University of Michigan
503 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-7433
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

In 1817, the University of Michigan was founded in Detroit under the name of University of Michigania and didn’t take up its current location in Ann Arbor until 1837. From holding its first classes in 1841 with seven students, the university has grown over the years into a research university with more than 58,000 students and has added two regional campuses at Flint and Dearborn. Famous alumni have included James Earl Jones, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Google founder Larry Page, and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady. In addition, the university has produced seven Nobel laureates over the years. Faculty include Pulitzer Prize and Guggenheim winners, as well as National Academy of Science members and MacArthur fellows. Associated with the university is the University of Michigan Health System, a highly-ranked academic medical center and system that includes three hospitals, the University of Michigan Medical School, the University of Michigan School of Nursing clinical programs, and more. The university encompasses 19 schools and colleges.

Programs Offered

As a comprehensive public research university, the University of Michigan offers a vast array of academic programs — more than 220 areas of study, to be specific. Majors are diverse, and a small sampling includes: aerospace engineering, biophysics, business, computer science, international studies, jazz studies, sound engineering, as well as pre-law, pre-pharmacy, pre-health, pre-architecture, pre-business, and pre-dental. Graduate programs are available in architecture and urban planning, art and design, business, dentistry, education, engineering, kinesiology, nursing, pharmacy, and more. The university’s School of Nursing offers traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs; accelerated, second-career BSN programs; more than 10 Master of Science in Nursing specializations, the Ph.D. in Nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).


The University of Michigan has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission since 1913. The university also holds specialized accreditation from the following accreditors: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation; American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education; American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation; Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Education for Public Health; Liaison Committee on Medical Education; National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation; and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee.


Admission to the University of Michigan is selective. Those applying for first-year freshman admission fill out the Common Application and the University of Michigan supplement as part of the application process, as well as submit their high school transcript, school report, a teacher evaluation, SAT or ACT with writing test scores, and home school or international supplement, if applicable. Admissions staff evaluate applicants’ cumulative GPA, the rigor of the high school curriculum taken (AP, IB, honors classes, etc.), the applicants’ particular academic interests, and their class rank, if applicable. Extracurricular activities and the essay component are also taken into consideration. Requirements for graduate admissions vary significantly by program. In general, applicants to graduate programs must possess at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and an acceptable GPA for the particular program. In addition, most graduate programs require the submission of standardized test scores, such as the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT. Other requirements might include letters of recommendation, specific licensure, and other documentation.

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