WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MICHIGAN

This is Michigan. Here, students pursue academic excellence and build the skills that will allow them to both succeed and thrive in their personal and professional lives. To put it simply, we’re in the business of educating the Leaders and Best.

But academics are just one part of a student’s college experience. College is a place where students find their passions, navigate independence, and build lifelong friendships. It’s a nurturing home away from home. Our goal is to make their years here as happy, healthy, and fruitful as possible – and to help them feel comfortable with the transition to college.

University of Michigan student-athletes study at state-of-the-art workstations.

Michigan At A Glance

  • Degree Programs: 250
  • Undergraduate Schools and Colleges: 13
  • Special First-Year Seminars: 100+
  • Average Seminar Size: 20 students or less
  • National and International Faculty Awards: Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Emmy Award, MacArthur Foundation
  • Students from all 50 states and 114 different countries
  • 97% of freshmen return for their sophomore year
  • 88% of freshmen graduate within five years
  • Living and Active Alumni: 547,000 – one of the largest alumni networks in the country
  • Famous Alumni: President Gerald R. Ford, Glee actor Darren Criss, opera legend Jessye Norman, major American playwright Arthur Miller, CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, Google co-founder Larry Page, Caldecott Medal Winner Chris van Allsburg
A group of University of Michigan students gather around their peer as he looks through a microscope.

Excellence in Education

We hold ourselves to the highest standard when it comes to educating our students, and our academic rigor is what separates us from other institutions. Michigan offers excellence across disciplines and around the globe. We are nationally recognized as a leader in higher education due to the outstanding quality of our 19 schools and colleges, 250 degree programs, and world-renowned faculty and departments. We also pride ourselves on helping to develop not only excellent student-athletes, but innovators and thinkers that make an impact on today’s society. This is a place where words like “tradition” and “excellence” are old and new, balanced by a history of achievement and a vision of the future.

University of Michigan student-athletes participate in a networking event.

The Leaders And Best

At Michigan, we go beyond simply educating our students. Through a variety of free, on-campus programs, we help prepare students to be successful, thriving individuals, regardless of the path they choose. Michigan’s Career Center provides trained staff to provide students with the skills and tools they’ll need to thrive in the professional world. The Center for Leadership Development and Career Preparation goes a step further, providing student-athletes with a wide variety of resources to support their personal development and professional growth and prepare them for their lives and careers following their Michigan experience. Plus, they’ll have the constant support of over 400,000 of their closest friends. The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is the most active in the country and helps students and graduates make connections in their intended field.

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Get to know campus

There’s nothing quite like it. The rising roar of the Big House on game days, the buzzing clusters of students strolling across the Diag, endless lines of trees coming to life again as winter turns to spring. Our campus is alive and thriving with all the quintessential elements of a classic college campus. State-of-the art learning facilities alongside an array of sports and recreational facilities create an ideal balance between academics and athletics while Ann Arbor serves as the perfect small-town backdrop. See campus for yourself. Explore Ann Arbor’s vibrant cultural scene, stroll through the Diag, and even check out some of our facilities. Get more information on scheduling a visit.

An overview of the Michigan Union.

More Resources

Ready to find out more about U-M? MParents helps parents and advisors get to know Michigan a little better. Keep up with the latest campus news. Learn about the University’s commitment to campus safety. Find out what living at the University of Michigan will be like for your student and explore some of the cultural and recreational opportunities they’ll have. Get more information on the University’s academic standards, grades and tuition. Plan a trip to Ann Arbor, and even learn a little bit of U-M lingo! Get more information.

“Tyler coming to Michigan has been without a doubt the best decision we, as a family, have made with my son. The individual attention Michigan provides for their young men on and off the field is second to none. All academic resources, tutors, professors and coaches individualize the road for success for all student-athletes. It has been not only amazing but has been peaceful and happy for our entire family. There truly are no words, four years later, that I can express. It’s more of a feeling. A feeling of it is 100% right. Now our feelings are truly a reality as Tyler graduates from the University of Michigan and the soccer team.” Linda Rogus, mother of Tyler Arnone, Men’s Soccer

“Being a member of the University of Michigan men’s soccer team was a rewarding experience for our son, Brian. The team culture of the Michigan soccer family provided a lifetime of wonderful memories and friendships for both himself and our family. As alumni of the university ourselves, we were aware of the academic requirements that were necessary to succeed at Michigan. The academic advising and guidance that were available to him, along with the support received from teammates, coaches, etc. was excellent. The discipline taught on the soccer field allowed him to succeed both on and off the field. Brian graduated in 4 years, received his B.A. in economics and presently works as a financial advisor. As parents, we are very proud that our son was a member of the men’s soccer team and we will always remain supporters of the program. Go Blue!” Larry & Cindy Klemczak, parents of Brian Klemczak, Men’s Soccer

