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Academic Preparation for Undergraduate Programs

Class Profile

The incoming first-year class for the Fall 2016 term reflects the selectivity and diversity of our student body. 

  • Average GPA 3.67
  • 4.0 GPA - 8.6%
  • Average SAT score 1945 (Critical Reading + Math + Writing)
  • Average ACT score 29
  • 32% Michigan residents
  • 65% non-Michigan residents
  • 3% international
  • 55% female
  • 45% male

Prospective SMTD students must meet minimum academic guidelines before an audition or interview will be granted. Dual degree applicants will be reviewed concurrently, but independently, for both degrees. Academics are a part of the qualifications for admission, along with your professional, artistic training.

The requirements below apply only to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Each School or College at U-M has its own specific academic prerequisites.

We expect freshman applicants to achieve the following:

  • Graduation from an accredited high school.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better (calculated using unweighted grades in all subjects taken from 9th–11th grade.)
  • Completion of the SAT with Writing or the ACT with Writing. Minimum score requirements are: ACT of 24 or better or SAT of 1650 or better (if completed prior to March 2016), or 1180 or better (if completed March 2016 and after). Please note that the University does not accept rush scores. We require official test scores, sent to us by the agency; test scores included with a transcript are not sufficient. The Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering requires a GPA of 3.5, an SAT math sub score of 630 or better, or an ACT math sub score of 28 or better.
  • If you are a homeschooled or online high school student, you should submit records of your schooling progress AND results from at least two (2) SAT II exams and the SAT I writing test. If you'd like to talk with someone, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (734.764.7433) to discuss your qualifications for admission.
  • General high school curriculum requirements demonstrated on an official transcript:
    • Academic: Four years of English, plus a minimum of 12 other year-long courses selected from social studies, foreign languages, sciences, mathematics or any combination of these subjects. Two years of foreign language study is strongly recommended.
    • Performing Arts: Credits in music, theatre, and/or dance demonstrating experience and potential ability to succeed in the professional curriculum.

Admission as a transfer student from another accredited college or university is based in general on the high school and university academic preparation plus the following:

  • Evidence of ability and preparation to successfully pursue courses in academic fields that constitute a part of the desired curriculum.
  • Evidence that the student is in good standing at the previous school or schools.
  • Transfer applicants to Musical Theatre are advised to fulfill additional prerequisites.


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