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UMich Ann Arbor Admissions

If you want to apply to UMich Ann Arbor, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee costs $75.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 10.

UMich Ann Arbor Admissions Stats at a Glance

UMich Ann Arbor 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 64%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 48%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to UMich Ann Arbor?

University of Michigan does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! UMich Ann Arbor will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 24.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into University of Michigan

Getting into UMich Ann Arbor is very difficult. UMich Ann Arbor evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, UMich Ann Arbor accepted 26% of all applicants, around 16,974 of the 65,021 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like UMich Ann Arbor, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, UMich Ann Arbor waitlisted 20,723 students. Of those, 9,856 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important to Get In to UMich Ann Arbor?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at UMich Ann Arbor

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

UMich Ann Arbor Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UMich Ann Arbor must submit the following items. Double check with UMich Ann Arbor's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements audition-performance for School of Music, Theatre and Dance; portfolio-art for School of Art and Design
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UMich Ann Arbor?

Students admitted to UMich Ann Arbor have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Michigan, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 55.5%
3.50 and 3.74 11.6%
3.25 and 3.49 1.2%
3.00 and 3.24 0.7%
2.50 and 2.9 0.1%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

UMich Ann Arbor does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

UMich Ann Arbor is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 64% of UMich Ann Arbor's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 48% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UMich Ann Arbor?

To be competitive with other UMich Ann Arbor applicants, you should strive to earn between 1340 and 1520 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UMich Ann Arbor 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1520 and 25% of scored lower than 1340, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UMich Ann Arbor students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UMich Ann Arbor students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UMich Ann Arbor?

To be most competitive at UMich Ann Arbor, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UMich Ann Arbor's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UMich Ann Arbor students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of Michigan

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to UMich Ann Arbor.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is February 1. Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in UMich Ann Arbor during the following terms: - Fall Term - Winter Term - Spring Term - Winter Term - Summer Term

UMich Ann Arbor Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UMich Ann Arbor?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UMich Ann Arbor.

Does UMich Ann Arbor accept transfer credits?

UMich Ann Arbor accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UMich Ann Arbor accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests

Does UMich Ann Arbor accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UMich Ann Arbor accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UMich Ann Arbor?

No, UMich Ann Arbor is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is UMich Ann Arbor's acceptance rate?

UMich Ann Arbor's acceptance rate is 26%.

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UMich Ann Arbor Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into UMich Ann Arbor? UMich Ann Arbor is a very selective institution. The UMich Ann Arbor acceptance rate is 26%. This means that the institution accepts 26 out of every 100 applicants.



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UMich Ann Arbor Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UMich Ann Arbor is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UMich Ann Arbor is Feb 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UMich Ann Arbor ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


31 to 34


31 and Less


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UMich Ann Arbor SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1340 - 1520


Math SAT Range

680 - 780


Reading SAT Range

660 - 740

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UMich Ann Arbor GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UMich Ann Arbor, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.87. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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