The university of Michigan

The University of Michigan (also known as U of M, or U-Mich) is one of the most frequently searched colleges in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of American universities.

U-Mich is a public research university, and is Michigan's oldest university. The school was founded in Detroit in 1817, twenty years before the state of Michigan itself was founded. The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1837, where it still stands today. 

The school maintains a current enrollment of roughly 45,000 students each year, with approximately two thirds of them studying at the undergraduate level. U of M has more than half a million living graduates. 

The acceptance rate at U-Mich is about 29 percent. 

The University of Michigan remains on the cutting edge of energy engineering and automotive technology, with teams that build award winning solar powered cars. U of M usually ranks among the top 30 universities in America.

Some of the most famous graduates of U-Mich include bookstore chain founders Louis and Tom Borders, Brady Bunch star Ann B. Davis, comedian David Allan Grier, actor James Earl Jones, and comedian Gilda Radner, as well as many professional athletes, dozens of CEOs, at least eight astronauts, and no less than two dozen Nobel prize winners, to name only a few. 

The University of Michigan is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 

Shown above: The "Quantum Solar Racer," created by the Solar Car Team at U-Mich.


university of Michigan Q&A

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the University of Michigan. 

Above: The "Law Quad" at U of M


1. Where is the University of Michigan?

The main campus of U-Mich is located in the city of Ann Arbor, with additional locations in Dearborn, Detroit, and Flint.

Here are the official mailing and visiting addresses of the three main U of M campuses:  

University of Michigan

500 S. State Street

Ann Arbor, Michigan


University of Michigan

4901 Evergreen Road

Dearborn, Michigan


University of Michigan

303 E. Kearsley Street

Flint, Michigan


The Detroit location of U-Mich serves staff and faculty members. 

Shown above: Early fall on the Michigan campus.


2. What is the organizational structure of the University of Michigan?

U-Mich offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral (PhD) degrees in many fields of study. The university consists of the following 19 colleges and schools: 

  1. College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  2. College of Engineering
  3. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  4. School of Art and Design 
  5. School of Business 
  6. School of Dentistry
  7. School of Education 
  8. School of Graduate Studies
  9. School of Information
  10. School of Kinesiology
  11. School of Law
  12. School of Medicine
  13. School of Music, Theater, and Dance 
  14. School of Natural Resources and Environment 
  15. School of Nursing
  16. School of Pharmacy
  17. School of Public Health
  18. School of Public Policy
  19. School of Social Work

3. What undergraduate majors are offered at the University of Michigan?

U-Mich features a wide range of undergraduate majors to choose from. Here is a list of undergraduate majors currently offered at U of M

  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Afro American and African Studies
  • American Culture
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art and Design
  • Arts and Ideas in the Humanities 
  • Asian Studies 
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Physics
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Biomolecular Science
  • Biophysics
  • Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience  
  • Business
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Science 
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Classical Archeology
  • Classical Civilization
  • Classical Languages and Literatures 
  • Cognitive Science 
  • Communication Studies
  • Community and Global Public Health 
  • Comparative Culture and Identity 
  • Comparative Literature 
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science 
  • Creative Writing and Literature 
  • Dance 
  • Data Science
  • Dental Hygiene 
  • Drama
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Earth System Science and Engineering 
  • Ecology, Evolutionary, and Biodiversity
  • Economics 
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Teacher Education
  • Engineering Physics
  • English
  • Environment 
  • Environmental Engineering 
  • Evolutionary Anthropology 
  • French Studies 
  • Gender and Health
  • General Studies
  • German
  • Global Environment and Health 
  • Greek Language, Literature, and Culture  
  • Health and Fitness
  • History
  • History of Art 
  • Industrial and Operations Engineering 
  • Informatics
  • Information
  • Interarts Performance  
  • International Security
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Jazz Studies
  • Judaic Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Latin Language and Literature 
  • Latino/Latina Studies 
  • Law, Justice, and Social Change
  • Linguistics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Microbiology 
  • Middle Eastern and North African Studies
  • Movement Science 
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre 
  • Musicology 
  • Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 
  • Near Eastern Studies 
  • Neuroscience
  • Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Organizational Studies
  • Performing Arts Technology
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences  
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology
  • Polish 
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health Sciences
  • Public Policy
  • Romance Languages and Literatures 
  • Russian
  • Screen Arts and Cultures 
  • Screenwriting
  • Secondary Teacher Education
  • Social Theory and Practice   
  • Sociology
  • Sound Engineering
  • Spanish
  • Sport Management  
  • Statistics
  • Structural Biology
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre Design and Production
  • Theatre Performance    
  • Women's Studies 

Shown above: The Ann Arbor campus of U-Mich.


