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Certain tests are essential to the admissions process

Entrance Exams

Prospective Undergraduate Students Entrance Exams

  • All undergraduate freshman applicants must take either the SAT (U-M code: 1839) or the ACT (U-M code: 2062).

  • Official test scores must be sent to the University directly from the testing agency itself and received by U-M before the application deadline.

  • For more information, view the application requirements.
     

International students are encouraged to take the SAT because the new writing component of the ACT may be unavailable outside the United States.  For more details, see International Student Exams information provided by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
 

GRE Guidelines for PROSPECTIVE Master’s ANd BSN-DNP STUDENTs

  • Applicants to any of our Master’s programs or BSN-DNP that have a final cumulative BSN GPA below 3.25 are required to submit official GRE scores as part of the application process.
  • If you are applying to any of the Master’s or BSN-DNP programs and your cumulative final BS in Nursing grade point average (GPA) is between 3.0 - 3.249 (on a 4.0 scale; U.S. equivalency), you will need to successfully complete the GRE for admission consideration. Ensure that official GRE scores are received by the University of Michigan prior to the application deadline date. The minimum recommended GRE scores for admission consideration are: verbal – 150 (45%), quantitative –151 (44%), analytical – 3.73 (50%). Please read through the ETS website for additional information on GRE scoring and testing. Test scores should be sent directly to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (GRE code: 1839)
  • If you are applying to any of the Master’s or BSN-DNP programs and your final BS in Nursing GPA was above a 3.25, the GRE is not required and will not be considered as part of the application review process. 
  • The GRE is not required if you have completed a Master’s in Nursing and are applying to a Post-Master’s Certificate or Post-Master’s DNP program.
 

GRE Guidelines for PROSPECTIVE PhD STUDENTs

  • All applicants to the PhD program are required to submit official GRE scores as part of the application process, regardless of their BSN cumulative GPA or if they completed a Master’s in Nursing.
  • Ensure that official GRE scores are received by the University of Michigan prior to the application deadline date. Verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores at or above the 50th percentile are highly recommended. Please read through the ETS website for additional information on GRE scoring and testing. Test scores should be sent directly to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (GRE code: 1839)
 

Prospective International Students English Proficiency Exam Information (required for consideration to all programs)

 
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official English proficiency exam results to demonstrate English proficiency. Language test scores are valid two years from the test date. Official score reports must be received from the testing agency no later than the program application deadline. International applicants that completed their undergraduate nursing and graduate nursing (if applicable) degrees at an institution in which the primary language of instruction was English do not need to submit English proficiency exam results, however an official letter from the degree granting institution must be submitted with the official transcripts. Minimum score requirements are:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (preferred): 560 or higher (paper-based) or 84 or higher (Internet-based test). Test scores are sent by ETS electronically to institution code 1839
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5 or higher.
 Applicants are exempt from taking an English proficiency examination if one of the following criteria is met:
  • You are a native speaker of English
  • You completed all four years of your undergraduate education at an institution in the United States and earned a degree from that institution
  • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree in one of the following countries: Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
  • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.
  • You completed all of your graduate education, a minimum of two years, an dearned a graduate degree in one of the following countries: Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. Graduate education includes Master's, PhD, and professional degrees. Degrees that are exclusively research-based are excluded. 
  • You are a current U-M student. 

Being a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking an English proficiency exam. If the applicant's first language is not English, the applicant must meet the exception above or submit English proficiency exam results.