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Bachelor of Science (Freshman)

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions handles the application process for incoming undergraduate students.

Important Dates:

Early Action Deadline for Dual-Degree Applicants**: November 1

Regular Decision Deadline: February 1

Portfolio/Design Assignment Deadline: February 1

Enrollment Deposit Deadline: May 1

**We encourage all high school seniors who are applying to Taubman College to apply Dual Degree (more information below) to Taubman and one of the following schools: the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), the College of Engineering, or the Stamps School of Art & Design by the Early Action deadline. If you have any questions about this process, please contact taubmancollegeadmissions@umich.edu or 734-764-1649.


Dual Degree

Students who apply dual degree with Taubman College and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), the College of Engineering, or the Stamps School of Art & Design by the Early Action deadline (November 1st) have two opportunities to be admitted to the University of Michigan, as well as the chance to be offered Preferred Admission status should they not be offered Freshman Admission. Preferred Admission students become Taubman College students at the beginning of their junior year, provided they complete the necessary pre-requisites and maintain a GPA above 3.0 in their architecture-specific coursework. Preferred Admission students work with an Admissions Counselor during their freshman and sophomore years to make sure they are completing all pre-requisites and staying on track to transfer.

How to apply Dual Degree on the Common Application:

  • In the "General" section of the University of Michigan Common App: select "Early Action" as your "Preferred Admission Plan"
  • In the "Academics" section: select "Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Dual Applicant"
  • Select your second program choice (LS&A, Art & Design, or Engineering) in the "Dual Program" section*
  • Submit your Common Application by November 1st*
  • Submit your Portfolio and Design Assignment  by February 1st

How to apply Dual Degree on the Coalition Application:

  • In the "Program” section of the University of Michigan Coalition App: select “Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning” then hit “Select Program”
  • Select your second program choice (LS&A, Art & Design, or Engineering) under “Dual Unit”
  • Under “Decision Plan” select “Early Action” and submit your Coalition Application by November 1st*
  • Submit your Portfolio and Design Assignment by February 1st

*Students who apply Dual Degree by November 1st will receive a decision (Admit or Defer) from their second unit (LS&A, Engineering, and/or Stamps) by December 24th. These students will still have until February 1st to submit their Portfolio and Design Assignment. They should expect a final decision from Taubman College by the end of March. 


Application Requirements

All freshman applicants submit their application via the Common Application. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions processes all undergraduate applications and can answer all inquiries about application requirements and submission.

Please note that all freshmen are required to submit a portfolio and design assignment in addition to the Common Application. Please see details below.

Required Portfolio and Design Assignment

The portfolio and design assignment are required for freshmen applicants and can be submitted via SlideRoom as a supplement to the Common Application. There is a $6 fee associated with submitting the portfolio and design assignment. If you have questions about the submission fee or are in need of a fee waiver*, please contact us at taubmancollegeadmissions@umich.edu

*Fee waiver available for eligible students, please contact taubmancollegeadmissions@umich.edu.


The portfolio is the applicant’s way to showcase their creative process and unique story to the admissions committee. Portfolio content may include, but is not limited to:

  • architectural design or building
  • drawing-freehand and/or mechanical
  • photography
  • interior, industrial, and graphic design
  • painting, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics
  • woodworking, sewing, or other crafts
  • digital media
  • stage design
  • two- and three-dimensional pieces
  • fashion or costume design

The layout of the portfolio should emphasize the work illustrated, but each page should contain textual information including the title of the work, its media, the year it was produced, if it is group or individual work, and the context in which it was produced (a class, in an office, independent work, etc.).

Submission Requirements:

  • Page size: 14-20 pages, not to exceed 8 ½”x 11” (portrait or landscape), including one cover page with the following information:
    • Your last name, first name
    • street address, city, state, postal code, country
    • email address
    • telephone number
  • Format: The portfolio must be formatted together in one Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Uploaded files should be no larger than 20mb.

Design Assignment

The design assignment provides materials with which the admissions committee can draw some evaluations and assess an applicant's capacity for success in the architecture program. Taubman College seeks students who care about the built environment and want to immerse themselves in learning about its creation, meaning, and sustainability. We look for responses that reveal insight and imagination.

This is a 2-part assignment:

  1. Compose a collection of drawings of where you currently live. Use a minimum of three views with one being an overall plan and at least one describing the inside and one outside. There is no limit on the number of drawings, but they all need to all fit onto one portfolio page (these could be plans or sections or direct drawings from observation, which may include details or zoomed-in views).
  2. Design a Bus Stop. Make it the most wonderful Bus Stop ever! Your design should minimally include a place to wait for the bus that has some shelter from the elements: how much shelter (roof, walls, etc.) and which elements (rain, snow, sun, etc.) are up to you. Locate the bus stop in your neighborhood and show how it would be an enhancing addition to its context. The bus stop is limited to a cubic volume of 12 feet x 12 feet x 12 feet (though it can take less space). Again, all the drawings of your bus stop must fit on a single portfolio page (as space is quite limited, your solution need not necessarily specify materials, but its shape and layout should be clear).

Submission Requirements:

  • Page size: 2 pages (one assignment per page), not to exceed 8 ½”x 11” (portrait or landscape)
  • Format: The design assignment must be formatted together in one Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Uploaded files should be no larger than 20mb.

Evaluation and Status of Application


Applications will not be evaluated until all credentials have been received and the application fee has been paid. Applications missing credentials cannot be guaranteed a review by the admissions committee. Eligible applicants are considered for admission on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Quality and content of all previous academic education
  • Evidence of commitment and direction, including essays, letters of recommendation, portfolio, etc.
  • ACT or SAT test scores
  • English Proficiency test scores (if applicable)
  • The number of openings available
  • The suitability of the program to the applicant's area of interest


Contact Admissions at TaubmanCollegeAdmissions@umich.edu