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Posted on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 : 8:54 a.m.

University of Michigan reports record number of applicants; minority applications up as well

By Staff

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Michigan received a record number of applications from prospective freshmen, and applications and paid deposits are up for underrepresented minority students, the university said today. Overall, there were 31,599 applications for academic year 2010-2011, as compared to 29,939 the previous year. As of June 1, 15,979 of those applicants were offered admission in Ann Arbor, the university said in a press release.

The projected size of the entering class is approximately 6,350, an increase of about 300 over last year. If this projection proves accurate, 2010 will see the largest incoming class in the history of the university. Class size varies each year and is the result of normal fluctuations in the applicant population and other variables such as the economy. These are preliminary numbers; final enrollment figures will be available in October, the university said. Applications from underrepresented minority students increased by 836 to a total of 3,715. Of those who applied, 1,636 were offered admission, a rise of 224 over the previous year. The number of underrepresented minority students who have paid the enrollment deposit grew to 724, an increase of 143 as compared to last year. At U-M, the term "underrepresented minority" is interpreted to include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. "Diversity is an inherent element of the University of Michigan community," Lester P. Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs, said in the release. "And we have found that the university's commitment to diversity motivates many of the most highly qualified students to choose Michigan." Overall, of the 15,979 freshman applicants offered admission, 6,900 have paid enrollment deposits. This 43.2 percent yield rate (number of students who pay deposits as a percentage of those who are offered admission) is the same as the previous year. Because some students ultimately choose not to attend, enrollment deposits do not directly correspond to the number of students who enroll in the fall.

"By every measure, the qualifications of our applicant pool are on a steady upward trajectory," Ted Spencer, associate vice provost and executive director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, said in the release. "The substantial increase in applications affords every opportunity to assemble an incoming class that will be remarkable both for their academic excellence and achievement, as well as their contributions to the University community during their years on campus."



Thu, Jul 1, 2010 : 1:51 a.m.

Why do some people have problems with minorities attempting to better themselves by getting good grades, working hard and getting accepted to a wonderful institution like the U of M? Michigan has never had 10% of African American enrollment ever, EVER! So to those haters, who think that a particular racial minority is getting a "leg-up" based upon their race, get over it. Maybe when the above posters have left this earth (or return to it) when minorities will finally suppress whites, then maybe you'll finally have a case. But until then try to finally understand that you're still the majority and it's still a veil attempt to keep on suppressing people of whom you have problems with based on their race. Jeez Lousie, get over it already!


Wed, Jun 30, 2010 : 9:10 p.m.

Ask not how many minorities are in the freshman class. Ask how many are in the graduating class. The University gets paid capitation grants for the minority students admitted not the number graduated. So there is little incentive for the University to spend money making sure these students graduate.


Wed, Jun 30, 2010 : 7:30 p.m.

Frank, You are correct regarding my reading comprehension and flawed math. My only defense is that I attended Willow Run High School. You are incorrect regarding my agenda. I have none. I re-crunched the numbers and came up with: 31,599 total applied (minority students + non minority students) 3,715 applications from minority students 27,844 applications from non-minority students 15,979 total offered admission 14,343 non-minority offered admission 1,636 minority students offered admission As a percentage of total applicants: 90% non-minority offered admission 10% minority offered admission As a percentage of non minority applicants: 27,844 non minority applied 14,343 non minority offered As a member of the non minority group there is a 52% acceptance rate As a percentage of minority applicants 3,715 minority applied 1,636 minority offered As a member of the minority group there is a 44% acceptance rate Maybe the 8 percentage point difference in the acceptance rate for minority and non minority students is the achievement gap I hear about? Maybe not.

Marc Williams

Wed, Jun 30, 2010 : 6:33 p.m.

What is an underrepresented minority may change by program and as Hot Dice pointed out it is not always about race; think women in science and engineering and men in nursing.


Wed, Jun 30, 2010 : 6:11 p.m.

Mikey2u, your reading comprehension is lacking, your math flawed, but your agenda is clear.


Wed, Jun 30, 2010 : 5:14 p.m.

How many are paying in-state vs out of state tuition? UM administrators a few months ago floated the idea that there were so many people leaving the state that they would have to take more out of state students. President Coleman suggested the UM might consider taking more out of state students to increase revenue. What did the UM end up doing?


Wed, Jun 30, 2010 : 5:08 p.m.

much like wikipedia this message board does sometime ferret out the real deal....depending on your reality that is...


Wed, Jun 30, 2010 : 11:37 a.m.

Isn't this just related to how many Freshman age kids there are currently? I'm never really impressed by things that are "the highest number of all time" since obviously the school keeps allowing more people in.

Hot Dice

Wed, Jun 30, 2010 : 10:37 a.m.

@Mikey2u (Overall) Applied: 31,599 Offered Admission: 15,979 Percent Offered Admission: 50.57% Which when divided looks like this... (Underrepresented Minorities) Applied: 3,715 Offered Admission: 1,636 Percent Offered Admission: 44.04% (Everyone Else) Applied: 27,844 Offered Admission: 14,343 Percent Offered Admission: 51.51% A few notes: 1. Your figure of 4,714 is the difference between 'overall projected class size' and 'underrepresented minorities offered admission'. It should be the difference between 'total offered admission' and 'underrepresented minorities offered admission'. 2. The term 'white' does not describe everyone who isn't an underrepresented minority in terms of the data we're looking at, so the whole endeavor of proving some racist policy is misguided.


Wed, Jun 30, 2010 : 10:20 a.m.

@Mickey2u, you are grossly over simplifying the admissions process.


Wed, Jun 30, 2010 : 9:46 a.m.

27,884 whites applied 4,714 whites accepted 17% acceptance rate for whites 3,715 non-whites applied 1,636 non-whites accepted 44% acceptance rate for non-whites