University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (MI)

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (MI)

Common Application 

Early Action: Nov. 1, 2016
Regular Decision: Feb. 1, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn             from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                        importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions: 

 l   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)

l   Essay #1 (Required for all applicants. Approximately 250 words)
    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.

l   Essay #2 (Required for all applicants. 500 words maximum)
    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?

Documents Required:
  • Application $75
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score reports of TOEFL or IELTS 
  • 1 Academic Teacher Evaluation
  • Secondary School Report
  • Official transcript 

Other Information: 

Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions
               University of Michigan
               1220 Student Activities Building
               515 E. Jefferson
               Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Phone: 734-764-7433
Fax : 734-936-0740
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 1839 
ACT Code: 2062