Requirements & Deadlines

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Oct
    1
    Winter Term Application Deadline
  • Nov
    1
    Early Action for Freshmen Only
  • Dec
    1
    Application Deadline for School of Music, Theatre & Dance only
  • Feb
    1
    Fall Term Application Deadline

International students are valued members of the University of Michigan campus community. The wealth of global and cultural experience they bring adds significantly to the rich and varied tapestry of backgrounds they will find here. The university has a long history of engaging the world on many levels — as an international student, you help maintain and further our standing and deep connection with the global community.

How to Apply

The application process for international students at the University of Michigan is the same process all undergraduate students undertake, with a few key differences. The requirements may vary depending on your country of origin and specific educational history, particularly the type of transcript you will need to submit. 

Before you apply, it is important to note that international students on temporary visas are not eligible for financial aid, and are expected to pay the full cost of attendance. Few scholarships are available. 

Important Application Steps
  1. You must apply via the Common Application or Coalition Application, along with a $75 application fee (Please note that both application options include specific University of Michigan questions, and there is no advantage to submitting one over the other.)
  2. All undergraduate first-year applicants are required to submit test results from either the SAT or the ACT.
  3. Submit the School Report.
  4. Submit one Teacher Evaluation (academic teacher).
  5. Submit a Counselor Recommendation (encouraged, but not required).
  6. Submit your high school transcript. An official English translation is required to accompany the transcript if the transcript is not issued in English by the school. (Students who have already completed high school, including university transfer applicants, should be sure to have final high school transcript submitted showing the graduation date. Also provide a detailed explanation of any educational gaps.)
  7. If you are a speaker of English as a second language, you will need to submit your MELAB, TOEFL, or IELTS scores.
  8. Please note that international students on temporary visas are not eligible for financial aid, and should expect to pay the full cost of attendance. Scholarships are generally not available.   

Do not submit any extra documents unless specifically requested, as this may only delay your decision.

Your SAT/ACT test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency and received in our office by our deadline. Please plan ahead— rush paper scores are not accepted. Also note that if you plan to take the ACT or SAT in October, those scores will not arrive in time to complete your application for Early Action. If you have not yet had your scores reported, you can have them sent online using these links:

ACT (U-M Code is 2062)
SAT (U-M code is 1839)

Deadlines

As one who lives a great distance from Michigan and the United States, it’s important to submit your application, test scores, and related materials as soon as possible — ideally, long before you plan on attending U-M. Your application materials will be reviewed once all of them have been received. Although deadlines vary by school, college, or program, some general deadlines to keep in mind include:

Fall term—February 1
Early Action—November 1
Winter term—October 1
Spring term—February 1
Summer term—February 1

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.
TOEFL Testing
The TOEFL English-language test is recognized by more than 9,000 colleges and universities in more than 130 countries.
MELAB Testing
The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) evaluates advanced-level English language competence of adult nonnative speakers of English.
IELTS Assessments
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is the primary language.
Requirements by Country
Our requirements may differ depending on your home country. Review the requirements here.

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.

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:

Because the University of Michigan's winter term starts at the beginning of January and because the fall term in many countries does not end until late January or February, it may not be possible to apply for U-M's winter term. It is very important that any fall term courses you are enrolled in be completed. If your fall term does not end until some time in January or later, applying to U-M for our fall term which begins in early September (or in some cases summer term which begins at the end of June) would be the only option(s). If not enrolling during the winter term at your current university in your country, our U-M spring term which begins at the end of April may also be a possibility. 

Federal regulations and University of Michigan policy severely limit the types of financial assistance available to international students. University admissions policy requires that international students (those with F-1 and J-1 visas) have enough resources to meet their expenses. Students with these visas are not eligible for federal student aid. Scholarships are not generally available.  

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

  • 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.

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 1:

  • 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 1 
Early Action 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.

Notification

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 Michigan.Admissions@umich.edu or UA-Admissions@umich.edu with the subject line "Your University of Michigan Application Status Has Been Updated." Please add these email addresses 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.