The University of Michigan was founded in 1817 as one of the first public universities in the nation.
It was first established on 1,920 acres of land ceded by the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi people “...for a college at Detroit.” The school moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor in 1837, when Ann Arbor was only 13 years old. The city had a booming population of 2,000, a courthouse and jail, a bank, four churches and two mills. It had been established in 1824 by two Easterners, John Allen and Elisha Rumsey. The town was named to honor the wives of the founders, Mary Ann Rumsey and Ann Allen, and the natural arbor created by the massive oaks in the area.
It took four years to build the necessary facilities for the new campus in Ann Arbor. The buildings consisted of four faculty homes and one classroom-dormitory building. (One of the homes is still standing and is now the President’s house.) Cows owned by the faculty grazed over much of campus. As late as 1845 the campus was covered in the summer with a crop of wheat, grown by a janitor as part of his remuneration. Faculty families harvested peaches from the orchard of the old Rumsey farm, and a wooden fence ran along the edge of campus to keep University cows in and city cows out.
In its first year in Ann Arbor, the University had two professors and seven students. There were more Regents (nineteen) than faculty and students combined. The reorganized University did not have a president, but the faculty elected a presiding officer each year from their own ranks.
Freshmen entering in 1841 (women were not admitted to the University until 1870) took admissions examinations in mathematics, geography, Latin, Greek, and other subjects. They also had to furnish “satisfactory testimonials of good moral character.” Students paid an initial admissions fee of ten dollars but no tuition.
In 1866, Twenty-five years after the move to Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan became the largest university in the country, with 1205 enrolled students. In 1867, the enrollment reached an all-time high of 1255 students. At that time, the University was comprised of the Medicine Department, with 525 students; the Law Department, with 395 students; and the Literary Department, with 335 students. There were 33 faculty members.
Today, the University of Michigan remains one of the most distinguished universities in the world and a leader in higher education. It is one of a small number of public institutions consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities, and it regularly is in the top three of the country’s public institutions, with over 51,000 students and 5,600 faculty at three campuses. The University of Michigan boasts of one of the largest health care complexes in the world, the best university library system in the country, and the some of the best computer access for students and faculty of any campus in the world. Over 5,500 undergraduate courses are taught each term in over 100 programs. Undergraduate, graduate and professional students have a choice of 17 separate schools and colleges, 588 majors, over 600 student organizations, 350 concerts and recitals every year, as well as hundreds of speakers, symposia, films, and readings.
The students at the University of Michigan come from all 50 states and over 100 foreign countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Almost 50 percent come from the top five percent of their graduating high school class and 66 percent are in the top tenth of their class. U-M is the largest pre-med and pre-law university in the country; more Michigan students are accepted into U.S. medical schools than are students from any other undergraduate campus in the nation.
Michigan receives over $374 million in research expenditures annually, the largest research expenditure for any university in the country. The diversity of the University’s research activities, from medical to social to cultural, is a major contributor of Michigan’s capacity for growth and development. And, through their teachers, Michigan students are often among the first to learn the applications of such research findings.
The University of Michigan’s size, complexity and academic strength, its impressive array of resources and opportunities, the quality of its faculty and research institutes—-all these elements contribute to the rich environment where students learn and challenge themselves as they come into contact with people, cultures and ideas from all over the world.
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Undergraduate Diploma, Undergraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Certificates, Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas
International students thrive at the University of Michigan. At both the undergraduate and graduate level, they come from 127 countries, representing a highly diverse global community. More than one-third of our international students are undergraduates.
Here, you will find an unmatched combination of excellence and opportunities in nearly 250 undergraduate degree, programs, faculty with national and international reputations for excellence in teaching and research, impressive facilities for every academic endeavor, and a safe place to live and learn in one of the best college towns in America. It all adds up to one of the most recognized degrees in the world.
In many ways, the campus of the University of Michigan is global in nature. In addition to an outstanding commitment to diversity—a commitment to broaden the spectrum of learning from multiple cultural perspectives—aspects of our global perspectives can be seen on many fronts: from visiting diplomats and international scholars to special features like the Global Scholars Program that brings international students together with domestic students to live and learn together. Through collaboration, research, and study, you will be part of a dynamic, cosmopolitan campus environment.
Please note that University admissions policies require that students with F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2 and G-series visas have enough resources to meet their expenses throughout their stay at U-M. Students with these visas are not eligible for federal student aid. However, some non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for need-based financial aid programs. For details, see the Office of Financial Aid website.
