Promise Scholar Program

The Promise Scholar Program makes a University of Michigan-Flint degree accessible for a range of high school students. Promise Scholars enter UM-Flint as part of a Learning Community designed to be an exciting and supportive environment dedicated to academic success, personal development, and community engagement to college. Students have the opportunity to earn up to 6 free college credits as a part of the program.

The UM-Flint Promise Scholar Program seeks to retain and graduate competent and engaged citizens. Our curriculum is designed to help motivated students with diverse academic strengths and interests achieve their goals and be successful in all aspects of their lives at UM-Flint.

Thirty-two students and staff in the 2019 Promise Scholars Summer Bridge Program pose for a photo in First Street Residence Hall.

How to Apply

The Promise Scholar Program is designed for high school students who display a desire and the potential to succeed in college. To be eligible for this program, students generally have the following minimum SAT/ACT score and GPA combination:

  • 2.3 high school GPA
  • 810 SAT
  • 15 ACT score

Promise Scholar Program process:

  1. Submit an application to the University of Michigan-Flint
  2. Meet the admission requirements for the Promise Scholar Program
  3. Interview for the program
  4. Acceptance to UM-Flint Promise Scholar Program
  5. Sign up for the May 14, 2020 Student Orientation and register for Fall 2020 classes.
  6. Participate in the residential Summer Bridge Program, which runs from June 21 through Aug. 13, 2020, and earn 6 college credits at no cost

Benefits of being a Promise Scholar

Build relationships. You will develop close and beneficial relationships with fellow Promise Scholars by sharing classes, activities, and community involvement.

Connect with faculty. You will benefit from unique opportunities to interact with, learn from, and even perform research alongside dedicated faculty members.

Gain expert guidance. You will enjoy access to a dedicated team of advisors, mentors, and coaches, who can answer questions, provide advice, set up study groups, and ensure you have the resources you need to succeed.

Get priority access to classes. You will receive priority when registering for your Promise Scholar Learning Community classes. You will take classes at convenient times from professors who are aware of the unique needs of new college students and who are dedicated to helping you make the successful transition to college.

Participate in hands-on learning. You will have the opportunity to take advantage of shared in-class and out-of-classroom experiences with fellow Promise Scholars to develop your knowledge, hone your skills, and become a leader.

Earn 6 free college credits in the Summer Bridge Program.

Program Expectations

Students selected following their Promise Scholar Interview must complete the following requirements to maintain their student status:

Commit and sign the Promise Scholar Partnership Agreement. This agreement outlines all of the requirements for the program and will be given to students who are selected following their interviews.

Attend Freshmen Orientation. During orientation, your Academic Advisor will consult with you regarding your coursework for your first two semesters.

Participate in the Promise Scholar Summer Bridge Program. The Bridge component focuses on academic development, college success strategies, developing critical thinking skills and community building which is necessary for a successful transition to and persistence through the university. Students can earn 6 credits through the Bridge program.

Enroll in a full-time course load for two consecutive semesters (with the assistance of your Academic Advisor). Included in this coursework will be Promise Scholar Learning Community courses for each of the Fall and Winter semesters, as well as the English courses that you placed into based on your placement exam scores. These courses will meet General Education requirements.

Engage in Promise Scholar Program Activities/Requirements over a 4-year period, which includes regularly meeting with your academic advisor, attending academic success workshops, and engaging with the campus community and beyond.

Complete courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above over 4 years.