Undergraduate Admissions

Q&A

Applying to Stamps
About the Program
About Your Classes
Living on North Campus
Jobs and Careers

Applying to Stamps

How do I apply to Stamps?

It’s easy! Follow these simple steps to successfully apply to the Stamps School at the University of Michigan.

What kind of grades do I need to have to get into Stamps?

Students admitted to Stamps have an average GPA of 3.7, an average ACT of 29 and an average SAT of 1300 (verbal and math). Don’t forget, these are averages, not minimums - and academics are only part of our admissions evaluation. Your portfolio is going to count for about 50% of our admissions decision.

Is a portfolio required for my Stamps application?

Yes! Your portfolio counts for 50% of our admissions decision.

Your portfolio is an expression of who you are as a creative thinker and maker. Choose pieces that best reflect that. Keep in mind that your application will be considered complete only after you have submitted your portfolio.

What is National Portfolio Day and why should I attend?

National Portfolio Day is a college fair for art and design schools, with the added benefit that students can have their portfolios reviewed by school representatives. It is an opportunity to have access to dozens of schools from around the country in one place. There are many National Portfolio Day events throughout the country, from September to January. Visit our Admissions Events page to view a list of NPDA events Stamps will attend.

Can I visit and tour Stamps?

Yes, we’d love to have you visit! In fact, visiting is one of the best ways to get a feel for Stamps. When you visit us, you'll meet with a member of our Stamps admissions team, tour our facilities, and have the option to share your portfolio. You can schedule a visit here.

Does Stamps offer pre-college programs for High School students?

Yes, we have multiple pre-college programs for high school students

Can I transfer to Stamps from another college or university?

A successful transfer student to Stamps:

  • Is currently in good academic and social standing.
  • Has a distinguished record of college work, earning a cumulative GPA of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.
  • Has earned sophomore status (30+ credits) with transferable credit earned at a community college or another two- or four-year college or university.

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About the Program

What majors does the school offer?

We have one of the most interdisciplinary programs in the country. While there are ample opportunities to study specific disciplines including graphic design, illustration, animation, and product design, our educational goal is to provide a broad base of technical and conceptual skills that you can apply to a wide range of creative careers. That’s why Stamps offers only one major — art and design.  Learn more about our undergraduate programs.

Do you have any dual degree programs?

Yes, we do! You can pursue a degree in any of the following schools or colleges at U-M in addition to a Stamps degree:

Can I minor in Art & Design?

Yes! You can learn more about our minor here .

Can I major in Art & Design and minor in another program?

Absolutely! Stamps students can pursue any minor open to all U-M students.

What is the difference between a BFA and a BA?

A BFA is a studio-intensive degree in which the majority of courses are studio courses. A BA in Art & Design is a liberal arts degree with more credits devoted to academic work and a broad introduction to studio work.

The non-studio credits for both degrees are mostly taken in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.  Learn more about our programs.

How many students are enrolled in Stamps?

We are a close-knit community of about 600 students.

Do Stamps students need a computer?

Yes, all first-year students need to have a Mac laptop that meets specific software and hardware requirements.

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About Your Classes

Who teaches Stamps studio classes?

All studio courses are taught by faculty members.

How many students will be in my classes?

All our studios are capped at 19 students, and the average class size is 15.

Academic classes outside of Stamps vary in size, but 84% of all U-M undergraduate classes have fewer than 50 students, and only 5% of undergraduate classes have more than 100 students.

Do students have access to the building after hours?

Our students have access to the Art & Architecture building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Building doors are locked from 10 pm to 7 am, but students have key card access after hours.

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Living on North Campus

If I’m a student at Stamps, do I have to live on North Campus?

Not necessarily: students have an opportunity to make requests about where they want to live, but can't be guaranteed a specific campus location, hall or room type. However, approximately 45% of all U-M freshmen do live on North Campus.

Learn about the freshman housing application process here.

How do I get from North Campus to Central Campus, or around Ann Arbor?

U-M has a great bus system, and buses that travel between the North and Central campuses stop right outside the Art & Architecture building every few minutes. U-M students can also ride free on Ann Arbor Transportation Authority buses, which travel extensively throughout Washtenaw county, including stops at many retail and grocery stores.

Can I have a car on campus?

Students are strongly encouraged to leave their vehicles at home. The U-M parking lot located behind the Art & Architecture building has a limited number of metered parking spaces, and they fill up fast.

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Jobs and Careers

Do your students pursue internships?

Yes! Check out internship and career development opportunities here.

Is it possible for students to have a part-time job while in school?

Yes, many students have part-time jobs and internships while they study at Stamps.

What are your job placement statistics?

At Stamps, students learn how to job search, write resumes, write cover letters, create a portfolio, network, etc. and then get themselves a great job.

Six months after graduating from Stamps, 80% of students have a full-time job in a creative field, and 15% of students are enrolled in graduate programs.

What opportunities are there for students to exhibit their work?

Stamps has dedicated exhibition space in downtown Ann Arbor. We encourage our students to exhibit as early as their first year.

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