“Being a member of the University of Michigan cheerleading program was an honor for Kristen, keenly aware that she was representing a team and her university. She has always loved a challenge and during her four years on the field we saw her confidence and determination grow which translated well in her professional life. She took her academic responsibilities as a student-athlete very seriously while fulfilling her commitment to her sport. As a member of a team she learned to trust, problem solve, manage her time and compromise, and has taken these qualities and skills, implementing them as a mentor and leader, not only to her peers in the workplace but also giving back as a coach for a cheerleading program at a local university.” Christine Haidostian Garry, mother of Kristen Garry Oziemkowski, Cheerleading

“Milestones achieved are markers throughout every child’s life and none as symbolic as when Tess began her college career as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan and with the women’s lacrosse program. The team has provided invaluable, powerful relationships between its members, and created a supportive environment for both them and their parents. Family ties have also broadened with the culture of banding together as a squad for the overall benefit of the group.” Teresa Simone, Parent of Tess Korten, Women's Lacrosse

“The University of Michigan is a school of culture and tradition. It produces first-class scholars that excel in various paths as well as athletes that compete among the best, both in the Big Ten and nationally. The program at Michigan helps students learn about time management as well as having the right priorities. This will explain why my daughter Tiffany was able to pursue her doctorate of pharmacy as well as being a five-time national champion. My other daughter Cindy is following in her footsteps as she holds the school track records in the 200 and 60 meter dash as a sophomore. The coaching staff has been phenomenal in bringing out the best in both my daughters and making sure they reach their maximum potential.” Dr. Felix Ofili, father of Tiffany and Cindy Ofili, Women’s Track & Field

“The University of Michigan is a wonderful place for a student-athlete who is driven to succeed on and off of the athletic field. U-M wants their student-athletes to be outstanding in academics and athletics, and provides the support necessary to be successful in both.

To that end, they provide superior support to their student-athletes. The Academic Center is a great place to study away from the noise and bustle of dorms and houses. Housed in that facility are study rooms, tutors and academic advisors.

The level of competition is excellent, with the team traveling wherever they need to go to engage in competition at the highest levels. Coach McGuire is acknowledged as one of the best coaches in America and he is supported by an outstanding training and medical staff.

A certified trainer travels with the team to every competition. Dedication by the University Administration, Athletic Administration and athletes lucky enough to attend Michigan results in a superlative experience for student athletes fortunate enough to attend there.” Sue Addison, mother of Becca and Laura Addison, Women’s Cross Country

We Are Michigan

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Show back of card. Mackenzie Ellis, field hockey, class of 2016

Mackenzie Ellis

Field Hockey

2016
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Being a student-athlete at Michigan has allowed me numerous opportunities that I would never have been able to experience had I gone to a different university. Michigan is truly a special place that has become incredibly important in shaping who I have become as a person and not just a student-athlete.
Show back of card. Kristen Tiner, field hockey, class of 2007

Kristen Tiner

Head of Risk Segment, Asia Pacific, Thomson Reuters - Field Hockey

2007
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When you play for the University of Michigan, you are representing a long-standing tradition of excellence that stretches well beyond the classroom, the community or the playing field. Becoming a Wolverine makes you part of the Michigan family - no matter where you are in the world. What I now realize is that each day of training, every sprint, every fight for a 50/50 possession, and every time I had to dig a little deeper to get through a tough match prepared me for the competitive world of financial services. So no matter what you choose to do after Michigan or wherever you go, Go Blue!
Show back of card. Rob Pelinka, men’s basketball, Class of 1993

Rob Pelinka

Landmark Sports Agency - Men's Basketball

1993
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My experience at the University of Michigan has become one of the core pillars in my life. It's where I learned to be committed to excellence, in all pursuits. Simply put, the University of Michigan helps all of its students forge the pathways to the future, to do life-changing and great things. I will always be tremendously grateful for the people and life lessons that make the University of Michigan the one-of-kind university it is.
Show back of card. Catherine Peters, women’s golf, class of 2016

Catherine Peters

Women’s Golf

2016
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The University of Michigan for me stands for pride in achievement through hard work and dedication, and it stands for unwavering integrity and loyalty to your team. To be a part of the Michigan golf program is one of the greatest feelings because it's an honor to be part of a great, competitive program.