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Prospective Students


  • You can find the application for NELP 2024 here!
  • We're accepting applications!
  • First-round acceptances will go out around the end of January.
  • After that, admissions will be rolling.


Who Can Apply To NELP? 

All University of Michigan students are eligible to apply for NELP, as are special students, international students, and students from other colleges. Some seniors participate in NELP after they graduate from UM. You certainly don't need to be an English concentrator to apply--NELP students come from across the University and from many different disciplines: Business majors, art and music school students, engineers, folks who are pre-med come to NELP--and of course lots of English majors. The real question to ask is whether you're ready to be part of an academic community of people who are eager to explore and experiment with the life of the mind--a place where people take very seriously a world of ideas and language, poetry and ethics and logic, food and work and communal living and the wilderness. And where we work together to think carefully about all of these things--what they mean--and what they should mean--to us and in the world around us.

NELP is an intense, small, short-term experience. Because every day counts for a great deal, NELP requires continuous participation. If you have an important family event, a summer job, or another obligation that conflicts with any part of NELP's schedule—typically from late-April through mid-June—you should not apply to NELP this year.

Applications for NELP are due to the English Department after UM students return from winter break in January, usually during the second or third week of Winter Term.  At that time, all applicants sign up for an interview with a member or two of the NELP Admissions team, to be held the week after applicaitons come in.  See the application timeline for exact dates