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Frequently Asked Questions While Applying


Application/Application Status


Do you have my transcript/academic record? I mailed it a couple days ago and I have delivery confirmation it was received at your office. Why isn't my transcript/academic record showing in Wolverine Access as "received"?

Before viewing whether your transcripts/academic records have been received you must:

  1. Submit an application
  2. Receive a University of Michigan ID number (sent 5 business days after Rackham receives the application)
  3. Create a Friend Account, if you do not have a UMICH uniqname and Kerberos password
  4. Log into Wolverine Access and select New & Prospective Student Business.

Allow 5 business days, after completing the steps above, to verify that your transcript/academic record has been received by our office.

If you provide a transcript/academic record only through the online application, these transcripts/academic records will display as "Not Received." In Wolverine Access, official transcripts/academic records for Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, and/or Doctoral degrees received by the Rackham Graduate School as an e-transcript or mailed in a sealed envelope issued directly by the issuing institution will display as "received."


Can I apply to more than one program? Can I work on my applications at the same time?

Applicants to the Rackham Graduate School can apply to more than one Rackham program using the online application. The online application form does not allow you to work on multiple applications at the same time. You must submit the first application before you can begin working on the second application. After you successfully submit your first application, follow these steps to submit additional applications.

  1. Click the appropriate Start Your Application button.
  2. If prompted, log into the application using the same user ID and password used to submit your first application.
  3. Most all of the fields will be prefilled with data from your previous application. Fields that will require you to re-enter information include file uploads (e.g., unofficial transcripts, resumes, essays) and letters of recommendation.
  4. When selecting a program and term, you must select a program/term combination that is different from your previous application. Failure to enter a different combination of program/term will prevent you from submitting additional applications.
  5. Complete the remainder of the application and submit it with payment.

How do I contact the program?

Overviews of the graduate programs are available in the Programs of Study section. You will find program information, program statistics, contact information, deadline dates, and links to the programs' websites.

If you're wondering what program or major is the best fit for your interests, contact the programs directly for advising.


Do I have to order two official transcripts to apply?

In general, applicants order two official transcripts to complete their application for admission to the Rackham Graduate School.

Submitting your transcripts is a two-step process:

  • Applicants will scan and upload an official transcript/academic record that displays the institutional seal and signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records into the online application.
  • Applicants are also required to submit an official transcript/academic record by mail or as an e-transcript, to the Rackham Graduate School, before the graduate program application deadline.

Not submitting your official transcript to the Rackham Graduate School, can delay the program's review of your application materials and possible admission, if recommended by the program.

Please review our Transcripts article for detailed information.


Are applicants with three year bachelor degrees eligible for admission?

The Rackham Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. The assessment of a degree from an international institution is based upon the characteristics of a national system of education, the type of institution, the accreditation/recognition, the level of study and number of years of post-secondary study. In some cases, a three year bachelor degree will not meet the Rackham Graduate Schools minimum requirement for admission.

Please refer to the Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions for transcript/academic record requirements by country and region.


What is the application submission date and time deadline?

Each Rackham Graduate program establishes their individual deadline dates. To view program deadline dates please see program overviews available in the Programs of Study section. The online application will only be accessible until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time the day of the application deadline date. For example, graduate programs with a deadline of January 1, 2014, the application must be submitted no later than 01/01/14 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application early and not wait until the deadline date.


What is the status of my application? Has a decision been made?

The graduate program for the field of study you are pursing (example: Chemistry, Parent-Child Nursing, etc.) will send you a letter or e-mail stating that you have or have not been offered admission.

If you have not received a notification, the graduate program may still be reviewing your application.

We encourage you to check Wolverine Access once a week or contact the graduate program to obtain an update on the status of your application.

If you would like to contact the program, please visit our Programs of Study section.


Have you received all my materials?

Before viewing whether your application and materials have been received you must:

  1. Submit an application
  2. Receive a University of Michigan ID number (sent 5 business days after Rackham receives the application)
  3. Create a Friend Account, if you do not have a UMICH uniqname and Kerberos password
  4. Log into Wolverine Access and select New & Prospective Student Business

Allow 5 business days, after completing the steps above, to view your application and materials.

  • You can confirm the receipt of the following via Wolverine Access:
  • Test Scores
  • Transcripts representing a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, and/or Doctoral degree.
  • Recommendations can be tracked through the online application system, ApplyWeb Account activity page, or in your Wolverine Access account.

