Applying for Admission as a Freshman

We encourage students to submit their application in the fall, after the completion of their junior year of high school.  To receive priority consideration for various freshman scholarships, students should apply by the priority deadline of December 15.  The University accepts applications until the first day of class each semester.  All components of an application are reviewed personally by an Admission Counselor and a decision is typically made within 2-3 weeks.

Admission criteria*:

  • Completed Application
  • High School Transcript
    • Academic performance as reflected in grades, mix of academic courses, and trend.
    • The GPA posted on the transcript at the time of admission will be utilized (weighted if available).
  • SAT and/or ACT test scores
    • The highest composite test score will be utilized.
    • Newer scores should be sent to the University as they are available.
  • English language proficiency for non-native speakers

How to Apply

  1. Submit your Online Application**.
  2. Request that official transcripts be sent to the University from your high school.  If necessary, fill out the High School Transcript Request Form and turn it in to your high school counselor.  
  3. Request that official standardized test score(s) be sent to the University, either SAT or ACT.   School Codes= SAT: 1861, ACT: 2074.  The University will also accept test scores published on an official high school transcript.
  4. If you attended any college/university classes while in high school (i.e. dual enrollment), request that a copy of your official college/university transcripts be sent directly to the University.
  5. Send all materials to the Office of Admissions and Orientation.

* 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 freshmen.

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

Freshman Applicant Checklist

Have questions?  Be sure to contact us at 313-593-5100 or umd-admissions@umich.edu.

  1. Arrange a campus visit
  2. Take SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UM-Dearborn
    (UM-Dearborn codes: SAT: 1861, ACT: 2074)
  3. Request Official Transcripts
  4. Apply online or submit a paper application 
  5. Apply by December 15 to receive full consideration for scholarships
  6. Receive notification of scholarships (if eligible)
  7. Complete the financial aid application (FAFSA) after October 1
    (UM-Dearborn code: 002326)

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. 

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