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University of Michigan- Admissions, Courses, Fees, and More
Basic Information:
In 1817, the University of Michigan was established in Detroit and became the first public university in the Northwest Territories. A grant of 1,920 acres from three Great Lakes Indian nations was earmarked for the nascent institution. In 1837, the same year in which Michigan became a state, the University relocated to Ann Arbor to take advantage of an offer by local entrepreneurs of 40 acres of land at the edge of town. The acreage ceded by the Indians was sold, and the proceeds remain part of the University’s permanent endowment.

The University of Michigan-Flint opened in 1956 with a gift from the Mott Foundation. The University of Michigan-Dearborn followed in 1958 on the land of the Henry Ford Estate, a gift of the Ford Motor Company.

The University of Michigan is a global leader in health, law and public policy, the arts and humanities, science and technology, and many other academic disciplines. The essence of the University is the academic diversity of the schools and colleges, many of which are among the best in the country, and the degree of interdisciplinary cooperation among them. The schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Information, Law, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Public Health, and Social Work are ranked among the best in the country.

Undergraduate Programs:
The undergraduate Program in Biology encompasses a breadth of disciplines spanning all levels of organization and includes the study of a diversity of organisms. The program offers 7 majors, which are: Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, General Biology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, and Neuroscience. Students are strongly encouraged to begin taking early biology classes as soon as possible upon entering the University of Michigan in order to prepare to declare their major. The Biology major program develops an appreciation of the levels of organization of life, its diversity, and the processes by which life has achieved its present forms. The program is recommended for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools, or to prepare for graduate study in biology or the health professions. The curriculum in Cellular and Molecular Biology offers students an integrated program of study and training in the biological and physical sciences. It is a pathway to graduate study in areas of biology and medicine that emphasizes a quantitative and analytical approach to the life sciences.

There is also a 5 year program available for students to obtain a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in cellular and molecular biology and biomedical engineering. This program is designed for students enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. The program is jointly administered by the Department of MCDB (College of LS&A) and the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department (College of Engineering). A matriculating student will receive the B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB) from the College of LS&A and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (BME) from the College of Engineering. Students will be admitted to the program only after completing the first year of major prerequisites with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. Admission to the program must be approved by advisors from the Departments of MCDB and BME.

Understanding how brains process information and generate behavior is one of the most challenging questions in the life sciences. The neuroscience concentration, sponsored by the Departments of MCDB and Psychology, provides training that integrates studies in cell and molecular biology, physiology and behavior. An undergraduate degree in neuroscience provides the background for a career in brain research, and also serves as excellent training for students interested in medicine or other health professions.

Undergraduate tuition: $12,440/year in-state; $37,588/year out-of-state

Graduate Programs:
The Program in Biomedical Science (PIBS) at the University of Michigan School of Medicine coordinates admission for 14 graduate programs. The departments under the PIBS umbrella include: Bioinformatics; Biological Chemistry; Biophysics; Cancer Biology; Cell & Developmental Biology; Cellular & Molecular Biology; Human Genetics; Immunology; Microbiology & Immunology; Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology; Molecular & Cellular Pathology; Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Neuroscience; and Pharmacology.

The MCDB Master of Science degree is a non-thesis, non-research based degree, however, some master's students work in laboratories for course credit. The program consists of twenty-four hours of course work; this includes at least sixteen hours of MCDB courses at the 400 level or above and at least four hours in a cognate subject. This program is flexible and serves a variety of career objectives such as teaching in secondary schools, employment in a variety of research-oriented jobs, and preparation for further professional training. The department does not provide funding for Master's students. In addition, the Pathways Program is a two-year thesis-based Master's program, providing students with the research- and course-related training necessary to succeed in a top-flight Ph.D. program. The Pathways program will enable students to gain critical research experience in MCDB labs towards the ultimate completion of a research-based Master's thesis.

The University of Michigan Bioinformatics Graduate Program (BGP) is the academic component of the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics (DCM&B). The BGP was established as an interdepartmental program in 1998 at the University of Michigan, and enrolled its first class in 2001. The Bioinformatics Graduate Program is led by co-directors Dr. Margit Burmeister, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics and Dr. Daniel M. Burns Jr., Professor of Mathematics. This Program is highly interdisciplinary involving many different schools and departments across the U-M campus. There are over 100 faculty members affiliated with the program. In addition, it maintains a graduate student body of approximately 45 Ph.D. and Master's students combined.

The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, a statement of research interests and experience, and three letters of recommendation are necessary as part of the formal application as well as transcripts from all academic institutions attended.

Graduate tuition: $18,666/year in-state; $37,726/year out-of-state
All graduate students in the PIBS program who are in good academic standing are supported financially throughout the duration of their graduate studies. Each student receives tuition, an annual stipend of $28,500 and healthcare benefits.

Applied 39,584
Admitted 16,073 41%
Enrolled total 6,236
Full Time: 6,211
Part Time 25

Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Reading 630 730
SAT Math 670 770
SAT Writing 650 750
ACT Composite 29 33
ACT English 29 34
ACT Math 28 34
ACT Writing 0 0

Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 96%
4-year graduation rate 73%
6-year graduation rate 89%

Other Information:
3 Campuses
Schools and colleges: Ann Arbor, 19; Dearborn, 4; Flint, 5
Total enrollment, Fall 2011: 59,933
Instructional staff, all campuses, Fall 2010 (includes graduate student instructors): 8,791

Undergraduate Programs and Majors:

Graduate Programs:
Bioinformatics (MS/PhD)
Biological Chemistry (MS/PhD)
Biophysics (MS/PhD)
Cancer Biology (MS/PhD)
Cell and Developmental Biology (MS/PhD)
Cellular and Molecular Biology (MS/PhD)
Human Genetics (MS/PhD)
Immunology (MS/PhD)
Microbiology and Immunology (MS/PhD)
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MS/PhD)
Molecular and Cellular Pathology (MS/PhD)
Molecular and Integrative Physiology (MS/PhD)
Neuroscience (MS/PhD)
Pharmacology (MS/PhD)

Dual Degree Programs:
5 yr BS/MS in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Bioengineering

Application Deadlines:
Undergraduate: December 1st, early admission; February 1st, regular admission
Graduate: December 1st

Applications can be completed online.
Undergraduate: Completed via the Common Application, available at:
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