University of Michigan (UM)

Established in 1817, University of Michigan is a public research institution that provides “an uncommon education for the common man.” UM offers numerous degree programs through its 20 schools and colleges. Some of the university’s most popular majors include Economics, Business Administration, Political Science and English. In 1970 UM established the department of Afro American and African Studies. Through DAAS, students can explore the representation, experiences, society and culture of Africans and those of African descent. Outside the classroom, students can become involved in the numerous student groups and organizations on campus. African-American student groups include Black Business Students Association, Black Pre-Medical Association and all nine National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities. UM is dedicated to developing its students into leaders and citizens that will challenge the present and enrich the future. UM’s mission is to serve the people in both Michigan and the world by creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge and academic values.

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Type of Institution: Four-year, public research university

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State: $6,400-$7,225 (price varies with desired field of study)

     • Out-of-State: $19,464-$20,838 (price varies with desired field of study)

Size: 42,000+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 4%

Percentage of Men: 51%

Percentage of Women: 49%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 12:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Colleges/Schools: Architecture and Urban Planning; Art and Design; Business; Education; Engineering; Kinesiology; Literature; Science; Arts; Music Theatre and Dance; Natural Resources and Environment; Nursing; Pharmacy; Public Policy

Housing: On-campus housing provided: 18 residence halls, graduate-student and family housing. Housing guaranteed to freshman who complete application by deadline. Off-campus housing information available.


     • Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta 

     • Others: Black Student’s Psychological Association, Black Uplift, Black Arts Council, African Students Association, Association of Black Social Work Students, Black Business Students Association, Black Medical Association, Black Welcome Week, Black Scholars and Professionals

City Life: Small rural town, museums, art galleries, outdoor art parks, farmers markets, street festivals, outdoor fairs

Famous Black Alumni: David Alan Grier, James Earl Jones 




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