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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
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From Page 1
the press release that 6,900 students
out of those who have been accepted
have paid their enrollment deposits
thus far - a 43.2 percent yield rate of
those accepted to the University.
With the possibility that some stu-
dents who have already submitted
enrollment deposits will eventually
decide not to attend the University, the
projected size reaches its current num-
ber of 6,350 students.
As a result of the increased size in
the freshman class, Sanders noted that
the University is in the process of mak-
ing sure all students will be properly
accommodated in the fall.
"The University has created a work-
ing group to make sure incoming stu-
dents have a good year next year," she
said. "From making sure the dining
halls will be able to serve everyone ... to
the availability of classes."
Sanders said the management of the
admissions process "is more of an art
than a science" in working to eliminate
any possible problems in the applica-
tion and enrollment process for pro-
spective students and their families.
But Sanders said some factors, like
the economy, are out of the hands of
admissions officers. For that aspect,
Sanders said the University works to
ease the financial burden of paying for
"The University responded to con-
cerns families had," she said. "The
Office of Financial Aid worked to pro-
vide individual assistance with plan-
ning to ease any financial concerns."
In their meeting last month, the
University's Board of Regents voted to
approve a 1.5-percent tuition increase
for in-state students and a 3-percent
tuition increase for out-of-state stu-
dents. The in-state tuition increase is
the smallest approved by the Board of
Regents in 26 years.
Sanders said she believes the Uni-
versity's choice to present a more mod-

est increase in tuition has helped to
ease the concerns of those preparing to
pay for new students' educations.
The University is not the only
school to have a growing applicant
pool, according to Sanders, who said
she believes students are beginning to
apply to a greater number of colleges
and that the overall college application
volume is up.
The University also announced its
official switch to the Common Appli-
cation for students considering apply-
ing to the University in future years.
Sanders said that while the ultimate
decision to switch to the Common
Application happened in the office of
Admissions, the decision was also sup-
ported by the University's executives.
Ted Spencer, executive director of
the office of Undergraduate Admis-
sions and associate vice provost for the
University, said the desire to improve
the overall application process led the
Office of Admissions to join the Com-
mon Application network.
"U-M decided to join the Common
Application because we are always
looking for ways to do better," Spencer
said in the press release. "Especially in
these challenging economic times, we
are looking for ways to do better with
less. We believe the Common App will
streamline the application process for
students, teachers, and counselors."
Sanders added that while the use of
the Common Application could initial-
ly save the office of Admissions money,
it is too early to determine if the appli-
cation network will ultimately be a
source of financial savings.
"It's too early to tell," Sanders said.
"Reports from peerschools indicate an
increase in applications, and the sav-
ings in application vendor may mean
additional money spent for process-
The University's use of the Com-
mon Application network will begin
Aug. 1, marking the first day applica-
tions for the 2011-2012 school year
may be submitted, according to the
press release.

Engineering senior Santosh Kumar, the engineering director of the Solar Car Team, displays the Infinium. The team recently won the
2010 American Solar Challenge and is now preparing for the 2011 World Solar Challenge in Australia.

From Page 2
after two years of racing. Kramer
said the team is currently working
on a design for their next car, which
will be racing in Australia for the
2011 World Solar Challenge.
With the preliminary regulations
at hand, Kumar said the team began
working on the design for the body
of the new car.
"We feel that we can make the
new car a lot lighter than Infinium,"
said Kumar. "This can come from
smarter design, smarter construc-
tion, and that's where we feel a lot of
the gains can be made. And of course
getting better (solar cells), which is
directly correlated to fundraising."
The team's business division con-
centrates on fundraising and getting
in contact with companies in order

to sponsor the car. victory for the University.
At the moment, the team's biggest "When you go for the American
contributions come from the College race and then when you go for the
of Engineering, AT&T, Ford Motor World Championship, it's kind of
Company, General Motors and Delta like a paradigm shift," he said. "All
Airlines. The sponsors offer finan- of a sudden you are no longer the
cial gains for the team along with favorite to win and you know that
consultation for the engineering you are up against the best in the
aspects of the ar. world."
The team uses the fundraising Kramer added that another goal
capital in order to purchase newer for next year is to reach out to pro-
and more efficient solar cells that spective team members.
they install on the surface of the car. "Generally speaking we are look-
Along with the corporate spon- ing for people who are really moti-
sorships, the team also receives vated and get excited about the
sponsorships from two University team," she said. "If you want tobe a
faculty members. Scott Moore, a big contributor, it's going to be time-
Business School professor, and consuming."
Kazuhiro Saitou, an Engineering
professor, offer advice and con-
sulting for the team.
Kumar said he expects stiffer
competition at the World Champi-ils
onship and in no way guarantees a P ro N a
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