Wait-listed University of Michigan student hopeful sings his way into admission spot

Lawrence Yong posts version of Jackson 5's 'I Want You Back' with plea to be admitted as Wolverine


DETROIT – A California student who set his eyes on being admitted to the University of Michigan's 2012 freshman class has sung his way into a spot with admissions and thousands of views on YouTube.

When Lawrence Yong found out he was wait-listed, he turned to a melody and a camera to try and sway the university's admissions team.

In April, he posted his Wolverine-version of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back."

His title? "Michigan, give me one more chance!"

"I'm a student on your waiting list and I am dying to get in and I was initially planning to write the traditional letter saying like, 'Oh I really want to be a part of your school,'" Yong says in the video. "But I thought, 'You know what, talk is cheap and this is a great opportunity for me to show some of my strengths.'"

Wearing a white dress shirt with a block "M" fixed to the front of it, Yong lets his voice do the convincing.


WATCH: Lawrence Young UM admissions video

And it worked.

Yong posted the first week of June that he'd been admitted.

The video has nearly 35,000 views.