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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1817
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 500 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109
    • Phone:
    • +17347641817
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of University of Michigan

The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, U of M, or UMich), often simply referred to as Michigan, is a public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The University of Michigan is the state's oldest university, founded in 1817 in Detroit, Michigan as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, 20 years before the Michigan Territory became a state. It moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 onto 40 acres (16 ha) of what is now known as Central Campus. Since its establishment in Ann Arbor, the university campus has expanded to include more than 584 major buildings with a combined area of more than 34 million gross square feet (780 acres; 3.2 km2) spread out over a Central Campus and North Campus, two regional campuses in Flint and Dearborn, and a Center in Detroit. The University was a founding member of the Association of American Universities.

Academic Highlights

Considered one of the foremost research universities in the United States, The University of Michigan is classified as one of 115 Doctoral Universities with Very High Research by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As of 2017, 24 Nobel Prize winners, 6 Turing Award winners and 1 Fields Medalist have been affiliated with University of Michigan. Its comprehensive graduate program offers doctoral degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as professional degrees in architecture, business, medicine, law, pharmacy, nursing, social work, public health, and dentistry. Michigan's body of living alumni comprises more than 540,000 people, one of the largest alumni bases of any university in the world.

Life in University of Michigan

Besides academic life, The University of Michigan's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Wolverines. They are members of the Big Ten Conference.

School Ranking

University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (Ross) is ranked No. 10 (tie) in Best Business Schools and No. 6 in Part-time MBA . Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.


University of Michigan typically requires applicants to be in the top 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1330 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. University of Michigan estimates some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1240.

Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Michigan. The list includes people like Gerald Ford, Ann Coulter, Kate Upton, James Earl Jones & Lucy Liu. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as scientists, intellectuals & academics, media personalities, miscellaneous and writers etc.

Acceptance Rate

Updated May 10, 2019. The University of Michigan is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 24%. The university offers over 260 degrees within 14 undergraduate schools and colleges.

Other Campuses
    • 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan, United States
    • 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, Michigan, United States




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