Apply for Admission as a First-Year Student

Applying for Admission

Applications now available for Winter 2021 or Fall 2021!

Are you ready to become a Difference Maker?  You’ll work closely with professors who know your name and will provide you the hands-on experiences that are possible at a top-ranked regional university. It’s time to turn your plans into action. 

Incoming first-year students are welcome to apply online using our free applications:

Criteria for Admission

First year admission to University of Michigan-Dearborn is based on a combination of criteria:

  • Cumulative high school grade point averages of 3.5 or above are generally admissible
  • Applicants with cumulative grade point averages between 2.5 and 3.5 will be considered based on the quality of academic preparation: 
    • Number and types of college preparatory courses
    • Positive trend of grades
  • Submission of SAT or ACT scores are optional for the incoming classes of 2021
  • No letters of recommendation or essays are required
  • Non-Native Speakers may have additional requirements

Please note: 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 first-year students.

Application Materials

1. Transcripts

  • High school transcripts* 
  • College coursework while in high school (e.g. dual enrollment) 

If your school utilizes the Parchment service for transcript requests, you can have your official transcripts sent directly to our office (follow the instructions in this video). Please also arrange to have your final, official transcript (including date of graduation) sent to Undergraduate Admissions upon graduation.

2. Test Scores (Optional)

  • UM-Dearborn will not require the submission of ACT or SAT scores for the 2021 undergraduate application year.**
  • You will have the option to indicate on the admissions application if you want your test scores factored into your admission decision.
  • If you choose to submit scores, follow these links to request that your SAT and/or ACT results be sent to University of Michigan-Dearborn.
    • SAT — school code 1861
    • ACT — school code 2074

** Possible reasons to opt out of submitting test scores may include being unable to take the SAT/ACT exam due to scheduling challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, or that test scores don't accurately reflect your ability (e.g., you performed below the SAT national average of 1060, and you have a strong academic record in high school). Unless you meet one of these, you are encouraged to submit a score. In doing so, it enhances merit-only scholarship review and course placement.   

Admission & Financial Aid Key Dates and Deadlines

Key Winter 2021 Dates

Milestone Date
Admission Application 
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
  • Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA (UM-Dearborn school code is: 002326)
Admission Decisions Released
Financial Aid Award Packages Sent
Admission Application Deadline & FAFSA Priority Filing Date
December 22, 2020
First Day of Classes
January 13, 2021


Key Fall 2021 Dates

Milestone Date
Admission Application 
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
  • Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA (UM-Dearborn school code is: 002326)
Admission Decisions Released
  • After October 15, decisions are rolling based upon a completed application
October 15, 2020
Admissions & FAFSA Priority Filing Date
December 1, 2020
Financial Aid Award Packages Sent
  • After this date, financial aid award packages are rolling based upon receiving a completed FAFSA
December 2020
Admission Application Deadline
April 1, 2021
Decision Day (Commit to UM-Dearborn)
May 1, 2021
First Day of Classes
September 1, 2021


Our Director of Admissions Recruitment will walk you through the application process for Fall 2021 admissions in less than 10 minutes.

Need to make a change to your application?

Once you have submitted your application, should you need to make a change (ex: desired major), please email us at rather than submitting a new application.

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. 

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Our average undergraduate class size is 26 students.

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