COVID-19 and College Update: How is the University of Michigan’s college admissions process adapting to COVID-19 for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle?
The University of Michigan will be unveiling a new undergraduate admissions website on August 1st with details on all changes, but in the meantime check out this website which gives an overview of what is changing.
The University of Michigan admissions office will accept all high school grading scales.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the admissions office understands that some applicants will have “credit/no credit” or “pass/fail” grades on their transcript instead of the standard A-F grading scale. Admissions counselors will base their transcript reviews on the academic rigor of applicants’ classes and how well they performed within the available grading system. Applicants will not be disadvantaged by the grading scale on their transcript.
Applicants will be considered for admission regardless of their ability to submit standardized test scores for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the university encourages students to apply even if they can not provide standardized test scores. In the case that a student can not submit an SAT/ACT score, applicants have the option to not submit any test scores or to submit alternative standardized test scores (PSAT, Pre-ACT, AP’s, etc.).
Students are still encouraged to submit a recommendation letter with the college application, but it doesn’t have to come from a high school teacher.
Typically the University of Michigan college application requires a letter of recommendation from a core academic teacher, however for applicants in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, letters of recommendation can come from someone other than a teacher. This includes anyone outside of family or relatives who can speak to the applicant’s academic potential and performance.
Students applying to Michigan can choose to apply early action or regular decision. Early action applications are due by November 15, and applicants will receive a decision by the end of January 2021. Regular decision applications are due by February 1, and applicants will receive a decision by the end of April 2021.
Prospective applicants wishing to tour the University of Michigan can visit the virtual resources website and sign up for a virtual tour and information session.
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*Moira Ritter is a junior at Georgetown University and looks forward to contributing her writing skills to Total Writing Enrichment this summer!