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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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

“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

“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

“As Kyle has finished up his four years of swimming for Michigan, it is amazing to see what a responsible young man he has become. His mentality of doing things ‘for the team’ is so ingrained in him that he carries that out into other parts of his life now. He is always thinking of others and how his choices may impact them. In just the short time Aaron has been there for his freshman year, I have seen him go from thinking about the individual to thinking about the team. I already can see the same character building in Aaron that I’ve seen in Kyle. The Team matters! He sees how important his link in the chain is for the team so he is working hard to make sure that link stays secure. As a parent, I can say that University of Michigan is absolutely the best place for my kids, not just for athletics, but for shaping them into fine young men that will be successful in their careers after school.” Lisa Whitaker, mother of Kyle and Aaron Whitaker, Men’s Swimming & Diving

“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

“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

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Arianne Field

COO of Four LLC, a venture-backed start-up based in NYC - Women's Cross Country

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The University of Michigan is an exceptional academic institution and an athletic powerhouse. I am so proud to be a letterwinner in track and cross country. Not only did I earn a well-respected college degree, but also had the honor of being part of seven Big Ten champion teams, placing third in the NCAA twice, and captaining the teams my senior year. Above all, I developed relationships with my teammates, coaches and alumni that will last a lifetime. I couldn't have asked for better role models, mentors and friends. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my experience at Michigan. The values of a student-athlete translates very well to the professional world: determination, goal orientation, time management, teamwork, leadership and a positive attitude are incredibly valuable qualities. This skill set has driven success in my work at JPMorgan and Google, MBA at Columbia, and now in my role as COO of a venture-backed start-up.
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Terry Mills

IMG/Michigan Radio, Radio & TV Analyst - Men's Basketball

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Attending the University of Michigan was phenomenal! Campus-life was exciting, and I received an exceptional education. The professors and coaches were instrumental in molding me into the man I am today. Winning an NCAA National Championship with my teammates meant the world to me. Our experiences as a team created a brotherhood of lasting friendships and memories.
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Carmen Reynolds

Professional Basketball Player - Women's Basketball

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My experiences at Michigan on and off the basketball court have helped me in my current pursuit of playing professional basketball overseas and I'm confident it will help me in my future career beyond basketball. The leadership and life skills I obtained while at Michigan have carried over in my day-to-day life, living and playing abroad. These skills help me adapt to new environments and successfully thrive in team atmospheres. The prestigious degree I earned, as well as the pride of the Michigan culture and tradition of the Block M, are things that I'm forever grateful for!
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Amber Smith

Women’s Track and Field

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Being a University of Michigan student-athlete means being a part of a family. It means that you will be supported and challenged, provided for and expected from, and nurtured and believed in. You are given all the necessary resources to succeed in your academics, in your athletics, and most importantly, in life; but that does not mean it comes easy. As a Michigan student-athlete, I have been pushed to my limits in my engineering courses. My strength and courage have been tested through my workouts on the track; and I have experienced enough life lessons for a lifetime. What all those struggles have in common is that I overcame them. I, like 900+ other student-athletes, accepted the challenges that come with being the best, to be Victors. When we pump our fists and shout, “Hail! to the victors valiant”, we feel a sense of joy and pride knowing that we truly are the leaders and best. Come. Accept the challenge. Go Blue!