The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is considered one of the most prestigious in the world. Programs of study are over a hundred degrees and around 27 postgraduates. The number of students are some 8,600 and 381 teachers.
The university was established in 1817, which was twenty years before Michigan became a state. Since then the University of Michigan has undergone a couple of changes, one of which is moving campus to Ann Arbor in 1837, and the other – changing its curriculum from a strictly classical one, to such including science and research.
The institution is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is primarily known for putting an emphasis on teaching arts, sciences, and professions which are likely to require postgraduate as well as undergraduate study. The research activity of the university is considered to be ‘very high’, while the doctoral program offers degrees in social sciences, humanities, STEM fields, as well as professional degrees in medicine, law, and dentistry. In 2010, the majority of undergraduates were accepted in the School of Literature, Science, and Arts (62%), around 21% went into the College of Engineering, and the rest were spread among the business school, the School of Kinesiology, and the School of Music, Arts, and Dance.
The University of Michigan also depicts itself as a great promoter of diversity, and this involves the diversity of people, heritage, academic disciplines, and scholarly pursuits. It was ranked 29th in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report "National University Rankings", while in 1995 it was ranked third nationally by the National Research Council for the quality of its graduate programs.
The University of Michigan is equipped with terrific facilities. All historic buildings are renovated and very well maintained, while new facilities and buildings are state-of-the-art. There are also new buildings, which are added to the campus all the time – like the Life Sciences institute for example. There is also a very good balance between retaining the historic aura of the inside of some buildings and renovating them to the level needed for the convenience of students. There are five different libraries on campus, three recreational centers, which are free and include swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, indoor jogging tracks, and much more. There are also many boutiques, restaurants, and a lot of coffee shops. Not to forget the fishbowl, a very well-equipped computer lab, where half of the computers are PCs, and half are MACs. Finally, the Student Union is very convenient and well-equipped, while the student center is always open to support and help you find the facility you need.
The University of Michigan’s campus is called Ann Arbor, and is sub-divided into four more areas – the North, Central, Medical, and South campuses. The combined area includes 2.38 km2 and more than 500 major buildings. There are also some buildings around the city, where the university rents space, primarily housing organizations affiliated with the University of Michigan Health System.
As far as the different campuses are concerned, the Central Campus is home to the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, and is actually bordering the medical campus. Furthermore, this is where most of the graduate and professional schools are located, including the Ross School of Business, the Law School, and the School of Dentistry. The Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library and the Shapiro Undergraduate Library are located there, too. The various museums, in the Central campus showcase collections in archaeology, anthropology, paleontology, zoology, dentistry, and art.
The North Campus is newer than the Central one, and includes more modern buildings, compared to the classical and gothic style of the Central campus. The North Campus was built independently from the city and accommodates the College of Engineering, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the School of Art & Design.
The South Campus is there especially for the athletic programs, and encompasses major sporting facilities like Michigan Stadium, Crisler Arena, and Yost Ice Arena. It also houses the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and the Student Theatre Arts Complex.
A final important facility to mention is the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, which is located on the eastern outskirts of Ann Arbor.
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The undergraduate schools and colleges are thirteen, while the three largest units are the College of Literature, Science, and Arts, the College of Engineering, and the Ross School of Business. The graduate schools and colleges are 18 with the Rackham Graduate School serving as the central administrative unit of graduate study at the university. Again, the largest units within the graduate school are the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the College of Engineering, the Law School, and the Ross School of Business. The Schools of Public Health, Dentistry, Law, Medicine, and Pharmacy offer professional degrees, while another important point is the fact that the Medical School closely partners with the University of Michigan Health System; it encompasses three hospitals, a good number of outpatient clinics, and many research, education centers, as well as centers for medical care.
Here is a full list of the university’s schools and colleges:
- Architecture & Urban Planning
- Art & Design
- Graduate Studies, Rackham School of
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- Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Music, Theatre & Dance
- Natural Resources & Environment
- Officer Education Programs
- Public Health
- Public Policy
- Social Work
- UM Dearborn
- UM Flint
Entry into the University of Michigan is highly selective and academic achievements are not the sole criteria by which candidates are selected. Here are the basic requirements for entry into the university:
- A Common Application, together with the U-M supplement should be filled in and submitted.
- An official high school transcript and a Secondary School report, which is highly recommended to be submitted online.
- ACT or SAT results have to be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions office by the testing agencies, and they can also be sent online. Rush paper scores are not accepted and will not be processed.
