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A unique quality of UM

gamjamarugamjamaru Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
Hi, i'm a highschool senior planning to apply to UM
The supplementary Q is

Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests? (500 words maximum)

and i'd like to ask you guys what qualities UM has.. I know it is an amazing school, but i need some details that i can use in my essay...

I know that the school diversity is a big thing in UM right??

oh, my major is economics... so what qualities would the economics department have ??
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Replies to: A unique quality of UM

  • be_somebodybe_somebody Registered User Posts: 488 Member
    This is a personal question. Why are you applying to UM? Yes, UM is an amazing school (imo anyway), but what attracted you to it? Do some research.
  • gamjamarugamjamaru Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    ok, well honestly, i checked the economics rank and found out the economics is strong...

    but i don't think this will make a good essay...
  • CronoTriggerfanCronoTriggerfan Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    If that's all you know about the program, then how the hell do you know you want to spend the next four years of your life there? :/
  • gamjamarugamjamaru Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    of course i went through the whole website after checking if the economics department is strong. I checked the curriculum and other stuff too. I also checked how people talk of UM in private blogs and other websites. But i'm having a feeling that what the school is wanting from this essay is not something like that... If i write an essay with what i liked about the program or the curriculum, it will be so boring and colorless... that's why i was seeking for some help... please don't think i decided the whole thing just by the rank :(
  • CronoTriggerfanCronoTriggerfan Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    Well, are you applying to the Ross School of Business or LSA?

    Anyways, here's some points you should try to touch on:
    -Your passion for the subject and how U of M's curriculum tailors to you

    -The location; Ann Arbor has been ranked by Forbes as one of the best cities in the country to work, so it gives you opportunities.

    -The entrepreneurial spirit of Ann Arbor; countless businesses have been founded there, like Domino's Pizza, Border's Books, Urban Outfitters, as well as a myriad of locally-famous small businesses and regional chains.

    -U of M Alumni who have gone on to be fiscal powerhouses like Bill Davidson (Detroit Pistions/Shock former owner), Tom Monaghan (CEO of Domino's Pizza), and Larry Page (Co-Founder of Google). Talk about how Michigan is a place that proliferates innovative economic ideas and inspires generation after generation of businessmen.

    ...just to name a few. Just think outside the box, get creative. Use your own personal experiences and tie them back into your choice of Michigan. I'm sure if you sat down and really thought about it, you could crank out a decent essay in no time.
  • MLDWoodyMLDWoody - Posts: 2,138 Senior Member
    See i told u kids care about ranks ( other thread)

    Also one unique quality is that im there
  • boramkboramk Registered User Posts: 338 Member
    But the question is asking about the specific undergraduate school? So I presume we have to talk about the school, eg. Economics but no UMichigan as whole?
  • QwertyKeyQwertyKey Registered User Posts: 4,590 Senior Member
    Economics isn't a school. LSA is a school.
  • boramkboramk Registered User Posts: 338 Member
    LSA is a school yes, but thats not the point . What I mean is, the OP thinks the question asks about UMichigan as a whole, then the question pertains to the specific school, am I correcT?
  • Larkspur83Larkspur83 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    YOU NEED TO VISIT!!! Asking others this questions is very immature of you....this is such a big decision and rankings do not tell the story.
  • amandakayakamandakayak Registered User Posts: 2,186 Senior Member
    Immaturity? Really, I thought it was just a question. Maybe someone who goes to school there has a perspective a visitor on a campus tour would have missed? I think that is what op is looking for...is that offensive?
  • MLDWoodyMLDWoody - Posts: 2,138 Senior Member
    Maybe he's too far away to visit
  • ViggyRamViggyRam - Posts: 2,216 Senior Member
    Does UMich factor in if you visit for decisions?
  • laxbrah44laxbrah44 - Posts: 116 Junior Member
    anyone have an answer to the above question
  • MAG734MAG734 Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    Really look at what interests you to make the essay unique and genuine. Have you looked into any oversea learning opportunities they offer for your specific major? Perhaps how about anyone that has influenced you who has connections to Michigan - considering they maintain one of the strongest alumni programs in the nation. Beyond the rankings is really where the heart of why people love U-M lies within; it's just the feel of the campus and the aura of being there. I remember going to Eastern Michigan and working in Ann Arbor and the poise of a U-M student is very distinct (whether for better or worse... haha). All I can tell you is that there is something that attracts each individual which is why U-M is so diverse, but really you need to find what characteristics you can bring to the school. Afterall, even though they are asking what attracts you to them... they really want to know what unique qualities that you personally value.
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