To people in general:
Geesh, so many people on this board talk about how they go to a challenging high school (more of an excuse for lower GPAs, I think). I don't care what people say, your high school doesn't have the national reputation you think it does.
The average in-state GPA is 3.7 but people get in with GPAs lower than that. However, if it's below a 3.0, you probably don't have a chance (I believe 98% of students have a 3.0 or above). If you did well on SAT2's than you can probably do well on the SAT and make yourself look like a good applicant. Your high school will let the college know the kinds of advanced classes they offer so they can judge whether 2 APs is a maximum courseload or slacking off, etc.
Michigan does indeed look at school profiles when evaluating you. If you go to a school that they know about, and produces quality students, that will help you. Problem is, that's usually mainly "state" schools.
your high school doesn't have the national reputation you think it does.
It doesn't have to have a national rep. Admissions counselors make it their business to know about schools.
If you go to a school that they know about, and produces quality students, that will help you. Problem is, that's usually mainly "state" schools.
No, it's not true that's U-M only knows about and favorably evaluated Michigan high schools.
After decades of receiving applications from all over the country, UM has a pretty good database on high schools all over. Remember that U-M gets MORE applications from OOS students than in-state students every single year.
Granted, if you're applying from Podunk County, Nebraska, they may not know your school, but they are able to find out things like the % who go on to 4-year colleges, number of AP courses offered, number of National Merit winners, and the mean ACT or SAT scores of students who took those tests.
which is just one of the reasons that OOS students are at a disadvantage when they apply.
That's not true, either. Generally speaking, OOS aren't competing with instate students on a head-to-head basis for places in the class. They're competing against other OOS students. If Michigan is relatively ignorant of OOS schools (something I still don't accept), then OOS applicants are all on a level playing field because they're equally disadvantaged.