Freshman Student Admission

Admission Procedures

UM-Dearborn welcomes applications from prospective freshmen. The admission of all students is on a selective basis; admissions officials consider various factors in reaching individual decisions for admission.

Sources of information typically used in evaluating a candidate's qualifications include the secondary school record (GPA, rigor of curriculum and trend of grades), scores achieved on either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT), and any evidence of special abilities. However, In direct response to the COVID-19 crisis, Fall 2021 applicants will not be required to submit standardized SAT or ACT scores for admission. Formal changes to admission policies beyond that cohort will be assessed at a later date.  

Incoming freshmen are expected to present a final official high school transcript as proof of graduating from an accredited high school or preparatory school. Failure to submit this document may impact your receipt of federal and state financial assistance.

Information provided on the Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships must be accurate and complete. Falsification or omission of information or credentials may result in the revocation of admission.

Application Deadline

It is recommended that students apply for admission online and are eligible to do so as soon as they complete their junior year in high school. There are application deadlines specific to each entry semester, please consult the how-to apply website for the most current deadlines. UM-Dearborn continues to accept freshman applications as long as space is available, however, students should apply by the dates on the website to ensure highest consideration for admission.

It is free and easy to apply online (umdearborn.edu/apply), and students may check the application status online. 

Official high school transcripts are needed at the time of application for freshman admission. Students seeking admission to UM-Dearborn that took coursework from other institutions of higher learning must also submit official transcripts from all previous institutions. Official corrections made to transcripts by previous schools, whether high schools, colleges, or universities, must be submitted to the University no later than six months after the first day of classes. Students whose final official transcripts are not received will have a hold placed on their student account which prevents course registration for future semesters.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in enrolling at UM-Dearborn should have completed the Michigan Merit Curriculum as established by the State of Michigan (or equivalent coursework if outside of Michigan).  Students graduating from a high school outside of Michigan should pay close attention to the requirements listed below.

A strong high school background in basic academic subjects is important in a student's preparation for college study. The following college preparatory curriculum should be followed:

  • English Language Arts - 4 credits
  • Mathematics - 4 credits
  • An Online Learning Experience
  • Physical Education & Health - 1 credit
  • Science - 3 credits
  • Social Studies - 3 credits
  • Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts - 1 credit
  • World Language - 2 credits

Special Recommendations

Students who intend to pursue their college work in business administration, computer science, engineering, or physical and natural sciences are encouraged to include the following subjects in their high school preparation:

  • Mathematics: Coursework should include two years of algebra, one year of geometry and at least one semester of trigonometry.
  • Biological and Physical Sciences: Coursework should include one year of chemistry and at least one year of physics or biological science.

Applicants intending to pursue a college program in science or engineering who have not completed the recommended mathematics and chemistry units may still be admitted if they satisfy the general admission requirements. However, they will be expected to establish proficiency in these areas during their freshman year.

Test Requirements

Typically, UM-Dearborn requires all prospective freshmen to submit scores from at least one standardized test: the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). The student should make certain that the test results are forwarded to the UM-Dearborn Office of Undergraduate Admissions (SAT code #1861; ACT code #2074). However, In direct response to the COVID-19 crisis, Fall 2021 applicants will not be required to submit standardized SAT or ACT scores for admission. Formal changes to admission policies beyond that cohort will be assessed at a later date.  

The results of standardized achievement tests in specific subject areas are not required as part of the application process. Many new freshmen enrolling at UM-Dearborn, must take the Mathematics Placement Examination for placement purposes. Placement exams are administered prior a student’s orientation and class registration.

Enrollment Deposit

In order to guarantee a space in an incoming class, a $50 enrollment deposit should accompany the student's affirmative reply on the Admissions Acceptance Form, which is sent to the student at the time of admission. The applicant may confirm at any time. For the fall semester, the deadline for deposit is May 1. Upon registration, this deposit will be applied to tuition/fees for that semester. The $50 enrollment deposit is not refundable after May 1 for fall semester admitted students regardless of when the deposit is submitted.

For the winter semester, the deadline for deposit is December 1. For the summer semester, the deadline for deposit is April 1. The deposit is not refundable after the deadline dates.

Online payment of the deposit can be submitted at umdearborn.edu/deposit.