Information for Waitlisted Students

What does it mean to be put on the waitlist?

Being waitlisted means that, after several thorough reviews of your application, we aren’t able to offer you a place in the incoming class. However, occasionally a space may become available after the May 1 enrollment deposit deadline. By placing your name on our waitlist by May 1, you may be offered admission when and if that happens.

Why was I placed on the waitlist?

Michigan is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world and, as such, admission is extremely competitive. In fact, this year we expect to receive nearly 50,000 applications for an enrolling freshman class of about 6,000 students. With a limited number of spaces in our freshman class, we are unable to admit all qualified students.

How do you decide which waitlist students you’ll admit?

Since we invited you to be on our waitlist, we strongly believe you have the capability to be successful in college and, if space were available, at Michigan. Once we get a clear picture of how many admitted students fail to meet the enrollment deposit deadline, we’ll know how many waitlist students to whom we’ll offer admission. From there, we give each application multiple comprehensive reviews, focusing on quality of the academic preparation in high school, grades, scores on the ACT with writing and/or SAT, personal characteristics and attributes, responses to the short answer and essay questions, and recommendations from high school counselors and teachers. For more information on how we review applications, please review our Evaluation Guidelines.

How many students are on the waitlist?

Each year that number varies, based on the number of applications we receive and the individual credentials each applicant brings to the table.  However, the number is historically small.  

When will I know if I’ve been admitted?

If you accept our waitlist option by May 1, you’ll get an email by late June which will indicate whether space has become available in our incoming class. 

What should I do next?

Because college is an important next step, we first encourage you to make enrollment plans at another college or university.  Then you’ll need to decide whether you wish to accept the waitlist option by May 1. Please respond online at Wolverine Access (New & Prospective Student Business, Application Status), where you’ll confirm your decision on two separate pages. Please keep in mind that you can also apply as a transfer student from another institution.

If you have new or compelling information to submit to your application, please email this only to and make sure to include your UMID.

If you have any additional questions beyond the FAQs provided here, we invite you to visit our Ask Us! knowledgebase or call us at 734-764-7433, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. through May 3, or 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from May 4-Sept. 8.