score.
AP Coursework and Testing
- We understand that the AP testing process and score reporting was affected by the pandemic. The inability to provide AP test scores will not impact the review of an application.
- Many students who have access to AP coursework choose to present coursework and scores during the application process. When provided, this information is only used in context with additional information in a student's application and where such courses are available. Where AP is available, excessive AP participation is neither required nor encouraged.