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Colleges / University of Michigan

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate20%
Acceptance Rate20%

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.

If you are thinking about applying to UMich Ann Arbor, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is February 1 and the application fee costs $75.

Students who submit their applications to UMich Ann Arbor for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 15.

UMich Ann Arbor Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of UMich Ann Arbor's admissions stats.

UMich Ann Arbor 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 54%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 32%
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 December 24
Regular Decision Yes February 1 April 15

Want to Apply Early to UMich Ann Arbor?

UMich Ann Arbor does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. UMich Ann Arbor will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 24.

➡️ 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

Transferring to University of Michigan

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

For Students Waitlisted to UMich Ann Arbor

UMich Ann Arbor has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does UMich Ann Arbor Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important 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 put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at UMich Ann Arbor

Curious about the factors that are considered by UMich Ann Arbor 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
First Generation Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with UMich Ann Arbor for more information on admission factors.

UMich Ann Arbor Application Requirements

To apply to UMich Ann Arbor, all applicants 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)
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 UMich Ann Arbor?

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

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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

UMich Ann Arbor looks 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 2022, 54% of UMich Ann Arbor's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 32% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for UMich Ann Arbor?

To be competitive with other UMich Ann Arbor applicants, you should strive to earn between 1360 and 1530 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UMich Ann Arbor 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1530 and 25% of scored lower than 1360, 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 670 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UMich Ann Arbor students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 670 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for UMich Ann Arbor?

To be most competitive at UMich Ann Arbor, you should strive to earn between 31 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UMich Ann Arbor's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 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.

More Information on 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 April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in UMich Ann Arbor during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter 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 may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is UMich Ann Arbor's acceptance rate?

✅ UMich Ann Arbor has an acceptance rate of 20%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at UMich Ann Arbor?

❌ UMich Ann Arbor does not offer early decision.

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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 20%. This means that the institution accepts 20 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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


31 to 35


31 and Less


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UMich Ann Arbor SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1360 - 1530


Math SAT Range

690 - 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 3.88. 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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