Applying to Stamps
Prospective and Admitted Students and Free Speech
Our prospective and admitted students have an ongoing responsibility to inform the University of Michigan of any changes to their disciplinary and/or criminal history until they begin their first term of enrollment at U-M. In accordance with our policy, students should disclose any criminal conduct or disciplinary action taken by their high school. However, the context and rationale for these actions is always taken into consideration. The University of Michigan is a public university in a democratic society with a commitment to free speech. We value the right of students to exercise their voices and engage in lawful protest on issues that are important to them. Our university community is currently engaging in deep exploration of issues related to free speech as a cornerstone of American democracy.
If you have an update to provide or a question about the policy, please contact the Stamps Admissions team.
When should I complete the FAFSA to be considered for financial aid?
Visit the University of Michigan's Financial Aid site for detailed timelines and deadline information.
FAFSA School Code for the University of Michigan is 002325; CSS Profile School Code is 1839.
Can I transfer to Stamps from another college or university?
Yes! Learn more about the transfer process here.
Does Stamps offer Pre-College programs for High School students?
Yes, we have multiple Pre-College programs for high school students.
- Can I visit and tour Stamps?
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 May. Visit our Admissions Events page to learn more about the NPDA events Stamps will attend.
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. 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.
Application Changes and COVID-19 Impacts
Your high school experience has been impacted by COVID-19 in unprecedented ways. The University of Michigan has adjusted application requirements to address these impacts. Highlights include:
- Students will not be disadvantaged if they received pass/fail, credit/no credit, or other COVID-related grades during the winter/spring/summer 2019-20 and fall 2020 semesters.
- We will consider any impacted student who would like to apply, regardless of ability to sit for the SAT1 or ACT tests.
- The inability to provide AP test scores will not impact the review of an application.
- Letters of recommendation can come from someone other than a teacher (assuming that they are not your relative, with exceptions for relatives who provide homeschool instruction to the applicant). This might include a community based organization educator or academic support program professional.
About the Program
Do Stamps students need a computer?
Yes, all first-year students need to have a Mac laptop that meets specific software and hardware requirements.
How many students are enrolled in Stamps?
We are a close-knit community of about 600 students.
What is the difference between a BFA and a BA?
At Stamps, a BFA in Art & Design 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.
Non-studio credits for both degrees are mostly taken in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
Can I major in Art & Design and minor in another program?
Absolutely! Stamps students can pursue any minor open to all U-M students. Learn more about Minors for Stamps students here.
- Can I minor in Art & Design?
Do you have any dual degree programs?
Yes, we do! Learn more about our Dual Degree programs.
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, product design, ceramics, painting, printmaking, jewelry, printmaking, textiles, and more, 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.
About Your Classes
Do students have access to the building after hours?
Stamps 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.
How many students will be in my classes?
All our studios are capped at 18 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.
Who teaches Stamps studio classes?
All studio courses are taught by faculty members.
Living on North Campus
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.
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 first year students live on North Campus.
Learn about the first year housing application process here.
Jobs and Careers
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.
On average, about 84% of Stamps graduates end up working in creative positions within 6 months of graduation, about 7% go to immediately on to graduate school, and the rest pursue other various interests.
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.
Do your students pursue internships?
Yes! Visit the Stamps Career Development Canvas site for information on internships.