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University of Michigan–Dearborn

University of Michigan-Dearborn
Motto The Degree that Makes the Difference
Established 1959 (56 years ago)
Type Public
Endowment US $30.29 million
Chancellor Daniel Little
President Mark Schlissel
Academic staff 511
Students 9,003 [1]
Undergraduates 7,334 [1]
Postgraduates 1,669 [1]
Location Dearborn, MI, USA
Campus Suburban
200+ acres
Former names Dearborn Center of the University of Michigan

Maize & Blue

Athletics NAIA & ACHA
Nickname Wolverines[2]
Affiliations Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference & Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League

The University of Michigan–Dearborn (commonly referred to as UM-Dearborn or UM-D) is a public university located in Dearborn, Michigan, USA. It is one of the two satellite campuses of the University of Michigan operating under the policies of the Board of Regents. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is located 35 miles to the west; the other satellite campus is in Flint. While governed by a single publicly elected Board of Regents, both satellite campuses have a unique mission, suite of academic programs, and identity as one of the 15 public universities of the State of Michigan. Additionally, each campus has an independent institutional budget and receives a separate appropriation from the state.

Enrolled students have full access to the extensive library systems, galleries, and sporting events of the main campus, and graduates are members of the largest alumni organization of its kind in the world, the University of Michigan Alumni Association. Faculty and students collaborate across all three campuses in research and scholarly activity, and degrees for all three campuses are conferred by the state elected Board of Regents.

Originally known for its elite engineering and management programs, UM-D now offers over 90 academic majors, 28 masters degree programs, and 3 doctoral degree programs across all disciplines. Both the College of Computer Science and Engineering[3] and the College of Business[4] have been designated as some of the best programs in both the nation and region. A part of the Metro Detroit region, UM-D is also known for its community engagement within the city of Detroit, and is part of The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.[5] In 2014 UM-D was ranked the 36th best university in the Midwest by US News.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
    • Fair Lane 2.1
  • Academics 3
    • Rankings 3.1
    • College of Arts, Sciences and Letters 3.2
    • College of Engineering and Computer Science 3.3
    • College of Business 3.4
    • School of Education 3.5
  • Athletics 4
  • Student life 5
    • Student Body 5.1
    • Controversies 5.2
  • Notable alumni and faculty 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The first movement toward what was to become The University of Michigan–Dearborn began with some studies in the middle 1950's of manpower supply conducted by Archie Pearson, director of training for Ford Motor Company. Convinced that serious shortages were looming for the Company in qualified, college-trained engineers and junior administrators, he made discreet inquiries of educational institutions in the Detroit area concerning their willingness to adjust their programs to meet these needs.

The announcement on December 17, 1956 of a gift of land and capital development money from the Company to the University made it obvious that the focus of the agreement between the two was the building of an upper-division and master's level campus of the University which would adopt the cooperative work-study requirement as a part of its regular degree program in engineering and business administration. The University was to provide the regular professional and liberal arts courses necessary to a University of Michigan bachelor's or master's degree, with the co-op work assignments forming an integral addition to the regular academic requirements. UM-Dearborn opened as the Dearborn Center of the University of Michigan on September 28, 1959.

The 1969 report of the Dearborn Campus Planning Study Committee, appointed by University Vice President for State Relations and Planning Arthur Ross to consider the future of the campus, recommended the addition of the first two years to become a full four-year institution and the expansion of non-coop programs; it recommended other changes as well, most of which were implemented in 1971 to give the campus its present structure. It became at that time a four-year undergraduate institution (newly designated "The University of Michigan- Dearborn") with a continued commitment to some master's level graduate programs, having a Chancellor as its chief executive officer; two years later, the old divisions became schools and colleges, and the Division of Education ("Urban Education" for the first few years) was created, with each of the major academic units headed by a dean. The first Chancellor of the UM-Dearborn, Dr. Leonard E. Goodall, was appointed in July, 1971. After that watershed change in 1971, UM-Dearborn grew rapidly from just under 1,000 students to over 6,000 in 1979.

During this period there was a scramble just to supply the courses and facilities needed to accommodate the soaring student population. New faculties were added at the rate of 10 to 20 per year, and the face of the campus changed as a new set of buildings (the former University Mall now remodeled as the University Center, the Fieldhouse, and the Library) was planned and constructed to the south of the original four buildings. By April 1981, when the new library building was dedicated, the population center of the campus had shifted to this newly developed area. Ironically, however, these years of expansion also ushered in a period of severe retrenchment, when the debt burden of the new structures coincided with a recession and cuts in state aid to the campus. Dr. William Jenkins, appointed as UM-Dearborn's second Chancellor in 1980, took the helm at the beginning of what may be called the institution's "Years of Consolidation."

