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Student Recruitment and Scholarship Programs

Our mission is to advance student diversity, leadership, and philanthropy by recruiting high achieving, motivated undergraduates to the nation’s preeminent public liberal arts college and increasing retention by providing access to scholarships and experiential learning.


We target select prospective first-year and transfer students to encourage them to apply, and admitted students to provide them with the information they need to make their enrollment decision.  We work closely with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Office of Financial Aid, LSA DMC, LSA Academic Advising, the Honors Program, Residential College and the Michigan Learning Communities, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Office of New Student Programs, and select non-profit educational programs to leverage resources and meet our mutual recruitment goals.


First-year LSA students are automatically considered for a limited number of primarily need-based scholarships offered by the LSA Scholarship Office in the Dean's Office. The Irene and Morris B. Kessler Presidential Scholarship Fund supports the largest scholarship cohort in LSA. Currently enrolled LSA students may apply for a variety of need-based scholarships each year to help support everything from studying abroad, on-campus courses, off-campus field experiences, project-based service learning, and/or completing required credits toward graduation.  For details, see the Scholarship website.

Current Programs

The Student Recruitment and Scholarship Programs office hosts programs and collaborates with other units to enhance prospective and new students’ LSA experience. Here are a few examples:

Summer Programs
We encourage high school students to participate in U-M summer programs to gain exposure to the university, Ann Arbor, and different fields of study. In particular, we partner with the Michigan Math & Science Scholars program, Earth CampTelluride Association Sophomore Seminars, and the Telluride Association Summer Program.

Transfer Tuesdays
Coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, students interested in learning more about transferring to the University are invited to register for Transfer Tuesdays, held monthly. Transfer Tuesdays provide opportunities to learn about financial aid, credit transfers, and admissions requirements. Students meet with admissions counselors, credit evaluators, and LSA academic advisors.

Campus Day
All U-M admitted freshmen are invited to attend this one-day program with their parents to learn more about the University and help them to decide if U-M is where they would like to attend college. The program is offered over 20 times, January through April. LSA admits attend a multimedia presentation to connect them to LSA, followed by opportunities to visit Honors, Residential College, the Michigan Learning Communities, Science Learning Center, Language Resource Center, Comprehensive Studies Program, or observe a class.

Advising Call In
Admitted first-year and transfer students may call in on Wednesday nights in April to speak with an LSA academic advisor prior to making their enrollment decision on May 1.

Shipman and Bentley Scholarship weekends
Students nominated for these two scholarships are invited to campus in March to meet faculty and current students, learn about the College, and interview with the scholarship committee.

Financial Literacy
The LSA scholarship staff teach a 4-session Campus Connection workshop on Financial Literacy to approximately 20 of CSP’s Summer Bridge Scholars.

Scholarship Welcome
Incoming first-year students receiving an LSA scholarship are invited to a welcome event in September with the Dean and other faculty, staff, and current scholarship recipients.

Undergraduate Student Recruitment contact: Susan Perreault