University of Michigan--Ann Arbor campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 760
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33


Early Action
November 1

February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Informatics
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Geological/Geophysical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Modern Greek Language and Literature
  • Polish Language and Literature
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MS, PhD)
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs (MS, PhD)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Cognitive Science
  • International/Global Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Experimental Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Other
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Musical Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Woodwind Instruments

Students Say

Among the many allures of the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor is that the school offers “a great environment both academically and socially.” One student explains, “It has the social, fun atmosphere of any Big Ten university, but most people are still incredibly focused on their studies. It’s great to be at a place where there is always something to do, but your friends completely understand when you have to stay in and get work done.” With “an amazing honors program,” a “wide range of travel-abroad opportunities,” and “research strength” all available “at a low cost,” it’s no wonder students tell us that UM “provides every kind of opportunity at all times to all people.” Academically, Michigan “is very competitive, and the professors have high academic standards for all the students.” In fact, some here insist that “Michigan is as good as Ivy League schools in many disciplines.” Standout offerings include business (“We have access to some of the brightest leaders” in the business world, students report), a “great engineering program,” and “a good undergraduate program for medical school preparation.” Those seeking add-on academic experiences here will find “a vast amount of resources. Internships, career opportunities, tutoring, community service projects, a plethora of student organizations, and a wealth of other resources” are all available, but “you need to make the first move” because no one “will seek you out.”


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Gerald Ford
President of U.S.A.

Larry Page
Co-founder of Google

Arthur Miller

James Earl Jones

Jesseye Norman
Opera Singer

Lawrence Kasdin
Film Director

Jack Lousma

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

The Career Center offers a wealth of resources to students learning to be advocates for themselves post-graduation. The massive fall Career Fair jumpstarts the process for job-seekers (the Career Center even offers a smartphone App for navigating the floor plan), and the semester schedule is packed with programs and workshops like Career Crawls, which focus on themes such as choosing a major, or Immersions, a program which hosts half-day visits to an organization’s workplace. Career Center Connector lists tons of job and internship opportunities while Alumni Profiles provide glimpses into grad’s career choices and job search strategies. Other structured programs, like the Public Service Intern Program, link students with internship openings in the U.S. and abroad. Graduates who visited report an average starting salary of $54,000, and 48% believe that their jobs make the world a better place.

Colleges that Create Futures

Hands-on Coursework

Over four years, students in the LSA Honors Program (within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts) take courses in almost every department. They can live together, too—Honors Housing functions as another Learning Community for honors student who opt in. You can also choose to live in one of the other living learning communities!) During their final two years in school, honors students work on a capstone project by writing a thesis under the mentorship of an adviser. The school says, “Current students and alumni, alike, share that this project is a defining moment, preparing them for graduate schools and careers.” Facilities like the Perlman Honors Commons, make for a great place to relax between classes, and a program called “Lunch with Honors” gives student direct contact to the fascinating thinkers that visit campus. Michigan’s College of Engineering has an honors program too, so you don’t have to choose between an honors program in the liberal arts and sciences, and engineering.
Global Education

Ranging from traditional intensive language study to global health and development projects, more than 3,600 Wolverines are abroad each year. The Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) is geared toward undergraduates who want to study abroad for a summer or even a year. Through the Global Intercultural Experiences for Undergraduates, CGIS offers learning opportunities that allow a team of students and faculty to travel to field sites as close as Detroit and as far away as Oaxaca, Mexico; Lushoto, Tanzania; and Cusco, Peru. Students learn how to lead in a group, work very closely with a faculty member, and see first-hand some of the “national, political, social, and economic issues” they’ve been studying. International Programs in Engineering offers programs tailored to the needs of their students, with some 500 engineering students engaged each year, and Ross Global Initiatives supports more than 800 business students engaging in action-based projects all over the globe.
Undergraduate Research

First- and second-year students across schools at Michigan can utilize UROP to link with faculty research scientists. (According to the school, the program includes more than 1,300 students and 900 faculty researchers.) Every student working with a researcher is also assigned a peer adviser and attends regular seminar meetings to get the most out of the experience. Students learn how research is conducted in any academic discipline of interest to them; how to work through a problem; and they gain insight into potential career paths. In fact, the university says that studies of this unique research program show that more students who participate in UROP go on to earn law, medical, or doctor of philosophy degrees than their peers who do not.

Budding entrepreneurs take note: Michigan comes in at number eighteen on The Princeton Review’s 2015 ranking list of the Top 25 Undergraduate Programs for Entrepreneurship. The ranking is based on administrator surveys conducted in 2014. Innovate Blue is the UM umbrella for entrepreneurial activities that take place all across the university such as in Ross School of Business, the School of Information in LSA, the College of Engineering and beyond. If you have a great idea, then the Center for Entrepreneurship, with a home base in the College of Engineering, will help you make it a reality. A popular “Ask an Entrepreneur” program puts students in a room, one-on-one, with entrepreneurs who can talk about their path, give advice, and help undergraduates connect with the right people in their area. For students a little further along, the Center offers one-on-one startup advising. The Center also offers what they call “innovation training.” Startup Treks, for instance, take students away from Ann Arbor to get a feel for the entrepreneurial landscape in another community. During a recent trek to Detroit, about an hour from campus, students interacted with startups and tech companies as well as met with Michigan alumni in the area. The school says, “Treks are not for the passive, the tired, or the uninspired: they are intense immersions into the cultures, companies, and communities, that ignite innovation. They are platforms from which students can launch relationships with potential investors, professionals, executives, leaders and peers.” Annual competitions on campus like 1000 Pitches, the Michigan Business Challenge, MHacks, or Entrepalooza Symposium well help get the creative juices flowing.
Special Facilities

For students who want that big campus to feel a bit smaller, Learning Communities in the residence halls bring together students and faculty with similar interests. The Health Sciences Scholars bond over their love of medicine and their pre-professional aspirations. Writers and artists unite in the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, which pulls in students with a creative flair from diverse academic interests. These communities have faculty partnerships as well. Each year the Lloyd Hall Scholars sponsor a Writer-Artist In Residence to lead workshops, readings, and art installations for a term. And every incoming first-year student in the Michigan Research Community is offered a research partnership with a faculty member in a field that appeals to them. Other options include the Michigan Community Scholars, for those interested in service, the Women in Science and Engineering program, for those thinking about majors or careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or pre-health; an Honors Program; and the Residential College, known as the RC.
The botanical gardens in northeast Ann Arbor and the arboretum, located where the central and medical campuses meet, are more than places to relax and enjoy nature. They both offer volunteer, work-study, and internship experiences for future environmentalists, and scientists—or just casual nature lovers. A docent program trains students to guide school-age children through educational programming. There is a Campus Farm, located at the botanical gardens site, that the university says “is as much laboratory as classroom.” Hands-on experiences like these, they say, “provide invaluable lessons in small-scale food production for students who . . . will play a role in food production and delivery systems in many of their future careers.” Students can also join gardening teams, run campaigns with the marketing department, or run their own project through the Summer Internship program.


Application Deadlines
Apr 30

Required Forms

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Bottom Line

UM’s top-of-the-line education and comparatively low tuition make this school the definition of a best value. For Michigan residents, the estimated total cost of attendance for one year is about $25,630, including tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies. For nonresidents, the price is almost exactly double the in-state rate at $54,671.

Bang For Your Buck

UM spent $327 million in 2012–13 on total undergraduate need-based and merit-aid. That is truly staggering and reflects an amount more than the total endowment of many schools. Students who are Pell-grant eligible may benefit from UM’s debt-elimination programs. All in-state students can expect to have 100 percent of their demonstrated need met. The university’s schools, colleges, and departments administer their own scholarship programs, so you should feel free to check with them directly. UM’s Office of Financial Aid also administers a variety of scholarship programs that recognize superior academic achievement, leadership qualities, and potential contribution to the scholarly community. The majority of these scholarships are awarded automatically to eligible students. A full list of UM scholarships is available on the university’s website. In addition to the scholarship programs offered by the school, there are also private scholarships available to prospective students. These are offered by a variety of corporate, professional, trade, governmental, civic, religious, social and fraternal organizations. While these applications can be time consuming, they can be worth it. Some are worth thousands of dollars. The University of Michigan has a full list of these scholarships—and their deadlines—on their website. The school is dedicated to helping prospective students gain a better understanding of how to pay for their education by providing access to financial aid counselors. Their website also features an application called M-Calc, a net price calculator, which allows students and their families to access an early estimate of the full-time cost of attendance the University of Michigan.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, Michigan Competitive Scholarship, Michigan Grant, M-PACT, Provost's Award, TEACH Grant
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



