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About the University of Michigan

Today's University of Michigan

Today, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is one of the most distinguished universities in the world and a leader in higher education.
Located along the beautiful Huron River, the university consists of five major physical areas - Central Campus, East Campus, North Campus, Medical Campus and South Campus - that total 3,070 acres, with 483 major buildings. University Housing hosts about 25% of the student body in 16 residence halls, 392 undergraduate apartments and 1,082 family and single graduate units.  96% of all first-year students and approximately 36% of all undergraduates live in University housing.  In support of the teaching mission, which is at the heart of the University, the housing office facilitates ten residential academic programs known as Michigan Learning Communities. In these learning communities, as in all the University’s academic programs, students learn and challenge themselves as they come into contact with people, cultures, and ideas from all over the world.
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The University community has about 41,000 students in 19 schools and colleges, and more than 6,000 faculty and 32,000 staff members.  The students at the University come from all 50 states and over 100 foreign countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.  Each term, more than 5,500 undergraduate students enroll in courses across more than 200 programs and in hundreds of majors.  Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students have a choice of over 1,000 student organizations, thousands of concerts, recitals, speakers, symposia, films, readings, and sports events as well as a wealth of other experiences each year.

Similarly, the University’s faculty in both the instructional and research tracks includes many people from around the world and is considered among the best in the country.  Looking beyond the local borders of the campus community, more than 480,000 University of Michigan alumni live and work across the globe.
The University’s research mission had expenditures in fiscal year of 2009 that exceeded $1 billion, which is one of the largest expenditure totals among U.S. universities.  Federal agencies provided the largest portion of funds at 64% (led by the Department of Health and Human Services), with the remainder coming from University funds (24%) and non-federal sources that include industry and foundations.
Among the many resources that allow the University to meet its teaching and research goals are the libraries and museums.  The University Library System has 19 libraries, which include the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Health Sciences Libraries, the Harold T. and Vivian B. Shapiro Undergraduate Library, the Shapiro Science Library, and the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library.  Together the libraries hold over 8 million volumes and over 70,000 serial titles. The University is a national leader in the development of digital library resources, having digitized over 2.5 million books to date.  Museums that are open to the public are the Detroit Observatory, Exhibit Museum of Natural History (with a planetarium), Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Museum of Art, Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, and the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.  Research museums that house extensive collections include the Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Paleontology, Museum of Zoology, and the University Herbarium.
The University of Michigan is dedicated to service in the larger world.  Faculty and students conduct hands-on research on a range of critical issues, including health care, energy and the environment, social interventions, education reform and improvement, and many others.  By sharing their fundamental knowledge and advancing innovations in technology, scientists and engineers at the University contribute to advances that are transforming lives and that contribute to building the economy of the region, state, and nation.  For their part, students participate in hundreds of community-based service and learning projects and a wide range of other service activities.  In collaboration with other universities, colleges, and K-12 schools, the University conducts research and provides other services for the benefit of a variety of state, national, and private agencies.
University contributions to the state are multifaceted and include dollars that flow into the University, as well as local goods and services purchased by the University and by its employees, students, and visitors.  The Ann Arbor campus has a total annual payroll and benefits expenditure of over $3.2 billion.  During the past five years the University has helped to create thousands of new jobs, while research activity has resulted in more than 1,750 invention disclosures and dozens of new start-up companies.  Retail spending as well as athletics and cultural events generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the local economy each year and attract more than 350,000 people to the area annually.
The University of Michigan’s size, complexity and academic strength, its array of resources and opportunities, and the quality of its faculty, students and staff all contribute to a rich environment where members of the University community engage in research and creative work, teaching and learning, service, and engagement.
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