University of Michigan

University of Michigan

University of Michigan is a public and research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. It was established in 1817. It is also known as U-M UMich or Michigan. The Motto of this university in English is Arts, Knowledge, and Truth.

It is the largest university in Michigan. It is a co-educational institution. U-M is the member of the Association of American Universities.

University of Michigan History

This university was founded as the Cathelopistemiad under the Act of Michigan Territory on August 26, 1817. It was not a university of the present sense but a centralized system of schools, libraries, and other cultural institutions borrowing its model from the Imperial University of France established by Napoleon I a decade before.

Also, Catholepistemiad was approved to found private colleges, libraries, academies, etc through the Michigan Territory. Rev. John Monteith became the first president of Catholepistemiad after the passage of the act of 1817. Almost 3 private schools were in operation before the end of September 1817.

Michigan Territory approved a new act changing significantly the look and nature of the present educational organization on April 30, 1821. A Board of Trustees was selected to oversee the corporation the positions of President and Vice President were eliminated and Monteith and Richard were chosen to the board.

As the legal name of the corporation, the University of Michigan took the place of Catholepistemiad.

President of the University of Michigan

Santa J. Ono is the president of this university. He is the 15th president of the Michigan.

Student Enrolled at the University of Michigan

In the academic year 2022, this university enrolled a total of 51,225 students out of which 32,695 are Undergraduate students and 18,530 are Postgraduate students. It has a total of 7,954 academic staff and 22,514 administrative staff.

Cost of Attendance at the University

In-State Michigan Resident Cost of Attendance





Books & Supplies

Other Fees


Room & Board


Other Expenses Budget


Out-State Michigan Resident Cost of Attendance

Fees Cost
Tuition $52,904
Books & Supplies $1,048
Other Fees $328
Room & Board $12,592
Other Expenses Budget $2,454

Admission Requirements

For Graduates

Application Fees: 90 USD

Admission Requirements:

  • 3 or 4-year Bachelors Degree
  • GPA: 3.2 to 3.6
  • English Language Proficiency Scores
  • TOFEL IBT: 84
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • GMAT: 680-760
  • GRE: 320
  • 2 or 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Interview

For Undergraduate

Application Fees: 75 USD

Admission Requirements:

  • High School Transcripts
  • GPA: 3.8
  • English Language Proficiency Scores
  • TOFEL IBT: 100
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • PTE: 68
  • SAT: 1440-1540
  • ACT: 32-34
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Essay Questions
  • One Teacher Evaluation

University of Michigan Class Profile

Enrollment Details

Class Size


Average Age

27 Years
Percentage of Female Students


Percentage of International Students




University of Michigan Campus

The main of this university is the Ann Arbor campus which is further divided into 4 main areas which are:

  • North Campus
  • Central Campus
  • Medical Campus
  • South Campus

The basic structure includes over 500 major buildings with a combined area of further than 37.48 Million square feet. The South and Central Campus areas are contiguous while the North Campus area is separated from them mainly by the Huron River.

All of the 4 campus areas of the university are connected by bus services the majority of which connect the Central and North campuses. Also, the university has increased its sustainability efforts through climate, food systems, energy, water, and construction.

Central Campus

In 1837, this campus was the initial location of Michigan when it shifted to Ann Arbor. It had a school and dormitory building and numerous houses for professors on 40 acres of land bounded by:

  • North University Avenue
  • South University Avenue
  • East University Avenue
  • State Street

This campus is the location of the Science and the Arts, College of Literature and is instantly adjacent to the medical campus. Most of the graduate and professional schools are on central campus including:

  • Ross School of Business
  • Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Law School
  • School of Dentistry

Also, two of the prominent libraries of this university are on the central campus which is:

  • Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
  • Shapiro Undergraduate Library

North Campus

This campus of the university is the most contiguous campus built independently from the city on a large plot of farmland of almost 800 acres that the university bought in 1952. This campus is newer than the central campus and has more modernist architecture whereas most central campus buildings are classical in style.

Central and North Campuses have unique bell towers that reflect the main architectural styles of their surroundings. The tower of the North Campus is called Lurie Tower. The university's largest residence hall named Bursley Hall is situated on North Campus. North Campus houses the following:

  • College of Engineering
  • School of Music
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Stamps School of Art & Design
  • Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • School of Information

This campus is served by the Duderstadt Center which houses the Architecture, Art and Engineering Library. Duderstadt Center comprises numerous computer labs, electronic music studios, video editing studios, an audio studio, multimedia workspaces, a video studio, and a 3D virtual reality room.

