UVM welcomes applications from talented students. Through a holistic admissions review, we select students with strong potential for academic success who will contribute to our community. The rigor of an applicant’s academic program; class standing and grades; standardized test results; and trends in performance are considered. Essays, recommendations, and other evidence of each student’s life experience also assist our evaluation. Admission decisions are made without regard to family financial circumstances.
All applicants must complete the following requirements prior to enrolling at UVM (one college semester generally substitutes for one high school year). Please review these minimum requirements, as well as additional requirements (below) for each of our undergraduate schools and colleges. Note: all applicants apply to one of our seven undergraduate schools and colleges according to their selected major.
Minimum entrance requirements
- four years of English
- three years of mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II and geometry (or equivalents)
- two years of the same foreign language (American sign language meets this requirement)
- three years of a natural or physical science, including a laboratory science
- three years of social sciences
Course work not completed at the high school level may be fulfilled by equivalent college-level academic work. In general, one semester of college work is considered equal to one year of high school study. Any exceptions to these requirements are made on a case-by-case basis.
Admitted Student Profile
Class ranking* of students admitted for Fall 2017
- Top 10%: 39%
- Top 25%: 77%
*34% attended high schools reporting exact class rank.
SAT/ACT Score Ranges for Middle 50% of Admitted Students*
- SAT EBRW: 600-690
- SAT Math: 590-680
- ACT: 27-32
*Information regarding SAT Score Choice and ACT Super Scoring:UVM considers your highest section scores across all SAT and ACT dates submitted. Applicants are encouraged to send scores from every SAT or ACT test date in which they received a top score in each section. Final admissions decisions are based only on your highest section scores, and UVM updates applicant records each time we receive new scores.
AP, IB, and credit for other courses/exams taken
To learn about credit given for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program () and other courses/exams taken in high school, visit our section on transferring other credits.
Requirements and/or Recommendations by UVM Schools/Colleges
When applying to UVM, all applicants apply to one of the following seven schools or colleges. Additional entrance requirements or recommendations for each are listed here:
Agriculture and Life Sciences
Required: One year of biology and one year of chemistry for science majors
Recommended: Candidates are strongly encouraged to take one year of physics and at least one year of math beyond Algebra II (precalculus/calculus is preferred).
Arts and Sciences
Recommended: Course work across the span of liberal arts disciplines; four years of math, including trigonometry; foreign language study all four years of high school.
Note to music majors: Candidates for entry into UVM as a music major seeking the B.A. or the B.Mus. degree must pass an audition as part of the process (except concentrations in Music Business and Technology).
Grossman School of Business
Required: Four years of math with high achievement, including at least one year beyond Algebra II. Trigonometry, precalculus, or calculus preferred.
Education and Social Services
Recommended: One year of biology for Human Development and Family Studies and Social Work majors. Math and science course work beyond the minimum for teacher education majors.
Note to music education majors: Candidates for entry into UVM as a music education major seeking the B.S. degree must pass an audition as part of the process.
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Required: Four years of math, including trigonometry or precalculus. One year of chemistry and one year of physics for all engineering majors. All other majors: two years of a laboratory-based science.
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Required: One year of biology and one year of chemistry or physics. Additional year of college preparatory math beyond Algebra II.
Nursing and Health Sciences
Required: One year of biology and one year of chemistry for all majors; four years of math, including trigonometry or pre-calculus.
Recommended: Additional science course work beyond chemistry and biology in the senior year of high school for all majors. One year of physics is recommended for Athletic Training, Exercise and Movement Science, Medical Radiation Sciences, and Medical Laboratory Science majors.
As part of the University of Michigan undergraduate admissions process, applicants are required to respond to a set of conduct questions. The intent of the conduct questions is to ensure that the university does not knowingly admit anyone whose behavior is inconsistent with the expectations of the university community as defined in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and to ensure that we provide appropriate supports for all students who enroll.
The university does not reject an applicant solely because they answered "yes" to a conduct question, nor does it determine applicant eligibility based on past conduct history. Conduct is only reviewed after an applicant is determined to be admissible to the university based on a holistic review process.
Students are asked to answer the following questions on their application:
* Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at any educational institution you have attended from the 9th grade (or the international equivalent) forward, whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in a disciplinary action? These actions could include, but are not limited to: probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from the institution.
* Have you ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony? Note that you are not required to answer "yes" to this question, or provide an explanation, if the criminal adjudication or conviction has been expunged, sealed, annulled, pardoned, destroyed, erased, impounded, or otherwise required by law or ordered by a court to be kept confidential.
* Is any felony charge, or allegation of academic or disciplinary misconduct at any secondary school, college, or university, currently pending against you?
Admitted students have an ongoing responsibility to inform the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or admitting office of any changes to their disciplinary and/or criminal history until they begin their first term of enrollment at the university. Failure to report prior or pending disciplinary and/or criminal history may result in the withdrawal of application or revocation of admission.