I’ve heard parents say that if they had to take the SAT and submit their high school grades to a college admissions office today, they’d struggle to get accepted.
And they’re not talking about Stanford or Yale. They’re talking about the Michigan university they graduated from.
I have to be honest. I feel the same way.
The stakes are so much higher today. College admission, at least by the numbers, is competitive and students work very hard to present themselves as prime candidates for each incoming class.
To top it off, college is expensive. So why is it so hard to get into?
What grades do you need?
Thanks to a new agreement between 10 Michigan universities called the Michigan Assured Admission Pact (MAAP), the admissions guesswork for many students is now gone.
Beginning in the fall of 2024, Michigan high school graduates who earn a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or above are now assured admission to these 10 universities across the state.
These schools are: Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Northern Michigan, Saginaw Valley State, Wayne State, Oakland University and University of Michigan campuses in Dearborn and Flint.
The Michigan Assured Admission Pact is open to new applicants who will enter college directly following their Michigan high school graduation and applies to admission at the participating universities. If your child is hoping to be admitted to a selective program within the university, there may be additional requirements.
Still, MAAP is based on a “uniform and widely communicated standard for admission” that will “reduce the uncertainty and anxiety that are often part of the college admission process,” according to the MAAP page on Wayne State University’s website.
What makes assured admission so important?
According to information from the Education Commission of the States, as of 2022, only 12 states have guaranteed or automatic admissions policies for high school students who meet certain criteria. In this case, “automatic or guaranteed admissions” refers to admission to a public college for students who meet or exceed certain academic requirements.
Prior to establishing MAAP, Michigan had no common statewide or systemwide admissions policy, according to the commission.
MAAP is aimed at “increasing awareness of educational options among recent high school graduates and demystifying the admission process,” says the MAAP page on Eastern Michigan University’s website.
What does MAAP mean for your child?
If your child wants to attend college and knows that good grades can help achieve this goal, they no longer need to guess just how good their grades should be, at least to attend 10 state universities across Michigan.
By knowing exactly what GPA is required for admission, your child can strike a balance between getting great grades and participating in extracurricular activities, sports and clubs.
If your child works hard, but doesn’t achieve a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, that doesn’t mean they won’t be admitted to college. According to the MAAP website, “some of the universities grant admission to students with a GPA less than 3.0 for all or some of their program. We encourage you to check.”
Bear in mind that your student will still need to apply to each university they would like to attend. They should confirm with each school about what else may be required, including the FAFSA and any additional application materials.