University of Michigan: Narrative Description

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tel: (734)764-1817
Admissions: (734)764-7433
Fax: (734)936-0740
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1817. Setting: 8,070-acre suburban campus with easy access to Detroit. Endowment: $4.2 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $753.3 million. Total enrollment: 39,533. Faculty: 2,927 (2,280 full-time, 647 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 21,293 applied, 62% were admitted. Full-time: 23,773 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 1,055 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 55 states and territories, 84 other countries, 31% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 8% black, 12% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 4% 25 or older, 37% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 96% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies; psychology. Calendar: trimesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Committee on Institutional Cooperation. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: recommendations, interview, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 2/1. Notification: continuous until 4/1. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $8014 full-time, $308 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $25,840 full-time, $1050 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $187 full-time, $93.69 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, program, and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, program, and student level. College room and board: $7030. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 900 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 16% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: University Activities Center, Hillel, Project Serve, Residence Hall Association, Black Student Union. Major annual events: Martin Luther King Day Symposium, Annual Fall/Winter Leadership Conference, Festifall. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, bicycle patrols. 14,000 college housing spaces available. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. University Library plus 20 others with 8 million books, 8.2 million microform titles, 67,554 serials, 87,705 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $43.2 million. 2,600 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Predominantly a college community, Ann Arbor also serves as a center for scientific and industrial research and development. Products manufactured in the area include precision instruments, automotive parts, ball bearings, computer components and machine tools. Part-time employment is available for students. Average summer temperature is 79 degrees; winter, 27.8 degrees; average rainfall is 30.7 inches. Average snowfall is 35.3 inches. City has excellent transportation facilities including rail, bus, air service, and expressways out of Detroit. Area offers many cultural and recreational advantages usually found only in a large metropolis. For instance, the Ann Arbor Musical Society provides classical concerts of major world orchestras, chamber music groups and soloists. The Ann Arbor May Festival is an additional musical attraction each year.

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