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 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

“The level of communication amongst the coaches and team is refreshing. As parents, we too receive important touch points that keep us up-to-date. As all gymnastics parents know, the tempo in the gym, camaraderie of the team and the rapport with the coaches and staff (trainers, athletic department support) is paramount. Gymnasts live, eat and breathe the sport. There is a mutual respect in the gym for one another. Kurt as leader, with Xiao and Geoff, has created a positive, healthy, focused environment and superlative program. Kurt wants to see his men succeed, flourish and win in all aspects of life.” Tim & Stephanie Hunter, parents of Nick Hunter, Men’s Gymnastics

“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

“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 University of Michigan Volleyball program helped give our daughter Kerry the greatest college experience a parent could ask for. Coming from California, the volleyball program gave her an immediate extended family to lean on, helping her to acclimate, nurture and mature. In her four years participating in the volleyball program she not only learned to balance a rigorous academic and athletic curriculum, but she also made life-long friends who communicate almost daily and have been in each other's weddings. She was also inspired to seek a nursing career after volunteering at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital as part of the athletic department's outreach program. Our family is very proud that Kerry helped represent the rich tradition of University of Michigan athletics and academics, and we will always be eternally grateful to the University of Michigan, the coaches, and the families associated with the volleyball program for making it such a wonderful four years for us.” Dennis and Anne Hance, Parents of Kerry Hance, Volleyball

“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. Ali DeLoof, women’s swimming and diving, class of 2016

Ali DeLoof

Women’s Swimming and Diving

2016
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Being on the swim team has fostered my personal growth. Swimming is a very tough sport physically and mentally. Mental toughness is a big key to success in swimming. Practices can be difficult at times, but being able to keep pushing and give 110 percent effort is important. I have seen myself grow in this aspect here at Michigan and I thank all of the coaches for helping me become a mentally tough student-athlete. I feel as though I can take on anything in the world because of this.
Show back of card. Rachael Mack, field hockey, class of 2014

Rachael Mack

English National Team - Field Hockey

2014
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Opportunity is a word I've used many times to describe the experiences I was lucky enough to have had at U-M. I was given the opportunity to compete, study and learn at one of the world's best academic and athletic institutions. I am extremely grateful for everything that Michigan gave me. It taught me to be a better leader, person, friend, student and athlete. It gave me the opportunity to improve, excel and grow. My teammates and my coaches are my family, and I know that it is a friendship and a bond that will last forever.
Show back of card. Amber Hay, women’s track and field, class of 2009

Amber Hay

Attorney, Federal Reserve System - Women's Track & Field

2009
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Being a student-athlete at Michigan provided me with a network of like-minded individuals, people that were passionate and competitive with respect to a sport but also competitive in the classroom. My core group of friends are all excelling in their respective fields, and we continue to push one another to greater heights.

My time management, prioritizing and multitasking skills would not be what they are today if not for the multiple obligations I had to balance as a student-athlete. Such skills have allowed me to be effective and efficient in my work as an attorney. As a Michigan alumna, I have obtained various work, scholarship and educational opportunities from other Michigan alumni and those that respect the Michigan brand. As the saying goes, ‘It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine.
Show back of card. Allison Skaggs, water polo, class of 2017

Allison Skaggs

Water Polo

2017
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The opportunity to represent the University of Michigan is an experience I am eternally grateful for. Being a part of Michigan Athletics has provided me with lessons of teamwork, sacrifice and dedication, which I am confident will benefit my future endeavors. It is an extraordinary experience to be a member of a team, but a rewarding experience to be a member of Michigan’s team.