The Dearborn Differences
Top Ranked University
Ranked 6th best master's-level public university in the Midwest in the 2013 edition of U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Colleges."
Rated among the top undergraduate engineering program in the country (among universities whose highest degree is a Master's) in the 2013 edition of U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Colleges."
College of Business earns recognition as a U.S. News and World Report Best Business School for 2013.
Business Experiential Learning Laboratory (The BELL)
The Business Experiential Learning Laboratory (The BELL), a high-tech classroom in the College of Business that simulates a real-world trading room---complete with a crawling stock ticker, a six-time zone world clock and an eight-foot data wall with information streamed from Wall Street---provides students with opportunities for hands-on training in an environment similar to what they will find in the business world.
"Exemplary" Teacher-Preparation Program
UM-Dearborn received 65 out of a possible 70 points in the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) recent report on the state’s 31 teacher-preparation programs, earning it a ranking in the “Exemplary” category---the highest category possible---for the fourth year in succession.
Military Friendly School
G.I. Jobs magazine included UM-Dearborn in its 2013 list of military-friendly schools, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that embrace American veterans as students. G.I. Jobs compiled the list after polling thousands of schools nationwide to determine which institutions best led recruitment efforts of military and veteran students.
NAEYC accredited Early Childhood Education Center
The College of Education, Health, and Human Services's Early Childhood Education Center is a "teacher-training" facility accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators.
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey (SSI)
According to UM-Dearborn students, the University exceeds or equals national averages in five key areas: Academics, Faculty, Reputation, Safe Campus and Strong Community. Click here for the results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey (SSI).
"Michigan" Excellence with a Metropolitan Commitment
UM-Dearborn embraces the traditions of excellence and academic achievement of the University of Michigan and adds a tremendously strong commitment to this metropolitan region.
- The Center for Innovation Research---iLabs---advances the understanding of corporate, entrepreneurial and institutional innovation and its impact on economic development through partnerships with Detroit-based organizations, like Capuchin On the Rise Bakery.
- The Geosciences Institute for Education and Research is a National Science Foundation-funded grant program for training Detroit Public Schools students and teachers in grades 5-9 via research projects with UM-Dearborn faculty members.
- Inside Out instructors teach a college credit course inside Ryan Correctional Facility with both inmates and UM-Dearborn students as enrollees.
Practical, Real-World Experience
Experiential opportunities---more than 700 paid co-ops and internships, real-world research alongside faculty, more than 160 student organizations, "Civic Engagement" project, the Community Involvement and Volunteerism Center (CIViC), and Honors Program---help students become assets to their communities and provide UM-Dearborn advantages as graduates pursue employment in our fast-changing economy.
Students gain valuable experience outside of the classroom with co-ops & internships. Check out internship testimonials to see first hand how these experiences changed their perspective and prepared them for what's next.
"Hiring graduates, I have found that they have been immediately ready to enter the world of work, that they have had very practical experience, and really have had a sense of discipline already instilled in them."
-Sheryl Maibach, Alumna
VP of Marketing and Sales, Barton Malow
Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems
The Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems is accelerating applied research for advanced vehicle systems in the areas of product development, design and manufacturing of new generation vehicles.
GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation
The Center for Electric Drive Transportation is dedicated to achieving synergy among technological development, research and graduate education in automotive engineering, with a focus on areas crucial for the development of electric drive transportation including hybrid propulsion, energy storage and lightweight materials.
UM-Dearborn is one of seven university research centers awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Program to establish the Center.
Institute for Local Government
The Institute for Local Government provides courses for members of school boards and city councils, including workshops on issues ranging from health-care policy to “Dealing with Hate,” as well as how-to classes on running for office.
Environmental Interpretive Center
At UM-Dearborn's Environmental Interpretive Center, people of all ages can learn about environmental issues, what is being done and how they can make a difference.
- More than 70 acres of campus are maintained as one of the largest natural areas of metropolitan Detroit.
- A model facility for sustainable living, the Center's Mushroom Garden and Community Organic Garden educate students and the public about organic locally-grown food via urban farming methods.
- The Rouge River Bird Observatory, housed inside the Center, explores an understudied yet increasingly critical area of research: the importance of urban natural areas to birds.
Rouge River Gateway Partnership
UM-Dearborn is a leading participant in the Rouge Gateway Partnership, a coalition of industry, municipalities, and educational and cultural institutions that are revitalizing the Rouge River and its watershed. Cleaner water, the return of fish and wildlife, and sustainable development along the Rouge banks are among the most visible results. Learn more...
“Difficult Dialogues” is an initiative funded by the Ford Foundation that aims to promote a campus environment where sensitive subjects such as race and religion can be discussed honestly and productively. By locating the discussion in the context of an open and civil university environment, students are truly able to explore and find together new understandings of the issues that often divide us.
Conversations on Race: Voices of a New Generation
An ongoing University collaboration with New Detroit, one of Detroit’s leading civil rights organizations, "Conversation on Race: Voices of a New Generation" has brought hundreds of students together on campus for open and honest discussions of the issues of race and ethnicity that continue to persist in our society. This event has had an impact on the campus, and has served as a model for other colleges and universities as well.
Small Class Sizes...No Teaching Assistants
More than 500 faculty, not teaching assistants, create a unique and enriching learning experience for nearly 8,900 enrolled students in bachelor's and master's degree programs.
"Each student really does get their professor's attention."
-Tony Lin, Student
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters