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The University of Michigan–Flint (UM–Flint, U of M–Flint or simply Michigan Flint) is a public university located in Flint, Michiganmarker in the United Statesmarker. It is one of three campuses in the University of Michiganmarker system.


The history of the University of Michigan–Flint began in 1944, when the Flint Board of Education requested University of Michigan to open their Extension Office in Flint. Then the key area citizens already planning the cultural center, were interested in the idea of higher education in the community. Three years later, the Regents of the University funded a study exploring the possibilities for higher education in Flint.

The community responded enthusiastically to the study, which called for the establishment of a four-year liberal arts college in Flint comparable to the College of Literature, Science and the Arts on the Ann Arbor campus.

The city assisted the university by supplying buildings and land. Local philanthropist late Charles Stewart Mott donated money to build a classroom and office building, and the Sponsors Fund of Flint donated funds for operating expenses.

Cooperation between the community and the University of Michigan brought about the opening of a two-year senior college in 1956, which offered baccalaureate degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences and in the professional fields of education and business administration. Approximately 167 junior students enrolled the first semester.

As time passed, there was a call for major changes in the college. The Flint Board of Education proposed that the University of Michigan expand the senior college to a four-year institution. The Board of Regents adopted the proposal in 1964. The first freshman class was admitted the next year making the Flint Senior College of the University of Michigan the first four-year University of Michigan program offered outside of Ann Arbormarker.

In 1970, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredited the Flint College. In 1971, the Regents officially changed the name of the institution to the University of Michigan–Flint. That same year, University of Michigan President Robben Wright Fleming appointed William E. Moran—the first Chancellor of the University of Michigan–Flint.

Chancellor Moran commissioned an Academic Planning Board to develop a master plan for the university. Responding to the needs of the community, the Board identified major areas of program development for the University, including professional and career-oriented programs. Subsequent chancellors continued planning for the future growth of the university.

These plans led to the establishment of graduate degrees, new academic units, service units, WFUM-TVmarker, and the expansion of the campus into downtown Flint. Through the combined efforts of Flint citizens and city government, the university acquired 42 acres along the Flint River in 1971. The campus occupied its first building in 1977. The general classroom-office building (named the David M. French Hall in 2000) housed a theatre and library. The University Center opened in 1979 and the Recreation Building opened in 1982. Funds for the buildings were derived entirely from substantial private gifts from the community and a limited amount of borrowing to be repaid from future student fee revenues.

As a result of continued growth and strong support from community and state officials, the university has undertaken several major construction projects. In 1988, a student parking area opened and the William R. Murchie Science Building was dedicated.

The University of Michigan–Flint took possession of the University Pavilion (formerly Waterstreet Pavilion) from the city in 1991. Many administrative and student services offices moved from locations in French Hall and the University Center, to the upper level of the Pavilion; the University Bookstore relocated to the lower level. As a result of generous donations, the Frances Willson Thompson Library opened in 1994.

In 1997, the campus acquired an additional 25 acres immediately north of the Flint River, where the William S. White Building was completed in 2002. A grant from the Mott Foundation provided the University with funds to assist with the construction and programming of new facilities on the north site. The White Building houses the School of Management, the School of Health Professions and Studies, the Early Childhood development Center, the Urban Health and Wellness Center, WFUM-TV, Art, and Communications.

Student life

Residential life

The campus broke ground for the first-ever student housing facility, First Street Residence Hall, in July 2007. The 310-bed 4 story residence hall was opened on August 24, 2008 with 300 residents. The Hall is situated on campus at the south end between First Street, Chevez Drive and the reopened Kearsley Street.

Groups and activities

The University is home to many fraternities and sororities that make up the campus' Greek life. The following organizations have chapters on the campus:




As of early 2009, UM–Flint does not offer varsity intercollegiate athletics. However, some developments have taken place. In Spring 2008, the student body voted to adopt the nickname The Victors the fight song of the The University of Michigan.

A Student Athletic Association current exists due to the creation of a number of sports clubs that compete intercollegiately. These teams include:

  • UM-Flint Cycling
  • UM-Flint Golf
  • UM-Flint Hockey
  • UM-Flint Mix Martial Arts
  • UM-Flint Soccer
  • UM-Flint Ultimate Frisbee
  • UM-Flint Volleyball
  • UM-Flint Water Ski
  • UM-Flint Flat Track Roller Derby
  • UM-Flint Football

Photo gallery

Image:UM-Flint entrance.jpg|Harrison Street Entrance to CampusImage:skywalk.jpg|Skywalks Connect the UM–Flint CampusImage:frenchhall.jpg|French HallImage:UM-Flint_fall.jpg|Frances Willson Thompson LibraryImage:wsw.jpg|William S. White Building and the Northbank CenterImage:McKinnon.jpg|McKinnon Plaza


The Flint campus of the University of Michigan is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools . Accreditation has also been awarded to various programs in the university by the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business - International , the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education , the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs , the Council on Social Work Education , the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology , and the National Association of Schools of Music The university is currently seeking accreditation from ABET for their new mechanical engineering program.


The University of Michigan–Flint is rated one of the best master's-level public university in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 America's Best Colleges report. The Princeton Review has included UM–Flint in the "Best in the Midwest" category in their publication 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

UM-Flint’s Part-Time MBA Program is ranked 41st in the United States and 9th in the Midwest. The Princeton Review has also included UM–Flint's School of Management in their "The Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition" .

National recognition

The campus is featured in parts of Michael Moore's 1989 debut film Roger & Me.

In 2000, the University of Michigan–Flint campus hosted Vice President and Democratic Presidential nominee Al Gore, along with an outdoor performance by pop-rock group the Goo Goo Dolls.

In 2004, the University of Michigan–Flint campus hosted Democratic Presidential hopeful Howard Dean.

The school has been referenced in cartoonist Jef Mallett's nationally syndicated comic strip, Frazz. Mallett is a Michigan native, having worked for local newspaper the Flint Journal earlier in his career.

In 2007, the University of Michigan–Flint held the first annual outdoor MFuse concert. The headliner for this concert (voted on by school officials and students) was Grammy Award winning artist Common.

The Michigan Times

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. The newspaper is printed semimonthly 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

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 Alumni

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