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Um Application Essay

Undergraduate Application Options

Transfer and freshman students alike can apply using either the U of M application linked above, the Common Application, or the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success application.

We do not have a preference for which application platform you use, but please submit only one application. Submitting more than one application will delay your admission decision.

Freshman and transfer definition:

  • You are a freshman applicant if you will graduate from high school in 2018. (Even if you will complete college credits while in high school.) You are also a freshman if you have graduated from high school, but have NOT enrolled at a college, university, or any other school after high school.
  • You are a transfer applicant if you are a high school graduate who has registered or enrolled at a college, university, or any other school after graduating from high school.

Note about Civic Engagement:

The University of Minnesota welcomes free speech. A student applying for admission to the University, who has been suspended for participation in a protest, would not be required to report such activities. In the application for admission, we do provide students with space to share more information about themselves and their particular beliefs and the activities in which they have engaged and feel are important. We are consistently in awe of the great work that high school students are accomplishing to make their community, state, and country better.

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Application Checklists

We look at several pieces of information to make an admission decision. Be sure to use these application checklists to ensure your application is complete by the deadline!

Application Deadlines

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Application Tracker

You can use this tool to determine which application materials have been received, and whether a decision has been made on your application.

Admission Decisions

This prompt represents a common category of supplement prompts that ask you why you want to study a specific program at a specific school. The main purpose of these “Why Us?” essays is to show the school why you are interested and why you are a good fit.

 

This is done in two parts: 1. why you want to study what you have indicated and 2. why you want to study it here at this specific school. Make sure to do some research so you can provide more than generic examples like “I want to go to a big school“ or “I like sports” that could apply to many other schools. To learn more about “Why Us?” type essays, read our essay guide, “How to Write the “Why Us?” College Essay.”

 

When you start to write this essay, you first want to develop why you wish to study what you have indicated on your application. An anecdote is often the most effective means of accomplishing this. You could recount how your time in physical therapy, love for your biology class, and long history of playing sports fueled your passion to learn more about the human body and how it moves. This perfectly lines up with the field of Kinesiology.

 

Next, you need to demonstrate why Michigan is the perfect place to study what you have selected. Continuing with the Kinesiology example, you could talk about its excellent reputation and some specific classes you really look forward to taking.

 

With preferred admission applications, it is important to discuss your future goals as well as past experiences that make you sure you will want to be a part of this program. For example, if you apply for the Pharmacy program, you will want to discuss why you are interested in pharmacy and detail the moments in your life that have led you to this decision. Perhaps you have always had a passion for chemistry and helping others, and hearing from your friend’s mom about her career in pharmacy was consistently one of your favorite parts of your weekly hangouts.

 

With dual-degree programs, the key is not only discussing why you want to pursue a degree in each of them, but why you think the combination is especially important for you.

 

For example, if you are applying to the dual-degree Ross School of Business and College of Engineering program, you could discuss your dream of beginning your own tech startup and needing both the technical engineering knowledge and business savvy. You could write about how you first came up with your idea and when/how you realized Michigan’s dual-degree program would be the perfect place to bring it to life.