South Campus

This campus is the site for the athletic programs including major sports facilities such as Michigan Stadium, Yost Ice Arena, and Crisler Center. Also, this campus is the site of the Buhr Library Storage Facility, the Home of the Michigan Marching Band, Revelli Hall,  the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and the Student Theatre Arts Complex.

The departments of the University of public safety and transportation services offices are situated on South Campus. Michigan golf course is situated south of Michigan Stadium and Crisler Center. In the spring of 1931, the course opened to the public.

The University of Michigan Ranking

Nationally, this university is ranked #18th by the Academic Ranking of World Universities and #23rd among the American top Colleges. Also, it is ranked as #23rd by Washington Monthly and # 21 by U.S. News and World Report. Globally, it is ranked 26th by the Academic Ranking of World Universities and as #33rd by QS World University Rankings. It is ranked as #23 by Times Higher Education.

The University of  Michigan Research

This university is a founding member of the Association of the American Universities. With more than  6,200 faculty members 73 of whom are members of the National Academy and 471 of whom hold an endowed chair in their discipline.

This university manages one of the largest yearly Collegiate Research Budgets of any university in the United States. In 2021, U-M spent almost $1.639 billion on research and development and is ranked as 3rd in the nation.

The Medical School of this university spent over $445 million while the College of Engineering was 2nd at over $160 million. Also, Michigan has a technology transfer office which is the university conduit between laboratory research and corporate commercialization interests.

University of Michigan Student Body Composition as of 2022

Race & Ethnicity









Foreign National




Economic Diversity

Low Income




Organization and Administration

This university comprises of a flagship campus in Ann Arbor with two area campuses in Dearborn and Flint. The Board of Regents governs the university and was founded by the Organic Act of March 18, 1837.

It comprises of 8 members elected at large in biennial state elections for overlapping 8-year terms. There are almost 13 undergraduate schools and colleges. The 3 largest undergraduate units are:

  • College of Literature, Science and the Arts
  • College of Engineering
  • Ross School of Business

There are almost 18 graduate schools and colleges. Professional Degrees are conferred by:

  • School of Architecture
  • Public Health
  • Dentistry
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Urban Planning
  • Pharmacy

University of Michigan Student Government

Central Student Government is the student government of the university housed in the Michigan Union. Each of the colleges and schools of the university including Central Student Government represents students, graduate students and manages student funds on the campus.

CSG is a 501(c) (3) organization independent of this university. There are student governance bodies in every college and school independent of CSG. After Central Student Government, students who live in the residence halls are represented by the Residence Halls Association of the university which comprises the 3rd most constituents.

College/Schools of the University of Michigan


Year Founded

Literature, Science and the Arts











Music, Theatre, and Dance




Architecture & Urban Planning


Graduate Studies








Environment and Sustainability


Public Health

Social Work




Art and Design




University of Michigan Academics

This university has a large 4 year residential research university which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The 4-year full-time undergraduate program consists of the majority of enrollments and emphasizes instruction in the sciences, arts, and professions with a high level of coexistence between graduate and undergraduate programs.

In 2011-2012, with more than 200 undergraduate majors, 100 doctoral, and 90 master programs this university offered 6,490 undergraduate degrees, 4,951 graduate degrees, and 709 first professional degrees. By 2021 graduates, its popular undergraduate majors were:

  • Economics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Experimental Psychology

Collegiate Secret Societies

This university has 3 secret societies which are:

  • Michigan
  • Adara
  • Vulcans

Contact Us

Address: 500 S State St, 48109 MI, Ann Arbor, United States

Phone No: +1 734-764-1817

Official Website:

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the average GPA of U-M?

The average GPA required at this university is 3.88.

What is the acceptance rate of this university?

The acceptance rate of this university is 20.2% in the academic year 2021.

What is the gender distribution at Michigan?

The gender distribution at this university consists of 51% male students and 49% female students.

Which programs are famous in Michigan?

  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Economics
  • Neuroscience
  • Mechanical Engineering
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