University of Michigan
#15 Overall Influence#37 Desirability Rank

University of Michigan

Public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

About This School

How does this school stack up?

By James Barham, PhD

The flagship campuses of many of the state university systems have superb faculties and excellent academic reputations. However, setting aside Berkeley as a special case, by our criteria the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus is the most distinguished of all these many fine institutions. That is, Michigan has a strong claim to be considered (after Berkeley) the best public research university in the US.

One thing in Michigan’s favor is its sheer size (more than 46,000 students and 6,000 academic staff members) and corresponding wealth (an annual research budget of around $1.5 billion). Administratively, the university is subdivided into 17 schools and colleges offering some 600 undergraduate and graduate major programs.

Another reason for Michigan’s research prowess is its truly astonishing library, containing more than 14 million individual items, including over 220,000 serials.

Michigan has some 25 Nobel Prize laureates associated with its name. Prize-winners in physics include:

  • Wolfgang Pauli
  • Charles Townes
  • Samuel Ting
  • Donald Glaser

while Robert Shiller and Lawrence Klein were Michigan-connected Nobelists in economics. In addition, the great Russian poet Joseph Brodsky, who taught at Michigan for many years after being expelled from the USSR, was a Nobelist in literature.

Many other famous people have been connected to the University of Michigan over the years, including:

  • Clarence Darrow, the famed criminal attorney who defended Nathan Leopold, Richard Loeb, and John T Scopes
  • Claude Shannon, the father of the modern theory of information
  • Distinguished poet, W.H. Auden
  • Celebrated playwright and author of Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
  • Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who rescued tens of thousands of Jews from Nazi-occupied Hungary during World War II
  • Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the US
  • Distinguished stage and screen actor, James Earl Jones
  • Legendary dramatic soprano, Jessye Norman
  • Google co-founder, Larry Page
  • Lori Lightfoot, the current mayor of Chicago

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

64,917

Acceptance

23%

Graduation Rate

91%

Median SAT Score

1420

Median ACT Score

32

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$15,897

Fees (in-state)

$328

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$79,000

Employed

92%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

42K

Under-Grads

29K

Graduates

13K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

503 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

14k per 100k

Violent Crime

0k per 100k

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

17k per 100k

Violent Crime

2k per 100k

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#4 World Rank #4 USA Rank
Social Work
#9 World Rank #8 USA Rank
Computer Science
#9 World Rank #8 USA Rank
Political Science
#9 World Rank #7 USA Rank
Medical
#9 World Rank #5 USA Rank
Psychology
#9 World Rank #7 USA Rank
Engineering
#10 World Rank #5 USA Rank
Sociology
#10 World Rank #6 USA Rank
Anthropology
#12 World Rank #7 USA Rank
History
#12 World Rank #8 USA Rank
Education
#12 World Rank #11 USA Rank
Business
#14 World Rank #11 USA Rank
Nursing
#15 World Rank #14 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#17 World Rank #9 USA Rank
Mathematics
#17 World Rank #12 USA Rank
Biology
#18 World Rank #12 USA Rank
Economics
#18 World Rank #12 USA Rank
Law
#21 World Rank #19 USA Rank
Communications
#22 World Rank #11 USA Rank
Literature
#25 World Rank #9 USA Rank
Philosophy
#27 World Rank #12 USA Rank
Chemistry
#33 World Rank #13 USA Rank
Physics
#35 World Rank #13 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#40 World Rank #16 USA Rank
Religious Studies

Influential People

Who are University of Michigan's Most influential alumni?

University of Michigan's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Social Work, Computer Science, and Political Science. University of Michigan’s most academically influential people include Claude Shannon, Marshall Sahlins, and Arthur Miller.

Claude Shannon
Claude Shannon

American mathematician and information theorist

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Marshall Sahlins
Marshall Sahlins

American anthropologist

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Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller

American playwright

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Jonas Salk
Jonas Salk

Inventor of polio vaccine

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Clarence Darrow
Clarence Darrow

American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union

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Marshall Warren Nirenberg
Marshall Warren Nirenberg

American biochemist and geneticist

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Larry Page
Larry Page

American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur

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Robert Ezra Park
Robert Ezra Park

American sociologist

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Charles Cooley
Charles Cooley

American sociologist

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Bill Joy
Bill Joy

American computer scientist

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Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter

American author, political commentator

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Brian Leiter
Brian Leiter

American philosopher and legal scholar

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