Because a large percentage of you guys attended or are currently attending the University of Michigan, I thought I would enlist your help. I am currently a high school junior attending Maryville High School in Tennessee and a prospective student of the University of Michigan. To clear the air, I lived in Toledo, Ohio for nine years of my life, so my love for the university is at least somewhat explainable despite of my current location.
Anyways, Michigan is at the absolute top of my list, but its relatively low acceptance rate and disturbingly high tuition rates for out of state students are two enormous factors that may likely prevent me from attending someday (not to mention it's all of eight and a half hours away from home for me). You may ask why I'm still considering, and I'll answer the same reason everyone did: I took a tour last fall and while I knew the campus was amazing going into it, experiencing it was something else. U of M has been a goal of mine since college came into the discussion at the beginning of my freshman year in high school, and I have worked exceedingly hard ever since in terms of academics. My credentials include: a 4.0 GPA unweighted, 29 on the ACT (still hoping to get it up to 31-32 range), 8 AP courses taken by the time I graduate, National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta math tutoring, Catholic Youth Organization member, high school orchestra member, two years of varsity soccer, and 70 hours of volunteer work.
So I ask:
1. How are my chances of currently getting into the university? If they aren't so fantastic, what do you guys suggest I do in order to build my chances?
2. Are the chances of getting into UM anything like North Carolina- Chapel Hill in which they only accept a very select group of out of state students?
3. for any further insight on how friendly Michigan is with scholarships and financial aid toward out of state students.
4. Please give any tips, suggestions, or other help regarding admissions, campus life, financial aid, etc., that you guys found were helpful at one point.
Mods, if this is too off-topic or irrelevant, feel free to remove. I just came here simply because this was the first place I thought of to get in-depth help in regards to the University of Michigan other than the official website which I have looked at repeatedly. I really appreciate all help, tips, suggestions, and answers.... GO BLUE!!!