Documents that will not be confirmed in Wolverine Access are:

  • Application PDF forms
  • Recommendations submitted as paper or by e-mail directly to the program of application
  • Written Essays (Statement of purpose, writing samples, etc.)
  • Resumes/CVs
  • Transcripts representing Community or Junior College, Non-degree study, and/or Study abroad coursework

I-20/DS 2019- Immigration Questions


What is the status of my I-20?

Once you have provided all the required financial documents, a copy of your current passport, and you have accepted the offer of admission, we will begin the preparation of your I-20 or DS-2019.

Please allow a minimum of 10 business days from the date your documents are received, for the I-20 or DS-2019 to be prepared and mailed from our office using your preferred delivery service.

Your immigration document can be mailed by one of two delivery methods:

  1. eShip Global's University Express Mail Service. This service offers fast and reliable service for sending I-20s, DS-2019s and other immigration documents to applicants. It is cost effective, reduces delivery time to less than one week, and documents can be tracked.
  2. Important Note: eShip Global must be selected for immigration documents shipped outside the U.S., after May 1 for the Fall term and November 1 for the Winter term, to reach you in a timely manner.
  3. United States Postal Service. Documents sent by the United States Postal Service may take up to 6 weeks to arrive in certain countries from the day they are mailed by Rackham and cannot be tracked.

Please review our article on Using eShip Global. Please inform us of your shipping preferences (after admission) by submitting the Immigration Document Shipping Options form.

You can track the progress of your immigration document on Wolverine Access under New and Prospective Student Business. You will be able to:

  • View Rackham's receipt of your financial documents
  • Check your personal and dependent data to confirm that it matches your passport exactly. If there is any discrepancy, please notify us immediately at rackadmis@umich.edu
  • Confirm that your immigration documents have been processed.
  • View your SEVIS ID number.

Check Wolverine Access for frequent updates.


What is the date a new international student must arrive on campus?

International Students are allowed to enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the reporting date on the immigration document issued by the Rackham Graduate School. Immigration regulations do not allow for earlier arrival for any reason.

Entry into the U.S. is prohibited at the port of entry after the reporting date indicated on your immigration document.

For more information on arrival dates and traveling to the University of Michigan, please see the section on Travel Tips.


My immigration document indicated that I am expected to arrive no later than August 22. Is this correct? I have booked a ticket to Detroit for August 31 and applied for an apartment from Sept 1. Do you think I need to change the flight date and move in date?

Do not make flight arrangements until you know the reporting date on your I-20/DS-2019. This date will not be changed to accommodate plane reservations or for personal reasons. You can see the arrival date on Wolverine Access under New and Prospective Student Business; select the "view I-20 or DS-2019 status" link once your I-20/DS-2019 has been processed by SEVIS.

For more information on arrival dates and traveling to the University of Michigan, please see the section on Travel Tips.


Can I have a copy of my I-20?

The Rackham Graduate School cannot provide a copy or scan of an immigration document. You will find the SEVIS ID number on Wolverine Access under New and Prospective Student Business; select the "view I-20 or DS-2019 status" link. This is the information you will need to pay the SEVIS fee. Please read the information on these pages carefully as they will contain important SEVIS information including your arrival date. Once SEVIS has approved your immigration document, the SEVIS ID number will appear so you can begin the visa application process.


Once I receive my Affidavit, how long will it take to get my I-20 through e-Ship Global?

Please allow 10 business days from the receipt of your financial documents, for the Rackham Graduate School to process your I-20/DS-2019 through SEVIS. You will be notified by eShip Global when the document is prepared for shipment. You will need to contact eShip Global directly for estimated delivery times.


When will my I-20 be mailed? (How long does it take to process?)

Please allow up to 10 business days to process and mail your I-20/DS-2019 through your preferred delivery method.

Your immigration document can be mailed by one of two delivery methods:

  1. eShip Global's University Express Mail Service. This service offers fast and reliable service for sending I-20s, DS-2019s and other immigration documents to applicants. It is cost effective, reduces delivery time to less than one week, and documents can be tracked.
  2. Important Note: eShip Global must be selected for immigration documents shipped outside the U.S., after May 1 for the Fall term and November 1 for the Winter term, to reach you in a timely manner.
  3. United States Postal Service. Documents sent by the United States Postal Service may take up to 6 weeks to arrive in certain countries from the day they are mailed by Rackham and cannot be tracked. Please follow this link for information on how to setup an eShip Global account: please review our article on Using eShip Global. Please inform us of your shipping preferences (after admission) by submitting the Immigration Document Shipping Options form.

