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5 College Junior

Academics: Best place possible for academics. All the students care about what they're studying and put in a lot of work.

4 College Senior

Academics: Lots and lots of class and major choices and think about how to combine things for a major minor combo

3 College Senior

Academics: Challenging but fun, have two years left and will be able to complete on time with a double major and a minor

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have found that the academics at UofM are challenging. Like everywhere else, there are professors that I don't like, and I don't always think that it's fair when I can't get into a class that I want. But they have procedures in place to get waitlisted for classes in case space opens up, and they try to be fair with the registration process. I find it necessary to study a lot in order to keep up with my classes, but I enjoy the challenge, and for the first time in my life I am actually enjoying the learning process. It is so different from high school, but so much more interesting. To me, the study time doesn't feel like work. I actually enjoy it.

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College Sophomore

Academics: I have not yet declared a major. The freshman workload was heavy. I think the whole process works best when the student seeks help. They don't try and find you to help you figure things out. You have to go find them, but when you seek advice, there are people who are willing to help you and who are willing to listen to your interests and your goals and then give you their best advice on how to reach those goals.

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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
199
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: 4%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 2%
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering: 2%
  • Experimental Psychology: 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 45 responses

  • 22% President Gerald Ford
  • 18% Tom Brady - NFL quarterback
  • 16% Madonna
  • 8% Arthur Miller - playwright
  • 8% James Earl Jones - actor/voice of Darth Vader
  • 8% Darren Criss - actor
  • 7% Lucy Liu - actress
  • 6% Stanley Cohen - Nobel Prize winner, physiology/medicine
  • 1% Michael Phelps
  • 1% Larry Page - Co-founder and CEO of Google
  • 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
  • 1% Larry Page - Google Founder
  • 1% Charlie White & Meryl Davis
  • 0% Ann B. Davis - actress

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 124 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 122 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.

How often do you:    Based on 21 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 20 responses

  • 30% This was my dream school.
  • 65% This was one of my top choices.
  • 5% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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