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University of Michigan–Flint
UMFlintSeal.jpg
Motto Artes, Scientia, Veritas
Motto in English Arts, Knowledge, Truth
Established 1956
Type Public
Endowment US$63.35 million[1]
Chancellor Susan E. Borrego
President Mark S. Schlissel
Academic staff 524
Admin. staff 510
Students 8,289[2]
Undergraduates 6,874
Postgraduates 1,264
Location Flint, MI, USA
43°01′07″N 83°41′19″W / 43.0184961°N 83.6886902°W / 43.0184961; -83.6886902Coordinates: 43°01′07″N 83°41′19″W / 43.0184961°N 83.6886902°W / 43.0184961; -83.6886902
Campus Urban
Former names Flint Senior College of the University of Michigan (1954–1964)
Newspaper The Michigan Times
Colors Maize and Blue          
Athletics Club level[3]
Nickname The Victors[4] unofficial[5][6]
Website umflint.edu

The University of Michigan–Flint (commonly referred to as UM–Flint), is a public university located in Flint, Michigan in the United States. It is one of the two University of Michigan satellite campuses.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

The thought of establishing a part of the University of Michigan in the city of Flint started in the year 1837 when Sarah Miles wrote a letter to her family stating, "A branch of the Michigan University at Ann Arbor is to be established in Flint at some future day." In May 1944 the Flint Board of Education requested that the University of Michigan open a satellite campus in Flint. Three years later, the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan funded a study exploring possibilities for higher education in Flint.

In June 1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill into law. The demand for higher education increased with the return of soldiers after World War II, and was a major factor in the establishment of a branch of the University of Michigan in the city of Flint.[7]

During February 1947 the Regents of the University of Michigan approved a higher education needs assessment for Flint. In 1949, two Social Science professors at Ann Arbor, Arthur E. Lean and Franklin Killian, recommended a liberal arts college for Flint. C.S. Mott then offered $1 million for a four-year college in Flint. Later, in 1951, the Committee of Flint Citizens requested the Regents establish a four-year college in Flint. In January 1955 Governor Williams signed a $37,000 appropriation bill to cover preliminary expenses for the college; the Mott Foundation provided $1.2 million. Harlan Hatcher, Everett Cummings, and C.S. Mott broke ground for UM-Flint shortly thereafter.

After the 1952–1954 debate between the UM-Flint College Committee and the Flint Board of Education as to whether the UM Flint College should be a four-year liberal arts college or a two-year senior college, Hatcher and the Regents accepted the two-year senior college proposal. Later, in February 1956, David M. French was named the first dean of the Flint College of the University of Michigan.[7] C.S. Mott would donate a second gift of $1 million for the construction of a new library during March 1959.

From 1963–1964, studies were commissioned to examine the possibility of turning the Flint College into a four-year institution. Then, from March to July 1965, the Michigan State Board of Education recommended a four-year college in Flint and the phasing out of UM's involvement. Public outcry and C.S. Mott's threatening to withdraw millions in pledged support resulted in the state approving a four-year University of Michigan campus in Flint. This led to the Flint campus becoming the first campus in the University of Michigan System to be formed outside of the city of Ann Arbor.

Later, in the Spring of 1970, the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools granted accreditation to the Flint College of the University of Michigan. The Regents of the University of Michigan approved the name change to The University of Michigan–Flint in April 1971, and named William E. Moran as the first Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint. During September 1972, sixteen temporary buildings were erected to ease campus overcrowding, pressuring the Regents to move UM-Flint to its current location along the Flint River. In 1979, the original Harrison Street Halo Burger location was vacated to make way for University of Michigan-Flint parking.[8]

Further developments[edit]

In July 1980, Conny E. Nelson began as the second Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint. During January 1982, UM's physical therapy program moved from Ann Arbor to Flint.[7]

In July 1984, Clinton B. Jones began as the University of Michigan-Flint's third Chancellor and served for almost a decade. During his tenure, the William R. Murchie Science Building and McKinnon Plaza were completed (1988) as well as a complete set of skywalks connecting the major buildings on campus; a former festival marketplace (Water Street Pavilion) was acquired and repurposed as the University Pavilion (1991); and, as a result of generous donations, construction of the Frances Willson Thompson Library was started.[9]

The Frances Willson Thompson Library at the University of Michigan, Flint Campus

In August 1994, Charlie Nelms was named UM-Flint's fourth chancellor. Later, in October 1994, the Frances Willson Thompson Library opened. In 1997 the University acquired an additional 25 acres immediately north of the Flint River.[10]

In September 1999, Juan E. Mestas began his tenure as the fifth Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint. As a result of generous donations, the William S. White Building was completed on the north side of the Flint River in 2002.[11] In April 2005, the campus went through its first intensive major fund-raising drive; the Capital Campaign brought in $40 million in donations.

In August 2008, Ruth J. Person began as Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint. During Person's tenure UM-Flint added campus housing and expanded enrollment to a record 8,600 students.

In August 2014, Sue Borrego begins as Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint

Growth and retention[edit]

The University of Michigan–Flint is currently the fastest growing public university in the state of Michigan.[12] Since 2005, international student enrollment has increased over 200 percent, with students hailing from over 37 different countries undertaking studies on campus.

