Selection Process

What kind of student will succeed at the University of Michigan? What are we looking for in our applicants? This page will help you understand more about how we select our international undergraduate students.

Application Essays

The essays are where you can distinguish yourself from other applicants. We want you to tell us more about yourself and why you want to come to U-M and be part of the Michigan Engineering community. Here are some tips for writing a great essay:

There is no “right” answer. Don’t think you know what we want to hear. Whatever you have to say about the topic is of interest to us.

Tell us what is unique about you. Why would you stand out among the rest of our applicants? Is there something different about your personal experiences? Your response should provide us with an opportunity to get to know you on a more personal level, beyond your GPA, test scores and courses.


A good resume will give us another view of who you are; your strengths and skills outside of the classroom, and will showcase your accomplishments. A student resume can contain a list of groups or organizations that you are involved in, programming languages or other computer skills you have, community involvement or volunteer work that you do. Think of your resume as another opportunity to tell us about yourself.

Student Involvement

Grades matter, but Michigan Engineers are more than that. We want to enroll students that engage in the University community. Use your essays and resume to tell us what you are involved in and passionate about, whether it is a club, volunteer work, sports team or job.

English Proficiency

English skills are important. We will be looking for applicants who are strong in all areas of communication: reading, writing, listening and speaking. English proficiency test scores provide us with information about how well you will be able to communicate inside and outside the classroom.

See specific English Proficiency Requirements

Grade Point Review

Competitive applicants for admission will have a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) to be considered for admission. We will review any letter grades on your transcript, convert to a U.S. 4.0 scale if necessary, and compute two different GPAs:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (CUM GPA) – this includes all the courses listed on your transcript.
  • Math/Science/Engineering Grade Point Average (MSE GPA) – this includes the prerequisite courses.

When reviewing your application, we will review both your CUM GPA and your MSE GPA.

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