- One teacher evaluation is required, and academic teachers are also encouraged to fill this form online.
- Prospective music, theatre, or dance students should submit a recommendation from a relevant instructor, together with a resume and repertoire list. Similarly, art and design students are required to submit a portfolio and an arts recommendation.
- Home-schooled students have to contact the university.
For international students, there are additional requirements, but the university greatly promotes diversity, with students coming from 114 countries. Entry requirements vary by country.
As far as English proficiency requirements are concerned, these are the minimum score results required:
MELAB: 80-85 range with section scores of at least 80
TOEFL (PBT): 570-600 range with section scores of at least 57
TOEFL (iBT): 88-100 range with section scores of at least 23 in listening and reading, and at least 21 in speaking and writing.
IELTS: 6.5-7.0 range with section scores of at least 6.5.
Exceptions are students who have recently completed at least 4 years of rigorous academic study in Australia, The Bahamas, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States.
The University of Michigan provides financial aid to students who need it and they are encouraged to apply for such assistance if they consider they have to. Some assistance is based on merit, but generally most aid awards are based on need. A combination of programs is used – grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study employment.
For international students, those who plan to enter the US with an F1 visa, or a J-1 exchange visitor visa, you need to prove your ability to fully pay for your education. These are the estimated costs per year: Tuition and fees: $36,001; Living expenses: $13,122; Total: $49,123.
The University of Michigan has the sixth-largest housing system in the United States with the third-largest family housing operation. The accommodation is organized into three ‘neighborhoods’: Central Campus, Hill Neighborhood, and North Campus. The family housing is located in North Campus, and is principally aimed at graduate students. Students can choose from living in residence halls with different types of rooms, gender-neutral housing, substance-free housing, undergraduate apartments, and family housing. All housing and apartments are smoke-free. In July 2011, the whole campus is planned to become smoke-free both inside and outside.
Normally returning students are given advantage when allocating rooms and apartments, and the university cannot guarantee a specific campus location for freshmen. They are also not necessarily placed with other freshmen, but can also be in a room with senior undergraduate students.
Bus services connect all four campuses, and the majority of them run between the North and Central Campuses. On top of that there is a shuttle service, linking the University hospital to other medical facilities spread throughout Ann Arbor.
Activities provided for students, faculty and staff are extremely diverse and range from intramural to club sports and various drop-in activities. The university has very well-equipped recreational centers that also offer classes in fitness, nutrition, and health and wellness.
Overall, the university has 1279 student organizations, of which the most active ones are concentrating on causes like civil rights and labor rights. There are also some distinguished engineering teams, one of which is the University of Michigan Solar Car Team, who was placed first in the North American Solar Challenge five times, while also gained third place at the World Solar Challenge three times. As far as business and finance groups are concerned, there are the Michigan Interactive Investments, the TAMID Israel Investment Group, and the Michigan Economics Society which are linked to the university.
Another major influence in students’ social life on campus are fraternities and sororities, with about 18% of undergraduates getting involved. The number of memberships in the year 2009-2010 reached record numbers, and there are four different Greek councils, each of which has a different recruitment process.
There is also a multicultural student center, called The William Monroe Trotter House, and operated by the university's Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs. On top of that, there is a University Activities Center, which is entirely run by students, and is involved with the planning and execution of a variety of events both on and off campus.
As far as sports are concerned, the universities sports teams are called the Wolverines, while the Michigan football program ranks first in NCAA history in both total wins and winning percentage (735). Furthermore, Michigan Stadium is USA’s largest college football stadium and one of the largest football-only stadiums in the world. There are also a great number of other sports that students can join like hockey, water polo, volleyball, and many more. The university also organizes outdoor adventures to strengthen team spirit and encourage organizational skills.
Michigan prides a very vibrant and energetic atmosphere, so there are many options for students to spend time outside classes in an enjoyable, fruitful, and dynamic way. There are many protected parklands in the state of Michigan, which are worth visiting in your spare time – examples of activities you might like are visiting the Great lakes (Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Erie), skiing, hiking, boating, sailing, swimming, and water-skiing. You could also take a road-trip, as Chicago is only a four-hour drive, and Canada is across the Detroit River.
There are also great opportunities for entertainment in local venues, where national and international musicians perform live. Not to forget that Michigan athletics are very popular, too, and there are a number of museums and cultural venues that you might like to explore.