University of Michigan

University of Michigan


An early president declared that the University of Michigan would provide “An Uncommon Education for the Common Man.” Today, 200 years after our founding in 1817, we remain committed to academic excellence, diversity, and serving the public good. We are recognized as a leader in higher education due to the outstanding quality of our 19 schools and colleges, internationally recognized faculty and departments with 250 degree programs. U-M students come from all 50 states and 114 foreign countries. More than 575,000 living alumni make a difference around the world and provide a valuable network for graduates. We are committed to actively recruit and encourage prospective first-generation students; to make financial aid resources known and provide financial aid based on demonstrated financial need; and, once enrolled, to provide appropriate academic and cultural support that will help ensure first-generation student success.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach University of Michigan Detroit Center

The University of Michigan Detroit Center mutually enriches University and Detroit communities through service, education, research and the exchange of culture. Among its initiates are the Semester in Detroit Program, a unique urban immersion program; Michigan Engineering Zone, a College of Engineering robotics program for high school students; the School of Social Work partnership in Good Neighborhoods; the University Health Systems’ Project Healthy Schools; and the School of Public Health’s community walking program, which aims to improve the cardiovascular health of Detroit citizens. Learn more about University of Michigan Detroit Center

Academic Advising & Support Summer Bridge Scholars and Comprehensive Studies Program

The Comprehensive Studies Program is a comprehensive program of academic support for students with outstanding potential for success at the University of Michigan. CSP is a Michigan Learning Community that is an academic unit within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and which offers a variety of academic support services, including the Summer Bridge Program, academic year course instruction, advising, tutoring, and freshmen interest groups. The program's aim is to develop self-directed, successful students. Learn more about Summer Bridge Scholars and Comprehensive Studies Program

Student Life & Support First Generation College Students at Michigan

This student-run organization is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, and dedicated to the goals of recognizing, raising awareness, and resolving the unique needs of first generation students at Michigan, the first of its kind in the nation. Learn more about First Generation College Students at Michigan

Mentoring Peer Mentors

The Mentorship Program is designed to help new students transition easily into campus life, creates events to build a supportive network of students, faculty and staff, and find resources to succeed at Michigan. Peer Mentors are undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) who volunteer to offer advice, respond to questions, and provide information about campus and community resources to incoming freshmen (mentees). Learn more about Peer Mentors

Student Diversity

  • 28,983
  • 50/50
  • 5%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 11%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 5%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 56%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 14%

Student Success

  • 97%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 91%
    Six-year graduation
  • 84%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 98%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 34%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 2,735
    Full-time faculty
  • 629
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 15:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Economics, Psychology, Engineering, English, Business, Education, Nursing, Music, Biology, Neuroscience


Cost of Attendance

  • $45,410
  • $14,402
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $10,872
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • n/a
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $22,694
    Average aid package
  • $26,034
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 16%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 38%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 85%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 82%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 55,439
    # of applicants
  • 29%
  • 3.87
    Average HS GPA
  • 32
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 2/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date