The state universities of Michigan have adopted specific requirements for students who graduate from high school and who wish to enter any of the 15 public universities. The new statement is an outgrowth of an initiative begun over six years ago to improve academic preparation of students seeking admission to a state university.
The state universities have agreed that to be eligible for regular admission to a four-year degree program, a high school student must successfully complete the following course requirements:
English - 4 years required
Mathematics - 3 years required, including intermediate algebra;
4 years strongly recommended
Biological / Physical Sciences - 2 years required;
3 years strongly recommended to include:
1 year of biological science and
1 year of physical science
At least 1 year of laboratory course is strongly recommended
History and Social Sciences - 3 years required, 1 year of American History
and one year of World History strongly recommended.
Prospective students are also encouraged to complete courses in the following areas:
World Language - 3 years strongly recommended
Fine and Performing Arts - 2 years strongly recommended
Computer Literacy - 1 year hands-on experience strongly recommended
The universities recognize that, for a variety of reasons, some students may not be able to complete all of the requirements. In such circumstances, students may still be considered for admission and, therefore, are encouraged to apply to the university of their choice. In all instances, each university has final authority for admissions decisions based on the level of achievement required and other indicators of potential for academic success.
Students are encouraged to make the best use of courses that are offered at their high school. By doing so, they are more likely to develop the competencies and skills that are essential for academic success and, at the same time, have greater control over their choice of college and career options.