University of Michigan

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University of Michigan
Motto Artes, scientia, veritas
Established 1817
Type Public
Endowment $7.1 billion [1]
President Mary Sue Coleman
Students 41,042
Undergraduates 26,083
Postgraduates 14,959
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Campus Urban
Athletics NCAA Division I FBS
Nickname Wolverines
Website www.umich.edu

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U of M, U-M, UM or simply Michigan) is a public university in the state of Michigan. The university was started in 1817 in Detroit, about 20 years before Michigan became a state, and moved to Ann Arbor in 1837. It is the state's oldest university and the main campus; there are two other campuses—the University of Michigan-Flint and the University of Michigan–Dearborn.

The university is known around the world, its students being famous people such as U.S. President Gerald Ford, Supreme Court Justices, as well as many heads of states around the world. It is now ranked 18th in the world by "The Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings," and 21st by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute for Higher Education rankings.[2] In its last survey in 1995, the National Research Council ranked UM 3rd in the United States[3] and is called one of the first eight Public Ivys.[4] The university also has one of the largest research budgets or spending money of any American university and the largest number of living alumni or former students, at 460,000.[5] UM athletic teams are known as very good, especially in football, men's basketball, and ice hockey.

History[change | change source]

The University of Michigan was started in Detroit in 1817 as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, by the governor and judges of Michigan Territory. Ann Arbor had set aside 40 acres (16 ha) that it hoped would become the site for a new state capitol, but it gave this land to the university when Lansing was chosen as the state capital. The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1837. The original 40 acres became part of today's Central Campus. The first classes in Ann Arbor were held in 1841, with six freshmen and a sophomore, taught by two professors or teachers. Eleven students graduated in the first class in 1845. By 1866, 1,205 students went to UM. Women were first allowed in 1870, making UM the first major university to allow women to go to school. James B. Angell, was the university's president from 1871 to 1909, made UM's teachings include subjects such as dentistry, architecture, engineering, government, and medicine. UM also became the first American university to teach in the seminar style.[6]

The Central Campus Diag, viewed from the Graduate Library, looking North

From 1900 to 1920 many new buildings were built on campus, including buildings for the dental and pharmacy programs, a chemistry building, a building for the natural sciences, Hill Auditorium, large hospital and library buildings, and two residence halls. The university built up its reputation for research in 1920 by rebuilding the College of Engineering and making a group of 100 industrialists, or businessmen, to help guide research. UM's reputation as a very good national university also began to grow at this time. The university became a favorite other choice for Jewish students from New York in the 1920s and 1930s when the Ivy League schools made a limit to the number of Jews to be admitted.[7] Because of this, UM gained the nickname "Harvard of the West," which became commonly joked about in reverse after John F. Kennedy called himself "a graduate of the Michigan of the East, Harvard University" in a speech.[8]

In World War II, UM's research grew to include U.S. Navy projects like researching proximity fuzes, PT boats, and radar jamming. By 1950, 21,000 students were at UM. As the Cold War and the Space Race started, UM got many government grants for research and helped to create peacetime uses for nuclear energy. Now, much of that work, as well as research into other energy types, is done by the Memorial Phoenix Project.[9]

On October 14, 1960, Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy put out the idea of what became the Peace Corps on the steps of Michigan Union.[10] Lyndon B. Johnson's speech about his Great Society program also occurred at UM.[10] Also during the 1960s, UM saw many protests by student groups. On March 24, 1965, a group of UM faculty members and 3,000 students held the nation's first ever faculty-led "teach-in" to protest against American policy in Southeast Asia.[11][12] Because of a series of sit-ins in 1966 by Voice–the campus political party of Students for a Democratic Society–UM's administration banned sit-ins. This led 1,500 students to have another one-hour sit-in the LSA Building, which then housed the administrative offices. Former UM student and important architect Alden B. Dow designed the current Fleming Administration Building, which was completed in 1968. The building's plans were drawn in the early 1960s, before student activism created a concern for safety. Nevertheless, the Fleming Building's narrow windows, all located above the first floor, and castle-like outside led to a campus rumor that it was made to be riot-proof. Dow denied the rumors, saying the small windows were made to be use less energy.[13]

Law Quadrangle

During the 1970s, large budget limits made it hard on the university's physical development; however, the 1980s saw a surge in money given to research in the social and physical sciences. At that time, the university's work in the anti-missile Strategic Defense Initiative and investments in South Africa caused anger on campus. During the 1980s and 1990s, the university used many resources to help rebuild its large hospital area and improve the academic buildings on the North Campus. The university also made computer and information technology on the campus important.

