Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Programs FAQ

How can I find out about upcoming Pre-College Programs?

Sign up online to receive information about upcoming programs and be notified when applications go live.

Is financial aid available for the pre-college programs?

Yes. A limited number of full and partial awards will be provided to students who demonstrate merit and need. 

How do I apply for financial assistance?

To be considered for financial assistance, students must include their Parents'/Guardians' most recent tax return. This is REQUIRED for students applying for financial assistance.

Residents of Michigan can also apply for the Watson A. Young scholarship. More information and the scholarship application are available at the U-M Center for Educational Outreach website.

When is the application due?

Once applications are being accepted, the Early Action and Regular admission deadlines for each program are posted in the application instructions - to view, click a program name on the Pre-College Programs page.

Is it hard to get accepted?

Space is limited so we are selective in who we invite to participate. 

When will I hear if I was accepted?

Once applications are being accepted, the Early Action and Regular admission deadlines, as well as notification dates for each program, are posted in the application instructions - to view, click a program name on the Pre-College Programs page.

Where will I live?

Students live in Bursley Hall, an on-campus dorm at University of Michigan. 

How is the food?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided in the cafeteria at Bursley Hall. Did I mention there is a Belgian Waffle maker? We have options for omnivores and vegetarians. 

I have food allergies. What do I do?

Make sure you alert us of your food allergy. Students with Celiac Disease have special options in the cafeteria. 

Do I really get my own studio?

Yes! Each student gets their own studio to keep materials, work on outside assignments and work on their own projects. It’s YOUR space to make YOUR work. 

I’m not from Michigan. What’s the weather like?

The weather during July and August is pretty hot, with an average temperature of 83 degrees Fahrenheit - but evenings can cool down. 

What should I pack?

Supplies
• 9x12 sketch book
• Drawing pencils
• Personal drawing materials you would like to have such as markers, colored pencils etc
• Backpack/bag to carry  supplies with you

Optional but Suggested
• Flash Drive
• Digital Camera

Personal Supplies
• Bedding (twin xl sheets, a blanket and a pillow)
• Personal toiletry items: a towel, washcloth, toothpaste, tooth brush, deodorant, soap, shampoo, etc
• Shower caddy/bag to carry bathroom stuff
• Alarm clock/cell phone alarm
• Studio clothes (clothes that can get dirty)
• Hat for outdoor drawing
• Hoodie/long sleeve shirt (indoor studios can get cold)
• Sleepwear
• Shower shoes
• Rain gear (umbrella)
• Sunscreen 
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Socks
• Band aids
• A note on clothes, it will be hot in MI but bring a pair of long pants/long sleeved shirt just in case. 

You May Want to Bring
• Electric fan (Rooms are not air conditioned). Fans can be purchased in town.

What NOT to Bring
• Valuable items. The University assumes no responsibility for personal property, therefore, the University of Michigan is not responsible for lost or stolen items within the residence hall.

Can I bring my car?

No.

How will I get around while I’m there?

Students will be able to walk from dorms to their studios and classes. If students want to go downtown, they will have access to University of Michigan buses, which can be ridden for free.