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Apply for Fall Preview

Explore a Michigan PhD - October 31-November 2, 2019

The Department of Astronomy invites juniors, seniors, recently graduated students, and Master’s students to visit us for a preview event. We welcome applications from students who will contribute to our department's mission of promoting diversity and inclusion in the field of Astronomy and Astrophysics - Astronomy is for Everyone.

This event is a department-funded opportunity to explore graduate education, participate in admissions workshops, meet world-renowned faculty and current graduate students, and learn about life in Ann Arbor. During your visit, you'll learn about:

  • state of the art research happening at the University of Michigan
  • the admissions process 
  • what graduate school is like and how it works


Preview Weekend events are open to domestic (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status) undergraduate juniors, seniors, recent graduates or master’s students who have outstanding academic qualifications, show exceptional potential for scholarly success in a graduate program, and demonstrate promise for contributing to wider academic, professional, or civic communities. Eligible students will also meet one or more of the criteria for the university’s Rackham Merit Fellowship program. For more information on these criteria, please visit the Rackham Merit Fellowship website.

If you are interested in exploring the PhD program in Astronomy at the University of Michigan, but do not meet the eligibility criteria to participate in Fall Preview Weekend, please reach out to us at! We would be happy to answer your questions regarding the application process and academic life in the department.


To complete the Fall Preview Weekend application, you will be asked to submit:

  1. Applicant information
  2. Unofficial transcripts
  3. List of professors you would like to meet and/or work with
  4. Three short essays (500-word limit per essay)
  5. Contact information for two references (it is advised that you submit your application in advance of the deadline to ensure your recommenders have enough time to complete the recommendation form by the deadline).

Application Deadline: September 20, 2019

Apply online at this link

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