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:
- Apply for admission
- High School Transcript (sample template)
- 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.
Admissibility is based on a trend of grades (and mix of academic courses will be considered), and types of courses taken, and submission of SAT or ACT scores are optional for the incoming classes of 2021.
Often, homeschooled students have taken college courses which are used to earn a high school diploma. College credits will be included on the student's Transfer Equivalency Worksheet (TEW) which 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 Michigan's Merit Curriculum. This ensures that homeschooled students are appropriately prepared for the coursework and faculty expectations at UM-Dearborn.
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.
** 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.
Homeschooled students are welcomed to enroll in college courses at UM-Dearborn and are eligible to do so through our Dual Enrollment program. Visit the Dual Enrollment page for more information.
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
- College Board SAT resources
- Homeschool Educational Resources from ACT
If you have questions or need more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at email@example.com or 313-593-5100.