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.


October 30, 2014
Pamela W. Fowler

All students hope to receive grant money in their college financial aid package: Grants are gifts, so money that is not repaid. They are generally awarded to students with financial need as determined by the University of Michigan or another institution. 

Financial need is defined as the cost of attendance less the expected family contribution as determined by a student’s aid application. Grants reduce the cost of education and can come from the federal government or the institution.

October 23, 2014
Julie Simon

It’s not an easy decision. Do you take the easier class – the one you’re pretty sure you can ace, or do you take the tougher, advanced placement class, that might earn you a lower grade?

The advanced class would definitely look better on your transcript. But you want that high grade point average, for sure.

October 16, 2014
Melissa Purdy

When it comes to writing a stellar college application essay, my advice is fairly succinct: Be yourself.

I know there are lots of articles that tell you to watch your grammar and punctuation, to use correct capitalization, to stay on-topic - and those are all great pieces of advice. But I’m going to assume you know all that because it’s common sense.

October 9, 2014
Kelly Cox
Prospective students applying to the University of Michigan should know this: Each college application, from the first one that arrives after the Common Application goes live on Aug. 1, to the very last one that arrives just before midnight on Feb.1, will receive the same thorough review.
September 22, 2014
Erica Sanders

There was a time, perhaps not so long ago, that students graduated from college, found a job—or maybe even a career—and stayed in that career until retirement. They earned a gold watch, collected a pension, and walked slowly into the sunset.

But the world has changed. Life isn’t like that anymore. Life isn’t about one job, one direction, one career. And college isn’t about that either.

I speak to groups of students and parents all of the time; groups unsettled by our constantly changing, fast-moving, high-tech world. They’ll ask me—is college really worth it?

September 17, 2014
Sally Lindsley

If you want a spot on the team, then you have to be ready to compete—whether it’s an academic or athletic team.

That’s one way to think about college applications. We all know that if we want something—whether it’s a job, a good grade, or yes, acceptance to a particular university, we need to commit. We need to prepare.

And most importantly, we need to start early.