Eastern Michigan University is located in historic Ypsilanti, about 10 miles east of Ann Arbor, 40 miles west of Detroit and just 20 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. It is an area rich in academic, research, technological and recreational resources. The University also has sites in Livonia, Jackson, Traverse City, Flint, Detroit and Monroe.
EMU's 800 plus-acre campus of scenic flora and wooded areas includes 18 miles of walkways and jogging trails and has 122 buildings throughout the academic and athletic campuses. Eagle Crest Eastern Michigan's conference center, golf course and resort is located on the banks of nearby Ford Lake.
Recently named "A Cool City," by Michigan's Governor Jennifer Granholm, Ypsilanti plays a leading role in industry and education. The city and the University have forged close ties that have lasted 155 years.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
28 primary parking lots
Two parking structures
10,384 parking spaces
General fund buildings encompass 2,660,741 sq. ft. (avg. year built,
Auxiliary building encompass 1,673,062 sq. ft. (avg. year built, 1963)
5.2 miles of road
803 acre campus
22.9 miles of sidewalk
More than 4,000 trees
34 elevators in general fund buildings
Five buildings without elevators (Ford, Quirk, Starkweather, Cooer, 611 W. Cross)
Recycles an average of 203 tons of materials per year
Students who attend Eastern Michigan University are part of Michigan's educational corridor. With more than 85,000 students from several difference institutions living in our area, there is never a lack of things to do. From cultural activities, sporting events, dining and shopping venues in nearby Detroit, to Ypsilanti's own history Depot Town to the eccelectic Ann Arbor, students from Eastern Michigan University have a plethora of activites from which to choose.
Student Organizations & Activities
Eastern Michigan offers a number of special academic programs to help students succeed. These include the Honors Program; the Holman Learning Center; distance learning; accelerated format programs; online, weekend and evening programs and courses; American Humanics certification; the World College Study Abroad Tours; a specialized master's degree program for corporations offered onsite; a double master's degree; online technologies for education and training through the Centers for Corporate Training; and EMU Worldwide.
With 200 academic and social organizations, an extensive intramural sports program, 21 NCAA Division I-A sports and numerous cultural activities from which to choose, EMU students have diverse opportunities to become involved in campus life. Students' on-campus housing choices range from traditional dormitory-style rooms to apartments and include living/learning center options.
"There really isn't much of a huge campus life" at Eastern Michigan, because "most students are commuters" who visit campus only to take classes and study. Those who do stick around tell us that there are opportunities to get involved. EMU is home to "lots of student-run organizations"; has "a Student Center that is a great place to hang out with friends, eat, study, play video games, curl up with a good book, meet new people, and get homework done"; and houses "three art galleries on campus and lots of opportunities to get involved in the art department." The school sponsors free second-run movies every Friday night "that are repeated on Monday afternoons," "so if you didn't get a chance to see the movies in the theatre or if you want to see them again, here's your chance." Hometown Ypsilanti "has a lot to do, including shopping, bowling, bars, coffee shops, sports complexes, etc.," but many students complain that it's "a high-crime city."