Academics[change | change source]

Central Campus: Angell Hall, one of the major buildings of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

The university has 26,083 undergraduate and 14,959 graduate students[14] in 600 academic programs, and each year about 5,400 new students go to UM. Students come from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries.[15] 98% of the university's class of 2006 had a high school GPA of 3.0 and higher, while the middle 50% of the class had a high school GPA of 3.60 to 3.90.[16][17] The middle 50% of people applying had an SAT score of about 1920–2180 and an ACT score of 27–31, with AP credit given to over 3000 freshmen students.[18] About 22% of newly undergraduates and 25% of all undergraduates are members of ethnic minority groups.[17]

About 65% of undergraduate students go to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LS&A), while the College of Engineering has about 20%. Less than 3% of undergraduate students go to the Ross School of Business. The rest of the undergraduate students go to the smaller schools, including the School of Kinesiology, School of Nursing, the School of Natural Resources and Environment, and the School of Art and Design.[19] Most graduate students go to the Rackham Graduate School, the College of Engineering, the Law School, the Ross School of Business, and the Medical School. The Medical School works with the University of Michigan Health System, which makes up the University's three hospitals, a lot of the outpatient clinics, and many places for medical care, research, and education. Other academic units are the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Schools of Dentistry, Education, Information, Music, Theatre & Dance, Natural Resources and Environment, Public Health, and Social Work, of which Social Work has been ranked first by the U.S. News and World Report every year since 1994.[20]

Campus[change | change source]

The Ann Arbor campus is separated into four main areas: the North, Central, Medical, and South Campuses. There are more than 500 large buildings, with a more than 29 million square feet (664 acres or 2.69 km²).[21] The Central and South Campuses are next to each other, while the North Campus area is separated from them by the Huron River. An East Medical Campus has been built on Plymouth Road, with some university-owned buildings.[22]

Academics[change | change source]

U.S. university rankings

ARWU World[23] 21
ARWU National[24] 18
ARWU Natural Science & Math[25] 22
ARWU Engineering & CS[26] 5
ARWU Life Sciences[27] 25
ARWU Clinical Medicine[28] 8
ARWU Social Sciences[29] 10
THES World[30] 18
USNWR National University[31] 26
USNWR Business[32] 12
USNWR Law[33] 9
USNWR Medical (research)[34] 11
USNWR Medical (primary care)[35] 17
USNWR Engineering[36] 9
USNWR Education[37] 9

Because more than 70% of UM's 200 program's and schools were listed as some of the best in their areas,[38] the school was made one of Richard Moll's Public Ivies.[39] UM has had 26 Rhodes Scholars go to the school.[40]

People who worked at or graduated from the University of Michigan[change | change source]

People who have worked at the University of Michigan are:

Notes[change | change source]

