Admitted students FAQs

FAQs for admitted graduate students

Is orientation mandatory?  When is new graduate student orientation?

Graduate orientation is mandatory for all incoming graduate students.  The staff of the Practice and Professional Studies department will provide information on compliance, registration, course schedules, and what to expect as a graduate student at the School of Nursing. Faculty program leads also will be in attendance at orientation to speak with incoming students about their programs and answer questions. Orientation will take place on June 8, 2018. An alternate orientation will be held on August 30, 2018 for international and out of state students.

When will I receive my program plan?

You will receive your program plan at the new student orientation. You will then meet with your program lead to go over your program in depth, and also have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have regarding your program.

When will I be able to register for classes?

You will not be issued overrides until after you attend the new student orientation. Overrides will be issued a few days after orientation, once your registration appointment has been updated.

What days and times will I be in class?

Please refer to the Schedule of Classes page on the Registrar’s website for information regarding the days and times classes are held.  Course schedules will change each year, Graduate Advisors will provide course schedule and registration information during orientation.  Please visit the individual program pages for the Systems, Populations, and Leadership MSN and Post Master’s DNP for the monthly on-campus dates for these hybrid programs.

Is a Statistics course required?

Yes, an approved upper level (300/3000 or higher) statistics course is a prerequisite requirement for the N529: Scientific and Analytic Approaches to Advanced Practice course.  Please see the Application FAQ page for additional information and list of approved courses.  If you have chosen a course to take, or have already completed a course, but it is not currently listed as approved, please send the course syllabus to for review.

I have been admitted. Can I defer my admission until Winter or next Fall?

Admitted applicants are not able to defer their admission to another year or term.  If an applicant is offered admission and is unable to begin for their admitted term the applicant can request a withdrawal of their application, and then reapply for another available start term.

What kind of financial aid is available?

The School of Nursing will award a limited number of scholarships each year.  Admitted applicants do not need to submit an additional application to be considered for scholarships, however admitted applicants are encouraged to fill out the My Scholarship Profile tab to be considered for any additional scholarships that the University of Michigan may offer. Students can also apply for federal financial aid through the FAFSA each year.  Please contact if you have additional questions regarding financial aid.

I’m an admitted international applicant. When can I expect my visa document to arrive?

After an admitted international applicant has submitted all required documentation by the specified deadline, and it has been reviewed by the Recruitment & Admissions team, the University of Michigan International Center may take 5-6 weeks to process the I-20 or DS 2019 document.  This process can take longer if documents need to be revised and resubmitted, or during peak times (April through August each year).  Visa documents can only be sent via regular mail. Visa documents cannot be sent via email.

What are the graduate compliance requirements?

All graduate students must be in full compliance with the School of Nursing graduate student requirements.  Compliance is tracked through a system called Castle Branch.  Students will need to create an account and pay the one-time fee of $69.  Once paid, a new student profile will need to be established.  All students must be in compliance by July 1 of the current academic year and remain in compliance for the entire year.  Failure to remain in compliance causes all placement activities to be placed on hold and may jeopardize placements.

Questions about compliance can be directed to the graduate compliance team at