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Page 12 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 6, 1984
By DAVID VANKER like this," he said. "We can pr
Despite climbing tuition rates and a somewhat steady decline (in the
comprehensive reorganization which ber of applications) over the n
drastically altered several un- years, but if we can continue to
dergraduate programs, more high the right decisions, enrol
school graduates applied for admission shouldn't really change."
to the University this year than ever Because the number of admi
before. awarded did not change signifi
The University's admissions office from last year to this, competiti
received 14,685 applications for ad- the limited space also incre
mission to the first year class, com- Sjogren said.
pared with 12,540 in 1983-an increase "(Getting into this school is
of 2,145 or 17 percent. toughest it's been since the s
University officials are hard pressed when people in college didn't hav
to explain the sudden surge in to war," Sjogren said.
popularity, but admissions director Though no such incentive as ex
Cliff Sjogren said the increase in ap- tion from military servive exists1
plications in a reflection of the Univer- students and graduates of the U
sity's success in dealing with recent sity continue to enjoy the benefit
economic crises. good reputation.



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tI think the primary factor is that the quality of
academic programs here has remained
strong. Some other colleges have had to cut
-Cliff Sjogren
admissions director

of this year's group were in the top 10
percent of their high school class, com-
pared with 57.9 percent last year.
Scholastic Aptitude Test scores for this
year's entering students are slightly
higher as well.
Roughly 75 percent of all incoming
freshpersons will enter LSA in the fall.
About 20 percent will enter the College
of Engineering, and the balance will
enroll in the art, music, nursing,
natural resources, and education
Out-of-state applicants accounted for
most of the 17 percent increase. Non-
resident applications were up 32 per-
cent, from 5,943 to 7,846. Applications
from Michigan residents went up 4 per-
cent from 6,597 in 1983 to 6,839 this year.
The University does not expect a major
change in cumulative enrollment,
Sjogren said, because the total number
of admissions awarded was up only 2
percent, to 8,835.
Sjogren said the University's
recruiting efforts, though extensive,
amount to something of a "soft sell."
"What we really want to do is supply
students with unambigious information
about the University of Michigan.
We're just very frank about what the
characteristics of this place are."
Sjogren said students who come to
the University are "an intelligent, well-
informed group" for whom ''the four-
color glossy package is not going to
have much meaning."
Themadmissions office has a staff of
recruiters who visit approximately 400
Michigan high schools and 100 schools
in the Midwest and in the East.
Sjogren's office has at its disposal what
he termed a "modest merit scholarship
program" to attract certain highly
qualified students to Michigan.
Sjogren said the admissions office
bases its decision in each case on a
student's performance in high school.
"We're convinced that the best in-
dicator of success at Michigan is suc-
cess in previous education," he said.
"Extra-curricular activities and
recommendations have almost no im-
pact on our decision." He added that
the quality of the applicant's school and
curriculum are also taken into account.
These factors, examined together,
must convince admissions auditors that
an individual is capable of making the
grade at Michigan, Sjogren said.
"The absolute top consideration is
that no student will be admitted unless
we're quite sure-not pretty sure-he
or she will succeed. In fact, the regents
have instucted us at times to fall below
targets if it means taking unqualified

East Quad, located on East University, is the home of the Residential College. The RC forms a university within the
University, providing a more secure environment in which students can experience the educational process.

Pilot Program and RC:


"I think the primary factor is that the
quality of academic programs here has
remained strong," Sjogren said. "Some
other colleges have had to cut back."
"When it comes down to it, people
complain about high tuition, but that
keeps the college strong." Tuition at the
University-$1212 per term for juniors
and seniors and $1084 for freshpersons
and sophomores-is the highest of any
four-year public institution in the coun-
If the number of applications con-
tinues to grow at its present rate, the
admissions office could be buried under
applications within a few years. But
Sjogren said he does not expect similar
increases in the future.
"We don't anticipate another year

"The perceived image helps
everybody who holds a degree from
Michigan, so we are proud of that,"
Sjogren remarked. "Michigan is in with
a select group of schools-Berkeley,
Harvard, Yale, and some others. The
quality continues to go up in that
And if the admissions office's profile
of incoming freshpersons is an accurate
indication, the quality of the students
themselves has increased.
According to the "Student
Qualification Analysis," 14.5 percent of
the 4,622 freshpersons who have paid
their enrollment deposits graduate in
the top one percent of their high school
class. Last year, that figure was only
12.9 percent. In addition, 65.2 percent

Colleges will

East Quad and Alice Lloyd residence halls house two truly
unique programs within the college of LSA. The Residential
College makes its home in East Quad while Alice Lloyd is the
home of the Pilot program.
The two programs not only differ in more than their
locations-they differ academically. The Residential College
has its own curriculum and degree program while the Pilot
program is academically a part of LSA. The Pilot Program is
primarily designed for LSA freshmen and sophomores.
THE FACULTY of both the Residential College and the
Pilot Progranm live in the residence hall with their students.
This gives the two programs "that small liberal college
Many of the classes offered by the Pilot Program and the
Residential College are socially oriented. Popular classes
deal with human sexuality, nuclear war, and minority issues.
The attraction of the Residential College is the small
classes and the attention that the faculty is able to give to the
"MICHIGAN cares about undergraduate students," said
John Mersereau, director of the Residential College. "But
sometimes undergraduates get the short end of the stick,"
because the University's two top priorities are research and
gradpate teaching.
"A lot of students would not come (to the University)

tin a college
without the option (of the Residential College)," said Mer-
"I cannot see the RC being dissolved," he said. "It's here to
THE RESIDENTIAL College has a larger percentage o
out-of-state students than LSA, according to Mersereau.
About half of the students in the college are from outside of
Mersereau also said that there are many persistent myths
about the Residential College.
"It is not a haven for weirdos or radicalism," said Mer-
sereau. "The students are intellectually aggressive."
Another myth, according to Mersereau, is that students
who can't make it academically in LSA bail-out into the RC.
"That's not true," said Mersereau. "You can't flunk out of
LSA into the College."
"There is a lot of misinformation," said Sandra Greger-
man, an admissions counselor for the RC. Many students
think that just art and theater students go to the RC,
Gregerman said. But the RC has a large range of diversity.,
Gregerman said that most students hear about the RC
through friends, alumni, or other students. Incoming studen-
ts are usually sent information about the Residential College
and the Pilot Program in the mail. If students have any
questions about the programs, they should call the Pilot
Program or Residential College offices.


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