|Students who got into UMich say:|
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| | its michigan, everyone here was top in their class, involved in extracurricular activities and community service. Use your admissions essay as a way to set yourself apart. I was not a very good student in high school, at least not my first year. I got a 2.7 my freshman year, but then I really started working hard and from then on got 3.7's and 3.8's. By the end of my senior year however, my gpa was only 3.6 or so. I didn't do many extra curriculars either, unless you count being in Choir.
What got me in was my recommendations and my essay. I wrote an essay talking about my experiences in high school and why I had such poor grades my first year and what I did to pull them back up. I really made it original and personal as well. Because of this I think they really over looked the 2.7. Also the grades showed that I was able to really work hard and get myelf out of bad place.
The point is, even if you aren't a stellar student work hard on the essays to be sure you show them *who* you are. Numbers don't mean much to admissions people. I know this because I live in ann arbor, it's my hometown and I had opportunties to meet with U of M admissions counselors at the various college fairs.
They like to see people who are willing to face challenges and who have great potential, not *just* over achievers with high scores.
I really tried hard to keep my GPA's highs. I think that's one of the most important things. High GPA is a must. Also, SAT's scores are really important, but not as important as the GPAs. Finally, getting involved in different leadership positions in school would really make you an excellent candidate.
| PreMed and Medical|| Sep 29 2006 | Ensure that you round yourself out. Don't be one-dimensional...if you are a book worm, try to get more involved socially or charitably. If you are very involved socially, make sure you keep those grades up. You'll need to be prepared.