The college application process takes time and effort — and a lot of information. Even once a decision is made to apply to a school, the process for doing so can be daunting. Let us demystify the experience.

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The best advice we can give you is to get your application in early. It gives us time to respond to your questions during the process, puts you in a great position for scholarships – and lifts a huge weight off your shoulders.

The Paperwork

Applying to U-M requires the following items:

  • The Common Application
  • The U-M Supplement of the Common App (found while filling out the Common App)
  • High School Transcripts and School Report
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • SAT or ACT with writing test scores
  • Additional items may be needed for international, transfer or home-schooled students.

Application Dates


Are you looking to get credit for college classes while still in high school?

The Common Application

The Common Application is the standard form required to apply for entry into any program of
undergraduate study.

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