Get the inside scoop about life at U-M and applying to Michigan from Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff and guest student and faculty writers.


December 22, 2016

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions team wishes you and your family a warm, relaxing holiday season and all the best for 2017.

In celebration of the holidays, our office and call center will close at 5 p.m. tomorrow (12/23) and reopen at 8 a.m. on Jan. 3. During this time, our website is an excellent source for admissions information, deadlines, and announcements. You may find the following links and resources to be especially helpful during this time:

December 20, 2016
Julien N. Brathwaite

Dear prospective Wolverines,

On March 18, 2012, I found myself on a plane heading back to New York after I had visited Ann Arbor for the first time.

This particular flight, however, had me sitting with a bevy of mixed emotions.

November 15, 2016
Chloe Rybicki-Kler

By the time this article reaches you, I will have gone through four opening statements, discarded three complete drafts, reworked two outlines, and ruminated on its purpose for one sleepless night.

No amount of practice or preparation will alter the long and occasionally haphazard process of drafting and revision that my work will undergo, and in fact experience has only lengthened and complicated the system by which I miraculously produce each article.

November 9, 2016
Erica Sanders

There's a word that comes up often in our application review process at the University of Michigan: holistic.

It's a word more often associated with health care or medicine than college admissions, so when your admissions counselor tells you that we have a holistic review process, it’s natural to be a little confused.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this adjective as "relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts."

October 11, 2016
Kelly Cox

Every year when it’s time to apply to college, there’s a group of high school students who are confident that the University of Michigan is a top choice for them. They’ve studied their options and just know – Michigan is definitely a top contender.

Those are the students that should strongly consider an Early Action application. Our Early Action decision plan allows students to submit their application by Nov. 1, a bit earlier than the Regular Decision deadline of Feb. 1. By filing “EA," students get an initial notification from us a bit earlier as well – by Dec. 24.

October 3, 2016

Filling out financial aid paperwork can be confusing and can sometimes take much longer than you’d prefer.

We completely understand.

September 13, 2016

Asking someone to write you a letter of recommendation is not fun.

Let’s just be honest: It can feel pretty awkward to ask someone in authority to detail in writing the various ways in which you are awesome.

But this crucial stage of the college applications process doesn’t have to be intimidating, according to Anna Ivey, a former law school admissions dean and co-author of How to Prepare a Standout College Application.

August 18, 2016
Martin Philbert, Ph.D.

Maybe you’ve heard of public health, but it might not be the first major that pops into your head when you’re considering a career.

Part of the reason the University of Michigan School of Public Health is launching a new public health undergraduate major next year is that public health provides a broad foundation that can lead to almost any career.

August 1, 2016

The early admission deadline for applying to the University of Michigan – Nov. 1 – might seem like a far-off date.

June 28, 2016

With the final year of high school on the horizon, many #Victors2021 wonder how to make the most of the summer before senior year. This week, we present that question to a variety of university admissions and recruiting experts at the University of Michigan to get their take on how to spend those warm, sunny months away from school. And some advice is not what you would expect.