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Checklist for Completing the Application Process

Overview of the Application Process

1. Create an ApplyWeb Account to Begin Your Application

Use your full legal name as it appears on your passport. See directions and related information for creating an ApplyWeb account.

2. Obtain a University of Michigan ID (U-M ID) Number

  • A U-M ID number will be issued to you via email within 5 business days of completing pages 1-5 and advancing to page 6 of the ApplyWeb application. Having your U-M ID number to include on all your application materials ensures accurate and timely processing, so we encourage you to complete pages 1-5 early in the process.
  • If you need to submit your application before you receive your U-M ID number, you may still complete the application. Include your date of birth and the program’s name on your application materials.
  • Current and former U-M Ann Arbor students, alumni and employees: You do not need to obtain a new U-M ID number. Use your previously obtained U-M ID number.

3. Upload Files and Submit Application(s)

Upload your transcripts, curriculum vitae or resume, academic statement of purpose, personal statement, and other documents to ApplyWeb, and fill in all required fields. Submit your completed application.

If you are submitting more than one application, ApplyWeb will require you to complete your first application before starting the next.

4. Official Transcripts

Some programs only require an official transcript be sent to Rackham at the time of application. Consult the graduate program website for specific transcript requirements and instructions.

See instructions for sending transcripts.

Include a Transcripts/Academic Records Submission Form for each transcript submitted, if possible. If it is not possible to include the form, do not mail or submit separately.

Current and previous U-M Ann Arbor students do not need to submit their U-M Ann Arbor transcript.

5. Order Test Scores

See instructions regarding test score delivery and institution code.

6. Check That Letters of Recommendation Have Been Submitted

Use ApplyWeb to check the status of the letters. See reminders about what you can and cannot change after you’ve registered a recommender.

7. Complete Any Additional Steps Required by the Graduate Program

Refer to the graduate program’s website and follow any instructions provided by them regarding additional materials, scores, special instructions for statements, etc.

8. Create a U-M Friend Account if you are new to the University

After you submit your application and receive the email directing you to set up your friend account:

You will need to enter your U-M ID and birthdate. For more instructions, see the Information and Technology Services website.

Applicants whose programs direct them to NOT submit their official transcript at time of application, Wolverine Access will indicate the transcript as “Not Received.” This will not affect your application review. Do not send the official transcript until directed to do so.

9. Watch for Email Notifications

The graduate program and Rackham will email you throughout this process.

Contact Admissions

0120 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Phone: 734.764.8129
Fax: 734.936.3335


Admissions is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.