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Colleges / University of Michigan

University of Michigan

Ann Aarbor, MI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate18%

About UMich Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan is known for academic excellence, world-renowned research programs, a diverse campus, and strong school spirit. (Go Blue!) Students love that UM-Ann Arbor has the lively, fun feel of a big state school and the academic rigor of a top-notch research university. UM–Ann Arbor is one of the top public research universities in the United States and consistently ranks as one of the best universities in the world.

The UM-Ann Arbor campus has over 580 labs, dorms, libraries, museums and other buildings sprinkled over more than 3,000 acres near the beautiful Huron River in Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan is one of the founding members of the Big Ten conference, and it has long been renowned for its strong athletic programs. The Michigan Wolverines compete in over 20 different sports, but they are best known for football and basketball. The university is passionate about their sports teams, which have won more than 50 national championships.

Fun Fact: University of Michigan–Ann Arbor was originally located in Detroit! 

U-M is a public university that was founded in 1817 by an act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature. In 1837, Michigan achieved statehood and U-M became a public university. The university moved to its new home in Michigan's state capital, Ann Arbor, later that same year. The move was opposed by some, who believed that the university should stay in Detroit. Ultimately, the move seems like it was a good one. Ann Arbor is now a thriving college town and beautiful setting for Michigan's most prestigious university.

Pros and Cons of UMichigan from the CC Community


Class Sizes: U-M is a big school, and introductory lecture-style classes may be very large, but other classes can actually be quite small. "Over 50% of their classes have 20 kids or less. 15/1 Professor to student ratio also."

Supportive Atmosphere: "[UM-Ann Arbor is] competitive to get in but not really when [you're] there. It’s more collaboration at that point. The students have nothing to prove. They are all smart...and the opportunities are endless." 

Strong Alumni Network: "The [U-M] alumni network is big, and it remains deeply committed to its alma mater. With a Michigan degree, getting a job is relatively easy. In fact, there is a good demand for Michigan graduates in Finance, Consulting, and Technology sectors. All major employers recruit from Michigan, and the campus recruitment is a strong indicator of the quality of its student body."


Cold Weather: The long, cold Michigan winters won't surprise in-state students, but they can be a challenge for students who are not accustomed to such cold weather.

Cost for Out-of-State Students: UMich is one of the most expensive public universities. "For OOS, the cost of attending Michigan is insanely high. The scope for financial aid is restricted to a very small percentage of students coming from other states." 

University of Michigan is a public, state university in the city of Ann Aarbor, Michigan. UMich Ann Arbor was founded in 1817. The university currently enrolls around 51,225 students per year, including 32,759 undergraduates.

UMich Ann Arbor Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into UMich Ann Arbor. Around 18% of applicants get into UMich Ann Arbor each year. In 2021, 14,914 out of 84,289 total applicants were accepted.

University of Michigan Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 18%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.9
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 54%

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University of Michigan is located in the city of Ann Aarbor, Michigan, near Detroit.

If you want to see UMich Ann Arbor for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take I-94 to Ann Aarbor, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW).

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Michigan and Ann Aarbor are like without leaving home.

College Info

500 S. State Street Ann Aarbor, MI 48109

Campus Setting: Urban

UMich Ann Arbor Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UMich Ann Arbor is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UMich Ann Arbor is Feb 1.

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UMich Ann Arbor SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1350 - 1530


Math SAT Range

680 - 780


Reading SAT Range

670 - 750

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Wondering what life at UMich Ann Arbor is like? There are approximately 51,225 students enrolled at UMich Ann Arbor, including 32,759 undergraduate students and 18,466 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 61% percent are from MI and 39% percent of students are from other states.


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