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 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.   

November 2, 2017
Don Jordan

Welcome to Get to Know Your Admissions Counselor, an occasional series that spotlights some of the talented and passionate people who travel near and far to recruit new Wolverines for the University of Michigan. 

Although she may be one of newest admissions counselors on the team - this is her first year recruiting full-time for the Maize and Blue - Ashleigh Taylor is no stranger to the University of Michigan.

October 27, 2017
Megan Wampler

As a campus tour guide and contributor to this admissions blog, I tend to get a lot of questions from undergraduates and prospective students about managing the transition from high school to college.

And as someone who has had a rollercoaster of an undergraduate experience, I do my best to pass on my knowledge learned the hard way.

October 13, 2017
Samantha Soren

“What exactly is Greek Life and why should I join?”

I got asked the above question multiple times at the Taste of Michigan, an event hosted at the beginning of the school year which gives students free food from top Ann Arbor restaurants. 

The Office of Greek Life and Student Government are sponsors of the event and allowed to promote the organization during it, so students scoring some great eats saw numerous references to the organization. Thus, the repeated question I got from new students.

It should have been easy for me to answer that question.