First-Year (Freshman) Students

Thank you for considering the University of Michigan-Flint. No matter if you’re coming from near or far, our goal is to work with you to make this a successful transition and provide you with a rewarding educational experience. With over 120 programs of study for you to choose from, you’ll not only benefit from specializing in your area of study, you’ll enjoy the academic breadth and depth of a major university all delivered with the attention and support you’d expect to find at a mid-size private college.

The following is a list of requirements for First-Year (Freshman) Students considering the University of Michigan-Flint:

  • You are considered a First-Year Student if you are entering college for the first time following high school graduation, even if you have some college credit earned through dual enrollment.
  • The GED may be presented in place of a high school diploma.
  • Our admission decision takes into account all available academic data, including grades, test scores, and caliber of high school program. The University may consider nonacademic factors in the admission decision including information we receive regarding your leadership qualities, exceptional talents, conduct, and citizenship.

Acceptance to the University of Michigan-Flint

The University of Michigan-Flint uses a weighted combination of high school GPA and ACT composite for admission consideration – the higher your GPA, the lower the acceptable ACT, and vice versa. Following are typical minimums for each of the UM-Flint admission segments:

  • Honors Program

3.7 HS GPA and 27 ACT (Requires additional application to the Honors Program)

  • Standard

2.7 HS GPA and 17 ACT

  • Promise Scholar Program

2.3 HS GPA and 15 ACT

Notes, and answers to frequently-asked-questions:

  • These requirements are subject to change.
  • The GPA/ACT combinations above are examples of typical minimums. Other combinations are acceptable.
  • SAT scores may be submitted instead of ACT and are given equal consideration.   
  • The highest test score will be used if multiple scores are submitted – lower scores have no negative impact. UM-Flint does not superscore.
  • Other academic factors may also be considered - e.g. ACT subscores, class rank, trend in grades, strength of curriculum, AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, etc.
  • Non-academic factors may also be considered – e.g. involvement in organizations, leadership qualities, exceptional talents, conduct, citizenship, personal essay, etc.
  • It’s best to apply early, even if your academic qualifications are borderline. If you do not currently meet UM-Flint admission standards but have the potential to do so by improving during your senior year, we will simply defer your decision to provide an opportunity to submit improved credentials (e.g. GPA, ACT).

Next Steps

Use the First-Year Admission Checklist to help you navigate your way through the admission process.


First-Year Admission Checklist

So, you’ve decided that the University of Michigan-Flint is the place for you. Excellent! The next step is to apply.

Below you can find an easy checklist (Printer-friendly version) of what is required for consideration of your application to the University of Michigan-Flint.

  1. Visit our campus: Before you apply, we would like to strongly encourage you to visit our campus and see for yourself firsthand if the University of Michigan-Flint is a good fit for you.
  2. Apply: You may submit your application online using the SIS Online Web Application. You can also download a printable version; complete and mail/fax it to the Office of Admissions (not available for Mott2UM-Flint Concurrent Enrollment Program students).
  3. Application Fee: There is a $30 Application Fee (non-refundable) payable with your paper application (there is no fee to apply online).
  4. ACT or SAT scores: High school students should schedule and complete necessary ACT or SAT testing; our ACT code is 2063, our SAT code is 1853. Testing should be completed approximately one year prior to entry term.
  5. Official transcripts: Request that your official transcripts from all previous schools be sent to the University of Michigan-Flint Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  AP scores should be sent in order to receive course credit (if applicable).
  6. Supporting documents (optional): Submit all supporting documents for scholarship consideration to or by mail.  This includes an essay and letters of recommendation.  Visit our Merit Scholarships page for more information about scholarships.  Although the Admissions Essay is optional, it provides an opportunity to allow us to get to know you better and is used for students applying for scholarships. While you can write about any subject, you might choose to discuss some of the following:
  • Reason for choosing your major
  • Intended career field
  • Motivation to go to college
  • Obstacles or struggles that you have overcome to pursue your education

Admission decision:  Please allow at least two weeks from the time we receive all of your credentials to process your application.  Processing time can increase during high volume application periods. Applications for upcoming semesters will be processed first during peak periods.

Advanced Credit

Advanced Credit

Guidelines for recognition of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and/or College Level Examination Program (CLEP):

Duplicate credit cannot be awarded for AP, IB, or CLEP exams and a student may not repeat a course for credit at the University of Michigan–Flint if credit has previously been awarded through the AP, IB, or CLEP credit equivalency programs. If a student enrolls in a course for which AP, IB, or CLEP equivalency credit has been awarded, the equivalency credit will be permanently removed from the student’s record.

Individuals desiring recognition of CLEP examinations for credit at the University of Michigan-Flint must present official CLEP reports for all exams taken PRIOR to matriculation (enrollment) at the University of Michigan-Flint. No credit will be awarded for CLEP examinations taken after the start of a student's first semester/term of enrollment at University of Michigan-Flint.

If you have taken Advanced Placement courses, click here to download our AP credit transfer worksheet to see if your score qualifies for college credit. If you have taken International Baccalaureate courses, click here to download our IB credit transfer worksheet to see if your score qualifies for college credit.

Questions about CLEP examinations, College Board AP, or International Baccalaureate credits should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.