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University of Michigan–Flint
Former names
Flint Senior College of the University of Michigan (1954–1964)
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
Provost Douglas Knerr
Vice-Chancellor Douglas Knerr[2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 8,289[3]
Undergraduates 6,874
Postgraduates 1,264
Location Flint, MI, US
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
Newspaper The Michigan Times
Colors Maize and Blue          
Athletics Club level[4]


Kodiaks (football only)
The Victors[5] (unofficial)[6]

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


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." [7] In May 1944 the Flint Board of Education requested that the University of Michigan open a satellite campus in Flint.[8] 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.[9]

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.


Flint College[edit]

Later, in February 1956, David M. French was named the first dean of the Flint College of the University of Michigan.[9] Flint College opened on the Flint Community Junior College campus.[10] The college's first class graduated in 1958.[8] 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 the upgrade of the Flint College to a full-fledged four-year branch campus of the University of Michigan—the first such campus located outside 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.

University of Michigan-Flint[edit]

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.[citation needed]

$5 million over five years was pledged towards a new campus in 1972 by the C.S. Mott Foundation.[10] 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.

On Sept. 1, 1973, the Regents passed the plans for the first building by Sedgewick-Sellers & Associates, originally planned for a site at Lapeer Road and Court Street. Instead, the first building was moved to a site on the Flint River, the current campus location. The university acquired the Ross House and the Hubbard Building. Its ground breaking ceremony was held on May 9, 1974 at the Wilson Park bandstand. In 1977, building ended on the Class Room Office Building (CROB), later named David M. French Hall, and the Central Energy Plant.[10] In 1979, the original Harrison Street Halo Burger location was vacated to make way for University of Michigan–Flint parking.[11] While, the Harding Mott University Center (UCen) was finished that same year and the Recreation Center in 1982.[12]

The Frances Willson Thompson Library at the University of Michigan-Flint

William S. Murchie Science Building was completed in 1988.[12] In 1991, UM-Flint took over ownership of the Water Street Pavilion as the University Pavilion[8] keeping restaurants there while moving in administrative offices[12] previously split between CROB and UCen.[citation needed] In 1994 the library moved from the 6th floor CROB and the Harrison Street Annex[citation needed] to its new building, Frances Willson Thompson Library. Northbank Center is acquired in 1998.[12]

In September 1999, Juan E. Mestas began his tenure as the fifth Chancellor of the University of Michigan–Flint.[8] The William S. White Building was completed on the north side of the Flint River in 2002 for School of Health Professions and Studies[12] (nursing school; moved from the Lapeer Street Annex)[citation needed] and the School of Management.[13] Halo Burger returned to the campus in September 2002 only to forced out due to on campus housing food regulations in 2008.[11]

Ruth Person became chancellor in 2008.[14] The first on campus dorms, First Street Residence Hall, were completed in 2008.[12] The University of Michigan–Flint in 2010 was the fastest growing public university in the state of Michigan.[15] The School of Management moved to a leased floor of the Riverfront Residence Hall in early 2013 from the White Building at renovation cost of $5.3 million.[13] In 2013, Person's five-year term was up and was extended for a year by UM President Mary Sue Coleman to 2014.[14]

In August 2014, Sue Borrego began as Chancellor.[16] On October 15, 2015, University Board of Regents approved the purchase of the 160,000-square-foot, 10-story north tower building of the Citizens Banking Building from FirstMerit Bank for $6 million expected to close in March 2016.[17]

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.[18]

Groups and activities[edit]

The University is home to several fraternities and sororities. The following Greek organizations have chapters on campus:[19]

Sororities Fraternities

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.[21] The newspaper is printed weekly and is available free-of-cost on 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 students and manages student funds on the campus. The UMFSGC is a member of the statewide Association of Michigan Universities.


UM–Flint does not currently offer varsity intercollegiate athletics, but there are a number of intramural sports leagues and clubs available to students. UM–Flint's sports teams are known as the Kodiaks, but their team colors and uniforms are nearly identical to those of their sister school's varsity team, the Michigan Wolverines. Students, staff and alumni are also able to buy tickets to the flagship campus' sporting events at a discounted price.

The Student Athletic Association, with the assistance of the Club Sports Coordinator, help promote the sports teams on campus.[5][4] These teams include:

  • UM-Flint Wrestling
  • UM-Flint Golf
  • UM-Flint Men's Hockey
  • UM-Flint Women's Hockey
  • UM-Flint Ultimate Frisbee
  • UM-Flint Soccer
  • UM-Flint Volleyball
  • UM-Flint Tennis
  • UM-Flint Cheerleading
  • UM-Flint Women's Lacrosse
  • UM-Flint Men's Lacrosse
  • UM-Flint Football (members of the National Club Football Association)

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.

