CS Advance Selection for First Year Applicants
Prospective students may apply for advance selection into a CS major at the time of application to the University of Michigan via the Common Application after choosing either Engineering or LSA as their home college. Applications will be assessed by the University of Michigan’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Most students will be selected via this pathway, but capacity constraints mean that many students admitted to the University will not be selected for the CS majors.
Those who receive advance selection into a CS major must also meet their college declaration requirements (Engineering or LSA) before officially declaring the CS major.
How to apply
Questions about the CS advance selection process?
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CS advance selection FAQs
Anyone applying to the University of Michigan for undergraduate study in the College of Engineering or the College of LSA is eligible.
No, admission to U-M is determined independently of whether you receive the opportunity to enter the CS major. If you are accepted into Engineering or LSA, we hope you will still consider becoming a University of Michigan student. There are other fields of study related to information and computing at U-M and we encourage you to explore those possibilities:
In addition, many other engineering majors also include computing components.
Applicants who are not selected for the Computer Science major will retain their offer to enroll in the admitting U-M College (LSA or Engineering), but should expect to major in something other than CS.
No, if in the course of your studies you find that you would rather pursue a different major, you are not obligated to declare CS.
Yes, your selection for the CS major will still be valid if you decide to defer admission.
Yes, enrolled students who did not request to be considered for advance selection into the CS major via the Common App during the original application process may apply for the major as an enrolled discoverer once they have fulfilled requirements for declaring CS in their respective college (Engineering or LSA). Details on how to apply for selection as an enrolled discoverer will be available in 2023.
The University of Michigan Undergraduate Admissions Office reviews and makes decisions about selection for the CS major based on criteria developed by the Computer Science and Engineering Division.
There are a myriad of talents and experiences that can help make a student a great candidate for studying CS at U-M, such as dedication to service, an ability and desire to work collaboratively on teams, and consideration of the impact of computing in the context of the broader world. Creativity, innovation, and the learning experience are enhanced through bringing together students from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
No, selection decisions may not be appealed.
Yes, you may participate in the application process for the major as an enrolled discoverer after matriculating in the College of Engineering or the College of LSA.
If you are excited about the prospect of learning computer science and believe you can contribute in ways described above, then you may want to request to be considered for advance selection into CS on the Common App. If you are uncertain, you may choose to wait and take courses in computing and other disciplines during your first year of study before making a decision. In either case, a limited number of students will be selected.
There are many factors considered in the admissions process. We recommend choosing the college whose curriculum and requirements better meet your needs and academic interests.
There are two opportunities to apply for the CS major:
- At the time of application to the University of Michigan via the Common App. The deadline for this is the same as the deadline for application for admissions to the University.
- Students who did not apply for advance selection into the CS major via the Common App may apply for selection into the major at such a time as they have fulfilled requirements for declaring CS in their respective College. A limited number of students will be enrolled through an application process currently under development for implementation during the 2023-2024 academic year.
Students currently enrolled or admitted to enroll prior to Fall of 2023 will be able to declare CS without the need for additional selection.
No, if you were admitted prior to the admissions cycle for Fall 2023 enrollment, this process does not apply to you.
Yes, declared CS students who change their majors may switch their major back to CS.
No, the selection process does not apply to the CS minor.