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Your chances of getting into University of Michigan

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for University of Michigan
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Very High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Michigan is 20.2%.  Its admission rate is the lowest in Michigan and the 65th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Michigan and can you get accepted?

Michigan is a very highly competitive school to get into. You have a low chance of acceptance even if you meet the admission criteria. It's important that you meet their GPA requirements to get through the first round of consideration. Last year, only 16,071 out of the 79,743 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 7 percent on standardized admission tests. University of Michigan typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.88. 45% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Michigan?

20% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to University of Michigan you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.88 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1430 on the SAT
  • Score 32 on the ACT
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Michigan GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


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

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Michigan are to have around a 3.88 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough for you to gain admission as Michigan is a very selective school.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Michigan is 3.88 on the 4.0 scale. 33% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #1 in Michigan for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Michigan is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.9 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted University of Michigan students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 33.4% Good
3.75 to 3.99 54.6% Avg -
3.50 to 3.74 10.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 1.1% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 0.5% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.2% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Michigan SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is recommended but not required for admission to University of Michigan. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for University of Michigan
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 660
Math 25th Percentile 680
Composite 25th Percentile 1340
SAT Scores for University of Michigan
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 740
Math 75th Percentile 780
Composite 75th Percentile 1520
Average SAT Score 1430

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to University of Michigan?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Michigan is 1430 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1340-1520. Students who get into University of Michigan score in the top 9 percent of all SAT test takers..  Michigan ranks #1 in the state of Michigan and #55 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1430 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Michigan regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1340 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1340, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1250, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

University of Michigan is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "recommended".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1430 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1430, you have around a 20% chance of being admitted. A 1520 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 32% chance of getting in.

University of Michigan admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1520 and Above Good >32%
1430 to 1520 Avg + 20%-32%
1340 to 1430 Avg - 12%-20%
1250 to 1340 Reach 6%-12%
Less than 1250 Low <6%
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Michigan ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for University of Michigan
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 32
Math 25th Percentile 29
Composite 25th Percentile 31
ACT Scores for University of Michigan
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 34
Composite 75th Percentile 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Michigan?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Michigan is 32, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 31 and 34.  The school ranks #1 in Michigan and #61 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 32. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 31 and score in the score in the top 5 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 30.

54 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Michigan.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as University of Michigan is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "recommended".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Michigan for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 32 score has around 20% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 37% with a 34 ACT score.

University of Michigan admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >37%
32 to 34 Avg + 20%-37%
31 to 32 Avg - 14%-20%
30 to 31 Reach 10%-14%
Less than 30 Low <10%
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Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

University of Michigan admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 39,365 40,378 79,743
Accepted 8,847 7,224 16,071
Acceptance Rate 22% 18% 20%
Enrolled 4,013 3,277 7,290
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 45% 45% 45%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Feb 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 121 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Feb 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Michigan is $75.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Michigan and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Michigan Application Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Michigan
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Michigan is very highly competitive, you have a low likelihood of acceptance. It is important that you earn at least a 3.88 GPA to have a good shot at getting in. Additionally, you need to score a 1430 on the SAT and optimally 1520 to place yourself in a strong position. For ACT scores, you need a 32 to have a competitive chance of getting in.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=170976 IPEDS survey data for University of Michigan.


Does University of Michigan prefer SAT or ACT?

63% of students submit their SAT scores to Michigan. 54% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Michigan?

20% of those who apply are granted admission to Michigan. Admission competition is very high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Michigan?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1340 and 1520. The average SAT score is 1430. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Michigan?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. The average ACT score is 32. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.