49% female
51% male
37% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Students Say

The Michigan student body “is hugely diverse,” which “is one of the things Michigan prides itself on.” “If you participate in extracurricular activities and make an effort to get to know other students in class and elsewhere, you’ll definitely end up with a pretty diverse group of friends,” undergrads assure us. Although varied, students tend to be similar in that they “are social but very academically driven.” A number of students “are on the cutting edge of both research and progressive thinking,” and there is a decided liberal tilt to campus politics. Even so, there’s a place for everyone here, because “there are hundreds of mini-communities within the campus, made of everything from service fraternities to political organizations to dance groups. If you have an interest, you can find a group of people who enjoy the same thing.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Michigan is a huge university, meaning that students have endless extracurricular options here. One explains: “If you seek it out, you can find organizations for any interest. There are always people out there who share your interests. That’s part of the benefit of 40,000-plus students!” There is a robust party scene. Students tell us that “most students go to house parties [or] hit the bars.” There’s also a vigorous social scene for the non-drinking crowd, with “great programs like UMix…phenomenal cultural opportunities in Ann Arbor especially music and movies,” and “the hugely popular football Saturdays. The sense of school spirit here is impressive.” Michigan students tend to be both academically serious and socially outgoing, which “is great because you can have a stimulating conversation with someone one day, and, the next day, be watching a silly movie or playing video games with this person.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Stuart Segal,Ph.D.

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Clinic report that goes beyound verifying the diagnosis and give objective evidence for a functional impairment that requires academic accommodations

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

17% join a fraternity
25% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Wolverines)
15 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Wolverines)
16 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups:

Minority Support Groups:

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus


The University of Michigan—Ann Arbor has a presidential commitment to sustainability spanning education, research, and operations. The Graham Sustainability Institute serves as the connection point for academic initiatives on campus, fostering multi-stakeholder collaborations to create and disseminate knowledge to help solve complex sustainability challenges. Through the “Sustainability and the Campus” course, undergraduate students engage in hands-on projects that have catalyzed initiatives such as zero-waste athletic events and a “Be a Green Wolverine” student guide to sustainable living. The Student Sustainability Initiative coordinates student activities across campus and played a key role in encouraging UM to establish an Office of Campus Sustainability. “Planet Blue” Operations Teams lead an environmental conservation campaign of technology retrofits and occupant behavioral changes that has reduced energy usage in 137 campus buildings by 8 percent with a cost avoidance of $4 million annually. New construction of more than $10 million must meet a dual standard of LEED Silver Certification, plus 30 percent beyond industry energy conservation standards. Students with an entrepreneurial bug will be excited to hear that in 2011, UM revamped its Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge, which is designed to help UM students turn ideas into thriving businesses. Renewable energy has increased in the last few years with the purchase of 5 megawatts of wind energy.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Numerous - see:

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
515 East Jefferson, Rm 1220
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Michigan Stadium
Michigan Union
Campus Recreation Buildings
Wave Field

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Matthai Botanical Gardens
Zingerman's Delicatessen
Ann Arbor Art Fairs
Fairy Doors
The University's campus is integrated into the city of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Air travel via Detroit Metropolitan Airport, 28 miles east of Ann Arbor. Shuttle buses, taxi service and car rental available. Amtrak trains, Greyhound and Megabus coaches serve Ann Arbor.

Driving Instructions to Campus

Local Accommodations
The Michigan League (911 N. University Ave.; 734-764-0466 is a University-owned facility located on Central Campus. The Campus Inn (615 E. Huron St.; 734-769-2200) and the Bell Tower Hotel (300 S. Thayer St.; (734) 769-3010) are located on the perimeter of Central Campus.