The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and several professional schools and colleges of the University of Michigan have developed a program for a limited number of highly qualified entering first-year students that guarantees admission to specific professional programs.
Admission to one of five U-M professional or graduate schools or colleges is guaranteed to a limited number of highly-qualified freshman students who maintain a specified level of academic achievement during their undergraduate years. The purpose is to encourage greater freedom and diversity of course selection, and to prevent students from feeling pressured to take a narrowly structured pre-professional undergraduate program. Achievement expectations during the pre-professional years are explained in the invitation to the program. Most selections are made by early April.
Presently, the participating professional schools and colleges include the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Information, the College of Pharmacy, and the School of Social Work.
First-year applicants to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts must indicate their interest in preferred admission in the U-M Supplement to the Common Application. A letter stating your reasons for desiring admission to the program must accompany the application for all programs except the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. For the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, students must address their interest in business or the Ross BBA program in the appropriate essay of the U-M Supplement to the Common Application. Transfer students to the University are not eligible for preferred admission
Admission to the Program
Once admitted to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, students will be considered for a specific preferred admissions program in Architecture, Business, Information, Pharmacy, and Social Work on the basis of (1) academic qualifications, and (2) preferred admissions option as indicated on the application for admission. The professional school will send qualified students information regarding the program and any additional requirements.
Consideration for a preferred admissions program will not affect the admissions decision, either positively or negatively, to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts or regular admission to the professional program at a later date.
The preferred admissions programs currently in effect are described below: