I can't say I love it either but in a sense it's the most holistic way to decide every application on its own individual merits instead of pitting them against another application.
I also prefer gin with my tonic.
U of M said it will be online for Fall, with an expectation of returning to full in-person for Winter.
They want to take the Fall semester as an opportunity to transition to in-person slowly. Only classes with 20 or less students will be in-person for Fall. So, basically everything is online for Fall 2021.