Several developments in campus organization, administrative personnel, and academic offerings have highlighted what might be called the "Years of Redirection," from about the time of the inauguration of Chancellor Blenda Wilson (1988) to the present. At the center of this "redirection" has been a program of strategic planning, initiated in the summer of 1990 and reinforced by planning retreats for the whole campus in the fall terms of 1990, 1991 and 1992. A new campus mission statement arose out of the first retreat which rearticulates UM-Dearborn's commitment to providing an experience of academic excellence for a diverse body of students from the metropolitan Detroit area, encouraging full community attention to the traditions of free intellectual inquiry, critical thinking and ethical behavior through interactive teaching, research, creative and applied scholarship, and service. From the second retreat emerged the principal points of a set of learning goals for undergraduate students. Under Chancellor Little, the campus community reaffirmed its intention to pursue doctoral programming, to explore the possibility of on-campus housing, to review undergraduate programs and to focus attention on diversity. The most recent self-study for continuing accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (formerly the North Central Association) focused on each of these areas and provided summaries of the current status of each of these ongoing efforts. UM-Dearborn was accredited for ten years in 2004 and was authorized to offer doctoral programming.

In the spring of 2008, facility planners at University of Michigan Dearborn began to consider adding a dormitory building to the campus for undergraduate students. Up to that point, the school had been only been a commuter school.[6] The school's consultant, Brailsford & Dunlavey, issued an online survey to gain information about what the students felt would be the best option. The proposed dormitory would be aimed at encouraging students to stay on campus full-time to provide a better college environment feel. The aim would also be to gain additional students from around the state and country. The addition of dorms could also serve to ease the parking situation which has become a large problem for students especially in the peak hours for class. On January 28, 2011, local reporter Jessica Carreras tweeted that student housing would be built in old office buildings just east of the university's main campus.[7] In 2012 groundbreaking for the student dormitories began. The dormitories officially opened in September 2013.

In November 2008, the University of Michigan board of regents approved the establishment of Ph.D programs in information systems engineering and automotive systems engineering in the UM–Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science beginning in Fall 2009. In February 2009, the regents approved an Ed.D. program at the UM-Dearborn School of Education, designed to provide the citizens of southeastern Michigan with a program that is well-matched to the economic, social and political challenges that face our region. In 2009, UM-Dearborn welcomed its fourth Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Catherine A. Davy. Two new buildings, the Science Learning and Research Center (just west of the Science Building) and the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Studies are now operational.


The campus, located at the former estate of automotive pioneer Henry Ford, is divided into several sections: The Henry Ford Estate, known as Fair Lane, The Fairlane Center, Main Campus, and recently has expanded the Early Childhood Education Center just south of campus. In addition, the University has over 70 acres (283,000 m²) of nature preserve and a bird observatory, the Rouge River Bird Observatory [1], which has operated on campus since its founding in 1992, and is the longest-running, full-time urban bird research station in North America.[8]

Main Campus includes the facilities for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL), the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), the Environmental Interpretive Center, Administration, the Mardigian Library, the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Studies, the University Center, the Computing Building, and the Field House. Within both CASL and CECS, many different buildings house different programs, departments, research centers, student life centers, and academic resources. The University began offering undergraduate student housing beginning in the Fall 2013 semester.[9]

Fair Lane

Fair Lane and the nature preserve west of campus are along the Rouge River. There is a small waterfall, rose garden, meadow, a lake, and reflecting pond surrounded by acres of forest. The forest has many walking paths which connect the Environmental Interpretive Center, Henry Ford Community College, Downtown West Dearborn, Hines Drive, the University's Main Campus, and Fair Lane together. Fair lane recently has been handed over to Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. The Edsel Ford Estate will put forth restoration efforts which will cost 50 million dollars or more. The majority of the funding will go towards full home restoration and grounds preservation. The project will open up rooms which had been unavailable to public tours before.



There are four colleges at UM-D: the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL), the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), the College of Business (COB), and the School of Education (SOE). According to the U.S. News & World Report's 2009 America's Best Colleges review, the University of Michigan–Dearborn is rated the 28th best master's-level university in the Midwest (overall), and 4th best public master's-level university in the Midwest.[10] In addition, the campus's College of Engineering and Computer Science was rated among the top 10 undergraduate engineering programs in the country whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's degree with a top 5 spot in the undergraduate industrial/manufacturing focus.

