Apply for Admission as a First-Year Student

Applying for Admission

Are you ready to become a Difference Maker?  You’ll work closely with professors who know your name and will provide you the hands-on experiences that are possible at a top-ranked regional university. It’s time to turn your plans into action. 

Incoming first-year students are welcome to apply online using our free applications:

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Criteria for Admission

First year admission to University of Michigan-Dearborn is based on a combination of criteria:

  • Cumulative high school grade point averages of 3.5 or above are generally admissible
  • Applicants with cumulative grade point averages between 2.5 and 3.5 will be considered based on the quality of academic preparation: 
    • Number and types of college preparatory courses
    • Positive trend of grades
  • Submission of SAT or ACT scores are optional for the incoming class of 2024
  • Upon review of a submitted application, letters of recommendation or essays may be requested
  • 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.

Application Materials

1. Transcripts

  • Official high school transcripts* 
  • College coursework while in high school (e.g. dual enrollment) 

If your school utilizes the Parchment service for transcript requests, you can have your official transcripts sent directly to our office. Please also arrange to have your final, official transcript (including date of graduation) sent to Undergraduate Admissions upon graduation.

2. Test Scores (Optional)

  • UM-Dearborn will not require the submission of ACT or SAT scores for the 2022 and 2023 undergraduate application years.**
  • 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.
    • SAT — school code 1861
    • ACT — school code 2074

** 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 assists with course placement.   

Admission and Financial Aid Key Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2024 Dates



Admission Application 


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA (School code is: 002326)
December 2023

Admission Decisions Released

  • After October 15, decisions are rolling based upon a completed application
October 15, 2023

Admission Application Deadline

Recommended April 1, 2024
Final August 1, 2024

Decision Day (Commit to UM-Dearborn)

Recommended May 1, 2024
Final August 15, 2024

First Day of Classes

September 3, 2024

*The recommended deadlines are encouraged to ensure students have every opportunity to engage with campus through the summer with important orientation and advisement sessions to be successful.

Completing Your Application

Listed below are some of the most commonly requested items needed to complete an application for undergraduate admission, and how to make a change to your application. If you have further questions, please email

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

1145 - James C. Renick University Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-593-5100
Fax: 313-436-9167