Residential and student life[edit]

On campus housing[edit]

The First Street Residence Hall, a modern building dormitory for students at the University of Michigan, Flint Campus

In November 2004, the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan approved the request of the Flint Campus to explore the feasibility of student housing. After several assessments, studies, and surveys showing the probable progression of growth of the campus, student housing was approved. On July 16, 2007 the first-ever student dormitory, the First Street Residence Hall, opened for students.[13]

Groups and activities[edit]

The University is home to several fraternities and sororities. The following Greek organizations have chapters on campus:[14]

Sororities Fraternities

Athletics[edit]

UM–Flint does not currently offer varsity intercollegiate athletics, but there are a number of intramural sports leagues and clubs available to students.

The Student Athletic Association, with the assistance of the Club Sports Coordinator, help promote the sports teams on campus.[4][3] These teams include:

  • UM-Flint Wrestling
  • UM-Flint Golf
  • UM-Flint Men's Hockey
  • UM-Flint Ultimate Frisbee
  • UM-Flint Soccer
  • UM-Flint Volleyball
  • UM-Flint Women's Hockey
  • UM-Flint Tennis
  • UM-Flint Cheerleading
  • UM-Flint Women's Lacrosse
  • UM-Flint Men's Lacrosse
  • UM-Flint Football

In 2013 the men's hockey team earned a position in the ACHA Division 3 National Tournament for the first time, eventually advancing to the National Championship Game against fellow Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference foe Adrian College.

Rankings and accreditation[edit]

The University of Michigan–Flint is rated as one of the best master's-level public universities in the Midwest by US News and World Report.

The Princeton Review has included UM–Flint in the "Best in the Midwest" category in their publication 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.[16]

College/school founding
College/school Year founded

College of Arts and Sciences 1955
School of Management 1975
School of Health Professions and Studies 1982
School of Education and Human Services 1997

The Part-Time MBA Program is ranked 41st in the United States (overall) and 9th in the Midwest (by region).[17]

The Princeton Review has also included UM–Flint's School of Management in their The Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition.[18]

The Flint campus of the University of Michigan is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,[19] the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business – International,[20] the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education,[21] the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs,[22] the Council on Social Work Education,[23] the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology,[24] and the National Association of Schools of Music[25]

Academics and admissions[edit]

University rankings
Ranking #

US News & World Report (Regional)[26] 70

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The campus offers over 100 undergraduate majors and concentrations and over 40 graduate areas and concentrations for advanced studies.

Typical class sizes have a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio. According to a 2008 student satisfaction survey, the overall level of satisfaction is significantly higher than the national average for other four-year public universities in the United States.[citation needed]

The Michigan Times[edit]

The Michigan Times is a student-run campus newspaper. In 2008, the Michigan Press Association's "Better College Newspaper Contest" awarded The Michigan Times with nine awards in a statewide competition. This achievement was surpassed in 2009 by winning 23 awards.[27] The newspaper is printed weekly and is available free-of-cost on the campus, at other area colleges, in the surrounding downtown area and elsewhere in the Greater Flint area.

Student government[edit]

The University of Michigan–Flint Student Government Council (UMFSGC) represents the voice of students and manages student funds on the campus. The UMFSGC is a member of the state-wide Association of Michigan Universities.

Notable Faculty and Alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Russell H. Van Gilder 1953 Founder of VG's Food Center, Inc. [28]
Michael Moore Filmmaker and Author
Christopher Paul Curtis 2000 Writer and Speaker, Newberry Medal winner

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University of Michigan—Flint – Best College – Education – US News". 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ Serow, Mel (September 19, 2012). "Enrollment climbing at U-M, Kettering college campuses in downtown Flint". University of Michigan Flint. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Club & Organizations | logo =UMFlint.Stamp.png
  4. ^ a b Mostafavi, Beata (September 22, 2008). "Sports talk at University of Michigan–Flint sparks more mascot consideration". Flint Journal. Flint, Michigan: Booth Newspapers. Archived from the original on May 17, 2009. Retrieved October 29, 2008. 
  5. ^ Morland, Mike (May 28, 2008). "U-M-Flint closer to selecting mascot". University Record Online. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ Shoup, Allison (April 25, 2008). "'Victors' not yet a sure thing". The Michigan Times. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c UM-Flint. "Timeline and History". Archived from the original on February 25, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ Christy Ryan (2008-04-21). "Halo Burger reluctant to leave in fall" (shtml). Michigan Times (Flint, Michigan: University of Michigan-Flint). Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  9. ^ "UM-Flint History". http://catalog.umflint.edu/content.php?catoid=2&navoid=78. 
  10. ^ "UM-Flint History". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "UM-Flint History". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Flint Campus of the University of Michigan keeps rank as state's fastest growing university". M Live. April 15, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  13. ^ http://www.umflint.edu/housing/july17_release.htm
  14. ^ http://www.umflint.edu/studentlife/greeklife/greek_chapters.htm
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ UM-Flint. "Best in the Midwest". Retrieved August 5, 2010. 
  17. ^ Business Week. "The Top ranked part-time MBA Program". Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  18. ^ UM-Flint. "The 2010 Edition: The Best 301 Business Schools". Retrieved October 6, 2009. 
  19. ^ NCAHLC. "HLC Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  20. ^ AACSB. "AACSB Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  21. ^ APTA. "APTA Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  22. ^ AANA. "AANA Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  23. ^ CSWE. "CSWE Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  24. ^ JRCERT. "JRCERT Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  25. ^ NASM. "NASM Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  26. ^ "US News and World Report: Best Colleges 2011". US News and World Report. September 10, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  27. ^ Profitt, Jennifer. "From the Editor's Desk: M-Times wins MPA awards". The Michigan Times. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  28. ^ "Russell H. Vangilder , Class of 1953". Hall of Fame. Fenton High School Alumni Association. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 

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