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Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in applying to the University of Michigan and I have questions about requirements. How can I find more information?

All admissions are handled through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Answers to many frequently asked questions as well as contact information can be found there.

I am a high school and/or recently admitted student interested in the Mathematics Department. How should I go about setting up a visit?

Please contact the Math undergraduate office at and we will work with you to set up an appointment with one of our faculty, a meeting with one of our current undergrads, and if you’d like, a class visit. We’ll need to know a date, time, any other appointments you have on campus we’ll have to work around, and an area of mathematics you might be interested in.

How do I declare a Mathematics major or minor?

In order to declare a math major, you will need to set up an appointment with a math faculty advisor. Appointments can be made online.

Math minors can be declared by sending an email to or stopping by the Undergraduate Student Services office (2082 East Hall)

I’m graduating soon and am almost done with my Math major or minor. What do I have to do now?

Once you are ready to graduate, you will need to have your major/minor "released". Minors should e-mail and include your UMID and major(s) in addition to a list of the 5 courses you will be using for your math minor. If you are an LSA student, be sure to indicate whether any of the courses you'll be using for your minor will be shared with you major. 

In order to release your major, you will need to setup an advising appointment. An advisor will go through your transcript with you and sign a form stating you’ve completed your requirements. Don’t forget to also apply for graduation on Wolverine Access.

How do I go about getting permission to register into a course currently “closed” on Wolverine Access?

This depends on the course. Enrollment for many upper level courses is handled entirely through the waitlist, so if there is a waitlist available on Wolverine Access, please add yourself to it.

Enrollment is handled slightly differently for Math 105, 115, and 116. Seats for these courses are opened periodically throughout the registration period (for fall terms this means throughout the summer break). You'll need to check Wolverine Access periodically to see if any seats open up that fit your schedule. If you are still unable to enroll in a section of 105, 115, or 116 once the beginning of the term approaches, please add yourself to the Math 105/115/116 waitlist.

How do I set up an appointment with an advisor? Do you have walk-in advising?

We do not have walk-in advising. Appointments must be made online.

How do I get my Mathematics Department transfer credit evaluated?

Please visit our transfer credit page for details.

I should have additional AP credits posted on my transcript but I don’t see anything posted yet. What should I do?

The Registrar’s Office runs this as a batch process sometime after the next term begins. If you still don’t see the credits posted by 6 weeks after the end of the term in which you took your first math course, please contact the Registrar’s Office directly.

How would I find a math tutor? Do tutors assist middle or high school students?

This math tutor list includes those tutors interested in assisting middle or high school students.  For U of M students, the free “Math Lab” located in B860 East Hall, offers tutoring up through Math 217.

Does the Mathematics Department offer a research program for students?

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program runs every summer for U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This program is now open to non U-M students as well. Applications are usually available in February and due in March.