Um College Essay Topic

Essay Questions


The essay is just one of the 26 factors we use as part of our holistic application review for prospective freshmen.

The essay provides you with the opportunity to showcase aspects of your personality and experiences that fit well with the University of Maryland community. When considering your approach to the following essay questions, think deeply about your answer, making it creative and succinct. Use this opportunity as a time for self-reflection and intellectual meditation. You can review some helpful essay writing tips provided by The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.

Instructions

Please answer one of the following essay questions in your application. Make sure to include the question itself at the start of your essay. Your essay should be no more than 550 words; the question will not be included in the essay total word count. 

  1. Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  2. Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  3. Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  4. What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  5. Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

University of Michigan is one of the top public universities in the country. Well-known for its undergraduate business program, Michigan also attracts many new students for its strong college athletic programs.

Located in Ann Arbor, University of Michigan is a public university, home to over 28,000 undergraduate students. Attending a large university like Michigan gives you access to a deep alumni network, a broad course catalog and plentiful research opportunities.

Of all the academic programs University of Michigan offers, they are most well-known for their undergraduate business and engineering program. The Ross School of Business is ranked 4th in the U.S. for the best undergraduate business program, strongest in Marketing and Management programs, while the College of Engineering is ranked 6th for the best undergraduate engineering program. While Michigan has more to offer, if you’re interested in either of these two areas of study, make sure to consider Michigan this application season.

University of Michigan Student Advice

Don’t believe us? See what Michigan students say about the school’s location and culture:

“Ann Arbor is the cutest town with lively and nice people everywhere. There are pretty much always things going on, and the school spirit is everywhere. You don’t feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere like other schools; you’re surrounded by a city with a lot to offer. There’s Downtown Ann Arbor, Main Street, Kerrytown, and South U bars and restaurants. It’s in the midwest, so I get to experience all four seasons, and the campus is gorgeous in the fall.Not to mention football season. Michigan’s definitely well known for its school spirit and sports. Football Saturday mornings have been called “the best night of the week.” Everyone’s in Maize and Blue ready to go starting early in the am. There’s also a lot of support for basketball, hockey, and so on. So many good sports to watch and cheer on.” 

-BMEDeegee, University of Michigan ‘16

“Ann Arbor is the 2nd best college town in America! Not only that, there are so many international students here, which is what I consider to be true diversity. Ethnic clubs and theater groups create a great atmosphere for those who love culture and the arts, but no matter which organization out of a thousand you join, you will no doubt find a place that’s meant for you.” 

- Sivanenco, University of Michigan ‘19

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University of Michigan Supplemental Essay Prompts

Want to become a Michigan Wolverine? University of Michigan’s application is available on the Common App, but not yet available on the Coalition for Access. Each applicant must respond to the 2 additional supplemental essays on top of writing their personal statement.

As you approach these essays, keep in mind that all your application materials are reviewed as a package. Each essay is an opportunity for you to show off something unique about yourself, and it’s important that you’re able to connect different parts of your application to each other to make you stand out as a whole.

Essay #1 (Required for all applicants. Approximately 250 words.)

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.

Essay Tips:

  • Be authentic and genuine.

  • You can choose to highlight an extracurricular activity/club you’ve been engaged in for a long time. This helps tie your application together.

  • This is an opportunity to give the reader some contextual background to who you are. It can be about a community you grew up in, or a community you actively pursued. Either way you’ll be able to highlight why this community is valuable to you.

Essay #2 (Required for all applicants. 500 words maximum.)

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?

Essay Tips: 

  • In short, this is just a “Why University of Michigan” supplemental essay. Do your research and learn what you can about the school.

  • Do not just tell them what you’ve learned from the university website or brochure. It’s important for you to relate this back to your interests and passions, and how the university’s community of opportunities are able to help you achieve your goals.

  • Remember this is a two-way relationship. Demonstrate how University of Michigan has what you need to succeed as a student, and what you can do to give back to the school’s community.

University of Michigan Supplemental Essay Examples

Emily896322

University of Michigan ‘21

While reading a case study from my Anatomy textbook, I wondered how a boy could collapse after eating a banana. Reading on, I discovered he was missing an enzyme that digests potassium. Diseases and medical policy fascinate me; my goal is to become a pathologist who serves diverse communities around the world through diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases. The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) will provide me with a unique, multidisciplinary education that will give me global insights through research, interrelated courses, and the Global Scholars Program. Read full supplemental essay. 

  

Shokubo

University of Michigan ‘20

Chemistry has always been a family affair. When I was in 1st grade in Japan, my mother took me to a state park to look at special mountains. They were special because sulfurous gas came out of the ground. My mother reached into her pocket and then said to me, “Why don’t you put these copper coins on top of where the sulfur gas comes out, and you’ll see what happens.” I put all the coins on the small hole and in less than a minute, all the coins became either green or black in color. Since I had no knowledge of Chemistry at the time, I had convinced myself that this phenomenon between copper and sulfur was nature’s own unexplainable magic. My grandfather also played a role in what would be my future passion. I used to leaf through his Chemistry books from the 1950s. He would tell me stories about how he got his MBA at the University of Michigan and how that helped him start his own biochemistry company. Read full essay. 

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Frances Wong

Frances was born in Hong Kong and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She loves super sad drama television, cooking, and reading. Her favorite person on Earth isn’t actually a member of the AdmitSee team - it’s her dog Cooper.




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