Applying for Admission as a Freshman

By completing the application by the priority application deadline of December 15, you are automatically considered for various freshman scholarships.  Freshman scholarship offers are based on GPA at the time of admission.  Otherwise, applications are accepted until the first day of classes each semester and scholarships are awarded as funds are available.  All components of an application are reviewed personally by an Admissions Counselor.

Admission criteria for Freshmen include*:

  • Academic performance in high school
    • Trend of grades and mix of academic courses will be considered
    • The posted GPA on the transcript will be utilized (the weighted GPA if available)
  • SAT and/or ACT test scores
    • The highest composite test score is used in the Admission decision
    • Newer scores should be sent to the University as they are available
  • English language proficiency for non-native speakers

How to Apply

  1. Submit your Online Application**.
    (By applying online, your $30 fee is waived and you can check your application status.)
  2. Fill out the High School Transcript Request Form and turn it in to your high school counselor.  For an admission decision, it is necessary that your counselor provide a copy of your official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores.  School Codes= SAT: 1861  ACT: 2074    
  3. If you attended any college/university classes while in high school (i.e. dual enrollment), request that a copy of your official college/university transcripts be sent directly to the University.
  4. Send all materials to the Office of Admissions and Orientation.

* All applicants must graduate from an approved and/or accredited secondary school or home school, or present a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Students with at least a 600 GED score (Battery Average Score) will be considered for prospective degree admission.  Students who take college coursework while in high school (i.e. dual enrollment) are considered freshmen.

** If you prefer to not apply online, print and fill out this paper Application for Admission ($30 application fee will apply).

Freshman Applicant Checklist

Have questions?  Be sure to contact us at 313-593-5100 or

  1. Arrange a campus visit
  2. Take SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UM-Dearborn
    (UM-Dearborn codes: SAT: 1861, ACT: 2074)
  3. Request Official Transcripts
  4. Apply online or submit a paper application and $30 fee
  5. Apply by December 15 to receive full consideration for scholarships
  6. Receive notification of scholarships (if eligible)
  7. Complete the financial aid application (FAFSA) after October 1
    (UM-Dearborn code: 002326)

Student Expectations

The primary purpose of the Statement of Student Rights and Code of Student Conduct is to assist the University in providing an environment which supports the educational process and the well-being of the campus community. The responsibility for maintaining such an environment is shared by all members of the campus community including faculty, staff, current and prospective students. Therefore, any person expressing interest in enrolling at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is expected to demonstrate behavior consistent with the Code of Conduct. Behaviors inconsistent with the Code of Student Conduct will not be tolerated. The University seeks applicants that demonstrate the potential to be contributing members of the campus community and reserves the right to deny admission based upon violation(s) of the Code of Student Conduct. 

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