4. What graduate programs are available at the University of Michigan?

U-Mich features numerous graduate programs, at both the Masters and the Doctoral levels. 

Here is a list of graduate level programs of study at U-Mich: 

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Afro American and African Studies
  • Afro Luso Brazilian Studies 
  • American Culture
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Physics
  • Architecture
  • Art and Design
  • Asian Languages and Cultures 
  • Asian Studies  
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biophysics
  • Biostatistics  
  • Business Administration 
  • Business and Economics
  • Business Research 
  • Cancer Biology 
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Cellular Biotechnology 
  • Chemical Biology 
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies 
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering 
  • Classical Art and Archeology
  • Classical Studies
  • Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering 
  • Clinical Pharmacy Translational Science 
  • Clinical Research  
  • Cognitive Science 
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Action and Research  
  • Comparative Literature 
  • Complex Systems
  • Computational Discovery and Engineering
  • Critical Translation Studies  
  • Data Science
  • Dentistry 
  • Design Science 
  • Digital Studies
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Economics 
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
  • Engineering Education Research 
  • English and Education
  • English an dWomen's Studies
  • English Language and Literature 
  • Environmental and Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology 
  • European Studies  
  • German Studies 
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures 
  • Greek and Roman History   
  • Health and Healthcare Research 
  • Health Behavior and Health Education 
  • Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems
  • Health Services Organization and Policy
  • Health Services Research 
  • History
  • History and Women's Studies 
  • History of Art 
  • Human Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Industrial and Operations Engineering 
  • Industrial Health 
  • Integrative Design
  • Japanese Studies
  • Judaic Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Latino/Latina Studies 
  • LGBTQ Studies 
  • Linguistics
  • Macromolecular Science and Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Medical Scientist Training Program 
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies 
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Microfluidics in Biomedical Sciences 
  • Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies
  • Molecular and Cellular Pathology
  • Molecular and Integrative Physiology
  • Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology 
  • Museum Studies 
  • Music, Theatre and Dance 
  • Nanoscience and Technology 
  • Natural Resources and Environment 
  • Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 
  • Near Eastern Studies 
  • Neuroscience
  • Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional Sciences 
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences  
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy 
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Physics
  • Plasma Science and Engineering  
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health 
  • Public Policy 
  • Quantitative Finance and Risk Management 
  • Robotics
  • Romance Languages and Literatures 
  • Russian
  • Science Technology and Society 
  • Scientific Computing
  • Screen Arts and Cultures 
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Social Work and Social Science   
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Studies 
  • Southeast Asian Studies 
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Survey Methodology
  • Toxicology
  • Transcultural Studies
  • Translational Research Education 
  • Urban and Regional Planning     
  • Women's Studies 
  • World Performance Studies

Go here for a list of the Doctoral (PhD) programs at the University of Michigan.  

Shown above: The Ross School of Business at U-Mich


5. What programs are available at the University of Michigan School of Law?

The U of M School of Law offers various legal concentrations. Here are some major areas of interest on the Michigan Law School curriculum: 

  • Antitrust
  • Banking and Finance
  • Commercial Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporate Law and Practice
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law
  • Estate Planning
  • European Law
  • Family Law
  • Health Law
  • Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Japanese Law
  • Labor and Employment Law 
  • Law and Economics
  • Legal History and Law and the Humanities
  • Legal Theory and Philosophy
  • Legal Writing 
  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Property Law
  • Public Interest Law 
  • Public Law and Regulatory Policy
  • Refugee and Asylum Law
  • Taxation

Shown above: The architecturally magnificent Law Library at U-Mich


6. How much does it cost to attend the University of Michigan?

According to the university website, the estimated total annual cost of attendance at U-Mich is:

  • Roughly $30,000 for in-state undergraduate students (Michigan residents)          
  • Roughly $62,000 to $65,000 for out of state (non resident) undergraduate students
  • Roughly $45,000 for in-state graduate students (Michigan residents)          
  • Roughly $68,000 for out of state (non resident) graduate students

The tuition for full time attendance at the U of M Law School is: 

  • $28,422 for in-state students (Michigan residents)          
  • $30,045 for out of state (non resident) students

Additional fees may also apply. These may include application fees, registration fees, student services fees, health fees, technology fees, and insurance fees, among others.  

