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The University of Michigan , frequently referred to simply as Michigan, is a public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Founded in 1817 in Detroit as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, 20 years before the Michigan Territory became a state, the University of Michigan is the state's oldest university. The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 onto 40 acres of what is now known as Central Campus. Since its establishment in Ann Arbor, the university campus has expanded to include more than 584 major buildings with a combined area of more than 34 million gross square feet spread out over a Central Campus and North Campus, two satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn, and a Center in Detroit. The University was a founding member of the Association of American Universities.

University of Michigan
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Latin: Universitas Michigania
Motto Artes, Scientia, Veritas
Motto in English
Arts, Knowledge, Truth (Latin)
Type Flagship
Public
Sea grant
Space grant
Established August 26, 1817
Endowment $10.26 billion (2015)
Budget $7.05 billion
President Mark Schlissel
Provost Martha E. Pollack
Academic staff
6,771
Administrative staff
18,986
Students 44,718
Undergraduates 28,983
Postgraduates 15,735
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
42°16′59″N 83°44′06″W / 42.283°N 83.735°W / 42.283; -83.735Coordinates: 42°16′59″N 83°44′06″W / 42.283°N 83.735°W / 42.283; -83.735
Campus 3,177 acres (12.86 km)
Total: 20,965 acres (84.84 km), including arboretum
Colors Maize and Blue
         
Athletics NCAA Division IBig Ten
Sports 27 Varsity Teams
Nickname Wolverines
Affiliations
Website www.umich.edu
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The University of Michigan (U-M, UM, UMich, or U of M), frequently referred to simply as Michigan, is a public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Founded in 1817 in Detroit as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, 20 years before the Michigan Territory became a state, the University of Michigan is the state's oldest university. The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 onto 40 acres (16 ha) of what is now known as Central Campus. Since its establishment in Ann Arbor, the university campus has expanded to include more than 584 major buildings with a combined area of more than 34 million gross square feet (780 acres; 3.2 km) spread out over a Central Campus and North Campus, two satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn, and a Center in Detroit. The University was a founding member of the Association of American Universities.

Considered one of the foremost research universities in the United States, the university has very high research activity and its comprehensive graduate program offers doctoral degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as professional degrees in architecture, business, medicine, law, pharmacy, nursing, social work, public health, and dentistry. Michigan's body of living alumni (as of 2012) comprises more than 500,000. Besides academic life, Michigan's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Wolverines. They are members of the Big Ten Conference.