The college-choice process can be challenging. Making the right decision takes time, effort, and information…all of which you will find help with here.
U-M has made an outstanding commitment to freshman applicants and to offering a first-year experience like none other, from an extraordinary range of events and activities to learning communities to an education that moves well beyond the classroom, blending experience and intellect, fact and theory, life and academics into a seamless whole.
Freshmen are allowed to apply to more than one school or college at a time, with certain limitations and guidelines. This allows you to choose paths and majors that reflect your interests and individuality.
Through the University of Michigan’s Early Action program, you can apply earlier in the admissions timeline—received by November 1 of your senior year in high school—and receive a decision on admission earlier on in the process. The Early Action decision will be one of three: admit; defer for a final decision by early April; or deny.
You do not need to apply EA, but this fast-paced approach may fit your needs by providing you with a decision before the end of the calendar year. It's a great option if you know that Michigan is one of your top choice schools. There are, however, a few aspects of Early Action to be aware of before you jump in, particularly:
- Early Action is for freshman applicants applying for the Fall term;
- The School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning are both exempt from the Early Action decision date because of audition/interview and portfolio processes; and
- The Office of Admissions promises no special privileges to Early Action candidates, such as giving your application materials a higher priority or a more lenient review. Choosing to apply through Early Action does not make it easier or harder to gain admission to U-M—it is merely a way to get your decision faster.
You must be able to meet the November 1 deadline. This means having all pieces of your application submitted electronically or postmarked by that date. You will need to order your ACT or SAT scores well in advance, and ensure that we receive the School Report and the teacher recommendation letter by the deadline.
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. A complete application includes the following forms and information and must be postmarked by November 1:
- The Common Application
- The U-M Member Questions
- High School Transcript (and a second transcript translated in English if you took any classes at a non-U.S. high school)
- School Report
- One Teacher Evaluation
- SAT with writing or ACT with writing test scores must be received by Nov. 1 (Must be sent directly from the testing agency—order well in advance. Rush paper scores are not accepted.)
Deadlines and Decisions
Complete application and materials — postmarked by November 1
Early decision release — no later than December 24
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 we must receive your official ACT or SAT scores by the deadline date of November 1 in order to complete your application file. We encourage students to send test scores to U-M immediately after taking the exam; students who submit their requests for test results after they have taken an ACT or SAT will need to ensure that scores be sent to us by the deadline. Check with ACT or SAT regarding individual policies.
All U-M admissions decisions are sent via email from Michigan Admissions under the subject line “Your University of Michigan Admissions Decision.” Check your email on a regular basis. If you add this email address to your safe list, your decision will not end up in 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. Your admission decision will be released to the email address you provided on your application. Keep in mind that only some decisions will be posted on our web app status page. You will receive paper correspondence by mail only after you have been admitted.