As summer begins, more than 6,000 incoming freshmen have started preparing for their first year at the University of Michigan, which received a record number of applications this year.

More than 65,500 applications were reviewed and processed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, a 10.6-percent increase from last year’s 59,407 applications, according to the University’s Office of Public Affairs. More than 15,400 students were offered admission, generating an acceptance rate of 23.5 percent.

Of the applications submitted, 12,521 were submitted by in-state students and 44,014 were received out-of-state, while 9,149 were international.

Incoming freshman Dale Hendershot explained he found the process of applying to the University a smooth one, thanks to the straightforward nature of the Common Application. However, Hendershot did find the growing popularity and competition of the University relatively stressful, especially as an in-state student.

“Wondering if the years of preparation were good enough to be accepted into a top college like Michigan did whittle away at my sanity every once in a while,” he said. “Not knowing how I compared to other applicants certainly intensified this feeling. Looking forward, I am excited to confront college life head on and to explore my newfound independence and campus.”

Having just graduated from this year, U-M alum Alondra Vergara-Diaz expressed her appreciation for her time at the University and acknowledged admissions will become more competitive.

“I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made five years ago to apply and four years ago when I committed,” Vergara-Diaz said. “With the increase in applicants, it probably means the admissions counsel will raise their standards a tad — tough job for them. The term ‘Leaders and Best’ truly lives up to the hype. All I can say is good luck to all applying and never give up on your dream!”

LSA junior Christa Hansma believes new initiatives like the Go Blue Guarantee have encouraged students from lower-income families to apply to the University, increasing access to higher education but also generating a more exclusive pool of accepted students.

“I think more people in general are going to college, and that more lower/middle-income students have been encouraged to apply,” Hansma said. “As far as effects on the community: We will get a lot of qualified students, but also could have a more competitive atmosphere.”

In addition to praising the academics at the University, Hansma highlighted the hard work of the Campus Day tour guides, who allegedly “sealed the deal” for her and encouraged her to choose the University.

“They do a really amazing job,” Hansma said.

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