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. Eric Jacobson, baseball, class of 2015

Eric Jacobson


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The proof of the Michigan academic reputation is in the countless student-athlete alumni who have gone on to successful careers in the business world and beyond, many of whom are still actively involved in the Michigan athletic community. Every day, we sit next to students who run start-ups, advance the medical field or change the political landscape. We are a part of an extraordinary collection of students who are ambitious and motivated to affect the world in a positive way.
Show back of card. Nikki Peters, women’s gymnastics, class of 1999

Nikki Peters

Park Supervisor of Recreation, Chicago Parks Department - Women's Gymnastics

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The recognition and adulation you receive from being an athlete at Michigan and sporting that Block M carries such an amazing amount of respect. My coaches, academic advisors, and other student-athletes on campus created a standard of greatness that I continue to showcase on a daily basis. I reflect on my time in Ann Arbor almost every day. The memories, the friendships and the life lessons I've gained are incomparable.
Show back of card. Brook Handler, women’s cross country, Class of 2015

Brook Handler

Women's Cross Country

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The support I have received at Michigan has been amazing. Every time I walk into the training room or my coaches office I feel like there are people there who really care about making me into the best athlete I can be. The resources that are available are incredible. I have been able to pursue a chemical engineering education along with my athletic career which is something that I could have not done at just any school. I have had help putting together my resume and finding an internship and know there are numerous other resources available to help me in any other aspect of my life. Being on a team at Michigan has allowed me to be surrounded by people who you can't help but be your best around. They are smart, hard working, incredible people and being around that quality of people every day inspires me to be the best I can be.
Show back of card. Bess Bowers, women’s golf, class of 2002

Bess Bowers Barnes

Vice President, College Sports Programming, CBS Sports & CBS Sports Network - Women's Golf

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The Michigan ‘connection’ has helped open doors for me, especially in business. In fact, my reputation as a former golfer from the University of Michigan often precedes me; it is a status not many can claim. I am thankful for my time at Michigan, because it truly helped shape my life in the best possible way. Go Blue!