Promise Scholars are part of a Learning Community designed to be an exciting and supportive environment dedicated to academic success, personal development, and community engagement to college. The University of Michigan-Flint Promise Scholar Program seeks to retain and graduate competent and engaged citizens. Our curriculum is designed to help motivated students with diverse academic strengths and interests achieve the goals they have set for themselves and be successful in all aspects of their lives at UM-Flint.

Thirty-two students and staff in the 2019 Promise Scholars Summer Bridge Program pose for a photo in First Street Residence Hall.


Program components consist of the following:

  • Academic preparedness and development
  • Study skills and time management
  • Major and career exposure
  • Community engagement
  • Personal development and awareness
  • Summer Success Institute 

Eligibility and Expectations

The Promise Scholar Program is designed for students who display a desire and the potential to succeed in higher education. To be eligible for this program, students generally have the following minimum SAT/ACT score and GPA combination:

  • 2.3 high school GPA
  • 810 SAT
  • 15 ACT score

Promise Scholar candidates must:

  1. Submit an application to the University of Michigan-Flint. 
  2. Meet the admission requirements for the Promise Scholar Program and proceed with the interview process. 

 Benefits of being a Promise Scholar

  • Build relationships. You will develop close and beneficial relationships with fellow Promise Scholars by sharing classes, activities, and community involvement.
  • Connect with faculty. You will benefit from unique opportunities to interact with, learn from, and even perform research alongside dedicated faculty members.
  • Gain expert guidance. You will enjoy access to a dedicated team of advisors, mentors, and coaches, who can answer questions, provide advice, set up study groups, and ensure you have the resources you need to succeed.
  • Get priority access to classes. You will receive priority when registering for your Promise Scholar Learning Community classes. You will take classes at convenient times from professors who are aware of the unique needs of new college students and who are dedicated to helping you make the successful transition to college.
  • Participate in hands-on learning. You will have the opportunity to take advantage of shared in-class and out-of-classroom experiences with fellow Promise Scholars to develop your knowledge, hone your skills, and become a leader.

Program Expectations
Students selected following their Promise Scholar Interview must complete the following requirements to maintain their student status:

  • Commit and sign the Promise Scholar Partnership Agreement. This agreement outlines all of the requirements for the program and will be given to students who are selected following their interviews.
  • Attend Freshmen Orientation. During orientation, your Academic Advisor will consult with you regarding your coursework for your first two semesters.
  • Enroll in a full-time course load for two consecutive semesters. (with the assistance of your Academic Advisor).  Included in this coursework will be Promise Scholar Learning Community courses for each of the Fall and Winter semesters, as well as the English courses that you placed into based on your placement exam scores.  These courses will meet General Education requirements.
  • Participate in the Promise Scholar Summer Bridge Program. The Bridge component focuses on academic development, college success strategies, developing critical thinking skills and community building which is necessary for successful transition to and persistence through the university. Students can earn 6 credits through the Bridge program.
  • Engage in Promise Scholar Program Activities/Requirements over a 4-year period, which includes regularly meeting with your academic advisor, attending academic success workshops, and engaging with the campus community and beyond.
  • Complete courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above over 4 years.

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Prospective Students

Due to limited space in the Promise Scholars program, applicants must complete an interview to be considered for admissions to the University of Michigan-Flint under this program. 

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Promise Scholar Program - Pre-Enrollment Interview

The University of Michigan-Flint’s Promise Scholar Program offers an opportunity for applicants to meet with faculty and staff for a formal conversation that provides applicants with the opportunity to learn more about the Promise Scholar Program and to allow us to learn more about them. Interviewers enjoy meeting applicants and sharing their own UM-Flint experience with students while informing them of the benefits of the Promise Scholar Program.

Due to limited space in the Promise Scholar Program, applicants must complete an interview to be considered for admissions to the University of Michigan-Flint under this program.

Interview sessions, times and locations are indicated below.  All interview sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. Interview slots are filling up fast! We highly encourage you to RSVP for the Pre-Enrollment Interview!

Interview Sessions

To schedule an interview please use the following link: Interview Form

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Educational Opportunity Initiatives office at (810) 762-3365.

Promise Scholar Interview Process
The purpose of the required pre-enrollment interview is to:

  • Acclimate you to program expectations
  • Discuss your career goals and aspirations
  • Form relationships with faculty and staff from the Promise Scholar Program
  • Register for the Promise Scholar Summer Experience
  • All interviews will be held at the University of Michigan-Flint Campus. Location includes Harding Mott University Center first and second floor

Interview Availability

To schedule an interview please use the following link: Interview Form

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Educational Opportunity Initiatives office at (810) 762-3365. Please ask for Dr. Jones (Program Manager) or Ms. Tolbert (Assistant Program Manager). 

Current Students

ALL Promise Scholars are required to meet with a Promise Scholar Advisor three times per academic semester for their individualized coaching sessions.

Appointments may be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

If students wish to meet with a particular advisor, they are encouraged to reach out to that advisor either through email or by calling the office at (810) 762-3365. For students who do not have a preferred advisor, one of the advisors will personally reach out to students to make appointments. Those who choose to meet with their advisor early in the semester will reap the most benefits.

Appointemnts should be made atleast 1 week prior to the anticipated meeting date. 

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How will I know if I am assigned an interview?

A confirmation email will be sent to you upon registering for an interview session. Applicants will receive a phone call, postcard, and email reminder one week prior to their interview session and are encouraged to respond as quickly as possible if changes need to be made.

What information does the interviewer have about me?

The panel of interviewers receive the name of the applicant, the high school name, and applicant contact information as provided on the application. Additionally, interviewers will have basic information on each applicant such as desired major, GPA, and/or extra-curricular activity involvement.

Where and when are interviews conducted?

Interviews are conducted on the campus of the University of Michigan-Flint. Room locations are designated for each session and directional maps will be included when confirmation emails are sent. Interviews are 30 minutes in length. Reservations for interviews are on a first-come, first-served basis. Lodging information is available for those traveling from a distance. Please contact the Promise Scholar Program staff for questions or more assistance at (810) 762-3365.

How should I prepare for the interview?

Since the interview is meant to be a formal conversation, proper preparation is needed. Applicants should prepare for the interview as they would a career opportunity. There is no set list of questions that interviewers are required to ask, and each interview will be unique. Prior to the interview, applicants may want to think about why UM-Flint would be a good fit for them, and what they are willing to contribute towards their own success. Remember that one goal of the interview is to help students get to know the Promise Scholar Program better through a panel of faculty and staff who are familiar with its vision and mission. Applicants should arrive on time for interviews, so pre-planning is important. You are welcome to dress in typical business attire for the interview.

What should I bring to the interview?

Applicants are encouraged to bring any additional documentation that will add value to their admissions application to share with interviewers.

If I decline my invitation to interview, will that hurt my application?

Declining an interview invitation will negatively impact an application, and all applications are considered incomplete without an interview.