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University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan


The University of Michigan (U-M or "Michigan") was established in Detroit on August 26, 1817 as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, by the governor and judges of Michigan Territory.  Judge Augustus B. Woodward specifically invited The Rev. John Monteith and Father Gabriel Richard, a Catholic priest, to establish the institution. Monteith became its first President and Richard was Vice President. Concurrently, Ann Arbor had set aside 40 acres in the hopes of being selected as the state capital. But when Lansing was chosen the city offered the land for a university. What would become the university moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 thanks to Governor Stevens T. Mason. The first classes in Ann Arbor were held in 1841, with six freshmen and a sophomore, taught by two professors. Eleven students graduated in the first commencement in 1845.  James B. Angell, who served as the university's president from 1871 to 1909, aggressively expanded U-M's curriculum to include professional studies in dentistry, architecture, engineering, government, and medicine. U-M also became the first American university to use the seminar method of study.  From 1900 to 1920, the university constructed many new facilities, including buildings for the dental and pharmacy programs, chemistry, natural sciences, Hill Auditorium, large hospital and library complexes, and two residence halls. The university became a favored choice for bright Jewish students from New York in the 1920s and 1930s, when the Ivy League schools had quotas restricting the number of Jews to be admitted and because of its high standards, U-M gained the nickname "Harvard of the West."  After the WWII, enrollment expanded rapidly and by 1950, it reached 21,000.  As the Cold War took hold, U-M received numerous government grants for strategic research and helped to develop peacetime uses for nuclear energy. During the 1980s and 1990s, the university devoted substantial resources to renovating its massive hospital complex and improving the academic facilities on the North Campus.

The Ann Arbor campus is divided into four main areas: the North, Central, Medical and South campuses. The physical infrastructure includes more than 500 major buildings with a combined area of more than 34 million square feet or 781 acres (3.16 km2).  The Central and South Campus areas are contiguous, while the North Campus area is separated from them, primarily by the Huron River. There is also leased space in buildings scattered throughout the city, many occupied by organizations affiliated with the University of Michigan Health System.

The University of Michigan consists of a flagship campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan with two regional campuses in Dearborn and Flint. The Board of Regents, which governs the university and was established by the Organic Act of March 18, 1837, consists of eight members elected at large in biennial state elections for overlapping eight-year terms.  The principal executive officer of the university is the President -- Mark Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D. who is the 14th and current president since July 2014. There are thirteen undergraduate schools and colleges.  By enrollment, the three largest undergraduate units are the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the College of Engineering, and the Ross School of Business.  At the graduate level, the Rackham Graduate School serves as the central administrative unit of graduate education.  Professional degrees are conferred by the Schools of Public Health, Dentistry, Law, Medicine, and Pharmacy. The Medical School is partnered with the University of Michigan Health System, which comprises the university's three hospitals, dozens of outpatient clinics, and many centers for medical care, research, and education.

While the University of Michigan is a state university its funding is partially through endowment and grants.  As of June 30, 2015, U-M's financial endowment was valued at $10.26 billion. The endowment is primarily used according to the donors' wishes, which include the support of teaching and research.

The university is one of the founding members (1900) of the Association of American Universities. With over 6,200 faculty members, 73 of whom are members of the National Academy and 471 of whom hold an endowed chair in their discipline, the university manages one of the largest annual collegiate research budgets of any university in the United States, totaling about $1 billion in 2009.  The Medical School spent the most at over $445 million, while the College of Engineering was second at more than $160 million.

UM Medical School
adapted from UM Medical School history
The University of Michigan Medical School opened its doors in 1850 as the university's first professional school.  It was the first medical school in the United States to own and operate its own hospital, among the first major medical schools to admit women and the first major medical school to teach science-based medicine. It also introduced the modern medical curriculum and the first clinical clerkships. The U-M Medical School consistently ranks in the top of all medical schools in the country. It also ranks near the top among all medical schools in terms of National Institutes of Health research awards. And the Medical School is in good company. U-M’s College of Engineering, Law School, School of Business Administration, School of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Public Health and School of Social Work all rank in the top ten nationally.

As of 2012, the university has almost 500,000 living alumni.  More than 250 Michigan graduates have served as legislators as either a United States Senator or as a Congressional representative.  U-M's contributions to aeronautics include aircraft designer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson of Lockeed Skunk Works, and several astronauts including the all-U-M crews of both Gemini 4 and Apollo 15. U-M counts among its matriculants twenty-one billionaires  including Google co-founder Larry Page.  Several U-M graduates contributed greatly to the field of computer science, including Claude Shannon, Edgar Codd, Stephen Cook, Frances E. Allen, Michael Stonebraker and Photoshop creator Thomas Knoll.  Nobel Laureates who graduated from the University of Michigan are David Politzer, Samuel C.C. Ting, Jerome Karle, Richard Smalley, Marshall Nirenberg, Stanley Cohen, Thomas Huckle Weller, Robert J. Shiller.  Other U-M students include  Donald Kohn of the Federal Reserve System, Martha Minow Dean of Harvard Law School,  Bill Ayers, Tom Hayden, Charles Moore, Raoul Wallenberg, Clarence Darrow, William Mayo, Ben Carson, Tom Brady Michael Phelps, Madonna.  The university claims the only alumni association with a chapter on the moon, established in 1971 when the crew of Apollo 15 placed a charter plaque for a new U-M Alumni Association on the lunar surface.

A Chronology of University of Michigan Buildings, 1840-1999

National Anthem by UM at Rose Bowl as an MP4 video
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University of Michigan photos
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U. of Michigan 1855

University Hall, 1877

    Angell Hall

 President's House

Michigan Union

Burton Tower & Rackham

Hill Auditorium




        Art Museum

Dennison Building

Michigan Stadium

Duderstadt Center

Ross Business School

 Old Medical School Building

   19th Century Med School labs

UM Hospital 1877

 UM Hospital 1895

UM Hospital 1898

UM Med Ctr 1960s

UM Med Ctr 1960s

   Univ.Hospital "Old Main"

New Univ. Hospital

Biomedical Science

    Lurie Biomedical Engineering

   UM Law School

UM Law School

UM Law School Library

  Detroit Observatory

 Lamont-Hussey Observatory

 Curtis Schmidt camera at CTIO

   Architecture College