The most important exam international students will have to take to gain admission to the University of Michigan tests their skills in the English language. We are seeking a high level of proficiency in English due to the nature of the environment into which you will be entering—although the campus community represents a wide range of cultural and geographic backgrounds, American English is the dominant language in the classroom. As a result, we do not offer intensive English make-up course work for conditional admission. Once enrolled, you can undertake a course of language study to improve your skills. Freshman applicants must also submit the SAT or ACT with writing on top of their English proficiency exam results. SAT and ACT are not required for transfer students but may be submitted if previously taken.
English Proficiency Requirements
If English is your second language, you must take the MELAB, TOEFL, IELTS, ECPE, CPE or CAE examinations and earn a passing score in one of the following acceptable ranges:
Required Score Ranges
MELAB: 80-85 range with section scores 80+
TOEFL (PBT): 570-600 range with section scores 57+
TOEFL (iBT): 88-100 range with section scores 23+ in listening & reading and 21+ in speaking & writing
IELTS: 6.5-7.0 range with section scores 6.5+
ECPE: Certificate with all sections at least a C
CPE: Grade C with all sections equally strong
CAE: Grade C (Score 60 or higher with all sections equally strong)
Exceptions: You can be exempted from taking any of these exams if your SAT critical reading score is 600 or above, or both your ACT reading and English scores are 27 or higher, and if you have recently completed at least 4 years of rigorous academic study in any of the following countries: Anguila, Antigua, Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Federated States of Micronesia, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Monserrat, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Seychelles, Shetland Islands, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States (other than Puerto Rico), US Virgin Islands, Wales.
English Language Institute (ELI)
The English Language Institute Instructional Division provides advanced English language instruction to non-native speakers of English who enroll at the University who already meet general MELAB, TOEFL or IELTS requirements and who already have a high level of English proficiency . It offers students courses in English for Academic Purposes to continue to polish English skills at an advanced collegiate level either in the summer prior to enrollment or concurrently with degree coursework. A full array of courses are offered.
All international students at the University of Michigan need both a passport from their home governments and a temporary visa from the United States. Above all, these documents provide you with proof of residence as well as highly reliable forms of identification. Because you will need the visa before you enter the United States, it’s a good idea to apply for it when you apply for your passport (if you haven’t already done so). At the latest, you should receive a valid visa a few months before your studies begin at U-M. In order to receive your visa, enrolling students must first fill out the Financial Resources Statement.
The two most common types of visas international students use are the F-1 student visa and the J-1 exchange visitor visa:
Most international students use the F-1 temporary student visa. To qualify for it, you must offer evidence that you will be enrolled full-time during the academic year. You can do so once you are admitted and confirm your intent to enroll. After we receive proof of full financial support, U-M will send you a Form I-20 to start the process of obtaining your visa. Once you have filled it out, you can take the form to a United States Embassy or a Consular Official and apply for the visa.
Note: If you already are studying in the United States and have an F-1 visa, you need to follow the transfer procedures explained on your new University of Michigan I-20 form on page two. You are required to present your new Michigan I-20 to advisors at our International Center within the first few days following enrollment at U-M. (An InternationalCenter advisor will be glad to assist you.)
If you are an international student who is sponsored by your government or another public source, you will qualify for the J-1 exchange visitor (student category) visa. For this temporary visa, you must provide evidence that you will be enrolled full-time during the academic year. Once you have been admitted and have confirmed your intent to enroll, the University or various sponsoring organizations will send you the DS-2019 form necessary to obtain this visa. You then can take the DS-2019 to a United States Embassy or Consular Official to apply for the visa.
Note: If you are a Canadian citizen who has been admitted to the University, confirmed your intent to enroll, and have proven that you have funding, you do not need a visa. Instead, at the port of entry you will be required to present the following:
· Your passport or proof of Canadian citizenship
· A certificate of eligibility for non-immigrant status (which is the I-20 or DS-2019 we provide)
· Evidence of adequate funding for your proposed program of study
You will then be issued an I-94 card indicating your student visa status.
Students, faculty and staff also regularly participate in dozens of intramural, club sport and fitness activities.
The University of Michigan Health System specializes in a variety of medical, surgical and emergency care services for a number of health conditions and diseases. We offer many different diagnostic tests and treatment options for our patients.
Students have an eventful life: more then 100 clubs and institutes,personal radiostation, TV-channel and newspaper.
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