Taubman College

The Michigan Advantage

The University of Michigan is rich in history, academic excellence and leadership. The heart of Michigan's success resides in our dedicated staff, robust student body, and outstanding faculty members, including distinguished composers, novelists, and poets, scientists, engineers, physicians, social scientists, artists, and filmmakers. The quality, breadth, and depth of this university's intellectual resources create a remarkable community of scholars – from our national leadership in the social sciences, medicine, engineering, law, and business to our community's robust cultural offerings. This is the Michigan Difference.

I am particularly enthusiastic about our campus-wide work in the life sciences, including the Life Sciences Institute, the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and the Biological Sciences, our cross-disciplinary research programs and our premier Medical School. As in so many fields, the benefi ts of Michigan's work in health care and life sciences research are felt across the state and around the world – fulfilling the mission and role of a great public university dedicated to advancing the public good.

Ours is a campus of remarkably wide-ranging experiences, cultures, and opportunities. In the coming academic year, we will welcome the Royal Shakespeare Company for a campus residency, and celebrate creativity with the Year of Global Arts. The year will also see the university break ground on the new C.S. Mott Children's and Women's Hospital, as well as open the doors of the Walgreen Drama Center, a new building for the School of Public Health, and Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, home of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Of course we will continue our many efforts to make the university's educational and research programs ever stronger and more meaningful.

The University of Michigan family shares a deep tradition. It is a tradition known to the new student who walks into her fi rst history class, to the student-athlete who takes the field, and to our dedicated alumni around the world. We are called upon to be leaders, and to do our very best. I am grateful to work closely with the thousands of people who are part of this tradition and welcome those of you who want to learn more about it.

Mary Sue Coleman
President, The University of Michigan