UMich: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to UMich, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown UMich statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to UMich, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at UMich

What are your chances at UMich?

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    *gpa score is required

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    What GPA do you need to get into University of Michigan-Ann Arbor?

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s average GPA is 3.86. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor does require GPA. This average GPA means University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of UMich application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.86 to 4.05 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 4.05 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on UMich’s campus. These UMich admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s acceptance rate?

    Last year University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s acceptance rate was 26.28. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 29.0 % 27.0 % 26.28 %

    As you can see, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is getting more and more difficult to get into. If this trend continue it’s likely that UMich will be even more competitive by the time you apply.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into UMich - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    What are your chances at UMich?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at UMich or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    Does University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Require Test Scores?

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor SAT Requirements

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s average SAT score is 1405 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 670 770 720
    Reading 640 730 685
    2019 Total 1310 1500 1405
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s average SAT score is 1405. To be a competitive applicant for University of Michigan-Ann Arbor your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 1310, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider University of Michigan-Ann Arbor a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1500.

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ACT Requirements

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s average ACT score is 95. To be a competitive applicant for University of Michigan-Ann Arbor your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 88, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider University of Michigan-Ann Arbor a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 102.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 28 34 31
    Reading 31 35 33
    Writing 29 33 31
    2019 Total 88 102 95
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    How hard is it to get into University of Michigan-Ann Arbor?

    As you can see from the data above, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is difficult to get into. Not only should you be aiming for a 3.86 but also SAT scores around 1405.

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into University of Michigan-Ann Arbor from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

    Recommendations Status
    School Rank Considered but not required
    GPA Required
    School Record Required

    How to get into UMich

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into UMich. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at UMich, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with UMich admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 1405 on the SAT or 95 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.86.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with UMich’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If University of Michigan-Ann Arbor values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. Ann Arbor has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Ann Arbor area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. UMich needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows University of Michigan-Ann Arbor something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your UMich app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that UMich’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

    What are your chances at UMich?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at UMich or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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