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Our new 8th grade English and history teacher, Ms. Hill is also a U of M graduate. She describes the experience in the following way,
"Setting foot on U of M’s campus as a college freshman was in a word, overwhelming. I went from living on a dirt road and attending a school where, in addition to knowing all of my classmates well I also knew their siblings well too, to only knowing one other person in a sea of 40,000 people. I met people from every walk of life, and grew to love the university and all it had to offer. I was fortunate enough to work on campus, and it was that group of people who became my college family. I still feel what I felt back then in terms of whom I am fortunate enough to be working alongside (including and especially, students); I know that everyone can teach me something, and that it is so important to remain open-minded in that regard."
Answers to the questions below come from Deborah Greene from the Office of Public Affairs at the University of Michigan.
1. Describe your institution and the student who is the "best fit."
The University of Michigan is one of the top ranked public universities in the United States. We draw academically excellent students who will add to the diversity of our student population in their talents, skills, and strengths.The University of Michigan stands among the leading universities of the world. Home to 100 Top-10 graduate and professional academic programs, the top public university-based research program in the U.S., and a thriving community of distinguished faculty, students, and staff, U-M manifests the Wolverine spirit in classrooms and research laboratories, as well as on the gridiron.
Today, more than 61,000 students thrive on U-M’s three campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint). They arrive from every state and 114 countries.
The Ann Arbor campus enrolls nearly 44,000 students who choose from more than 7,300 courses, 250 undergraduate majors and approximately 680 degree programs in 19 schools and colleges. Classes range in size from fewer than 10 to several hundred, and the overall student/faculty ratio is 15-to-1. Ninety percent of undergraduates graduate in six years.
The Ann Arbor campus hosts more than 1,400 student clubs and organizations, 29 NCAA varsity sports, a dozen galleries and museums, several nature areas, and 25 libraries with more than 12.9 million volumes.
With more than 547,000 living degree holders, U-M has one of the nation’s largest alumni bodies, 41 percent of whom remain in Michigan after graduation.
In 2017, the University will celebrate the achievements, people, and prized traditions of its first 200 years.
Across nearly two centuries, the University of Michigan has sought applicants with the potential to develop, grow educationally and personally, and make a significant contribution to the University community, the state of Michigan, and the broader society.
Profile of admitted U of M students
2. What are your admission requirements?
(Excerpted from the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions website: http://www.admissions.umich.edu/)
We look at each student as a whole package, a combination of talents, interests, passions, and skills. In this way, we can look beyond grades and test scores to recruit the most dynamic group of students possible. A wide variety of backgrounds, intellectual passions, and interests make up the typical applicant. What they share is a drive to pursue academic excellence in a challenging and rewarding academic environment.
Academic strength, certainly is an indicator of how thoroughly you’ve been prepared to succeed in a dynamic interdisciplinary environment, is key. To that end, the amount of intellectual challenge you taken on—based on what is offered in your educational environment—will be highly important. It will be important to take a rigorous curriculum in which you succeed and can demonstrate your intellectual skills.
Key criteria we take into consideration, include:
• Cumulative GPA
• The quality of the curriculum the student chooses to take (its solid college preparation, strength of courses, what courses you’ve taken based on what is available in your high school, such as AP, IB, or honors, etc.)
• Class rank, if available
• Specific academic interests
In the real world you will graduate into, you will be called upon to perform many tasks, from critical thinking to working well with others. Michigan graduates demonstrate both so well they often rise to positions of leadership in the world.
Your extracurricular preparation speaks to what you’ve done beyond the classroom. How have you become a leader at your school and in your community? To what heights have you taken your training in music, art, or dance? What is your life like beyond your course of studies and how do you connect them?
Show us how the combination of course work and related activities inspired original thinking on your part. What you’ve done beyond simply taking AP courses is a very important consideration for admission. It speaks to what kind of person you are and how well you might do in a dynamic, multifaceted campus community.
We also look for students who will lend educational and cultural diversity to campus and who are curious about new ideas, people, and experiences. If success means more than material accomplishment, if you’re someone who pushes boundaries and is not content with status-quo answers, then the University of Michigan could be your next home.
3. Why is post-secondary training important?
Any learning beyond high school will help students prepare for their futures. Consider, college graduates:
• feel better about themselves.
• enjoy healthier and longer lives.
• are happier at their jobs.
• are more likely to vote, volunteer, and lead in their communities.
And the children of college graduates are far more likely to be healthy, to have a better quality of life overall, and to go to college themselves.
Of course, financial well-being is another important benefit of college, especially when you consider that more than half of all jobs will require at least some college before today’s middle school students finish high school.
Several authoritative sources provide solid information on the financial impact of a college education, including this one:
The Rising Cost of Not Going to College Pew Research Social & Demographic Trends, 2.11.14
“For those who question the value of college in this era of soaring student debt and high unemployment, the attitudes and experiences of today’s young adults—members of the so-called Millennial generation—provide a compelling answer. On virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment—from personal earnings to job satisfaction to the share employed full time—young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education. And when today’s young adults are compared with previous generations, the disparity in economic outcomes between college graduates and those with a high school diploma or less formal schooling has never been greater in the modern era.”
Overview of U of M
4. As the parent of a middle school student, what can I do now to help my child succeed in the future?
Your child should be taking academically challenging courses - even in middle school - that will prepare them to excel in high school academic courses.
University of Michigan seeks to enroll students who are well-rounded, demonstrate leadership skills, and strong involvement in d which will enhance their personal development.
"I encourage middle school students to try new things and recognize everything they try might not work out. Whatever happens, there is no failure in trying; simply lessons learned," (Erica Sanders, Managing Director of the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions)
Encourage your student to:
• Go beyond the basics, challenge herself/himself.
• Learn to organize their time well now, before the pace quickens in high school and college.
• Explore interests and opportunities outside of class.
• Always keep learning!
Guidebook for 8th-11th graders-admission to U of M
University of Michigan Website
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