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.

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 levels of excellence that were instilled in my daughters, Lindsay and Katelin, during their years of academic and athletic competition at the University of Michigan has given them a higher platform to start their professional careers in life. The standards that are adhered to at the University of Michigan have enabled both girls to hit the ground running when it comes to leadership and ethics in life after school.” Doug Davis, Father of Lindsay and Katelin Davis, Women’s Golf

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Show back of card. Ali Arastu, men’s track and field, class of 2015

Ali Arastu

Men’s Track & Field

2015
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Being a student-athlete at the University of Michigan has developed me physically, mentally and emotionally. Every day I am pushed to my limits to be the best that I can be. The expectations of a Michigan student-athlete may have seemed overwhelming at first, but it is what I signed up for when I decided to compete at the highest of levels both athletically and academically. These past four years have been challenging, but ultimately successful because of the motivating and encouraging support staff that I am surrounded by every day. It took hard work, dedication and focus to be a student athlete, but by going to Michigan, I was guided into becoming a successful one.
Show back of card. Mary Petrovich, softball, class of 1985

Mary Petrovich

Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group - Softball

1985
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My education in the classroom was equally supplemented by the life lessons learned as a student-athlete while proudly wearing the Block M as the captain of my team. The ability to overcome adversity, manage the stress and workload that’s demanded as an engineering student and master extreme time management challenges are but a few examples of leadership and personal growth development that have allowed me to achieve success as a working mother while leading a global industrial business to be best-in-class.
Show back of card. Alex Petrone, men’s tennis, class of 2014

Alex Petrone

Men’s Tennis

2015
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Competition is the reason for every student-athlete to come to Michigan. Competition academically and athletically at Michigan is the best quality in the world. The test of competing with yourself and your peers is a daily struggle that ultimately creates the successful people that Michigan graduates every year.
Show back of card. Kevin Bain, men’s swimming and diving, class of 2015

Kevin Bain

Men’s Swimming & Diving

2015
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To me, Michigan provided me with an opportunity to grow and test my limits. We're given so many resources to reach our goals and potential, whether that's a great strength coach or an incredible athletic trainer or amazing equipment that we can practice with at any time of day. More than that, though, it's the amazing team that's in place here. In this sport, there's always been a little rift between swimmers and divers, but here, we're more of a community than anywhere else. We aren't thought of as just swimmers or just divers. We are friends. We live together. Even though we're on the diving boards and they're in the middle of the pool, we're still motivating each other and pushing each other to do our best and fight for the team as one.