We are the Leaders and Best

We are the Leaders and Best – and not just when it comes to athletics. Did you know that we were named the #1 Public Research University in the U.S. by the National Science Foundation? Or that student-athletes walk the same halls as the co-founder of Google, the former CEO of Twitter, and even a U.S. President? We developed the EKG. Laser eye surgery. The polio vaccine. We even helped pioneer the internet.

The University of Michigan provides an environment in which student-athletes represent a NCAA Division I athletic department with a strong championship tradition, while getting an education from a top university that will take them just about anywhere they choose to go in life — now that’s rare. Whatever student-athletes want, we’ve got it. They can choose the major they’ve always dreamed about by spending time exploring new classes and finding their passion. With 19 schools and colleges and 250 undergraduate majors, we dare them not to be inspired.

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Success Program

Having an outstanding support system can make all the difference when it comes to making a smooth transition to college life. Meet the people who answer questions, provide guidance, and help student-athletes meet academic challenges head-on.
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At the University of Michigan, we work hard to provide rich experiences and educational development for student-athletes. Academic success and graduation are priorities to us - and having strong educational support enhances their ability to succeed. To help them achieve their goals and adjust to college life, we offer advising assistance, study table programs, tutorial programs, a writing center, a math lab and an engineering computer lab, all conveniently located inside the Ross Academic Center.

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We Are Michigan

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Show back of card. Kelsey Knutson, women’s gymnastics, class of 2010

Kelsey Knutson

Attorney - Women's Gymnastics

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As a student-athlete at the University of Michigan, I was surrounded by the best — teammates, athletes, coaches, students, professors, trainers and philanthropists. The list is endless. This inspiring environment created an insatiable appetite for me to be my best. Michigan provides every resource imaginable to enable its student-athletes to accomplish their goals, not only while a student-athlete, but even more importantly, in their life after graduation. Michigan equipped me with the skill set and confidence to pursue and accomplish my dream of becoming an attorney, a dream I did not realize I had until the Michigan culture worked its magic.
Show back of card. Thomas Kelley, men’s gymnastics, class of 2011

Thomas Kelley

Analyst, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage - Men's Gymnastics

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Michigan re-enforces strong work ethic and a drive to win as a team. When your competition days are over these skills transfer seamlessly into any professional field.
Show back of card. Richelle Webb Dixon, women’s track and field, class of 1994

Richelle (Webb) Dixon

Assistant Vice President, Operations, CHI St. Luke’s Health - Women's Track & Field

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My experience competing for the University of Michigan was both a rewarding and humbling experience. As a student-athlete, I was fortunate to continue my athletic pursuits while enjoying an awesome educational experience. Being able to both run track and study psychology helped me balance the challenges of undergraduate and graduate studies.

As a Michigan athlete, I had an automatic support system with coaches, counselors and teammates who all wanted me to succeed. The structured practice time, competitions and class requirements enabled me to gain great time management skills, exhibit leadership acumen and perseverance. The experience cultivated me into a well-rounded and balanced individual.

Attending and competing for Michigan was the best choice for me. It allowed me to mature into a competent leader and pursue a sport I love. The relationships with my teammates are invaluable and continue to serve me well years later. I truly consider myself blessed to have been able to compete for the University of Michigan.
Show back of card. Cassandra Gelov, cheerleading, class of 2015

Cassandra Gelov


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Michigan cheerleading has been the highlight of my collegiate experience. When I look back at everything I have done and accomplished over the last four years, I am most proud and nostalgic about being a part of Michigan Athletics. I have created a family away from home, one that works hard together, struggles together and celebrates great wins together. I have learned more about myself as a teammate, leader and friend than I will in any other organization. Cheerleading has provided me with incredible experiences, from cheering in the Big House to traveling around the country with our football and basketball teams. It has been an unforgettable journey and I am grateful to have been a part of something bigger than myself, the Michigan traditions and the Michigan family. Go Blue!