University of Michigan

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University of Michigan
motto Artes, Scientia, Veritas
("Arts, Knowledge, Truth")
founding 1817
Sponsorship public
place Ann Arbor , Michigan ,
United States
president Mark Schlissel
Students 44,718 (2016)
Professors 6,771 (2015)
Foundation assets 9,050,000,000 US dollars (March 2014)
University sports Gold & Blue ( Big Ten Conference )
Networks Association of American Universities

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The University of Michigan (also known as Michigan , U of M , UMich, or UM ) is the oldest university in the US state of Michigan . It was founded in Detroit in 1817 and moved to Ann Arbor in 1841 . Ann Arbor is now the main location of the University of Michigan System , which extends to two other locations in Dearborn and Flint . A total of around 60,000 students are enrolled within the University of Michigan system.

Festival at the University of Michigan Diag
Ann Arbor's landmark: The University of Michigan Burton Tower on the Central Campus
The Hill Auditorium
Michigan Law School's main complex: the Law Quad
Michigan Law School reading room
Central Campus: Angell Hall, one of the most important buildings of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA)
Michigan Union
The Biomedical Faculty
Michigan Stadium: The Big House at a 2010 football game
US President Barack Obama in 2010 after his speech at the closing ceremony in the Big House, accompanied by University President Mary Sue Coleman
Famous University of Michigan Graduates: Gerald R. Ford, Jr., 38th President of the United States, a Wolverines football player in 1933


The university in 2012 had a total of 27,979 students study Target Bachelor ( undergraduates ) and 15,447 students study aims beyond the Bachelors ( graduate students ) in 600 courses. Every year around 6,250 new students start their studies. The students come from all 50 US states and more than 100 countries. In a typical year, ninety-eight percent of applicants have a high school grade point average better than 3.0 / 4.0 GPA . Almost a quarter of the new students in 2002 even had a perfect grade point average of 4.0. About 23% of the newly enrolled students are ethnic minorities.

About 65% of the undergraduates are enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LS&A), while the engineering school accounts for about 20%. Less than 3% are enrolled in the Ross School of Business , named in 2004 after billionaire Stephen R. Ross, who bequeathed $ 100 million to the business school , his alma mater. The rest of the undergraduates study at smaller faculties. Most graduate students are enrolled in Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan Law School , Ross School of Business, and Medical School . The medical school is part of one of the largest health complexes in the world, the University of Michigan Health System . Other graduate study programs are offered at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, School of Public Health, School of Social Work, and School of Education. In a recent ranking, more than 70% of the 200 programs offered at the University of Michigan were included in the United States' top ten.

Tuition fees for the 2013–2014 academic year for international students and those US students who are not originally from the US state of Michigan were each over $ 40,500 (out-of-state tuition). For Michigan students, the average tuition was $ 13,800.

The University of Michigan was a major hub of American student activism as early as the 1960s. During a visit to the university on October 14, 1960, then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy gave a legendary impromptu speech to the Michigan Union that marked the beginning of student activism at the University of Michigan and which subsequently spread to other American universities.


A little more than 6,200 permanent staff (faculty) teach and research at the University of Michigan, 73 of whom are members of the renowned National Academy . Since its founding in 1817, the university has produced many Nobel Prize winners , including Thomas Huckle Weller (1954), Marshall W. Nirenberg (1968), Samuel CC Ting (1976), Jerome Karle (1985), Stanley Cohen (1986), Richard E. Smalley (1996), David Politzer (2004) and Robert J. Shiller (2013).


The University of Michigan academic units are organized as follows (year of foundation in brackets):

  • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (1841)
  • School of Medicine (1850)
  • College of Engineering (1854)
  • School of Law (1859)
  • School of Dentistry (1875)
  • School of Pharmacy (1876)
  • School of Music, Theater & Dance (1880)
  • School of Nursing (1893)
  • A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning (1906)
  • Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies (1912)
  • Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (1914)
  • School of Education (1921)
  • Stephen M. Ross School of Business (1924)
  • School of Natural Resources & Environment (1927)
  • School of Public Health (1941)
  • School of Social Work (1951)
  • School of Information (1969)
  • School of Art & Design (1974)
  • School of Kinesiology (1984)

The research institute Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) deals with the research and development of femtolasers . The current research project is called Hercules . The institute was founded in 1990 and was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) until 2001 .


The University of Michigan has one of the largest library systems in the United States, with over 13 million titles as of 2012. In 2004 it was one of the first university libraries to enter into a cooperation with Google Books to digitize their book collections. In the course of this cooperation, one million works have already been digitized (as of October 2011).


The University of Michigan is one of the eight first US universities of the so-called Public Ivy (based on the top universities of the sports league Ivy League ) and a founding member of the Association of American Universities , an association of leading research-intensive North American universities that has existed since 1900. In addition, the University of Michigan maintains one of the largest alumni networks in the world, with more than 540,000 members in 2015. With an endowment of US $ 9.081 billion, the University of Michigan is one of the top 10 wealthiest universities in the United States and takes a top position in the ranking of public universities (as of 2013). The university's research spending in the 2009/10 academic year was $ 1.14 billion, making it one of the highest budgets of any American university.

On the rankings of the influential QS World University Rankings and the US News & World Report , the University of Michigan ranks 14th in the academic year 2011/2012, and in the same period it was ranked 18th of the best universities in the British Times of Higher Education World. The Washington Monthly ranking places them among the ten best, and Arizona State University among the seven best US universities for 2011. In the Times' “Reputation Rankings”, the University of Michigan ranks 12th worldwide in 2012 - and This makes it more prestigious than most of the Ivy League universities, such as the University of Pennsylvania or Columbia and Cornell . The University of California, Berkeley has traditionally been the direct competitor of the University of Michigan for the top spot as the best public university in the United States .

According to the US News & World Report 2015, the University of Michigan also enjoys a reputation as a top American university in the fields of humanities and social sciences such as anthropology, history, political science, psychology and sociology, according to US News & World Report 2015. The Philosophical Gourmet Report (2014–2015) rated the University of Michigan as one of the four best universities in the US and one of the five best in the English-speaking world for philosophy . Especially in the areas of ethics and metaethics , it is considered one of the world's best universities (as of 2014-2015) , not least because of the high reputation of the philosophers Allan Gibbard (cf. Gibbard-Satterthwaite theorem ) and Peter Railton.


The sports teams of the University of Michigan, the Michigan Wolverines , are particularly successful in college football in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and won the first Rose Bowl game as early as 1902 . The Wolverines were last American champions in 1997. The team plays in Michigan Stadium , the largest university stadium in the world, which despite an officially 107,501 seat capacity, is regularly filled with over 110,000 spectators. Michigan Stadium set a record for the largest crowd in the USA on August 3, 2014 when 109,318 spectators attended the test match between the two football clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid, the old record of 1984 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (101,799 spectators ) exceeded. On September 8, 2013, this record was topped with 115,109 spectators at the Michigan Wolverines game against Notre Dame.

The other sports teams in the athletics department, with the exception of the women's water polo team, are affiliated with the Big Ten Conference . In basketball, the men became national champions in 1989 by winning the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship and so far (as of 2019) they have reached the Final Four semi-finals eight times .

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Well-known graduates and alumni

Partner universities

Since Ann Arbor is Tübingen's US twin city, the University of Michigan has a partnership with the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen . In 1824, Swabian immigrants helped found Ann Arbor. The Swabian roots were one reason for the partnership with Tübingen, which was concluded on November 17, 1965. The German-American Institute in Tübingen and the Swabian Association Ann Arbor were also involved. It also maintains a partnership with the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar and the Technical University of Berlin .

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