Michael, Ellen, and SarahThe University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, a small cosmopolitan city in the southeast corner of Michigan. With a population of ~125,000, Ann Arbor combines the congenial atmosphere and ease of living of a small city with the wide range of cultural opportunities typically found in a much larger community.
The University serves as a focus for art, music and theatrical performances. There is a network of inspiring museums including the Exhibit Museums, featuring the Museum of Art, a Hall of Evolution, the Ruthven Planetarium, the Kelsey Museum of Archeology, the University Herbarium and the President Gerald R. Ford Museum.
Ann Arbor itself also has a lively arts scene and offers an abundant array of restaurants, microbreweries, coffee houses, jazz, blues and rock clubs, museums, and other entertainment.
As a place to live, Ann Arbor regularly places within the top 10 communities in the country in national magazine ratings and has an abundance of affordable and conveniently located housing.
"There are farmers markets, farm to table restaurants and affordable gyms popping up all over town. On my way to work every morning, I see people biking, powerwalking, running and doing outdoor yoga. I am so inspired to be fit and healthy!"Grace Wang
Located approximately one hour west of the greater Detroit metropolitan area, and only a thirty-minute drive from the Detroit International Airport, Ann Arbor's proximity to Detroit provides the advantages of life in a major metropolitan area - cultural events, museums, professional sporting events without the attendant disadvantages of urban life.
Chicago, Toronto, and other major metropolitan areas are within a four-hour trip by car or train, providing access to the distinct array of events these cities have to offer.
"Ann Arbor combines the amenities of a big city, the charm of a small town, and the energy of a college town."John Sherbeck
The 2500-acre University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor is also rich in natural settings. Over 140 parks in the city and surrounding areas offer countless possibilities for outdoor activities, from boating on the Huron River to biking, rollerblading and hiking, and in the winter cross-country skiing, skating and other outdoor activities.
Chains of inland lakes and an abundance of streams and rivers offer adventurous canoeing and fishing opportunities. In addition, Ann Arbor is only a few hours from the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan, the wild shorelines of Lakes Superior and Huron, and the deep forests and campsites along the waters of the upper peninsula.
The combination of cultural, outdoor and sporting activities, excellent restaurants and a lively community make Ann Arbor a terrific place for graduate and postdoctoral studies.
"Ann Arbor has lots of trees, flowers, good people, good food, and good beer. The vibe in the city is great. All the action is within walking distance, and there is a feeling of absolute safety when hopping around late at night. Ann Arbor is my favorite city."Steve Weindorf
"I love that Ann Arbor has lots of great outdoor activities all year round – beautiful parks and trails, lakes, farmers' markets and lots of college sports!"Ellen East
The University of Michigan, chartered in 1817, has one of the most vibrant research communities in the United States, ranking second nationally in overall research expenditures and rated as one of the best public universities in the country (U.S. News and World Report).
The Medical School, in particular, has ranked in the top ten schools nationally in NIH funding for nearly two decades. The student body is large and diverse with about 60 percent of the students engaged in undergraduate studies and 40 percent in graduate or professional schools.
The intellectual, cultural and environmental components of the University of Michigan work together to provide a comfortable home to thousands of students.
"The faculty and support staff make me feel that I am an integral part of the team. My opinions are valued; and I feel safe and comfortable to speak up when I disagree with a diagnosis or a lab test result."Grace Wang
Residents after a Kick-Ball Game
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Considerations: cost, 10-hour restrictions, some close for a week at Christmas and a week during the summer