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Alumni and Friends

Letter from the Chair

I’m writing this on a sunny November Saturday in Ann Arbor while contemplating riding my bike over to The Big House to watch the Wolverines take on the Purdue Boilermakers. I love the James Earl Jones-narrated hype video that plays just before the game. I also love when the public address announcer thanks the crowd for coming to watch the game and announce that game’s attendance. The games I’ve been to (including the 2021 win over the team down south) have always had crowds of more than 110,000. That’s a HUGE number. But the University of Michigan is all about huge numbers. For instance, a few weeks ago I learned that the University of Michigan became the largest university in the state, with more than 52,000 students. The University of Michigan received almost 94,000 applications and admitted its largest-ever incoming class of 7,466 first-year students and 1,414 transfer students.