College of Arts, Sciences and Letters

The College of Arts, Sciences and Letters (CASL), pronounced "castle," is home to six graduate programs, 32 undergraduate majors, and programs in environmental sciences, mathematics and science education, religious diversity, cultural studies, health policy, health psychology, civic engagement, and leadership.

The main building houses the College's administrative offices and the departments of Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, and Mathematics. General purpose classrooms occupy the majority of the first level, along with the campus television studio. Several other programs, such as urban studies and criminal justice, are housed in different buildings spread across campus.


  • Behavioral Sciences: Anthropology, Behavioral Sciences, Health Policy Studies, MS in Health Psychology, Psychology, and Sociology
  • Language, Culture and Communication: Communication, Comparative Literature, Composition and Rhetoric, Global Cultures, Journalism and Screen Studies, Linguistics, and Modern and Classical Languages
  • Literature, Philosophy & the Arts: Art History/Applied Art, English, Humanities, Music, and Philosophy
  • Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Natural Sciences: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry (ACS Certified), Chemistry (Instructional), Earth Sciences/Geology, Environmental Science, Environmental Science M.S, Environmental Studies, Microbiology, and Physics.
  • Social Sciences: Economics, History, Political Science, Social Studies, Urban and Regional Studies, and Geography.
  • Interdisciplinary programs include African and African American Studies, American Studies, Arab American Studies, Criminal Justice, General Studies, Law and Society, Liberal Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Religious Studies, Science and Technology Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.

Graduate programs:

  • Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)
  • Environmental Science (M.S.)
  • Psychology (M.S.)
  • Liberal Studies (M.A.)
  • Public Administration (M.P.A.)
  • Public Policy (M.P.P.)

College of Engineering and Computer Science


The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) offers nine undergraduate degree programs and twelve graduate degree programs, including two doctoral programs.

The college's partnerships with major domestic automobile companies and automotive suppliers have led to many educational opportunities for its students and research for both students and faculty. Regular feedback from its Visiting Committee, composed of industrial leaders, develop lab facilities and design research projects in the college. An outcome of the industry partnership was the establishment of the Henry W. Patton Center for Engineering Education and Practice. The Center incorporates engineering practice, design, innovation, and concepts of manufacturing technology at all levels of engineering education by integrating the teaching environment with the world of practice.


  • Computer and Information Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering Professional Development

Interdisciplinary Programs:

  • Master of Science in Engineering in Automotive Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering in Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Automotive Systems Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering

College of Business

The COB offers undergraduate programs in Accounting, Digital Marketing, Finance, General Business, General Business (Pre-Law), Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. Graduate studies include the nationally ranked M.B.A., Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems. The College of Business's programs have recently been recognized as of the best in the country.[11]

Undergraduate program (B.B.A.):

  • Accounting
  • Digital Marketing
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • General Business - Pre Law
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

Graduate programs:

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.):

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems
  • Supply Chain Management

Accounting (M.S):

  • Financial Accounting Concentration
  • Taxation Concentration

Finance (M.S.)

Information Systems (M.S.)

Dual Degree Programs:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Finance (MS in Finance)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Information Systems (MS in Information Systems)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Engineering-Industrial & Systems Engineering (MSE)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA)

School of Education

The School of Education (SOE) offers undergraduate, master's, and one doctoral program to students. Programs are in Elementary, Secondary, and Early Childhood Education. Graduate studies can focus on Educational Leadership, Education in Mathematics, Teaching, Special Education, and Science Education. It also offers certificate programs for future and current teachers and opportunities for its students in theEarly Childhood Education Center (ECEC).

Undergraduate programs:

  • Teacher Certification Program
  • Elementary (K-8) Certification Program
  • Secondary Certification (grades 6-12)
  • Early Childhood with Elementary Certification
  • Early Childhood: Children and Families Program (BGS)
  • Special Education
  • Certification Only
  • Substitute Teacher

Graduate programs:

  • Doctoral Degree in Education (Ed.D.)
  • Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
  • MA in Education
  • MA in Educational Leadership (MAEL)
  • MA in Ed in Mathematics Education (MEEL)
  • School Principal Certificate Program
  • MA in Teaching
  • M. Ed in Special Education
  • M.S. in Science Education


Updated Logo

Michigan–Dearborn athletic teams are known as the Wolverines, and their colors are Maize and Blue. UM-Dearborn is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) while the ice hockey team competes at the ACHA Division I level in the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, ice hockey, soccer and lacrosse; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, softball and volleyball.

