Admissions Criteria

To be admitted to the University of Michigan-Dearborn, students need to meet specific requirements and submit the required documents. See the detailed application requirements for more information.

Application Information

  • Applying to the University of Michigan-Dearborn is FREE!
    • Please remind your students there is NO fee to apply.
  • We recommend that students use their personal email versus using a school email so that they are able access their portal after high school graduation. 
  • All students will use the University of Michigan-Dearborn application portal to check their application status. 

Regardless of the application program they use, students are required to create a University of Michigan-Dearborn application portal account to see the status of their application file and get important updates along the way. If a student applies with the Common App, the student should wait to receive an email from UM-Dearborn prior to setting up the application portal account.

Academic Performance

We utilize students’ academic performance, GPA, and trend in grades, when making all admissions decisions. Please view the following chart for admissible GPAs.

High School GPA Range*Admission Decision
3.00 and aboveGuaranteed Admission***
2.75-2.99Potentially Admissible
Will be assessed for academic preparation, including grade trends, and may require essay and/or letters of recommendation
Below 2.75Likely Not Admissible As First-Year
We will provide guidance for a pathway to UM-Dearborn in partnership with local community colleges

*Based on GPA at the time of admission. Most students will receive a decision based on a GPA after their junior year, but we may require first semester senior year grades before finalizing admission decisions. 

**Must meet conduct requirements

Personal Statements

At the University of Michigan-Dearborn, we recognize the diversity in the lived experiences of our students and that students may overcome many obstacles in their high school careers. For students who do not meet the 3.0 Guaranteed Admission, a written Personal Statement  is their opportunity to inform the Undergraduate Admissions Office on the particular challenges they met that impacted their high school academic performance and their plan on being successful in college. All students who are test optional and are below a 3.0 will be required to submit a personal statement upon request responding to a specific prompt.

Sending Transcripts

First year student applicants must provide official high School transcripts in order to complete their admissions application. Emailed photo copies by students are not accepted by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Students may submit transcripts through the following methods:

  • Mail an official transcript in a sealed envelope to the following address:
    • University of Michigan-Dearborn Undergraduate Admissions
      1145 University Center
      4901 Evergreen Road
      Dearborn, MI 48128
  • Email a copy from counselor to [email protected]
  • Sent via a service:

Final Transcripts

After your students have been accepted and final official transcripts are available, we request that their final high school transcript be submitted no later than August 1st to ensure their financial aid can be disbursed in a timely manner.

High School Students with College Credit

First year students transferring college credit through Early Middle College, AP/IB courses, or dual enrollment programs must provide separate official transcripts for both high school and college courses. Official high school transcripts including the college courses may not be used for the purpose of credit evaluation in transferring credits. Students who wish to have their college credits transferred to UM-Dearborn must have their official college transcript sent directly from the institution where courses were taken to UM-Dearborn to be considered for transfer credit.

Students can view a list of accepted AP and IB courses along with the scores necessary to receive credit in the AP and IB Credit Chart.

Application Timeline

High school students are able to start their admissions applications the summer entering their senior year either on our website or the Common Application.

All students are notified by the University through the email they used to submit their application, please have them refer back to their email for requests for missing application documents and the link to their Application Portal to view their Official Admissions Decision.

Admission Application OpensAugust 1

Admission Decisions Released

  • After October 15, decisions are rolling based upon a completed application
October 15
Preferred Admission Application DeadlineApril 1
Decision Day (Commit to UM-Dearborn)June 1
Final Application DeadlineAugust 15

Test Scores

University of Michigan-Dearborn’s test-optional admissions policy allows students to choose at the point of application whether to have SAT or ACT test scores considered as part of the application.

  • UM-Dearborn is test-optional through at least 2026
  • Students can indicate on their application if they want to submit test scores for consideration
  • If students choose to submit scores, the following are the codes for UM-Dearborn:
    • SAT — school code 1861
    • ACT — school code 2074

Enrollment Deposits

All admitted freshmen and transfers are required to submit an enrollment deposit. A waiver, granted in cases of financial hardship, allows a student to complete Orientation and other enrollment steps without paying the deposit.

You can request an enrollment deposit waiver by submitting the Enrollment Deposit Waiver Form.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Outside 1600 - Social Sciences Building
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-593-5100
Fax: 313-436-9167