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University of Michigan

Ann Aarbor, MI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate18%
Acceptance Rate18%

UMich Ann Arbor Admissions

Steps for Applying to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

If you're interested in applying to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, there are several steps to take:

1. Fill out the application, including U-M supplements: The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor accepts the Common Application. The application form will ask for your basic information, including your name, address, and high school. Make sure to fill out the form completely and accurately, and pay special attention to the UMich-specific sections.

2. Write your essays: The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor requires two essays as part of the application. These essays give you an opportunity to showcase your personality, interests, and accomplishments, and explain why you are a good fit for the university. View the most current U-M essay topics here. 

3. Submit your transcripts: You will need to request that your high school send your official transcript to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. This transcript should include your grades from all four years of high school. If you are in a dual-enrollment program or have taken any college coursework, you should submit transcripts for those classes as well.

4. Submit letters of recommendation: The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor requires one letter of recommendation from a teacher and one from a counselor. U-M prefers that is comes from a teacher who has taught one of your core classes in the last 12 months, but it can also come from a coach or other (non-relative) adult who knows you well and can write confidently about your aptitude and potential.  

5. Submit test scores (optional): The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor has extended their test-optional policy into the 2022-2023 admissions cycles, meaning that students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores with their application. However, if you have taken these tests and feel that your scores accurately reflect your academic ability, you may still choose to submit them. Check the UMich website for updates on the test-optional policy.

Please note: Students who do not wish to submit SAT or ACT scores can definitely still submit AP or IB scores. These students should choose "no" when asked if they want to submit SAT/ACT test scores. Students who did not submit tests scores for early application cycles may choose to submit them before the regular decision deadline.

6. Pay the application fee: There is a non-refundable application fee to apply to University of Michigan. The fee is traditionally around $75. If you are a U.S. student who can not afford to pay this fee, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. You can apply for a fee waiver after you've submitted your application, and then check your fee waiver status in the Enrollment Connect applicant portal. 

In addition to the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver granted by the state of Michigan to in-state students, U-M will waive all application filing fees for any students who qualify as tribal-enrolled American Indian or Alaska Native applicants. Simply choose "Other Fee Waiver Request" and "American Indian or Alaska Native Tribal Enrollee" on the University of Michigan specific section of the Common App. 

7. Updates Your Status: Click the heart icon above to save UMich to your list of colleges on College Confidential. You can come back and update your status as you make progress on the application and hear back. And don't forget to check in with other applicants in the CC Community.

Good luck!

When Will University of Michigan Decisions Be Released? 
In 2023, University of Michigan released regular decisions on March 31st, and 5 pm Central time. Check out our Decision Central for update on this year’s decision release dates.

It is very difficult to get into University of Michigan. Around 18% of applicants get into University of Michigan each year. Last year, 84,289 students applied to University of Michigan and 14,914 were admitted.

If you want to apply to University of Michigan, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 2/1 and the fee for the application costs $75.

University of Michigan Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of University of Michigan's admissions stats.

University of Michigan 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 54%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 24%
Waitlist Yes

University of Michigan Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Michigan.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 January 31
Regular Decision Yes 2 1

Want to Apply Early to University of Michigan?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. University of Michigan will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 31.

Some students apply early to college to increase their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Michigan Admissions

Is University of Michigan Hard To Get Into?

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

In 2022, UMich Ann Arbor accepted 18% of all applicants, approximately 14,914 from 84,289 applicants.

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.

Transferring to University of Michigan

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Michigan

University of Michigan has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does University of Michigan Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining 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 choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at University of Michigan

Wondering what factors are considered by University of Michigan during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
First Generation Important
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with University of Michigan for more information on admission factors.

University of Michigan 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements audition for Music, portfolio for Art
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Michigan?

Students admitted to University of Michigan have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of Michigan 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, 54% of University of Michigan's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 24% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Michigan?

To be competitive with other University of Michigan applicants, you should aim to score between 1350 and 1530 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Michigan 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1530 and 25% of scored lower than 1350, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Michigan students scored 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 670 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Michigan students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 670 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Michigan, 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 University of Michigan'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 University of Michigan students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

More Information on Transferring to University of Michigan

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to University of Michigan.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is February 1.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Michigan during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

University of Michigan Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Michigan?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Michigan.

Does University of Michigan accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Michigan accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Michigan accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does University of Michigan accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ University of Michigan accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Michigan?

❌ No, University of Michigan is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is University of Michigan's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for University of Michigan is 18%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Michigan?

❌ University of Michigan does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About University of Michigan?

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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 18%. This means that the institution accepts 17 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1350 - 1530


Math SAT Range

680 - 780


Reading SAT Range

670 - 750

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 3.9. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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