Congratulations and Go Blue!

We’re thrilled to offer you admission to the Ford School. We selected you from among a talented, accomplished group of applicants because of your academic and professional achievements and the potential you’ve demonstrated for forging a career of tremendous impact.

We are reminded of the importance of the public sector as the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented situation, particularly for vulnerable people and communities, testing public leadership at local, state, and federal levels. The field of public policy involves difficult work that includes strong scientific inquiry and analysis, as well as leadership skills to navigate politics, advocacy and coalition building, communication across differences, and the ability to envision and make change. 

Those who choose the Ford School are eager to lead, to find creative solutions, and to make a big impact on their communities. With a Ford School education, you can lead the institutions and organizations that will shape public policy for decades to come.

Between now and mid-April, when admissions decisions are due, we’re organizing a broad suite of opportunities for you to spend time with members of the Ford School community. Beginning the week of March 16, our current students, alumni, and faculty will be contacting you via phone or email. We hope you will enjoy this opportunity to learn more about the Ford School and to ask questions about the program.

We are still working out some of the details, so check back here often for registration links and more information.  

What's next?

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Ann Arbor this fall. To get you started, here are your next steps and some things you’ll need to know

  • Explore funding opportunities

    • Look for an email from the Ford School from March 6, 2020 with admissions and funding details.
    • Submit a request for funding reconsideration by Friday, April 10, 2020.
    • U.S. citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. 
       
  • Accept your admission via the email you will receive from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Please be sure to respond by the deadline listed in your Ford School admissions email.
  • Learn more about the Ford School

    • We held a VIRTUAL Spring Preview on April 3, 2020. Learn more and watch recordings of our panels..
       
    • Explore the Ford School: Take a virtual tour of Weill Hall!
       
    • Join us for lunchtime webinars to learn more about the Ford School. We continue to add webinar opportunities, so please check back often. All webinars will be recorded and available online.
       
      • Welcome Webinar #1: You’re In! What’s next?
        March 16, 2020 - 12:00-12:30 pm
        Join the Ford School’s Student Academic Services team for an overview of the strengths of our master’s programs and an interactive Q&A.
      • Welcome Webinar #2: From Here to Career
        March 17, 2020 - 12:30-1:00 pm
        Learn how the Ford School’s Graduate Career Services team accelerates the career development of our students and learn more about our Leadership Initiative.
      • Welcome Webinar #3: Policy Writing 101
        March 19, 2020 - 12:00-12:30 pm
        Join our Writing Center’s Alex Ralph in unpacking how the Ford School uniquely prepares students to craft policy writing that furthers their careers.
      • Research Center webinars
        Want to learn more about the Ford School’s lively, engaged research centers? Staff and faculty will present information about how you can get involved.
         
      • Alumni Panel Webinar
        April 7, 2020, 12-1:00 pm
        Ford School alums talk about how their Ford School education prepared them for the workplace and beyond.
      • Admitted Student Panel with Current Ford Students
        April 8, 2020, 4-5:00 pm
        Prospective students can chat about the admission process with current students or with each other.

 

  • Connect with us on social media
     
  • Become a Ford School admitted student insider. Get updates, FAQs, unique resources, and deadline reminders. Text FordSchool to 474747 now to get started. Don't forget to join our texting session on April 9 from 10:00 am–2:00 pm EDT.
     
  • Reach us at fspp-admissions@umich.edu or 734-764-0453.
     
  • Let the world know! Use #FutureFordies and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using @fordschool.

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