Requirements + Deadlines


For the 2020-21 application cycle, we are modifying our admissions process and requirements. Please click here to see important changes that are not reflected on this page.


All students are required to submit the following items prior to the deadline date:

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. Students who are 1/4 or more Native American blood quantum and are an enrolled citizen of a U.S. Federally Recognized Tribe as certified by their Tribal Enrollment Department will have their application fee waived.   

**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.

***Your SAT/ACT test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency and received in our office by our deadline. Rush paper scores are not accepted. If you have not yet had your scores reported, you can have them sent to us using these links:

ACT (U-M Code is 2062)

SAT (U-M code is 1839)


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:

Ross School of Business (admissions portfolio submitted with application to U-M)

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Common Application
Completing the Common Application or Coalition Application is the first step in your application process.
Coalition Application
Completing the Common Application or Coalition Application is the first step in your application process.

Through the University of Michigan’s Early Action program, you can apply earlier in the admissions timeline—by November 15 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; postpone 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:

The Chief Advantage of Early Action

Early Action provides you with a guaranteed decision date. For many students, this enables better planning.

To Apply

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 15:

  • The Common Application OR the Coalition Application (Note: Please submit only one. There is no advantage to submitting one over the other.).
  • 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 or ACT 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 15 
Early Action decision release — 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 we must receive your official ACT or SAT scores by the deadline date of November 15 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 admissions decisions will be posted on Enrollment Connect. When your decision is ready to view, you will be sent a notification via email from 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 appreciate your patience as we prepare to release admissions decisions. Please know that we are unable to give decisions over the phone; therefore, it will be your responsibility to monitor Enrollment Connect for your decision.

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.

  • 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 15 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.

Dual Applications

Preferred Admission is a way for a student to indicate an interest in later transferring to an upper-level program. Acceptance guarantees placement in the upper-level academic unit if the student meets certain prerequisites during freshman year at U-M. The prerequisites vary, of course, depending on which upper-level unit is chosen.

Preferred Admission (PA) within U-M is a two-step process:

1. A student must be admitted to a freshman-level school or college.

2. The student 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, the student is still admitted to U-M in their freshman unit.)

Preferred Admission

Any questions regarding requirements and selection criteria for preferred admission should be directed to the upper-level school or college to which the student has applied. Upper-level admitting units include:

The Honors Program at U-M attracts students who are driven to go above and beyond an ordinary course of study. This four-year program for academically ambitious students in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is the best known of the Michigan Learning Communities for good reason — every aspect of the program is designed to offer a more intense level of intellectual challenge.

You’ll study specifically developed Honors courses drawn from nearly every department of LSA, covering topics ranging from human perception to the transatlantic slave trade. Research opportunities start as early as your first two years, and independent projects in collaboration with faculty define your senior year — Honors students have investigated everything from the daily distribution of panic attacks to a new species of stargazer in southern Mexico to why senators vote the way they do on legislation involving climate change.

Honors students travel the world for high-profile study and research from Canada to Shanghai — you can track them through Travel Location of U-M Honors Students.

The result is a singular program that enables students to soar—Honors students regularly win the most prestigious national scholarships, such as Goldwater and Udall Scholarships and National Science Foundation awards.

How to Apply

Once a student has been accepted into the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, he or she is eligible to apply for the Honors Program. One of the most important sections of the application is the essay — you will be given first consideration when you include one with your application. For essay prompts and more information, visit:

For more information:

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.

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.