The college application season can be a nerve-racking time for high school seniors, especially those vying for a coveted spot in a selective school like the University of Michigan.
There’s the essays. There’s the letters of rec. There’s the deadlines.
And there’s the waiting. UGH, THE WAITING! It can be excruciating!
So what if you could apply to U-M and know for certain that you’d receive a decision by the time you hit winter break?
If you got in, great! You could ring in the new year as a proud member of #Victors2022.
If you didn’t, that’s a bummer for sure, but you’d have plenty of time to look into other amazing college opportunities.
That’s the beauty of the University of Michigan’s Early Action admissions. As long as you submit your application and all corresponding materials by the Nov. 1 deadline, the university guarantees you will receive a decision by Dec. 24.
It’s a great option if Michigan is one of your top-choice schools. And if you’re reading this blog, that probably means you.
What to know about the Early Action option
Before you dive in, though, there are a few important aspects of the process that you should understand.
- Applying EA may be more convenient for you, but it doesn’t offer any special privileges, such as giving your application a higher priority or more lenient review. In other words, it doesn't make it easier or harder to gain admission to U-M.
- If you’re applying to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance or the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, there is no Early Action option because of the audition/interview and portfolio processes. The deadline to apply to SMTD is Dec. 1, while Taubman’s deadline is Feb. 1.
- Test scores from the October ACT with writing or SAT with Essay tests will not arrive in time for Early Action. However, if you’ve previously taken the test and are taking it again in October, you can send in your previous scores to complete the application and forward the new scores to U-M once they are available.
Decided to apply EA? Here's what comes next
So now that you’re convinced that applying Early Action is the route to take, there are a few next steps to consider in addition to begging your calc teacher for that glowing letter of praise.
- Complete your financial aid forms – At the University of Michigan, you can hit all of your bases by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (commonly known as FAFSA and commonly mispronounced by decent, well-meaning people as FAS-FA...) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. The former makes you eligible for federal aid, while the latter determines whether you’re qualified for university grants. Both can be completed starting Oct. 1.
- Attend U-M events – The admissions office runs a number of targeted events for prospective students – especially in-state students – throughout the fall. For more information, keep a close eye on your email inbox and…
- Follow the Office of Undergraduate Admissions on social media – Check out the office’s social media content on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to learn more about life as a U-M student and stay informed about key deadlines and upcoming events. Also, use the hashtag #Victors2022 to connect with other applicants and, later on, admitted students.
- Use caution when browsing the forums – Online college forums like College Confidential can be great resources for connecting with current and prospective students, but they are notoriously rife with false information. Whether it’s a “chance me” thread or rumors about the exact date decisions will be released, you will encounter people who claim to have “insider information” that goes beyond what is released by the admissions office. Don’t buy it, and don’t waste your time. Just look to threads from past years to find mountains of misinformation.
- Have patience – This is a tough one. We get it. You’re on the verge of making one of the most important decisions of your life. It’s only natural to want as much information as possible, as soon as possible. That’s why applying Early Action is great. You absolutely WILL get a decision by Dec. 24. That’s a guarantee that can help – at least a little – to put your mind at ease.
Good luck, and Go Blue!