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.


January 11, 2018
Don Jordan

This article has been updated from a post originally published Feb. 6, 2017.

If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know that the University of Michigan is a pretty amazing place. But when making that important decision on whether to enroll, you really need to experience the university firsthand.

You need to walk the campus. You need to meet some people. You need to find the nearest burrito place.

January 9, 2018
Chloe Rybicki-Kler

This article has been updated from a post originally published Nov. 15, 2016.

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.

December 20, 2017
Don Jordan

Our Early Action decisions are out, which either means you’re on cloud nine or a little bummed.

We get it.

It’s an emotional development in what has probably been a stressful process for you and your family, and we hope that no matter the decision, you’re able to relax and enjoy the upcoming holiday season with those you love.

But you may also be wondering what comes next. Here’s what you need to know…

December 13, 2017
Alexa Caruso

If you find yourself drinking cup after cup of coffee, taking power naps in between essays, and counting down the days until your last exam, you know it’s finals week.

And you know the stress that comes with it.

On top of studying for your tests and writing your essays, you also have to search for holiday gifts and, in many cases, make travel plans to get back home. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

December 12, 2017
Katherine Hoekstra

Finals are a stressful time. A really stressful time.

So, as a very stressed out college student, how do you relieve that stress? Different people have their preferred ways.

Yoga? Yup. Aromatherapy? Sure. Coloring? Of course.

December 8, 2017
Samantha Soren

December 2014. Not a day went by without someone bringing up college admissions decisions.

When are they coming out?

Who is going to get denied?

Who is going to get deferred?

Is anyone even going to get in?

Can we just find out already?

On Dec.19, 2014, my torment was over. I was IN!

December 5, 2017
Don Jordan

When it comes to undergraduate financial aid, all you ever seem to hear about is the FAFSA, FAFSA, FAFSA.

Sure, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the heavy hitter in the college finance world and absolutely critical in determining eligibility for important federal funding sources like Pell Grants, Direct Loans, and Work-Study awards.

November 30, 2017
Megan Wampler

At the University of Michigan, the end of Thanksgiving break signals the final sprint to the end of the semester.

Students stream back to campus, fired up from The Game (ugh) and political debates over turkey, rested and ready to tackle finals.

Or not.

November 17, 2017
Samantha Soren

Thanksgiving just so happens to roll around the end of midterm season and the beginning of finals for students here at the University of Michigan.

November 8, 2017
Alexa Caruso

Every year around this time I engage in a war with my younger sister. She goes to school in Savannah, Georgia, and flaunts her 70-degree weather while I try to convince her that Michigan isn’t cold and miserable.

Well, at least not all of the time.

For my dear readers who are enjoying this article from warmer climates, allow me to explain what cold is in Michigan. While my sister may think 70 degrees is on the chillier side, here you’ll find students breaking out their shorts and flip-flops when the thermometer hits 70… or 60.