U-M sees surge in first-year, transfer student applications


With more than 105,000 applicants, the University of Michigan again set a record for application volume, with a growing number of prospective first-year and transfer students looking to enroll for the fall 2024 term.

The university continues to be a top choice for prospective first-year students, with more than 98,400 applying for the fall term, up 12% from the nearly 88,000 applications for fall 2023.  

“Students and families from Michigan and around the world understand the profound impact and value of a University of Michigan education,” said Adele C. Brumfield, vice provost for enrollment management.

“Our exceptional faculty, cutting-edge facilities and technologies designed to enhance the educational experience, and vibrant campus environment are just a few of the numerous factors driving the increasing interest in our university from high-achieving students.”

Contributing to the overall application growth were increased applications from first-generation students (+14%), in-state (+3%), out-of-state domestic (+14%), students of color (+15%), international students (+12%) and students from self-reported low-income backgrounds (+17%).

The admissions office also saw nearly 6,675 transfer-student applicants, also up 12% from last year. Transfer applications increased in several categories, including out-of-state (+20%), first-generation (+10%), students from self-reported low-income backgrounds (+7%) and students of color (+23%).

The majority of admissions decisions for first-year and transfer students have been released. Students offered admission to U-M have until May 1 to accept.

“Our aim is to attract and develop a dynamic and diverse incoming undergraduate class by showcasing the rich array of academic and extracurricular opportunities at U-M and by highlighting the impact a U-M education can have on future achievements,” said Erica L. Sanders, assistant vice provost and executive director of undergraduate admissions.

During the rest of April, the admissions team will host events in collaboration with campus partners, on campus, throughout the state of Michigan, around the country and world. The programs serve to provide additional details to admitted students and families, answer questions and encourage the students to accept their U-M offer.

With the ongoing challenges and delays associated with the FAFSA Simplification Act, the university decided to use information available in the CSS Profile to provide estimated financial aid packages to incoming students, rather than wait until FAFSA data was available.

The CSS Profile is a supplemental financial aid application used by U-M and other colleges. Students who were admitted and submitted the CSS Profile received their estimated financial aid package within two weeks of receiving their admission decision, so they have a picture of the financial support available to them. Students will still need to submit a FAFSA to ensure they are receiving the federal financial aid for which they qualify. 

“This has been a challenging year for families as they have navigated the changes related to the FAFSA Simplification Act. We continue to work with students and families to ensure that they are aware of the range of financial aid opportunities available to them as they navigate their academic choices,” said Tammie L. Durham Luis, assistant vice provost of enrollment management and executive director of financial aid.

More detailed enrollment numbers will be available after the official student count in the third week of classes in the fall.

The fall semester begins Aug. 26 on the Ann Arbor campus.


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