'You're in!' U-M President Mary Sue Coleman calls prospective students to offer congratulations
As soon as University of Michigan admissions posted on its Facebook page that a few accepted freshmen applicants received personal calls of congratulations from President Mary Sue Coleman herself, appeals from Wolverine hopefuls began to trickle in.
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Roughly 42,000 people submitted undergraduate applications to U-M this year, an all-time record. In spite of the record-breaking applications, U-M is trying to shrink the size of the freshman class and plans to enroll fewer than 6,000 students.
Most students will find out whether or not they made the cut by early April.
Coleman called about 20 prospective students herself, "encouraging them to attend Michigan," according to U-M spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald. Coleman calls a select number of accepted applicants each year, he said. The students she calls already know they've been accepted, but haven't made the decision to commit to U-M.
The U-M Medical School employed a similar tactic last December when top school officials hand-delivered select acceptance letters.
"This year we actually went on the road. We went to the cities of some students who are going to be admitted and hand-delivered them their letters of admittance, which the students thought was the greatest thing ever," said medical school admissions director Robert Ruiz. 'It's about having a little bit of fun with an otherwise stressful process."
Applicants in Dallas, Boston, Washington, D.C., Ann Arbor and East Lansing received in-person acceptances.