At the University of Michigan, Minority Applications Are Up, But the Number of Minority Students Accepted for Admission Is Down

The University of Michigan has announced that it received a record number of applications for the 2011 entering class. The number of applicants rose 25 percent from a year ago to 39,570. Just over 40 percent of all applicants were accepted for admission.

The university reported that 4,265 minority students applied for admission, a 15 percent increase from a year ago. Therefore, minority students make up nearly 11 percent of all applicants. However, the university announced that 1,576 minority students were accepted for admission, a 3.7 decrease from a year ago. Just under 37 percent of minority applicants were accepted for admission.

Because of state law the University of Michigan did not consider race in its decisions during this admissions cycle. That law has been ruled unconstitutional by a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court. That ruling is being appealed.

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