Preferred Admission is a way for you to indicate an interest in later transferring to an upper-level program. Acceptance guarantees placement in the upper-level academic unit if you meet certain prerequisites during your first year at U-M. The prerequisites vary, of course, depending on which upper-level unit is chosen.
Preferred Admission within U-M is a two-step process:
1. You must be admitted to a first-year-level school or college.
2. You will then be evaluated for PA and — if selected — will later transfer into the upper-level unit. (If PA is not granted at this stage, you are still admitted to U-M in your first-year unit.)
Any questions regarding requirements and selection criteria for preferred admission should be directed to the upper-level school or college to which you have applied. Upper-level admitting units include:
- Marsal Family School of Education*
- College of Pharmacy
- Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning**
- School of Information
- Stephen M. Ross School of Business
*In addition to their upper-level programs, the Marsal School offers one first-year admitting major — Learning, Equity, and Problem Solving for the Public Good (LEAPS). Learn more about applying to LEAPS.
**All applications to the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning will receive their Taubman College decision as part of the Regular Decision process and are not considered for Early Action. However, any Stamps, LSA, or Engineering dual-degree application submitted with the Taubman College application will receive Early Action consideration if completed by the Nov. 1 deadline.