Applying for Admission as a Freshman

In an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Office of Undergrad Admissions is operating remotely. We are updating our admission procedures to accept emailed documents as part of this change. In order to contact our office or to submit admissions materials, please reach out via email to Please know that we are still very committed to supporting prospective students through the admissions process. 

We encourage high school students to apply in the fall of their senior year and recent graduates to apply as soon as possible. See deadlines below. Application will not be reviewed until all required materials have been received.

A completed application includes the following:
  • Submitted online application - it's free and easy!
  • High School Transcript(s)
    • 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 (2021 optional, see Fall 2021 below)
    • The highest composite score will be utilized.
    • Newer scores should be sent to the University as they are available.
  • English language proficiency for non-native speakers
Please note: application decisions will be released starting on October 15, 2020. 

Application Deadlines

UM-Dearborn continues to accept freshman applications as long as space is available. Students should apply by the dates below to ensure highest consideration for admission.

Winter 2021 (application available 1/1/20)
  • December 22, 2020*: Submit online application and ALL application materials (see How to Complete Your Application below).

Priority FAFSA Submission: Jan. 1, 2020.

Summer 2021 (application available 5/1/20)
  • Summer I:  April 10, 2021: submit online application and ALL application materials (see How to Complete Your Application).
  • Summer II: Jun. 10, 2021: submit online application and ALL application materials ((see How to Complete Your Application).

Priority FAFSA Submission: Jan. 1, 2020.

Fall 2021


  • Applications for Fall 2021 will be available on August 1
  • Decisions for Fall 2021 will begin being released on October 15
    • After October 15, all decisions are rolling based on completion of application
  • FAFSA Opens - October 1
  • April 1, 2021: Submit online application and ALL application materials (see How to Complete Your Application below)
Fall 2021 Test Optional Admission:

Due to the cancellation of standardized testing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, students applying to UM-Dearborn for Fall 2021 can choose whether or not they wish to provide SAT/ACT scores. Students who choose to be test optional will not have test scores factored into their admission decision. Students are still highly encouraged to submit SAT/ACT exam results, if they are available, as these scores may increase institutional scholarship eligibility and help with course placement.

  • Information regarding Fall 2021 test-optional admission can be found here.

COVID-19 UPDATE: UM-Dearborn will be flexible in recognizing the continually shifting situation regarding the current public health emergency. 

Admissions information for Fall 2021 Freshman
Learn about the changes in admissions requirements for the Fall 2021 semester
Kevin Lewtschanyn, Director of Admissions Recruitment

How to Complete Your Application

You may apply to UM-Dearborn using our Online Application - it's free and easy! Or, you may apply through the Common Application.

Once you have completed the online application, you will then need to submit the following:

  • High School Transcript(s) - Request that official transcripts be sent to the University from your high school.  
  • SAT and/or ACT test scores* - Request that official standardized test score(s), either SAT or ACT, be sent to the University. School Codes= SAT: 1861, ACT: 2074. The University will also accept test scores published on an official high school transcript.
  • Dual Enrollment (if applicable) - 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.

*Fall 2021 Test Optional: Students applying to UM-Dearborn will have an option on the admission application to opt in for test-optional admission, students who select this option will not have test scores factored into the admissions decision. Students that select test-optional are not precluded from taking standardized tests (SAT or ACT) and sending scores if they are able. Doing so is recommended, as it may increase institutional scholarship eligibility and help with course placement. (see Response to Covid-19)

Send all materials to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Your application will not be reviewed until all required materials requested above have been received. 

Please Note:

* Once you have submitted your application, should you need to make a change (ex: desired major), do not submit a new application. Please email with the information to be changed and it will be processed for you.

* 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.

Have Questions?

In order to contact our office at this time, please email your questions to  You may also Schedule a Virtual Appointment to speak with an Admissions Counselor.

Go Blue - Go Dearborn!

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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