Monthly Archives: February 2003

U-M Admissions Formula Revealed

Now you can count for yourself whether or not you would have been accepted at U-M.

What do children of longtime donors, scholarship athletes, white students at predominantly black high schools, northern Michigan residents, men who want to be nurses and children of alumni have in common?

Just like blacks, Hispanics and American Indians, they get an edge on the competition when they apply for admission to the University of Michigan.

I’m reading it online at the moment, but I’m sure this is the front page article in today’s Detroit Free Press. Lots of good stats and a nice and simple blurb on the origin of the lawsuits if you need to catch up.

Just for fun, I’m going to estimate my scoring. The article says that generally a score of 100 out of 150 will get you admitted. (Whether or not you can afford it is a whole ‘nother story.) (Another note: the current system was implemented for the fall of 1997, three years after I applied.)

Category: My Score (Total)
GPA: 80/80 (80)
Alumni (aka Legacy): 0/4 (80)
Essay: 1/3 (81)
Leadership & Service: 3/5 (84)
High School: 0/8 (84)
Curriculum (scale of -4 to 8 pts): 2/8 (86)
Test Scores: 12/12 (98)
Geography (In-State): 10/10 (108)
Geography (Underrepresented County): 0/6 (108)
Geography (Underrepresented State): 0/2 (108)
Miscellaneous (Socioeconomic Disadvantage): 0/20 (108)
Miscellaneous (Racial/Ethnic Minority): 20/20 (128)
Miscellaneous (Scholarship Athlete): 0/20 (128)
Miscellaneous (Provost Discretion): 0/20 (128)
Miscellaneous (Men in Nursing): 0/5 (128)
Miscellaneous (Woman In Engineering): 10/10 (138)

UPDATED: I realized that I added wrong in one spot. And left out some words in another spot. Oops. I need to not do this in the middle of the night.
UPDATED AGAIN: I couldn’t stand to look at it on the PC, so I took the table out.