The University of Michigan-Dearborn is a homeschooler-friendly university. We welcome students who have received personal educational attention while studying at home, and we invite them to apply and enroll at UM-Dearborn. Our small classroom environment ensures that students receive personal attention.
Over the years, UM-Dearborn has enrolled many homeschooled students who have been successful at completing their University of Michigan degree.
Homeschooled students are considered for admission using the same criteria as other incoming freshmen:
- Submit your online application**
- By applying online, your $30 fee is waived and you can check your application status online.
- Test scores (ACT or SAT)
- High School Student Transcript (sample template)
To start the application process, visit the How to Apply page.
Admissibility is based on a recalculated grade point average, test scores (ACT or SAT), trend of grades and types of courses taken. GPAs are recalculated using only academic courses from 10th grade and beyond (English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Language courses typically).
Often, homeschooled students have taken college courses which are used to earn a high school diploma. UM-Dearborn will then include those college courses in the recalculation of the GPA. Additionally, any transferable credits will be included on the studentís Transfer Equivalency Worksheet (TEW) and will indicate how these courses transfer to UM-Dearborn.
Homeschooled students, like other students, are required to submit proof of graduation (diploma or passing GED scores) prior to enrollment at UM-Dearborn.
Homeschooled students are encouraged to complete a similar sequence of courses as the State of Michiganís Merit Curriculum. This ensures that homeschooled students are appropriately prepared for the coursework and faculty expectations at UM-Dearborn.
Homeschooled students are welcomed to enroll in college courses at UM-Dearborn and are eligible to do so through our IGNITE Program (Inspiring Gifted and Nurturing Individuals Through Enrichment). High School students in their Junior and Senior year usually enroll in IGNITE. An IGNITE Scholarship pays half of the tuition and fees up to a maximum of eight credit hours per term for the fall and winter semesters only. Visit the Dual Enrollment page for more information.
Homeschooled students are eligible to be considered for select scholarships.. Visit the Scholarships page for more information. Scholarships are based on recalculated GPA and test scores, with other criteria applied to certain scholarships. Homeschooled students are not disadvantaged when being considered.
Homeschooled students who have at least a 3.50 recalculated GPA and at least a 25 ACT score are strongly encouraged to interview for the Honors Program. Visit the Honors Program page for more information.
Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook: Preparing Your 12- to 18-Year-Old for a Smooth Transition
- AP testing for homeschooled students
- Homeschool Educational Resources from ACT
- UM-Dearborn Math Circle for middle-school and high-school aged students
For questions or more information about homeschooled students, contact the Office of Admissions and Orientation at email@example.com or 313-593-5100.
**If you prefer to not apply online, print and fill out this paper Application for Admission (pdf) ($30 application fee will apply).