Q: What does the Telluride House scholarship include?

A: The Telluride House scholarship fully covers room and board, including meals. For exact details on scholarship content, please see our scholarship page.

Q: What are the official terms of scholarship?

A: Scholarship requirements can change from term to term, but generally include maintaining a certain grade point average (GPA), meeting community standards, and contributing to House life. For exact details on scholarship requirements, please see our scholarship page.

Q: When should I apply to the House?

A: Student applications are accepted in two cycles: current University of Michigan students should apply in the fall and incoming freshman and transfer students in the spring. For more information, please see our student applications page.

Q: How many people live in Telluride House?

A: The House can room up to 30 students, although there are usually are around 25-28 students living in the house. In addition, we also have private suites for up to three faculty guests as well as guest rooms for visitors

Q: Where is the Telluride House?

A: The Telluride House is located on Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor (see a map here). The House is within 10-minute walking distance of the University’s main campus.

Q: Can I take a semester off to study abroad?

A: Yes! In Telluride House, we call it “rustication”. It basically means that you’re not going to be living in the House for a specific amount of time (usually one or two semesters), but that you intend to come back. Rustication can be used for study abroad, to experience dorm life, or for unforeseen personal circumstances.

Q: How do you choose who receives a spot in the House?

A: The process consists of two parts: application reading and interviews.

In the first stage, every candidate’s application is read 5-6 times by randomly assigned house members. Each candidate receives an overall ranking based on the strength of the essays, awards, references, and community service, among other factors. Then we have a formal meeting to decide who gets an interview.

In the second stage, house members conduct interviews (usually an hour or two in length; phone interviews are possible) with the candidates who were selected at that meeting. Then we have another formal meeting in which we choose whom to offer spots in the house, based on the combined strength of the written application and the interview.

Q: Does the application process favor any specific minorities, academic concentrations, or state residencies?

A: No. Although the House naturally tends towards a diverse mix of people, there are no systematic biases or quotas in place to give anyone a “leg up”.

Q: I still have an unanswered question. Who can I contact?

A: Please refer to our “Contact Us” page for more information.