Students who apply to the University of Michigan may be eligible to receive financial aid, as long as they successfully complete the FAFSA form. Graduate financial aid may also be available at U-Mich. 

7. What is the University of Michigan campus like?

The main campus of U-Mich in Ann Arbor spans 3,177 acres, and contains nearly 600 buildings. The campus is divided into four areas, known as North campus, Central campus, South campus, and Medical campus. The Huron River runs through the property, separating the North campus from the rest.  

The crowning landmark of the Ann Arbor campus is the majestic Burton Tower, which lights up in various colors for different occasions. The tower is powered by more than 100 energy-efficient LED bulbs, programmed to light up in different colors on command. Tower lighting ceremonies are frequent. 

Student housing is available, both on and off campus, as are parking and public transportation services.  

The athletic teams at U-Mich are called the Wolverines. They play for Division I of the the NCAA, and are members of the Big 10 Conference. The team colors are maize and blue. 

Student athletes at U-Mich can choose from a number of varsity sports and "spirit" teams. Intercollegiate sports for men and women include

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Dance
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Marching Band 
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving 
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling 

Non athletic campus activities include numerous student interest groups, such as cultural associations, service organizations, musical groups, theater groups, campus publications, a TV station, and a radio station, to name just a few of the available activities on the U of M campus. 

Above: The badass UM Wolverines.


8. What are the distance learning opportunities at the University of Michigan?

U-Mich offers a broad assortment of distance learning degree options, as well as individual courses that can be completed fully online. 

Here is an alphabetical list of fully online courses that students can audit FREE through the U-Mich Learning Management System: 

  1. Analytics and Online Experiments 
  2. Anatomy
  3. Budgeting and Finance for Public Libraries 
  4. Case Studies in Continuous Educational Improvement 
  5. Continuum Physics 
  6. Corporate Financial Analysis
  7. Corporate Financial Policy 
  8. Data Analytics for Managers
  9. Data Science Ethics 
  10. Democratic to Authoritarian Rule 
  11. Designing and Leading Learning Systems 
  12. Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work
  13. Evaluating Designs With Users 
  14. Fake News, Facts, and Alternative Facts 
  15. Finance for Everyone: Smart Tools in Decision Making 
  16. Financial Decision Rules for Project Evaluation 
  17. Financial Institutions and Markets 
  18. Grant Writing and Crowd Funding for Public Libraries 
  19. Identifying Community Needs for Public Library Management
  20. Improvement Science in Education
  21. Infrastructure Management for Public Libraries 
  22. Injury Prevention for Children and Teens 
  23. Inspiring and Motivating Arts and Culture Teams
  24. Leading Ambitious Teaching and Learning 
  25. Leading Change: Go Beyond Glamification With Gameful Learning 
  26. Leading Educational innovation and Improvement
  27. Manage a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace for Public Libraries 
  28. Personnel Management for Public Libraries 
  29. Practical Learning Analytics  
  30. Principles of Designing for Humans 
  31. Project Risk Assessment 
  32. Public Library Management 
  33. Public Library Marketing and Public Relations 
  34. Social Welfare Policy and Services 
  35. Social Work: Research 
  36. Social Work Practice With Individuals, Families, and Small Groups
  37. Social Work Practice Advocating Social Justice and Change 
  38. Social Work Practice in Community Organization, Management, and Policy Evaluation
  39. Social Work Practice, Policy, and Research  
  40. Stand Up For Science: Practical Approaches to Discussing Science That Matters
  41. Strategic Planning for Public Libraries
  42. The Future of Obamacare: Repeal, Repair, or Replace? 
  43. Understanding User Needs 
  44. User Experience (UX) 
  45. UX Design: From Concept to Wireframe

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9. What is the contact information for the University of Michigan?

You can reach the main campus of U-Mich at Ann Arbor by calling 734-764-1817. 

To reach the U-Mich campus in Flint, call 810-762-3300. 

To contact the U-Mich Dearborn campus, call 313-593-5000. 

To reach the Michigan School of Law, call 734-764-1358. 

To speak with someone at the office of Financial Aid, call 734-763-6600. 

Shown above: Downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan


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