University of Michigan

The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, U of M, or UMich), typically simply described as Michigan, is a public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The university is Michigan’s oldest; it was founded in 1817 in Detroit, as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, 20 years prior to the territory became a state. The school was transferred to Ann Arbor in 1837 onto 40 acres (16 ha) of what is now called Central Campus Since its establishment in Ann Arbor, the flagship university school has broadened to include more than 584 significant 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, 2 local schools in Flint and Dearborn, and a Center in Detroit. The university is an establishing member of the Association of American Universities.

Michigan is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities– Very high research study activity”. As of October 2019, 25 Nobel Prize winners, 6 Turing Award winners and 1 Fields Medalist have actually been affiliated with the University of Michigan. Michigan’s body of living alumni consists of more than 540,000 people, one of the largest alumni bases of any university in the world.

Michigan’s athletic groups contend in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Wolverines. They are members of the Big Ten Conference. Ann Arbor Michigan Information. 

Motto Artes, Scientia, Veritas
Motto in English
Arts, Knowledge, Truth (Latin)
Type Flagship
Sea grant
Space grant
Established August 26, 1817
Academic affiliations
  • AAU
  • BTAA
  • URA
  • APLU
Endowment $12.4 billion (2019)
Budget $8.99 billion (2018)
President Mark Schlissel
Provost vacant
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 46,002
Undergraduates 29,821
Postgraduates 16,181
Ann Arbor





42°16′37″N 83°44′17″WCoordinates: 42°16′37″N 83°44′17″W

Campus 3,177 acres (12.86 km2)
Total: 20,965 acres (84.84 km2), including arboretum
Colors Maize and Blue
Nickname Wolverines
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I – Big Ten


The Ann Arbor school is divided into four primary areas: the North, Central, Medical, and South campuses. The Central and South Campus locations are contiguous, while the North Campus area is separated from them, mainly by the Huron River. There is likewise rented area in structures spread throughout the city, many inhabited by companies associated with the University of Michigan Health System.

In addition to the U-M Golf Course on South Campus, the university operates a 2nd golf course on Geddes Road called Radrick Farms Golf Course. Another off-campus center is the Inglis House, which the university has actually owned since the 1950s. The university likewise operates a big office building called Wolverine Tower in southern Ann Arbor near Briarwood Mall.

All 4 school locations are linked by bus services, most of which connect the North and Central schools. There is a shuttle bus service connecting the University Hospital, which lies in between North and Central schools, with other medical facilities throughout northeastern Ann Arbor.


The University of Michigan is a big, four-year, residential research university certified by the Higher Learning Commission. The four-year, full-time undergraduate program makes up the majority of registrations and stresses guideline in the arts, sciences, and occupations with a high level of coexistence between graduate and undergraduate programs. The university has “very high” research study activity and the comprehensive graduate program uses postgraduate degrees in the liberal arts, social sciences, and STEM fields as well as professional degrees in medication, law, and dentistry. U-M has actually been included on Richard Moll’s list of Public Ivies.  With over 200 undergraduate majors, and 100 doctoral and 90 master’s programs, U-M has actually given 6,490 undergraduate degrees, 4,951 academic degrees, and 709 very first expert degrees in 2011– 2012.

National honor societies such as Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Tau Beta Pi have chapters at U-M. Degrees “with Highest Distinction” are advised to students who rank in the top 3% of their class, “with High Distinction” to the next 7%, and “with Distinction” to the next 15%. Those students who earn all A’s for two or more successive terms in a calendar year are acknowledged as James B. Angell Scholars and are invited to participate in the yearly Honors Convocation, an occasion which recognizes undergraduate students with recognized scholastic achievements.

Out-of-state undergraduate students pay between $36,001.38 and $43,063.38 every year for tuition while in-state undergraduate students pay in between $11,837.38 and $16,363.38 each year. U-M supplies financial assistance in the form of need-based loans, grants, scholarships, work study, and non-need based scholarships, with 77% of undergraduates in 2007 receiving financial aid. For undergraduates in 2008, 46% graduated averaging roughly $25,586 of financial obligation. The university is attempting to increase financial assistance accessibility to students by devoting over $1.53 billion in endowment funds to support financial assistance.