In addition to the varsity sports, the campus offers a number club, and intramural sports. Club sports include men's & bowling, cheerleading, women's soccer, synchronized skating and wrestling. UM-Dearborn students are eligible to purchase student tickets to Michigan Wolverines football games.[12] The University of Michigan-Dearborn Fieldhouse serves as the home to many of the athletic and recreational activities on campus.


  • 1980 – Men's Ice Hockey (runner-up) – NAIA
  • 1983 – Men's Ice Hockey (runner-up) – NAIA
  • 1984 – Men's Ice Hockey (runner-up) – NAIA
  • 1992 – Men's Ice Hockey (runner-up) – ACHA Division I
  • 2008 - Men's Rugby State Champions Div II Tier II

Student life

There are over 125 recognized student organizations (RSOs) and 9 university sponsored organizations (USOs). Both the RSO and USO communities comprise extraordinary interests, from Greek Life, Academic/Professional Organizations, Cultural and Ethnic Organizations, Honor Societies, Political and Social Activist Organizations, Recreational Organizations, and Religious and Spiritual Organizations.

University Sponsored Organizations:

  • The Michigan Journal, the student newspaper of the University of Michigan–Dearborn since 1971.
  • WUMD College Radio, the student radio station of the University of Michigan–Dearborn since 1979.
  • Campus Video Network
  • Greek Leadership Council
  • The Lyceum
  • Student Activities Board
  • Student Government
  • Student Organization Advisory Council (SOAC)
  • The Wolf Pack

WUMD College Radio is a student-run, free-format radio station that features diversity in music from punk rock to bluegrass, jazz to electronica, and everything in between. Starting in 2007, the station began live broadcasts of UMD sporting events.[13]


Two of the fraternities, Phi Sigma Phi, and Delta Sigma Phi have houses in nearby in Redford and Detroit.


Student Body

In Fall 2010, the university had an enrollment of nearly 9,000 students: 7,224 undergraduates and 1,661 graduates. 49% of UM-Dearborn's students are men and 51% are women. 93.1% of students are State of Michigan residents. 22.4% are students of color, and 3.2% are international students. The high school GPA for the middle 50% of incoming freshmen ranges from 3.1-3.85. Average high school GPA is 3.55. The average ACT score for incoming freshmen is 24.13, ranging for the middle 50% of students from 21-26.

About half of UM-Dearborn's students enter directly from high school; the remainder are students who have prior college experience either immediately before entering UM-Dearborn or at some earlier point in their lives and careers.[14]


In General:

  • The University has had several periods of student activism. Notably, during the construction of Hines Drive, a road cutting through a local parks system, the students protested and halted the construction of Hines Drive through campus. It was originally intended to connect to Michigan Avenue, but instead stops now at Ford Road.
  • The University and the city of Dearborn were featured in a brief joke on the episode "Holidays of Future Passed" of the long-running TV series The Simpsons. The scene, which depicted character Milhouse Van Houten attending the University, poked fun at Islamophobia and generated some controversy in the community.[15]

Installation of foot baths:

  • In 2007, the University agreed to install foot baths after talks with the Muslim Students' Association, said Terry Gallagher, director of public relations at the campus. Muslims ritually wash their feet before praying five times a day.[16] The University installed the foot baths after a Muslim student slipped and injured herself while washing her feet in the sink.

Notable alumni and faculty

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Ted Casteel Owner of Bethel Heights Vineyard in the Willamette Valley of Oregon [17]
Rima Fakih Miss USA 2010 [2]
Rudolf Conse Hatfield II Professional basketball player of Barangay Ginebra Kings in the PBA
Kimberly Frost Novelist [3]
Eric Sadek 2004 Entrepreneur and Founder of ERSA Group [4]

Ryan Willette NAIA All-America Div. II Ice Hockey Team 1983


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  12. ^ Mostafavi, Beata (March 19, 2009). "University of Michigan shows it listens to all of its students...". ( 
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  14. ^ "Student Profile". University of Michigan-Dearborn. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  15. ^ Gallagher, Bill (2011-12-12). Simpsons' Episode References Dearborn"'". MyFoxDetroit. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  16. ^ Dorell, Oren (2007-07-26). "Some say schools giving Muslims special treatment". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  17. ^ John Winthrop Haeger Pacific Pinot Noir pg 51-53 University of California Press, Berkeley, CA 2008 ISBN 9780520253179

External links

  • Official University of Michigan–Dearborn Website
  • Official University of Michigan–Dearborn Athletics Website
  • Official University of Michigan Website
  • UM–D College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • The Mardigian Library
  • Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive
  • Rouge River Bird Observatory
  • Henry Ford Estate, Fair Lane
  • , UM–D student newspaperThe Michigan Journal

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