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Admissions changes cause frustration for students deferred by
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for the Fall 1999 term," the first para-
Enders, who attends City High
School in Grand Rapids, was not denied
bgeferred - along with a large num-
ber of those who applied to the
University in the fall.
"I'm very frustrated," Enders said.
"I've heard that a valedictorian got
In the meantime, Enders and the
many others who were deferred must
wait until the University makes a deci-
sion to accept or deny their admission.
"We ask students to be patient with
us in this process so that we can give
application the attention and con-
sid ration it deserves," Peterson said.
Many students said they were sur-
prised with the changes in the system
after hearing stories of the speedy appli-
cation process of past years.
"You always hear 'yeah, yeah, you're
in, don't sweat it ... with your test scores,
you'll be accepted, no problem.' And
then you get deferred," Enders said.
. ders added that three of his high
s ,l classmates have been accepted
to the University, while approximately
20 others have been deferred.
"A notice of deferment does not
mean that students will not be admit-
ted," Peterson said. In fact, she added,
"a large number of students will still be
admitted, many of them from among
the group that has been deferred"
But guidance and college counselors
are reporting that their students who
applied to the University are concerned
about not being accepted after being
"Many were surprised that they
weren't immediately admitted and some
are worried," said Jim Stone, a guidance
counselor at Wiley E. Groves High
School in Birmingham.
Mark Stevens, a guidance counselor
at Forest Hills Central High School in
Grand Rapids, said many of his stu-
dents "are on pins and needles."
"When a kid has worked hard through-
out high school and has chosen U of M as
their number one choice, (the deferment)
bursts a bubble," Stevens said.
The University is requesting that
deferred students submit their fall
grades to receive further consideration.
Students who have been deferred
said they now must fight off senioritis,
a common five-month laziness that hits
high school seniors after they have been
accepted to the college of their choice.
"No senior slack this year," Enders
New system changes
Adding to the confusion of new
admissions procedures, the implemen-
tation of the new M-Pathways comput-
er systems in October slowed applica-
M-Pathways is gradually replacing
the University's administrative comput-
er systems, some of which are more
than 25 years old.
Peterson said the University normal-
ly begins processing applications in
September, but since M-Pathways was
not up and running until October, there
was a backlog in applications.
"Once you get behind, it is hard to
catch up," Peterson said.
The M-Pathways computer systems
can help in the admissions process by
finding important criteria in applicants
that the University looks for in the "best
candidates," M-Pathways Director
Laura Patterson told the University
Board of Regents on Jan. 21.
Patterson reported that about 20,200
applications had been processed to date.
While last January there were 6,000
applications backlogged, Patterson
added that the computer system has
eliminated this year's earlier backlog.
"We anticipate receiving over 21,000
applications from first-year applicants
for a class of about 5,200" wrote direc-
tor of undergraduate admissions
Theodore Spencer in the letter sent to
Enders in December.
Peterson said a postcard was sent in
December to all applicants warning that
there would be a 12-14-week delay as a
result of the computer changes.
"In the long run, this (M-Pathways)
will speed things up," Cantor said.
Making a final decision
Enders, who wants to study journal-
ism, also applied to Syracuse
University in New York. He said he will
not hear from Syracuse until March.
"Michigan is my back-up school,"
The letter that Enders received in
December encouraged him "to explore
other educational options"
"It's not necessarily encouraging,"
Stevens said, "Most of our college-
bound students don't put all their eggs
in one basket"
The deferment is making many stu-
dents re-evaluate their desire to attend
the University, even if they are accepted
in the long run.
"I know of a lot of students who
aren't going to wait,' Enders said. "A
lot of kids are fed up."
University administrators said they
want to keep the deferred students inter-
ested in attending the University.
"We hope the refinement of our
admissions process will not have a neg-
ative effect on students' desire to attend
the University of Michigan," Peterson
But some believe that the changes
may decrease the quality of the incom-
"The most qualified students become
the most disenchanted if they aren't
accepted immediately and that may cre-
"#'m very frustrated. I'Ve heard that a
valedictorian got deferred.f
- David Enders
Deferred University applicant
ate a weaker pool in the end," Stone said.
The letter sent to Enders in
December said he will be notified of the
University's final decision on his accep-
tance by mid-April.
"I hope that I hear earlier than that; it
would make my life a little less stress-
ful;" Enders said.
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