Admitted Graduate Students

Congratulations on your admission to a graduate program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn!

The information below will help guide you through your next steps as you prepare to enroll. If you have further questions regarding next steps, we recommend reaching out to your admitting department for guidance. 

First Steps

  • Official Admit Letter

    You have received a congratulatory message from the Director of Graduate Studies through your application portal. Your admitting department is preparing an official letter to be sent with further details regarding your program.

  • MS in Psychology Students Only

    Submit your Enrollment Verification Form and $50 enrollment deposit to the Office of Graduate Studies to secure your place in the cohort. 

    Note: In order to have the deposit properly credited to your student account, graduate students should not use the web-based platform intended for undergraduate students.  

  • Set Up Email Account

    Email account information will be sent by email from IT Accounts ( to the email account used on your admission application. Activate your UMich email account based on instructions provided. University communications are sent to your UMich email account, so be sure to check it regularly!

  • Complete the FAFSA and Apply for Scholarships

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online. Be sure to look into graduate scholarships for aid as well!

  • Submit Financial Documents (International Students Only)

    Applicants who plan to enroll as an F1 or J1 visa student must provide additional information upon offer of admission to the Office of International Affairs (OIA), who manages the student visa process and Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). 

    In order for OIA to process an I-20/DS-2019, you must submit documentation indicating that you (or your sponsor) have sufficient funds to support your education at UM-Dearborn. Estimated annual expenses are $44,000 U.S.  All supporting documents must show that you or your financial supporter has at least $44,000 U.S. dollars available.

    You must submit the Financial Affidavit form and an original bank certification (in English) from your financial supporter, converted to U.S. dollars, showing that the account balance of the financial supporter is at least $44,000 (per academic year) to cover the tuition, fees, and living expenses you will incur while attending UM-Dearborn.

    Financial aid is not available to students on F or J visas. Therefore, you must demonstrate full financial support before a UM-Dearborn I-20 form can be issued for you. Also, all F and J visa students must have health insurance that meets U-M requirements for yourself and any accompanying F-2 or J-2 dependents during the entire time you are enrolled.  If you have health insurance that provides coverage that is comparable to the U-M Health International Student/Scholar Health Insurance Plan, you can request a waiver for the health insurance requirement. 

    Any questions should be directed to OIA

  • Newly Admitted International Student Resources

    Consider reaching out to existing international student organizations with any student experience-related questions.  The below listed organizations have current graduate students in their leadership and consider part of their mission to help new graduate students settle in.  They are a great resource and an avenue to help develop community before arrival.


    Graduate International Student Organization 




    VictorsLink Page


    Indian Graduate Student Association 




    VictorsLink Page


    Chinese Student and Scholar Association

    VictorsLink Page

    President’s QR Code (Please add him and he will invite you to the WeChat group)

Gearing Up

  • Register for Classes

    In order to register for courses, you will need to login with your uniqname and password. Be sure to review relevant policies and key terms

    It is important to register for courses as soon as possible. Sections do fill up and a course may be canceled if there are not enough students registered before a certain date. 

  • Watch the Graduate Orientation Video & Register for a Q & A Session

    New Graduate Student Orientation will help familiarize you with campus policies and resources. 

  • Submit Final Documents

    Do you still need to submit final official transcripts, degree certificates, etc?  This must be done before the end of your first admit term or you will not be able to register for additional courses.  Submit all materials to the Office of Graduate Studies

Nearly There

  • MCard (Student Identification Card)

    Current students can obtain an MCard in the University Center with proof of current registration. 

  • Parking Permits

    Registered students can obtain a parking permit from the Parking Services Office with proof of current registration and a valid UMID. 

  • Campus Shuttle

    Do you plan on taking the campus shuttle? Be sure to check the current schedule for pickup times between buildings.

  • Checking In (International Students Only)

    A physical check-in process is required prior to the start of classes. Be sure to plan your travel dates accordingly. 

  • Take A Campus Tour (Optional)

    Interested in learning more about campus? Limited 60-minute walking campus tours are offered for new admitted graduate students before the start of term. Registration is available through the graduate orientation webpage.

    Participants should plan to arrive at the Office of Graduate Studies (1055 Administration Building) 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour to check in. 

  • Pay Your Bill

    Be sure to check tuition due dates, payment methods, and policies

    Interested in paying tuition in monthly installments, rather than one lump sum? Learn more about payment plans

Ready, Set, Go!

  • Classes Begin!

    Make sure you know when classes start and other important dates from the Academic Calendar

  • Buy Your Books

    Visit the Barnes & Noble bookstore online or at the University Center (UC) to purchase your books. 

  • Familiarize Yourself with Canvas

    Canvas is the home for all online courses, as well as some assignments, discussions, and resources for hybrid and on-campus classes.

  • Understand Your Degree Requirements

    A web-based audit tool, Degree Works can be used to help understand your progress to degree and to map your “what if” academic scenarios.   The graduate catalog and any program-specific handbook should also be reviewed.  

Change in Start Term Needed?

  • Deferrals

    Applications are valid for one academic year from your initial term of application. If a change in start term is needed, a deferral request must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies.  It is recommended that the written notification be received by the advisory deadline for the new requested term of entry.

    If you wish to defer your admission to a different term you must complete a deferral request using your full legal name. All documents previously submitted will be transferred to the new term along with your admission. If you choose to attend another university in the meantime, your application will require a second review by the Faculty Review Committee with official transcripts from that institution.

    International Students

    If you are in need of a student visa, a new I-20 will need to be issued for the term you select. Additional financial documentation may be required if materials on file are older than one year. 

    In addition, your original I-20 or DS-2019 must be returned to the Office of International Affairs with written confirmation that a deferral has been requested. 

    Office of International Affairs
    4901 Evergreen Road, Room 108 The Union
    Dearborn, MI, 48128

    A new I-20 or DS-2019 will be issued for the requested semester 30 days after the initial I-20 start date:

    • upon approval of the Office of Graduate Studies (if additional courses were taken after the original admit date at another institution, those records must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies )
    • upon receipt of new financial documents (if the original documents will be over one year old at the start of the new admission semester)


    Processing of deferral requests takes 3-5 business days (Monday-Friday). You will receive a confirmation once completed.  

Office of Graduate Studies

1055 -
Administration Building (AB)
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