You can check the progress by going to Wolverine Access under New and Prospective Student Business; select the "view I-20 or DS-2019 status" link. Your I-20/DS-2019 information, including arrival date, and SEVIS ID number will be available after the I-20 has been processed by SEVIS.


Why is the major on my I-20 different than the major I was admitted to?

SEVIS does not contain a comprehensive list of majors offered at the University of Michigan. The major listed on the immigration document is the SEVIS equivalent. Therefore, it may not match the program exactly as indicated on your admission letter.


I’m having a problem obtaining my visa from the U.S. Embassy and I may not make it in time, what should I do?

If you have applied for a U.S. visa stamp at a United States embassy or consulate and are experiencing difficulties please fill out the questionnaire on the Visa Assistance Web Mail page. This information will be sent to the International Center and you will receive a reply in 24 to 48 hours during regular office hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard time.


Do I need to have a health check/immunizations before getting my visa or coming to the United States?

University of Michigan does not require any immunizations or a health check in order for you to attend school. Also, the U.S. government does not require you to have immunizations or tests in order to obtain your F-1 or J-1 visa. However, the University Health Service (UHS) does recommend certain immunizations. As of Fall 2006, the University of Michigan does require certain entering international students to be screened for tuberculosis (TB) upon arrival to campus. The University Health Service has detailed information on this requirement. Screening will be free, confidential and treatment will have minimal cost. For more information, please e-mail tbscreen@umich.edu.


Financials for I20/DS 2019


Do you need my financials with my application? Should I mail them with my transcripts?


Please do not submit financial information at the time of application.

If you are recommended for admission by your respective program and the Rackham Graduate School approves the admission, you will be notified by Rackham to submit the Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students along with the required financial documentation (i.e., bank statements).


Is there a deadline by which I need to provide the financial documentation to you?

The deadlines for submission of financial documents are May 15 for the fall term and November 15 for the winter term. If documents are not received by these dates, we will begin withdrawing offers of admission.


Can I submit financial documents after May 15 deadline?

Your admission will be withdrawn after May 15, if financial documents are not received. Your admission can be reactivated, if documents are received after May 15 and the program approves the reactivation of your admission.


Why does the amount of funding on my I-20 appear different from the amount awarded by my program or the documents submitted by my sponsor?

Your I-20/DS-2019 will state the estimated cost of attendance for the year and the funding source. The document is not customized to your individual funding amount. Your award letter from the program or sponsor statements is your official documentation on the funding amount to be presented to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at your visa application interview.


Would Rackham accept a balance summary letter issued by my financial institute to show proof of funds or must the document be a bank statement?

A balance summary letter issued by your financial institute is acceptable if:

  • It is on official bank letterhead
  • Contains officer's full name, title, and official original signature
  • Official bank stamp

Recommendations


I don't see my letters of recommendation in the system. Do you have them?

Recommendations can be tracked through the Activity page of your ApplyWeb Account, or in your Wolverine Access account.

Recommendations are:

  • Required by the Graduate Program for the field of study you are pursuing (example: Chemistry, Parent-Child Nursing, etc.), not the Rackham Graduate School.
  • Recommendations submitted electronically through the online application and recommendation system are displayed as received on the Activity page of your ApplyWeb Account, or in your Wolverine Access account.
  • Recommendations that are not submitted through the online application and recommendation system will not appear through the online application system, ApplyWeb Account activity page, or in your Wolverine Access account.

Program contact information can be found in our Programs of Study section


How can I resend my recommender the recommendation form? How can I add a recommender to the Application? Can I replace or change name of recommender?

The answer will vary depending on the status of your recommendations: Not started, In Progress, Completed. The CollegeNET Activity Page will show the status of a recommendation.

If the recommender status is:

  • "Completed" or "In Progress" the recommender's name cannot be replaced and another method of submission must be used for the new recommender.
  • "Not Started" the applicant will use the CollegeNET Activity page to replace or change the name of the recommender.

Review additional options for submitting recommendations at additional options for submitting recommendations.

If you are adding a new recommender after the application has been submitted, contact the graduate program to provide the updated information.

Program contact information can be found on the Programs of Study section


Can I send more than three letters of recommendation?

Most graduate programs require three letters of recommendation per application submitted. However some programs require more than three. Please consult the graduate program for specific details on Letter of Recommendation requirements.


Test Scores


Have my scores been received?

Before viewing whether your test scores have been received you must:

  1. Submit an application
  2. Receive a University of Michigan ID number (sent 5 business days after Rackham receives the application)
  3. Create a Friend Account, if you do not have a UMICH uniqname and Kerberos password
  4. Log into Wolverine Access and select New & Prospective Student Business.

