University of Michigan GPA, SAT and ACT Data

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Michigan GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

University of Michigan GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
University of Michigan GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

How Do You Measure Up at the University of Michigan?

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Discussion of Michigan's Admissions Standards:

With only a third of applicants being admitted, the University of Michigan is one of the country's more selective public universities. In the graph above, green and blue represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of accepted students had a GPA of B+ or higher, an SAT score (RW+M) above 1100, and an ACT composite score of 23 or higher. Your chance of getting accepted goes up significantly as those numbers go up. The greatest density of data points in the graph is for students who got a 1300 or higher on the SAT and and 28 or better on the ACT. Realize, however, that high test scores and an "A" average don't guarantee an acceptance letter. Hidden beneath the blue and green on the graph is a lot of red -- some students who can boast of excellent numerical measures still get rejected from the University of Michigan. This graph of University of Michigan rejection data makes visible all the red behind the blue and green above.

On the other hand, a number of students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. The University of Michigan uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions, so the admissions officers are considering qualitative as well as quantitative information. Students who show some kind of interesting talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal. A winning essay, strong letters of recommendation, and interesting extracurricular activities all contribute to a successful application. You'll also want to put care into the University of Michigan supplemental essays for the Common Application. These essays include a 500-word  (or less) response to a question about your specific reasons for being interested in the university. Make sure your response is well researched and specific to Michigan. If you write a generic response that could be submitted to any school, you have lost an opportunity to demonstrate your interest in a meaningful way.

Students applying to the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, or the School of Music, Theatre & Dance will have additional application requirements.

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University of Michigan Admissions Data for Rejected Students

University of Michigan GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Rejected Students
University of Michigan GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Rejected Students. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Because the University of Michigan is extremely selective and has holistic admissions, high grades and test scores do not guarantee admission. In the Cappex graph above, I've stripped out all data for admitted and waitlisted students to make the range of GPA, SAT and ACT data for rejected students more visible. If you are a very strong student, don't let this graph discourage you, but it should serve as a reality check. Quite a few students with solid "A" averages and SAT/ACT scores that are well above average do not get into the University of Michigan. It is probably best to consider the university a reach school, and you'll want to apply to other schools with a slightly lower admissions bar to ensure that you receive some acceptance letters.

To learn more about the school, check out the University of Michigan profile.