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Location
Ann Arbor, MI
Undergrads
27,046
Tuition (in-state)
$40,392 ($12,994)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics here are stellar, all across the board. The workload is rigorous but manageable -- the professors push you to your limits, but in a good way. You accomplish things you never thought you could!

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The program I'm doing (Biopsychology, Cognition, Neuroscience) is really unique and fascinating. The professors are all really helpful, and there are many opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: it is rated one of the best schools in the country and it lives up to its name.

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College Sophomore

Academics: I have not gotten far enough in my academic career to fully answer this question.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The curriculum in school is the best. Our class variety and choices are highly ranked. The workload can be a lot but if you balance it, then it will be fine.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Best Course Variety
  • 22nd
    Smartest Professors
  • 44th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 49th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 51st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Linda Tell
Hometown
Syosset
Major
International Studies
Grad Year
2015
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As a major research university, the University of Michigan is consistently given high ranks worldwide for its academics, as well as the academic opportunities it provides. The University has a vast variety of majors and programs to choose from, including business, engineering, public policy, and medicine—all ranked remarkably high among other university programs in these respective fields. Michigan offers a unique learning experience that can be geared toward every individual student. Characteristic with most large universities, many of Michigan's introductory classes are set in large lecture halls, with as many as 300 students. Conversely, however, each lecture is paired with a discussion section, led by a trained graduate student instructor (GSI), to help review the material in a smaller, more intimate classroom setting. A majority of Michigan undergraduates resides in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), a program designed to provide an interdisciplinary education with distribution requirements to ensure that students are well-rounded upon graduation. A number of academic programs, like the University's Honors Program or the Residential College (RC), are available for students looking for more of a challenge or competitive edge. Students at Michigan are academically oriented and work hard to do well. It is not unlikely to find full libraries on any given day of the week. In terms of faculty, like with any large university, there are a few bad seeds, but for the most part, professors and GSIs work closely with students by holding office hours and review sessions in order to help them succeed.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
3,451
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
808
Total FT Faculty
5,849
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$95,298
Full-Time Retention Rate
97%
Part-Time Retention Rate
80%
Graduation Rate
91%
Programs/Majors Offered
197
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 47%
  • 20 to 49 students: 35%
  • 50 or more students: 18%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Architecture & Urban Planning
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of Business
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • School of Kinesiology
  • School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Public Policy
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 2%
  • Experimental Psychology: 2%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
  • Weekend college
Online Courses
The University offers some distance learning programs through the School of Dentistry, College of Engineering, Medical School, School of Nursing, and the School of Public Health.
Best Places to Study
  • The Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library reading room
  • The Shapiro Undergraduate Library or "UGLi" (pronounced "ugly," stands for undergraduate library)
  • The Tap Room in the basement of the Union
  • The University of Michigan Law Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be open to new opportunities.
  • Bring warm clothes.
  • Get Entrée Plus.
  • Go to Festifall.
  • Join study groups.
  • Paint the Rock.
  • Study hard.
  • Walk in the Arb.
Did You Know?
  • Freshman seminars, which have fewer than 20 students, are one of the most rewarding academic experiences. Taking one is a great way to get to know your professor on a personal level, building a relationship that could be advantageous when you need recommendations or advice in the future.
  • Michigan has one of the largest alumni populations of any school in the world, with more than 450,000 living alumni.
  • Rumor has it, if you step on the "M" in the center of the Diag (center of campus), you'll fail your first bluebook exam. So avoid the bad juju and be mindful where you tread!

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 30 responses

  • 19% President Gerald Ford
  • 18% Tom Brady - NFL quarterback
  • 16% Madonna
  • 10% James Earl Jones - actor/voice of Darth Vader
  • 8% Lucy Liu - actress
  • 8% Arthur Miller - playwright
  • 8% Darren Criss - actor
  • 6% Stanley Cohen - Nobel Prize winner, physiology/medicine
  • 2% Michael Phelps
  • 1% Gilda Radner - actress, comedian, "SNL" cast member
  • 1% Tom Hayden - member of Chicago Seven
  • 1% Selma Blair - actress
  • 1% Michael Phelps - Olympic medalist
  • 1% Sanjay Gupta
  • 1% Larry Page - Google Co-Founder
  • 0% Ann B. Davis - actress

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 122 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 121 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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