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.

“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

“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, Parent of Eric Jacobson, Baseball

“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

“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

“From the very beginning, Jaclyn was told by her coaches ‘Those who stay will endure the most.’ In looking back over the last four years, the experiences that Jaclyn has encountered while at Michigan have given her the power to accept life's challenges and the confidence to keep moving forward. Your biggest fear in having your daughter move away is not knowing how she will handle being alone. However, being a part of the Michigan program provided an instant family who cared for her. I am not only talking about the team and the coaching staff, but the incredible alumni and fan base that comes with the University of Michigan. It is like no other school.” Mary Crummey, Parent of Jaclyn Crummey, Softball

“First and foremost, Michigan had Meghan's education at the top of its list! Meghan received the very best support from academic tutors, teammates, coaches, surgeons and athletic trainers. On the field, the team improved every day for four years. As freshmen, they learned what playing for the Block M really means. By senior year, they earned everything they achieved, including a trip to the Elite Eight. They had become everything this great institution stands for -- the Leaders and Best!” Joe Toohey, Parent of Meghan Toohey, Women's Soccer

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Show back of card. Emily Brunemann, women’s swimming and diving, class of 2010

Emily Brunemann

Member of Team USA - Women's Swimming & Diving

2010
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My time at Michigan was incomparable to anything I have experienced. My desire and drive to be a part of something greater than myself was instilled in me early through the history and tradition Michigan represents. We always remember and respect those who came before us and those who continue to come after we have left.
Show back of card. Jeff Chu, men’s lacrosse, class of 2014

Jeff Chu

Mechanical Engineer, ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery - Men's Lacrosse

2014
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Being a student-athlete at the University of Michigan was a privilege and an honor. My experiences on the lacrosse team provided me with an unparalleled college experience that not only allowed me to compete at the highest level of athletics, but opened a multitude of doors to become involved in the campus community. The support and camaraderie I found through my teammates is something that I will take with me for years to come.
Show back of card. Lauren Grogan, women’s golf, class of 2015

Lauren Grogan

Women’s Golf

2015
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Michigan means the world to me. Having spent close to four years here, it truly has become a second home and I could not ask for anything better. It is a place that no matter how far away I may travel, it will always stay close to my heart. I am surrounded by amazing and caring people who have become family. I love being able to represent the Block M when traveling and getting the opportunity to play some of the best venues in the country.
Show back of card. Jordan Taylor, softball, class of 2012

Jordan Taylor

Professional Softball Player - Softball

2011
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Michigan softball isn't just about playing softball. Through the program, you grow as an individual -- mentally, physically and emotionally. Every day as a Wolverine, I was pushed in all three of these aspects, making me into the athlete I am today. A saying that Jen Brundage used during games often was, 'Your best can beat their best on any day of the week.' I take that saying with me every time I go out on the mound, sometimes facing the best hitters in the world.