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  4. "Comparing Black Enrollments at the Public Ivies". The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. 2005. http://www.jbhe.com/news_views/49_blackenrollment_publicivies.html. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
  5. "About the Association". University of Michigan Alumni Association. 2007. http://alumni.umich.edu/info/index.php. Retrieved 2007-03-21.
  6. Brubacher, John Seiler (July 1, 1997). Higher Education in Transition. Transaction Publishers. pp. 187. ISBN 1-56000-917-9.
  7. "Getting In". The New Yorker. October 10, 2005. http://www.gladwell.com/2005/2005_10_10_a_admissions.html. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
  8. "Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy". Peace Corps. October 14, 1960. http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=Learn.whatispc.history.speech. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
  9. "MMPEI". Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute. 2007. http://www.mmpei.umich.edu/about/. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "University of Michigan Timelines—General University Timeline". Bentley Historical Library. April 2005. http://bentley.umich.edu/bhl/refhome/umtimeline/general.html. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  11. Newman, Matthew (October 1995). "Vietnam teach-in 30 years ago". Michigan Today. http://www.umich.edu/~newsinfo/MT/95/Oct95/mt11o95.html. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  12. "A Decade of Dissent:Teach-Ins". Bentley Historical Library. September 29, 2006. http://bentley.umich.edu/bhl/exhibits/sixties/web_teachins.html. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  13. Holmes, Jake (April 6, 2007). "Explained: Coleman's castle". The Michigan Daily. http://media.www.michigandaily.com/media/storage/paper851/news/2007/04/06/CampusLife/Explained.Colemans.Castle-2827579.shtml. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  14. "University of Michigan-Enrollment by School and College, Gender, and Class Level For Term 1660 (Fall 2007)" (PDF). September 24, 2007. http://www.umich.edu/~regoff/report/07fa102.pdf. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  15. "Undergraduate Admissions - Prospective Students". University of Michigan Office of Admissions. 2006. http://admissions.umich.edu/prospective/index.html. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  16. "University of Michigan—Ann Arbor: Freshman Class Profile" (PDF). University of Michigan Office of Budget & Planning. January 17, 2007. http://sitemaker.umich.edu/obpinfo/files/umaa_freshprof.pdf. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "University of Michigan - Common Data Set 2004–2005 (Page 11)" (PDF). University of Michigan Office of Budget & Planning. August 16, 2005. http://sitemaker.umich.edu/obpinfo/files/umaa_cds2005.pdf. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  18. "Undergraduate Admissions - Fast Facts". University of Michigan Office of Admissions. 2006. http://www.admissions.umich.edu/fastfacts.html. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  19. "Enrollment by Degree Type and School/College" (PDF). UM News Service. 2004. http://www.umich.edu/%7Eoapainfo/TABLES/PDF/EnrollmentFA00toFA04.pdf. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  20. "America's Best Graduate Schools 2007 - Health: Social Work (Master's)". US News and World Report. 2007. http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/hea/brief/sow_brief.php. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  21. "Environmental Stewardship at the University of Michigan" (PDF). University of Michigan Occupational Safety and Environmental Health. 2006. http://www.oseh.umich.edu/OSEH%20Presentations/OSEH%20Lecture%20Series%206.pdf. Retrieved 2007-04-29.
  22. "Street Map to Rachel Upjohn Building". University of Michigan Health System. 2008. http://www2.med.umich.edu/pcdv2/maps/dsp_maps.cfm?maplocation=AmbulatorySurgeryandMedicalProceduresCenter&hc_id=ASMPC. Retrieved 2008-10-25.—The linked map shows the entire East Medical Campus.
  23. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2008). "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. http://www.arwu.org/rank2008/ARWU2008_A(EN).htm. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
  24. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2008). "Top 100 North & Latin American Universities". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. http://www.arwu.org/rank2008/ARWU2008_TopAmer(EN).htm. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
  25. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2008). "Top 100 world universities in Natural Sciences and Mathematics". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/ARWU-FIELD2008/SCI2008.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  26. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2008). "Top 100 world universities in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/ARWU-FIELD2008/ENG2008.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  27. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2008). "Top 100 world universities in Life and Agriculture Sciences". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/ARWU-FIELD2008/LIFE2008.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  28. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2008). "Top 100 world universities in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/ARWU-FIELD2008/MED2008.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  29. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2008). "Top 100 world universities in Social Sciences". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/ARWU-FIELD2008/SOC2008.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  30. The Times (2008). "World University Rankings". The Times Higher Educational Supplement. http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/hybrid.asp?typeCode=243&pubCode=1&navcode=137. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
  31. "National Universities Rankings". America's Best Colleges 2009. U.S. News & World Report. 2009. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/college/national-search. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  32. "Best Business Schools". America's Best Graduate Schools. U.S. News & World Report. 2009. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/rankings. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  33. "Best Law Schools". America's Best Graduate Schools. U.S. News & World Report. 2009. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/rankings. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  34. "Best Medical Schools: Research Rankings". America's Best Graduate Schools. U.S. News & World Report. 2009. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/research-rankings. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  35. "Best Medical Schools: Primary Care Rankings". America's Best Graduate Schools. U.S. News & World Report. 2009. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/primary-care-rankings. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  36. "Best Engineering Schools". America's Best Graduate Schools. U.S. News & World Report. 2009. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-engineering-schools/rankings. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  37. "Best Education Programs". America's Best Graduate Schools. U.S. News & World Report. 2009. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/rankings. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  38. "University of Michigan - Ann Arbor: Recent Rankings for Graduate & Professional Academic" (PDF). University of Michigan. July 13, 2005. http://www.umich.edu/%7Eoapainfo/TABLES/PDF/UMAA_Rankings.pdf. Retrieved 2007-11-14.—a collection of rankings from sources such as U.S. News & World Reports and the National Research Council
  39. Moll, Richard. (1985). The Public Ivys: America's Flagship Undergraduate Colleges. New York: Viking Adult. ISBN 0-670-58205-0 .
  40. Paddock, Travis (December 17, 1997). "Fiona Rose is U's 24th Rhodes Scholar". University Record. http://www.umich.edu/~urecord/9798/Dec17_97/fiona.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-13.Bates, Karl Leif (December 6, 2004). "Engineering student wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship". The University Record Online. http://www.umich.edu/~urecord/0405/Dec06_04/05.shtml. Retrieved 2007-11-03.Serwach, Joe (November 24, 2008). "U-M dual MD/PhD student named Rhodes Scholar". University of Michigan News Service. http://www.ns.umich.edu/htdocs/releases/story.php?id=6858. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  41. "Mary Sheldon Barnes Papers". Sophia Smith Collection. Smith College. 2001. http://asteria.fivecolleges.edu/findaids/sophiasmith/mnsss2_bioghist.html. Retrieved 13 Aug 2011.

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