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 4, 2018
Yilin Yang

One refreshing change from high school is that, as an engineer, I'm expected to pursue practical work experience.

"Practical work experience," for a Michigan Engineering student, usually consists of internships, "Design-Build-Test" (DBT) courses, and personal projects. Of those, a freshman can usually only pursue DBT courses, like MECHENG 250 and some sections of ENGR 100 because most companies won't hire freshmen.

November 28, 2018
Maryam Masood

Each day at U-M looks different for everyone. Even in my own life, my routine varies based on the week. But to get an idea of what to expect, here’s a snapshot of my typical Monday as a first-year student in Ann Arbor.

November 19, 2018
Zane Harding

Snowfall has returned to Ann Arbor, which means three things: low temperatures, the holiday season, and finals season.

You don’t have to be a student at the University of Michigan to understand the pressure of a big test, but if you are a Michigan student, you know very well that the last couple of weeks of a semester can be a lot.

November 16, 2018
Yilin Yang

Student blogger, Yilin Yang (#Victors2020), shares how he navigated withdrawing from classes at U-M, and what he learned during the process. Head over to @UmichAdmissions story on Instagram to ask Yilin a question!  

November 14, 2018
Lisa Kim

There’s no need to be in a hurry to get off campus as soon as your first year is over. Though it can be fun to have an apartment and live with friends, there are so many perks to living in University Housing. Rather than go through the stressful process of getting a group of friends together, touring apartments, and signing a lease, think about sticking around in the residence halls.

November 12, 2018
Will Borden and Katherine Hoekstra

At Michigan, it’s not uncommon to see students walking around campus in military uniforms. They’re in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, better known just as ROTC. But what exactly does that mean? What are they doing? Why are they here? What are their lives like?

October 30, 2018
Maryam Masood

For many, the week before November marks a transitory period between fall and winter, or a time of Halloween festivities. But for many high school seniors, this week leads up to the November 1 Early Action deadline for a plethora of schools, including U-M.

October 26, 2018
Zane Harding

Here at the University of Michigan, there are said to be two seasons: winter and construction. Unfortunately, some construction projects take more than one year to complete. As of the Fall 2018 semester, the Michigan Union is set to be closed until Winter 2020, the LSA Building is under renovation until Winter 2020, and the Kraus Building–soon to be the new Kinesiology Building–is under construction until Fall 2020.

October 22, 2018
Lisa Kim

Studying is an absolutely essential part of making sure you have a successful exam week. But it’s not the only important thing I do to ensure I do well. I’ve been able to fine-tune my exam week survival tips during my time at U-M, and I hope other students find them helpful too.  

October 17, 2018
Yilin Yang

I make no secret of the fact that Michigan was not my “dream college.” In high school, I was a pathological overachiever – a frenzied neurotic and shameless STEM-Lord – and I got it into my head that all of my past four years' work would be for naught if I weren't accepted by Harvard, Stanford, or MIT.