Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Freshman applications to U-M continue to set records

Undergraduate applications rose to unprecedented numbers for a seventh consecutive year at U-M's Ann Arbor campus.

Prospective freshmen submitted 46,733 applications for admission for academic year 2013-14, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year's record of 42,480.

As of the first week of May, 15,432 applicants were offered admission, and 6,452 had paid the enrollment deposit, a 41.8 percent yield rate — the number of students who pay deposits as a percentage of those who are offered admission.

Enrollment deposits do not directly correspond to the number of students who enroll for the fall semester because some students ultimately choose not to attend.

These are preliminary numbers; final enrollment figures will be available in October.

"The sustained surge of undergraduate applications is gratifying," said Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs. "We are also seeing a corresponding increase in applicant qualifications and achievements. U-M provides the best in academics and student life, and top students everywhere know that."

Approximately 6,000 first-year students are expected to enroll by fall term 2013.

"We have to calibrate the size of the incoming class, to ensure an optimal educational experience for all of our undergraduates," said Ted Spencer, associate vice provost and executive director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

"Most of our applicants are qualified to be U-M students. Our job in admissions is to select from this amazing applicant pool the best possible freshman class — students who will flourish at the university and also complement the community as a whole during their years here," Spencer said. "We have developed a rigorous, holistic review process that helps us do exactly that."