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.

“What an experience it was for our daughter Liesl to play field hockey at the University of Michigan. To be a student-athlete at a school like Michigan is an unparalleled opportunity. She received extraordinary coaching from one of the best coaching staffs in the country, as well as a first class education. Her life has been, and will continue to be, enriched because of her Michigan experiences.” Wendy Morris, Mother of Liesl Morris, Field Hockey

“Our son Bobby wanted to run for Michigan all through high school, so he worked hard and eventually made the team. U-M had incredible resources for him; from the coaches, training staff and academic advisers to the other forms of support, Michigan had whatever he needed and the lasting friendships he made with his teammates are something he will always have.

“The positive work ethic required to be successful in both athletics and academics at U-M was exactly what he needed to help set his path for the future. Wearing the Block M with pride was an honor Bobby still cherishes and as his parents we could not be more proud of him and his accomplishments.” Robert and Debby Aprill, parents of Bobby Aprill, Men’s Cross Country

“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

“Sometimes students can get lost in the size of a large university such as Michigan. First semesters are difficult and many students feel uncomfortable for many reasons -- away from home, new surroundings, new people, new friends and high expectations. This, however, was not the case in Brooke's experience. The tennis team brought many friends, a sense of security and team bonding. The coaches made sure of this to help all the girls adapt to not only tennis, but school and everyday life itself. Brooke chose Michigan because of the coaches -- they were like an extension of her family, which was most important to not only her but us as well. As her year progressed she competed and did well but also had her ups and downs like any student-athlete. She could always talk to the coaches to ease any concerns she may have had. It is difficult as a coach to be tough on their athletes and also be there for their personal needs. That is what Michigan has -- coaches that care about their athletes first and winning second. Winning is only a by-product of what you develop as a coach.

“Relationships that were developed at Michigan by our daughter Brooke will last her a lifetime. Knowing that her teachers and coaches cared about her will last her an eternity.” Tom and Missi Travers, Parents of Brooke Bolender, Women's Tennis

“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

“One of my first introductions to coach Mike Bottom came at a breakfast the parents were hosting for our girls. Mike came in to speak to the group and used the theme that swimming is the vehicle giving you the tools to be great student-athletes at Michigan, and more importantly to use those tools gained through swimming to propel you into the future being great leaders and citizens in any endeavor you choose. Through swimming you’ll live a life of excellence. I look at my daughter, Molly, and see how she has grown in her swimming, how she brings excellence to the classroom and an ability to navigate her future with tremendous focus and enthusiasm.” Kevin Schaefer, father of Molly Schaefer, Women’s Swimming and Diving

We Are Michigan

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Show back of card. Gerald Ford, football, class of 1935

Gerald Ford

39th President of the United States - Football

1935
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During 25 years in the rough-and-tumble world of politics, I often thought of the experiences before, during, and after my years playing for Michigan. Remembering them has helped me many times to face a tough situation, take action, and make every effort possible despite adverse odds.
Show back of card. Molly Schaefer, women’s swimming and diving, class of 2015

Molly Schaefer

Women’s Swimming and Diving

2015
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Academics are important because ultimately that is the reason we are at Michigan: to earn a college degree. Academics help us fine-tune our skills to be the best well-rounded person we can be. Not only do we want to be great athletes, but we want to succeed after we hang up our suit and goggles.
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

1994
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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. Jim Kamman, wrestling, class of 1967

Jim Kamman

Tax Attorney, A. Lavar Taylor - Wrestling

1967
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From wrestling, I learned that discipline, focus and hard work more than compensated for lack of talent. Michigan wrestling gave me the opportunities to compete, to develop self-confidence and to enable me to achieve the goals I set for myself, on the mat, in the classroom and throughout life. The time spent and lessons learned, about myself and life, as a student-athlete at Michigan have been priceless. I will forever be indebted to Michigan and U-M wrestling.