How to Write the University of Michigan Essays 2020-2021

Recorded Wednesday, November 11 at 01:00 AM

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School information

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

Learn how to write the University of Michigan essays and distinguish yourself as an applicant that is the right fit for Michigan.

Elias Miller will provide an in-depth breakdown of each of the essays, discussing how to optimize and tailor a response to each one by breaking down the purpose of the prompts.

He'll also open up the floor to answer any and all questions about the Michigan-specific essay prompts. If you’re not sure where to start, this livestream will help you figure out the best plan for you.

School information

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
12:29@anonymous:Yes, please talk about early action...deadline is Sunday.
15:02@anonymous:Are application fee waivers available for non-needs based students? How can I request a fee waiver?
35:43@anonymous:could there ever be an instance where admission counselors don't even look at your supplemental essays? Like if your scores and stuff are too low or if they didn't like your commonapp essay that much?
39:23@anonymous:How can we talk about that without just stating it? How do we show?
42:30@anonymous:is that solely based on sat scores? Or could your application be tossed into the reject pile if they don't love your commonapp essay?
42:58@anonymous:Michigan is waiving SAT/ACT scores. does it put more weight on personal essay
43:48@mimi:Do I need to contact a school's regional admission officer at least once if I am interested in the school?
47:04@anonymous:How would you format this supplemental if you are applying undecided?
49:38@anonymous:can you review again the discount to 25th percentile? if ACT 25th is 31 do you send if at or below by 2 points
59:23@mimi:Could you please put the blog post's link used in this session in the question area?
59:43@anonymous:What might be a good way to connect with a professor(s) in SMTD, perhaps to ask questions and become informed? Would they be open to this?
62:48@anonymous:Is this recorded? If so, where can we find this?
63:47@anonymous:Do you know why UM doesnt accept piano videos as arts supplements for non music majors? I wish to continue building my classical piano skills.
67:33@asiah17:Could you elaborate more on how to choose what community to write about? Is it important to be unique?
68:57@anonymous:Do you know anything about pol sci, government and or prelaw at uMich?
70:36@anonymous:Would it be okay to choose a community that is related to what you wrote about in your Common App essay?
72:30@anonymous:Was the winter unbearably cold at Michigan?
78:19@anonymous:How to we submit our essays for review?


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