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.


May 25, 2016
Joe Colangelo

With New Student Orientation sessions starting in just a few weeks, your four-year, life-changing experience is about to begin.

Now it’s real: You’re a Wolverine.

And while many of you are wrapping up your senior year of high school, earning your diplomas and attending graduation parties, the Orientation team is busy getting ready to welcome and celebrate our new class of Victors.

April 15, 2016
Sally Lindsley

Note: This post was originally published on April 2, 2015. It has been updated to reflect the current admissions and enrollment cycle. 

So you just received a communication that you’ve been offered a spot on the U-M waitlist. We know – it’s likely not the response you were looking for when you applied for admission to the university.

March 29, 2016
Dustin Castro

You wouldn’t buy a new pair of shoes without trying them on. And you wouldn’t download an entire album without first listening to a song or two.

That’s why it’s essential that for one of the most important decisions of your life – where to attend college – you try it before you buy it.

At the University of Michigan, there is no better way to do so than by spending a day or two visiting campus and the surrounding community.

March 22, 2016
Melissa Purdy

You’ve made it.

You’ve received your acceptance letter from the University of Michigan, you’ve posted a picture of yourself on Instagram decked out in maize and blue, and you keep catching yourself daydreaming about autumn in Ann Arbor instead of focusing on your calculus homework.

High school is winding down and the symptoms of “senioritis” are in full force, making it much harder to stay focused on academics as prom, senior trips, and graduation parties take up more and more of your time.

February 23, 2016
Pamela W. Fowler

“Scholarship” is a broad term, and at U-M this gift aid can come from many sources. You may receive it directly from U-M, from a school or college within the University, through the U-M Office of Financial Aid or from one of any variety of community or civic groups.

Scholarships can be based on financial need, on merit, on a combination of the two or can even be linked to your hometown of residence, where a parent works or other criteria that a donor group deems applicable.

So, how do you get a scholarship?

January 19, 2016
Melissa Purdy

One of the most feared parts of any college application is the essays. And that is understandable. They are an incredibly important part of what you send to us for consideration. As you are putting the final touches on your essays and preparing to submit them in the coming weeks, consider their purpose in your application. These pieces of writing are an opportunity for us to get to know you as a person, and we want to see the real you, not the perfect applicant you think you are expected to be.

January 8, 2016
Pamela W. Fowler

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the go-to form for any student wishing to apply for financial aid at U-M or any other college that uses the federal aid system.

Why is it so important? It gives colleges and universities the information needed to determine whether you are eligible for a Pell Grant, federal Work-Study or a federal student loan for the coming Fall Term. While some colleges use other methods to award their grant, or gift aid, the FAFSA has basic information that we need.

December 14, 2015
Erica Sanders

You’ve heard the word, of course. It’s very common. “Holistic.” But you’ve likely identified it more with health care or medicine, rather than admissions.

So when your admissions counselor at the University of Michigan tells you that we have a holistic review process, it’s natural to be a little confused. But in reality, it’s simple. Holistic means the viewing of a person as a whole, not a just a part.

November 17, 2015
Hannah Gordon

As an incoming freshman, you’ll no doubt have a million questions about college life. Questions like: why are my books so expensive? Will I ever decide on a major? Why is the library always crowded? How long can I survive on ramen noodles?

All of these uncertainties are perfectly normal. One question you shouldn’t have to ask, though, is how will I turn my ideas into action? There, Michigan’s campus-wide minor in entrepreneurship, administered through Innovate Blue, has you covered.

November 4, 2015
Melissa Purdy

Working in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions I get a lot of questions from potential Wolverines, but one is far more common than all the others: What are you looking for on my college application?

Is there a certain secret for success, eager applicants wonder? They – and sometimes, their parents – really, really want to know.