Academics and admissions[edit]

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

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]

Minimum gpa is a 2.7 and minimum ACT is a 17

Rankings and accreditation[edit]

University rankings
Ranking #

US News & World Report (Regional)[22] 70

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.[23]

The Part-Time MBA Program is ranked 41st in the United States (overall) and 9th in the Midwest (by region).[24]

The Princeton Review has also included UM–Flint's School of Management in their The Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition.[25]

The Flint campus of the University of Michigan is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,[26] the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business – International,[27] the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education,[28] the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs,[29] the Council on Social Work Education,[30] the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology,[31] and the National Association of Schools of Music[32]

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Don Riegle 1960 United States Senator from Michigan [33]
Russell H. Van Gilder 1953 Founder of VG's Food Center, Inc. [34]
John Sinclair 1964 Poet, political activist [35]
John D. Cherry Michigan Lt. Governor [8]
Christopher Paul Curtis 2000 Writer and Speaker, Newbery Medal winner [8]
Bobby Crim Michigan speaker of the house & Crim Festival of Races founder [8]
Archie Hayman Judge [8]
Michael Moore Documentary film director, author =[36]
Marietta S. Robinson member of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission [37]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "University of Michigan—Flint – Best College – Education – US News". 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ Schuch, Sarah (May 21, 2015). "University of Michigan-Flint to get new provost, vice chancellor in July". Flint Journal (Mlive Media Group). Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ Serow, Mel (September 19, 2012). "Enrollment climbing at U-M, Kettering college campuses in downtown Flint". University of Michigan Flint. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Club & Organizations.
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Shoup, Allison (April 25, 2008). "'Victors' not yet a sure thing". The Michigan Times. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ History of UM-Flint
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Weller, Krysten (September 21, 2006). "University of Michigan-Flint celebrates its 50th anniversary". The Grand Blanc View. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b UM-Flint. "Timeline and History". Archived from the original on February 25, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c Schuch, Sarah. "From dirt to dorms: UM-Flint still growing 40 years after historic groundbreaking". The Flint Journal (Mlive Media Group). Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Christy Ryan (April 21, 2008). "Halo Burger reluctant to leave in fall" (shtml). Michigan Times (Flint, Michigan: University of Michigan-Flint). Retrieved June 2, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f Schuch, Sarah (October 16, 2015). "What to know about UM-Flint buying portion of historic Flint bank building". Flint Journal (Mlive Media Group). Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Mostafavi, Beata (July 22, 2011). "University of Michigan-Flint business students to trade stocks in mini Wall Street center in Riverfront Residence Hall". Flint Journal (MLive Media Group). Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Thorne, Blake Thorne (January 23, 2013). "University of Michigan-Flint Chancellor Ruth Person says she will depart in 2014". Flint Journal (Mlive Media Group). 
  15. ^ "Flint Campus of the University of Michigan keeps rank as state's fastest growing university". M Live. April 15, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  16. ^ Woodhouse, Kellie (April 17, 2014). "University of Michigan appoints Susan Borrego as Flint chancellor". Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  17. ^ Schuch, Sarah (October 15, 2015). "UM-Flint buys part of historic downtown bank building". Flint Journal (Mlive Media Group). Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
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  21. ^ Profitt, Jennifer. "From the Editor's Desk: M-Times wins MPA awards". The Michigan Times. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  22. ^ "US News and World Report: Best Colleges 2011". US News and World Report. September 10, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  23. ^ UM-Flint. "Best in the Midwest". Retrieved August 5, 2010. 
  24. ^ Business Week. "The Top ranked part-time MBA Program". Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  25. ^ UM-Flint. "The 2010 Edition: The Best 301 Business Schools". Retrieved October 6, 2009. 
  26. ^ NCAHLC. "HLC Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  27. ^ AACSB. "AACSB Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  28. ^ APTA. "APTA Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  29. ^ AANA. "AANA Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  30. ^ CSWE. "CSWE Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  31. ^ JRCERT. "JRCERT Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  32. ^ NASM. "NASM Accreditation". Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  33. ^ "Donald W. Riegle, Jr Archives". Biography. University of Michigan-Flint. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  34. ^ "Russell H. Vangilder , Class of 1953". Hall of Fame. Fenton High School Alumni Association. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  35. ^
  36. ^ "Michael Moore". Biography. New York Times. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  37. ^ "Marietta S. Robinson". Biography. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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