Admitted Student Profile
Median Scores & GPA
Although the exact numbers vary with each new class, median scores provide an average. They do not, however, determine acceptance into Honors. Once you are accepted into the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), you can apply to Honors. We then do a holistic review of your entire application, including the Honors essay, to make our Honors admission decision. That said, for the 2018 incoming class, our median high school GPA was 3.9 (on a 4.0 scale); the median ACT range was 33-34; and for the SAT, the median range was 1435-1540.
The 'Spirit of Honors'
Honors provides students with the opportunity to intellectually engage in a community of like-minded students, while pursuing greater rigor and depth in their studies. Honors is a place where students can make connections—connections with other students who are similarly motivated by their love of learning; connections with faculty who are invested in undergraduate education and working with talented, motivated students; as well as connections between different disciplines and ideas. It is a community of people who are committed to intellectual exploration and share a passion for learning.
Honors facilitates this community by offering students the opportunity to take a variety of Honors courses, many with small class sizes. It also offers the opportunity to interact with faculty, to receive thoughtful advising, to live in a community of students with similar commitment to their academic journey, and the chance to develop into a producer of knowledge during their college career. If these opportunities sound like something you would like to engage in, then Honors could be a great place for you!
Ross School of Business
While the Ross School of Business directly admits most of their students as freshmen, it is possible for students to pursue a dual degree program in both LSA and Ross. This is a rigorous program and requires that you complete a minimum of 150 credits for graduation. If you are admitted to Ross for Fall 2019 and that becomes your plan, we would be delighted to receive your application for the dual degree program with LSA-Honors and Ross. At the end of your Winter 2020 term, please contact us regarding your interest and we will be happy to assist you.
If you have been admitted to LSA but you are interested in later applying to the Ross School of Business, you are welcome to apply to Honors now. You should not think, however, that being in the Honors Program will give you an advantage if you apply to the business school.
The Honors Program primarily offers opportunities for students with passions in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. If you have expressed interest in another school or college in your U-M application, we will admit you to Honors only if it is clear that you also have significant interest in the fields that are studied in LSA.
Who gets 'invited'?
All students who are admitted to U-M LSA may apply to Honors. All students admitted to LSA will receive a letter outlining the Honors Program and welcoming them to apply. It is not necessary to wait for such a letter, nor does it imply preferential admittance.
How many applications does Honors receive?
Our application reviewers read more than 1900 essays to fill an incoming class of approximately 500 students.