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College Spotlight: University of Michigan 2016-17

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university of michigan 2016-17 lampThe University of Michigan is a prestigious public university located in the heart of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Being such a huge university, Michigan is known for its vast degree program options (about 260 in total), being a top research institute offering research opportunities to more than 1,300 students each year, and for its Division I athletics. Michigan also has over 1,500 student organizations, making it nearly impossible to not get involved on campus. Oh, and did we mention that they also have over 20 study abroad programs? This school has something for everyone. Even though they no longer have a live wolverine mascot named Biff, they do still have a lot to offer. If you think this sounds like it could be your top school, then check out these UMich highlights we’ve thrown together for you!

Basic Stats

  • Number of Undergrads: 28,312
  • Student:Faculty Ratio: 15:1
  • Acceptance Rate: 32.2%
  • SAT/ACT required: Yes
  • Coalition or Common App: Common App
  • Regular Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

Digging to the Details

School Motto

Artes, Scientia, Veritas (Art, Knowledge, Truth)

Notable Alumni

Just some of the many distinguished UMich alumni:

  • Gerald Ford- The 38th president of the United States
  • Madonna- Like a Virgin and Vogue Singer
  • Michael Phelps- U.S. Olympics swimmer and gold medalist
  • Tony Fadell- Inventor of the Apple iPod
  • Edward White- first American to walk in space

Most Popular Academic Programs

Social Media

The University of Michigan maintains very active Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram profiles, updating them multiple times each day with colorful pictures and helpful information, giving you a sneak peek into student life, information on events, and important university announcements. If this school interests you, it’s definitely worth taking a peek at their various profiles!

Essay Prompts and Instructions

Activity Essay: If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why? (Required for all applicants. Approximately 100 words)

Essay 1: Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it. (Required for all applicants. Approximately 250 words)

Essay 2 (first-year applicants only, 500 words): Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests? (*Required for all freshman applicants, approximately 500 words)

Essay 2 (transfer applicants only, 500 words): Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests? (*Required for all transfer applicants, approximately 500 words.)

Complete Instructions Available on the University of Michigan admissions website.

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