UFMG adopts various selection processes for its undergraduate, graduate, specialization, and K-12 education courses. UFMG’s primary admission to its undergraduate courses is the Unified Selection System – Sisu, open to candidates who have completed high school or equivalent studies and taken the National High School Exam (Enem). UFMG has consistently shown the highest demand among the institutions which are part of the brazilian higher education system. Other admissions possibilities include transfer from other institutions, enrollment for political refugees, and international cooperation agreements. Admission to UFMG graduate courses, both at master and doctorate levels and specialization, is through a public selection process. K-12 and Technical courses and the Youth and Adult Education (EJA) admissions are performed through lottery and/or selection exams governed by specific public calls. UFMG adopts an Affirmative Action Policy to include black, indigenous, and disabled people in the undergraduate and strictu-sensu graduate programs. Detailed information for each type of admission modality is available at https://ufmg.br/cursos/formas-de-ingresso.

As a public and inclusive institution, UFMG has a long term and successful tradition of assisting students with financial hardships. As early as 1929, the University has created a foundation, Mendes Pimentel (Fump), aiming at providing support to students coming from low-income families. Jointly with Fump, the Office of Student Affairs has successfully implemented policies that dramatically reduce student withdrawal rates and have proven to increase the supported students’ scholastic performance. This policy is maintained with resources from the University’s discretionary funds and from the National Student Assistance Program (Pnaes) from the Federal Government. It encompasses a set of actions that include different forms of assistance such as room in the universities housing, board from the universities restaurants, transportation, acquisition of books and supplies, medical care, access to cultural activities, and academic training. Those benefits are exclusive for students regularly enrolled at UFMG courses. Access to different support programs depends on a detailed evaluation of the student’s socioeconomic assessment.


Out of town students regularly enrolled in courses at UFMG can apply for housing at the University. UFMG currently offers 1,014 rooms with both single and multiple occupancy rooms in Belo Horizonte and 108 in Montes Claros, which include accommodations for persons with special needs. UFMG also provides housing for professors, employees, and visiting scholars from other institutions and nationalities who are jointly engaged with UFMG faculty in teaching, research, and extension projects.