University of Michigan

The University of Michigan (or simply “Michigan”) is a public research university. It is situated in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is the state’s oldest university. It is also considered a “Public Ivy” university (one of the original eight). It is one of the top research universities in both the United States and the world, ranking in the top 5 and top 20 respectively. Its athletic teams (the Michigan Wolverines) are known for their success in football and ice hockey. Michigan has one of the biggest groups of living alumni with more than 500 000 people. Notable alumni include U.S. President Gerald Ford, Hollywood actress Lucy Liu, and NFL Quarterback Tom Brady.



The University of Michigan was originally called the University of Michigania and was established in 1817 in Detroit by the judges and governor of the Michigan Territory. One of the university’s founders was John Monteith, a Reverend, who became the university’s first President. It was eventually moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 by Governor Stevens T. Mason. By 1866, over 1200 students were enrolled at the university (including many Civil War veterans), and by 1870 women were also admitted. James Burrill Angell (Michigan’s President for over 30 years) aggressively expanded Michigan’s curriculum towards the end of the 19th century. This expansion included professional studies in engineering, medicine, architecture, dentistry, and government. In the early 20th century (1900-1920), the university constructed many new facilities, including library complexes, buildings for the pharmacy and dental programs, and two residence halls. The university received numerous government grants during the Cold War and Space Race, which were used for strategic research.

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The psychology program at Michigan is one of the most popular majors. The Department of Psychology offers many different program areas, including Clinical Psychology, Biopsychology, Social Psychology, Development Psychology, and Education & Psychology. The department also offers a Ph.D. program in 6 areas of psychology, which prepares students for careers in both applied and academic settings. It readies students for careers in governmental agencies, in research organizations, in college and university settings, and in clinics and schools. The department is one of the largest psychology departments in the country, but lets students shape their own program of study while working in collaboration with a small group of staff members. Michigan also has an excellent business program. The Stephen M. Ross School of Business is ranked by the U.S. News as the 14th best business school in the country, and its Accounting, International, and Production/Operations programs rank in the top 5. The school offers distinctive and vibrant learning options that are grounded in the basic principle that business can be a vehicle for positive change in today’s economy. Top ranked programs include the Full time MBA, Part time MBA, Global MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Entrepreneurship, Master of Accounting, and Ph.D. degree programs. The Ross School of Business offers world class faculty to help shape both business and policy over a wide range of academic disciplines.

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Pros & Cons

The University of Michigan is ranked by the U.S. News as the 29th best university in the United States. It is considered a “Public Ivy” university. Thus, it provides a comparable education to that of an Ivy League School, but is easier to gain admission and tuition is a bit cheaper. The in-state tuition of $13 437 is significantly cheaper than Ivy League Schools, although it increases to $39 109 for out of state students. Ann Arbor is one of the best college towns in the country, and Michigan offers over 900 student organizations. Almost 20% of undergraduates are affiliated with Greek Life which includes 60 fraternities and sororities. It is relatively selective at 40.6%, although this is much better than the acceptance rate at an Ivy League school. Almost half of undergraduates receive some kind of financial aid due to the high tuition costs.