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.​

Admission Requirements

Homeschooled students are considered for admission using the same criteria as other incoming freshmen:

Admission Criteria

Admissibility is based on a trend of grades (and mix of academic courses will be considered), test scores (SAT or ACT), and types of courses taken. 

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.

Recommended Curriculum

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.

Dual Enrollment

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).  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.

Honors Program

Visit the Honors Program page for more information.

Recommended Reading

Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook: Preparing Your 12- to 18-Year-Old for a Smooth Transition.



For questions or more information about homeschooled students, contact the Office of Admissions and Orientation at or 313-593-5100.

**If you prefer to not apply online, print and fill out this paper Application for Admission.

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