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University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

Research the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Learn about U-M's admissions procedures, degree programs, and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan was established in 1817 in Detroit, Michigan, and was relocated to Ann Arbor in 1837. The school currently has three campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint, and Ann Arbor is the largest.

In 2012, the university was ranked 29th among national universities by U.S. News and World Report. In that same year, Forbes magazine listed it as 57th among America's top colleges, and Businessweek listed the Ross School of Business as the 7th best undergraduate business school in the nation. The Law School ranked 10th, and the Ross School of Business ranked 13th in 2012 by U.S. News and World Report. Notable alumni include former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, actor James Earl Jones, actress Lucy Liu, and NFL quarterback Tom Brady.


The University of Michigan offers more than 250 areas of study through 19 schools and colleges. In 2010, psychology, economics and business administration and management were the top majors for undergraduate students. Graduate school options include law, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, public health, dentistry, and public policy. Graduate students have the flexibility to design their own master's and Ph.D. degree programs if an existing program doesn't meet their needs.

Students at the University of Michigan have the opportunity to participate in more than 100 study abroad programs around the world. U-M also offers students the opportunity to serve their country by participating in one of the military ROTC programs at the university: Michigan Naval ROTC for aspiring U.S. Navy or Marine Corps officers, Army ROTC, and Air Force ROTC. The school also offers a Student Veterans Assistance Program as a resource for veterans attending U-M.

U-M is well-known for its Wolverines football team. Varsity, intramural, club, and drop-in sports are available to students. Varsity team sports include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, track and field, and wresting for men, and basketball, field hockey, track and field, volleyball, rowing, and softball for women.


The University of Michigan accepts undergraduate applications for admission by November 1st for early action and February 1st for regular decision. Because the admission process for students applying to the School of Music, Theater and Dance requires an interview or audition, applications to that school's programs are not considered for early decision; this school's application deadline is December 1st. Students who are not accepted during the early decision process remain in the applicant pool for regular decision consideration.

Applicants for admittance to the Winter term must submit their applications by October 1st; those seeking admission to the Spring or Summer half-terms must apply by February 1st.

Applications can be submitted online or through the mail. Early action applicants are notified of their admission status by December 24th and regular decision applicants by mid-April. Prospective freshman students must submit high school transcripts, teacher evaluations, a financial aid application, the Common Application, and U-M supplemental application, SAT or ACT scores, and essays. Home-schooled and international applicants must also submit a specialized supplemental application.

Transfer students are encouraged to apply online by February 1st (November 1st for early action) for Fall admission. The school states that transfer students will be notified of their application status around mid-April. Transfer applicants should have a minimum 3.0 college GPA and must provide high school and college transcripts, a financial aid application, the transfer Common Application, SAT or ACT scores, and essays. College instructor evaluations are encouraged but not required. Depending on the desired program, additional application materials may be required.

Prospective graduate students may apply online and must submit college transcripts as well as graduate test scores. They should consult departmental websites for specific admission requirements and application deadlines.

Tuition and Financial Aid

At U-M, tuition varies by program and by year of study. Roughly, freshman and sophomores who are state residents can expect to pay $6,500-$7,000 for full-time (12-18 credits), full-term tuition in 2012-2013. Juniors and seniors can expect to pay roughly $7,200-$9,000. Non-state residents can expect to pay roughly $19,000-$22,000. Graduate tuition per term can vary from roughly $9,000-$25,000 for state residents and roughly $20,000-$27,000 for non-residents. Full-time law school tuition per term is about $24,000 for state residents and $25,500 for non-residents.

Room and board was $9,752 per year. U-M offers 17 undergraduate residence halls - 13 co-ed and four female-only, plus apartment-style living, learning communities, fraternity housing, and sorority housing.

Undergraduate financial aid packages may include grants, university or outside scholarships, university or outside student employment, federal work-study funding, and federal student loans. The University of Michigan also offers merit and need-based scholarships. Graduate student funding options are dependent upon the program. Aid available to graduate students includes scholarships, fellowships, teaching and research assistant ships, and federal student loans.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degree, post-baccalaureate certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate, doctor's degree (research/scholarship, professional practice)*
Religious Affiliation Not Applicable*
Academic Calendar Term**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 27,407 undergraduate students, 15,309 graduate students (Fall 2011)*
Student Housing 17 undergraduate residence halls (13 co-ed and 4 female-only halls)**
Schools and Programs 19 schools and colleges offering more than 250 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology (439)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (771)
Doctoral: Law (378)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 73% in four years
89% in six years
91% in eight years*
Admission Rate 41% in 2011*
Entering Class Size About 6,500 in 2010***
First-Year Retention Rates 96% (full time students)
90% (part time students)*
Average ACT Composite Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 29-33 in Fall 2011*
Application Due Date November 1st for early action
February 1st for regular decision, Fall term**
Decision Notification Date December 24th for early action applications
Mid-April for regular decision, Fall term applications**
Tuition Per term, in 2012-2013 (does not include books, room, or board):
Michigan resident (freshman/sophomore) - roughly $6,500-$7,000
Michigan resident (junior/senior) - roughly $7,200-$9,000
Non-resident undergraduate - roughly $19,000-$22,000 **
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011 (full-time beginning undergraduate students):
Federal grants (18%)
State and local grants (14%)
Institutional grants and scholarships (47%)
Federal student loans (37%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 64% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Michigan, IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

University of Michigan Information

  • Address: University of Michigan, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 515 East Jefferson Street, 1220 Student Activities Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
  • Phone: (734) 764-7433
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