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
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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.

“The 17 year-old child I dropped off on North Campus a few years ago has developed into a humble, capable and driven leader. Most of the general population at Michigan sees sideline performances at football and basketball games, halftime brilliance with the Michigan Marching Band, or have met the girls at PR events around campus. But at the core of these women are ambitious, competitive, compassionate dancers that spend countless hours to become mentally and technically stronger than their opponents. This competitive advantage that is expected from Michigan Athletics has become part of her character. These lessons have added dimensions to her leadership skills that she can apply to life. These “soft skills” and life lessons are invaluable to the development of a student-athlete and have transformed my child to this young woman that is now standing before me.” De Ann Nicholas, Parent of Maycee Nicholas, Dance

“We have felt from Day 1 that Matt was supported as both an athlete and a student at the University of Michigan. With the guidance from coaches, academic advisors and tutors, Matt excelled in the gym and in the classroom. While individual accomplishments earned through competition and academic success were important, for Matt, it was always, ‘The Team, The Team, The Team.’ This meant more than working together toward championships. The coaches and gymnasts created a sense of family within the program. As parents, we watched our son grow as an athlete, a student and a person during his four years at Michigan. We couldn’t be happier with Matt’s experience.” Phil and Marie Freeman, parents of Matt Freeman, Men’s Gymnastics

“Michigan baseball has been an integral part of our family for over 35 years. As a former player and now father to a current team member, we are blessed that our son is able to fully experience the tradition and energy of being part of the Michigan baseball family. The Michigan baseball experience impacted my life in countless ways. The program taught me the importance of hard work, ability to perform under pressure, mental toughness and leadership skills. Most of all it developed an incredible bond and trust with my teammates that lasts a lifetime. My son has capitalized on the state-of-the-art baseball techniques and life lessons taught by Coach Bakich and his staff. He has matured into a confident leader both on the field and in the classroom. We are thankful that Michigan baseball has had a significant impact on his growth into a confident and disciplined young man. Welcome to the Michigan baseball family.” Jeff Jacobson, father of Eric Jacobson, Class of 2015

“The only thing better than Mikie’s first year at Michigan is the fact that he is returning as a sophomore. Academically and socially, being a member of the lacrosse family is nothing less than amazing! Our boys are benefiting from the deep-rooted philosophies and culture that mold future leaders and make being a part of the University of Michigan special. As a parent, I have enjoyed the bond and camaraderie all of the parents of lacrosse players share. New and special friendships for both parents and student-athletes have evolved and will continue to develop as each class is welcomed to the team. Go Blue!” Lydia Schlosser, mother of Mikie Schlosser, Men’s Lacrosse

“Michigan lacrosse has delivered on its pledge to our daughter with incredible facilities, challenging competition and consistent academic support. It has been a source of pride for players and their families alike to be part of the Michigan tradition. The groundwork has been laid for a lacrosse program that will consistently compete at the highest level, while offering a world class education. We are proud to be part of the Michigan family!” Matt and Susan Schueler, Parents of Anna Schueler, Women's Lacrosse

“The team culture, the discipline and the privilege of being a student-athlete at the University of Michigan has provided a fabulous experience for our son Will and has contributed greatly to his personal growth both on and off the lacrosse field. While he has made life-long relationships with his teammates, we have received the extra benefit of new friendships with many of the parents. For all of these things we are truly appreciative and will remain lifelong supporters of the University of Michigan lacrosse program.” Terry and Betsy Meter, Parents of Will Meter, Men's Lacrosse

We Are Michigan

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Haylie Wagner

Softball

2015
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Being a Michigan Woman is something bigger than the name itself. Being a Michigan Woman helps you step out of your zone, help you find out who you are, and most importantly you learn how to be respectful, thoughtful, grateful and honored to be part of something bigger than the name.
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Megan Weschler

Women's Cross Country

2014
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Being a student-athlete at Michigan has provided me with numerous resources that I am extremely grateful for. The biggest impact on my academics has been the tutoring service that the academic center provides all athletes with. This has helped me in several of my most challenging classes at Michigan because I was able to learn from others that did well in the class and get extra help. The athletic resources available to me have had a tremendous impact on my running career at Michigan. The biggest impact for me has been the trainers and training room equipment. There are so many preventative injury resources and athletic trainers that have been available for anything I needed.
Show back of card. Krista Phillips, women’s basketball, class of 2010

Krista Phillips

2012 Olympian, Canada - Women's Basketball

2010
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I learned so many things at Michigan that have helped shape me into this person I am. Michigan is a very loving place to be. The fans are so loyal and supportive, and having people like that behind you make it possible to travel to foreign places and eat foreign foods and play the best basketball of your life. I learned that it is so important to be in control of the things you can control, like how many hours you put in the gym, how hard you run, how much of yourself you give, and to let go of the things you cannot control.
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Justin Clark

Neurosurgeon at Great Lakes Neurosurgical Associates - Ice Hockey

1999
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As I look back at the lessons that Coach Berenson taught us about achieving excellence and preparing for life after hockey, I am no longer surprised that so many of us have achieved so much once our hockey careers were over. Not only were we provided with insight into the key habits for success, but we were also rewarded for adopting these habits with national championships. I believe that these two elements are why so many went on to do well. We worked hard, and we tasted victory. Excellence is not unique to a specific discipline. It is an approach to how you manage tasks and deal with problems. Our experience as part of the Michigan hockey family is why so many of us in the program have gone on to succeed. And in reality, it is probably why we had such successful teams while at Michigan. Coach Berenson, Mel (Pearson) and Billy (Powers) assembled a group of guys with a wide range of talent who all shared a common willingness to work hard and sacrifice for their team. Those same characteristics that made us successful then have also made us successful now.