Future Fordies

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.
        • Watch our recording of Welcome Webinar #1.
      • 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.
        • Watch our recording of Welcome Webinar #2.
        • Slides from Welcome Webinar #2. (Adobe PDF)
      • 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.
        • Watch our recording of Welcome Webinar #3.
      • 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.
        • Our Research Centers #1: Engaged Learning
          March 23, 2020, 12:00-1:00 pm
          Join the Program in Practical Policy Engagement and Associate Dean Liz Gerber to learn how the Ford School offers unique, for-credit opportunities to actively engage with real-world policy issues–ending with an interactive Q&A.
          • Watch our recording of Our Research Centers #1: Engaged Learning.
        • Our Research Centers #2: Weiser Diplomacy Center
          March 24, 2020, 12:00-12:30 pm
          The Weiser Diplomacy Center, housed in the Ford School, is U-M’s dynamic new hub for the study and practice of diplomacy. Learn more about this exciting opportunity for students interested in foreign affairs—ending with an interactive Q&A.
          • Watch our recording of Our Research Centers #2: Weiser Diplomacy Center.
        • Our Research Centers #3: Poverty Solutions
          March 25, 2020, 12:00-12:30 pm
          Poverty Solutions leverages the resources at the University of Michigan to make a major impact on the lives of millions of Americans. Join Associate Director Kristin Seefeldt and learn how students can get involved—ending with an interactive Q&A.
          • Watch our recording of Our Research Centers #3: Poverty Solutions.
        • Our Research Centers #4: Center on Finance, Law, & Policy (CFLP)
          March 26, 2020, 12:00-12:30 pm
          Join Ford School Dean and Faculty Director Michael S. Barr in unpacking CFLP: An interdisciplinary research center focused on creating a financial system that is safer, fairer, and better harnessed to the real economy—ending with an interactive Q&A.
          • Watch our recording of Our Research Centers #4: Center on Finance, Law, & Policy (CFLP).
        • Our Research Centers #5: Youth Policy Lab/Education Policy Initiative
          March 27, 2020, 12:00-1:00 pm
          Join faculty leaders from the Youth Policy Lab and the Education Policy Initiative for an in-depth look on how students can engage in youth and education policy during their time at the Ford School—ending with an interactive Q&A.
          • Watch a recording of Our Research Centers #5: Youth Policy Lab/Education Policy Initiative.
      • 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.
        • Featuring Grace Evans, Sam Geller, Latesha Love-Grayer, and Prathap Kasina
        • Alumni bios can be viewed here.
        • Watch a recording of the Alumni Panel Webinar.

      • Admitted Student Panel with Current Ford Students
        April 8, 2020, 4-5:00 pm
        Admitted students chat about the admission process with current students or with each other.
        • Watch a recording of our Admitted Student Panel with Current Ford Students.


  • 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.