Allow 10 business days, after completing the steps above, to verify that completed exams are listed and indicate the exam date. Please note: scores listed in your Friend Account that have been received will not be marked with a "received" or "not received" status.

The official test scores must be sent by the testing agency. Scores received by any other method will not appear in Wolverine Access.

We advise you to use your legal name as stated on your passport or birth certificate when registering for your exams and completing the online application. If your name does not match exactly, there will be a delay in matching your test scores to the application data.


How long are GRE and TOEFL scores valid?

GRE scores are available for 5 years from the exam date. Specific graduate program requirements and deadlines can be found in the Programs of Study section.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit an official test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Language scores are available for 2 years after the exam date.


Is an English Proficiency Exam required?

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide one of the official score reports. Accepted exams and score requirements can be found on Required Tests for Non-native English Speakers.

The Rackham Graduate School's English Proficiency Exemptions:

Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor's or Master's degree are exempt from submitting an official English proficiency score if:

  • The degree was earned from an institution where the language of instruction is English, exclusively. This exception does not apply if some classes completed were taught in a language other than English. Verification from the school may be required.
  • The degree was earned from a country where the official language is English (United States of America, Australia, England).

Being a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking an English proficiency exam.


Can I submit my required exams (TOEFL, GRE, etc.) after I have submitted my application and fee?

Required exams should be submitted by the deadline established by the program to avoid a delay in evaluation of your application materials.

We advise you to use your legal name as stated on your passport or birth certificate when registering for your exams and completing the online application. If your name does not match exactly, there will be a delay in matching your test scores to the application data.


Uniqname/U-M ID Number


My birthdate is wrong in the system, can I change it?

If your date of birth is incorrect on your application, please notify us immediately at rackadmis@umich.edu. Please include in the e-mail your full name, U-M ID number, and attach a copy of your U.S. Driver's License or Passport as proof of the correct birthdate.


I haven't received my Uniqname?

Three days after you accept the offer of admission you will receive an e-mail that will help you set-up your Uniqname and Basic Computing Package. The e-mail will include a "one-time identifier" and steps to create the Uniqname.

For more information on the Uniqname process and contact information, please see the Uniqname Signup website.


I haven't received my U-M ID number?

You will receive your U-M ID in approximately 5 business days after completing pages 1-6 of the application and selecting Next Page advancing to page 7. If it has been longer than 5 days, please notify us at rackadmis@umich.edu. Please include your name and full birthdate in the e-mail notification.


I had a U-M ID number last year when I applied. Can I use that number or do I need to get a new ID number?

U-M ID numbers do not expire. Please use the U-M ID number you obtained previously from the University of Michigan.


Transcripts


Do I have to order two official transcripts to apply?

In general, applicants order two official transcripts to complete their application for admission to the Rackham Graduate School.

Submitting your transcripts is a two-step process:

  • Applicants will scan and upload an official transcript/academic record that displays the institutional seal and signature of the Registrar or Recorder of Records into the online application.
  • Applicants are also required to submit an official transcript/academic record by mail or as an e-transcript, to the Rackham Graduate School, before the graduate program application deadline.

Please refer to our article on Transcripts detailed information


I applied to the same program last year/last term and wasn’t admitted. Do I need to send in another set of my official transcripts?

Yes, we require that all transcripts be resubmitted in order to ensure accuracy and availability of educational data. Please upload and mail new official transcripts/acedmic records. If you require more information on transcript/academic record requirements, please refer to the Transcript section of our website.

For applicants that have studied outside the United States, please refer to the Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions for transcript/academic record requirements by country and region.


Do you have my transcript/academic record? I mailed it a couple days ago and I have delivery confirmation it was received at your office. Why isn't my transcript/academic record showing in Wolverine Access as "received"?

Before viewing whether your transcripts/academic records have been received you must:

  1. Submit an application
  2. Receive a University of Michigan ID number (sent 5 business days after Rackham receives the application)
  3. Create a Friend Account, if you do not have a UMICH uniqname and Kerberos password
  4. Log into Wolverine Access and select New & Prospective Student Business.

Allow 5 business days, after completing the steps above, to verify that your transcript/academic record has been received by our office.

* If you provide a transcript/academic record only through the online application, these transcripts/academic records will display as "Not Received." In Wolverine Access, official transcripts/academic records for Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, and/or Doctoral degrees received by the Rackham Graduate School as an e-transcript or mailed in a sealed envelope issued directly by the issuing institution will display as "received."