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2017-2018 University of Michigan Admissions Essays

The UMichigan admissions essays for 2017-2018 have been released (photo credit: AndrewHorne).

The 2017-2018 University of Michigan admissions essays are out. We know, we know. You’ve been waiting with baited breath to find out what UMichigan’s essays will be for this admissions cycle and you can hardly contain yourself. Well, rest easy because at long last we’ve got these essay prompts for our readers. Exhale.

The first UMichigan essay prompt is a longtime staple for the university in stunning Ann Arbor. For there to be a University of Michigan application without a communities essay would be like having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without peanut butter. It just wouldn’t seem right. The peanut butter is absolutely necessary to balance out the taste of jelly. It’s the perfect combination. For those not familiar with UMichigan’s own version of peanut butter, their communities essay, which applicants are required to respond to in approximately 250 words, reads as follows: “Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it.”

The second essay is also required of all first-year applicants and the word count is 500 words: “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?” So, yes, our regular readers know well that this is…a Why College essay. Our readers know a Why College essay when they see one, right? And, if you’re a transfer applicant, instead of answering this Why Michigan question, you’re asked to answer the following prompt, also in 500 words or less: “Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?” So, yes, it too is a Why College essay — with just a bit different wording.

Have a question on the 2017-2018 University of Michigan admissions essays? Or about applying to UMichigan? Let us know your question by posting it below and we’ll be sure to write back.

 

It didn’t take me long to figure out my family wasn’t the typical white picket fence American family. Both my parents immigrated to the United States from China. Neither of my parents pursued a college education—my dad dropped out of high school to help support his family and my mom simply didn't have the chance with two younger sisters to care for, alone in a foreign land.

I am not at all ashamed by the fact that neither of my parents have a college education. They have worked hard to provide my brother and me with a world full of opportunities they never had. My life has been enriched with both Chinese and American culture. We speak “Chinglish” in my house, a hybrid of Chinese and English. Our fridge houses half empty jars of pasta sauce and salsa, along with fermented bean curd.

You most certainly have not eaten real Chinese food if you've only been to the Panda Express. Think along the lines of dumplings, steamed taro, and perhaps . . . chicken feet.

Should it be concerning to say that I’m not the least bit afraid of eating fish with its head still completely intact?

And cheese . . . what American doesn’t have a cheese drawer in their fridge? I promise you will not find any cheese in a quaint little village in China. I,...

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