OT- Michigan Early Action

Submitted by Crainey18 on December 15th, 2017 at 1:33 PM

I applied to Michigan Early Action and was wondering if anyone knew the exact date they would be announcing. I know it will come out by the 24th but was hoping to hear earlier so I could suprise my mom with an acceptance letter and Michigan gear. I hope to be a third generation Wolverine and have grown up a huge fan so I am a bit anxious. Any insight knowledge would be appreciated.



December 16th, 2017 at 12:53 AM ^

My eldest son is in the same boat - applied early action to M as well.

I had a meeting with a UM Development officer on a different matter today (grant proposal by UM Student Life to a foundation I’m a board member of), but the topic of my son’s app status naturally came up.

She informed me that total expected apps are around 54k this year, and that early action admits are historically around 13k, but this year they are reducing that number to 11k or so. This is in part due to efforts to increase admits and enrollments from less privileged applicants, who are less likely to apply early action to any school, including M.

So that’s the bad news for more privileged applicants. The good news is that the odds of eventual admission if you are not admitted early action are materially higher than in past years.


December 15th, 2017 at 9:21 PM ^

I would guess the majority of us on this board understand the anxiety surrounding college and/or graduate acceptance, especially from the institution most prized in your mind.

I doubt you had malfeasance in mind FauxMo, but all the same, context would tell you this is a young man starting his journey in life. Last time I checked support in this life is essentail, and I know we do not get all we sometimes want and/or need. SO, on behalf of the board (yes, i'm speaking for YOU, want to fight about it?) you have our support! Hopefully we can welcome you to the Michigan family in the coming days! GO BLUE!!

Amaizing Blue

December 15th, 2017 at 1:53 PM ^

High school counselor here-they send out the e-mails late Friday, then go on break for two weeks.  This saves them having to spend hours on the phone explaining every individual decision to applicants and parents.  I'm guessing everyone's voicemail box is pretty full when they return, though.


Good luck to you, OP.  You are certainly not alone in waiting anxiously!  


December 15th, 2017 at 1:47 PM ^

In the past, some people have been able to see their decision in Wolverine Access before they received an email notification. I would recommend checking the status of your application in Wolverine Access throughout next week, but I wouldn't expect a decision before Friday (the last business day before Christmas Eve). Even then, Admissions could choose to release the decisions on 12/24 itself. 


Also, you should know that deferrals are very common. If you are deffered, try not to be too disappointed - many applicants are admitted after being deferred during Early Action. 

Arb lover

December 15th, 2017 at 1:54 PM ^

Best of luck, the above pretty nails it. Hope for something next Friday. 

Also in case this doesn't work for whatever reason and even if you don't get a deferred acceptance, I know of several people who went elsewhere for a year, worked really hard and got great grades, and applied (and got in). If you end up having to do that, do yourself a favor and try to take classes that will transfer. The admissions people can work with you on that I believe. Go Blue!

The Mad Hatter

December 15th, 2017 at 2:01 PM ^

I saw a thread (here) welcoming newly admitted students so I told my daughter to check her email.  There was nothing there so she assumed that she didn't make it.

So she started crying.  A lot.  Luckily, MgoBlog came to the rescue and she checked Wolverine Access.  Then I started crying, tears of joy.

That was on 12/23/2016, around 1 or 2pm I think.

Good luck OP.


December 15th, 2017 at 2:50 PM ^

He's in the first half of his junior year of high school and he's already taken the ACT three times? That seems excessive. Don't most students sit for standardized tests the first time during the second half of their junior year? 

Also, at that rate, why not try the SAT? Maybe the ACT isn't "his test." 


December 15th, 2017 at 3:47 PM ^

You want to have finished your ACT or SAT testing by the end of your Junior year so that you have your score by the time you apply in the Fall of your Sr. Year.  It takes a couple months to get the score. 

So you want to start taking the test early in your Junior year in case you need to take three times or so.

1989 UM GRAD

December 16th, 2017 at 7:43 AM ^

He took it in June without any tutoring or studying to get a baseline score and see where/if he needed any tutoring. Did very well. Problem was that we didn’t have him take the writing portion as we didn’t expect such a high score.

Took it again in October. Ran out of time on the last section of math so didn’t fill in answers to seven questions. Only needed ten seconds to fill in the answers, which he had circled in the question booklet. Got the same score so would’ve been one or two points higher if he had finished the math.

Thus why he is taking it a third time. The reality is that these are young kids and there are so many factors that can affect the score for a test taken in a few hours on a weekend morning.

We know someone who took the test four times. 28 on the first three tries; 34 on the fourth. We know other kids who did worse on the second try before improving on the third.