Future International Students

College Entrance Exams

Requirements for Standardized College Entrance Examinations

All freshmen are required to take a U.S. standardized college entrance examination, regardless of your citizenship/visa status or whether you have attended secondary school in the U.S. or abroad. Transfer students are not required to take this exam.

The Office of Admissions and Orientation will accept either the SAT I (Scholastic Achievement Test: Reasoning Tests) or the ACT (American College Test). You must take one or the other of these tests (it is not necessary to take both). These tests are available throughout the world, and should be taken well in advance of the intended starting term. SAT and ACT scores take 6-8 weeks after the test date to arrive at UM-Dearborn. You may take the test(s) more than once, and UM-Dearborn will consider only your highest composite score.

Your score will be used as one factor in the admissions process. The standard requirement for U.S. students is a composite score of 22 on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT, but flexibility is possible in certain cases. If your secondary education has been completed partially or entirely abroad, and if English is not your native language, your individual circumstances will be considered when evaluating your test scores.

For students with international backgrounds, the score required for admission in each case will depend on various other factors, such as high school courses and grades, and English proficiency test scores (if requested).

After reviewing ACT or SAT results, an English proficiency test may be required for nonnative speakers of English, and may be used as a positive factor to offset a low ACT or SAT score. Please read information on English proficiency testing.

For information and registration materials for the ACT or SAT, please contact your high school counselor if you are in the U.S., or contact the testing agencies directly if you are currently living abroad:

College Board ATP
P.O. Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08451, U.S.A.
Phone: 609-771-7600



P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52443, U.S.A.
Phone: 319-337-1270