What does it mean to be postponed?

We have decided to postpone making a decision on your application at this time, and your application will be moved into our regular decision pool for consideration. We need additional time to review your credentials and determine how your strengths and academic achievements would fit with the composition and quality of this year’s first-year applicant pool.

Michigan is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world and, as such, admission is extremely competitive. Our application pool is large and acceptance of our admissions offers continues to increase. With a limited number of spaces, we are regrettably unable to admit all competitive applicants.

What should I do next?

Applicants who remain interested in the University of Michigan may do one of the following:

  1. Stand by and receive a decision by early April
  2. Submit the Expression of Continued Interest form. Please log into Enrollment Connect, navigate to the action items section, and click on Verify Continued Interest to fill out the Expression of Continued Interest (ECI) form or submit recent high school grade updates (contact your high school to have them send a Mid-Year Report showing any recent grades that are available before mid-February.)
  3. Submit both the Expression of Continued Interest form and recent grade updates

If you would like to submit additional information, our preference is to receive only the ECI form, grade updates, or any specifically requested information. Anything outside of this will not impact your final decision.

The Expression of Continued Interest form is NOT required for consideration in our process. Furthermore, no preference is given for the order or date in which the form is received. If you choose to submit this form, we prefer that you do so by Feb. 1 (for early action postponed applicants) or March 1 (for regular decision applicants).

Why is the university providing the ECI form?

Historically, many Early Action applicants who were not admitted in Early Action, and some Regular Decision applicants, attempted to provide further information about themselves after their application was submitted. But we did not offer standard guidance on how to do so. The quantity and quality of the information varied greatly, and follow up with students was inefficient and cumbersome. The ECI allows for an equitable experience for all applicants who desire to send additional information after their application is completed, and provides guidance for the submission of that information.

When will I know if I've been admitted?

You will receive a final decision by early April. We encourage you to make sure to explore other options in the event that you're not ultimately admitted to Michigan. Keep in mind that if you’re not admitted, you may wish to apply in the future as a transfer student from another institution.

How do you decide whether to admit a postponed applicant?

We will consider all applicants within the context of the larger applicant pool who apply by the Feb. 1 application deadline. Each application receives multiple comprehensive reviews, focusing on the quality of academic preparation in high school, grades, scores on the ACT and/or SAT (if provided), personal characteristics and attributes, responses to the short answer and essay questions, and recommendations from high school counselors and teachers.