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About UM-Flint

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The University of Michigan-Flint


The University of Michigan-Flint is a comprehensive urban university of diverse learners and scholars committed to advancing our local and global communities. In the University of Michigan tradition, we value excellence in teaching, learning and scholarship; student centeredness; and engaged citizenship. Through personal attention and dedicated faculty and staff, our students become leaders and the best in their fields, professions and communities.


The University of Michigan-Flint has a vast array of educational opportunities for students. The university is a destination for students with concrete career plans, but also allows students to explore their various educational and professional options. It is a university where students can explore their future, and then begin to build it.  

The College of Arts and Sciences offers more than 70 majors in the liberal arts and sciences, together with programs preparing for Michigan certification in elementary or secondary teaching. These programs lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science in Economics, Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainable Systems, Master of Science in Biology, Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems, Master of Arts in Applied Communication, Master of Arts in English, Master of Arts in Social Sciences, Master of Arts in Mathematics 

The School of Education and Human Services offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Educational Technology, Education Specialist, Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

The School of Health Professions and Studies offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration, Health Education, Health Science, Clinical Laboratory/Medical Technology, Radiation Therapy, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Anesthesia, Master of Science in Health Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Anesthesia Practice, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Joint Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Philosophy (PHD).

The School of Management offers programs leading to Bachelor of Business Administration degree in General Business, Accounting, Finance, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior/Human Resources Management, or Marketing, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration degree.

In addition to these programs, the University of Michigan- Flint offers the Master of Liberal Studies in American Culture, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Arts in Arts Administration through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies of the University of Michigan, as well as graduate courses in other selected areas.

The University of Michigan-Flint makes its academic programs available throughout the year by operating on a calendar that includes fall and winter semesters and shorter spring and summer terms. Courses are offered throughout the year in the late afternoon and evening as well as during daytime hours. Additional course offerings are available on Saturdays during the fall, winter, and spring terms.


In an 1837 letter to family back east, Ann Arbor resident Sarah C. Miles Case wrote, “A branch of the Michigan University at Ann Arbor is to be established in Flint at some future day.”

That day turned out to be September 23rd 1956, nearly 120 years after Sarah penned the first recorded mention of a University of Michigan-Flint campus. On that autumn morning, 167 students began their first day at Flint Senior College (located where Mott Community College is today).

Owing to the vision, generosity, and leadership of community leaders in Flint and Ann Arbor, the school continued to evolve and adapt in accordance with the needs of the community it was established to serve.

In 1970, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredited what was then called Flint College. In 1971, the U-M Board of Regents officially changed the name of the institution to the University of Michigan-Flint. That same year, University of Michigan President Robben Fleming appointed the first Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint, William E. Moran.

In the late 1970s, the university began moving to the heart of downtown Flint, building a riverfront campus of modern buildings and amenities for its growing student population. In 2006, UM-Flint celebrated 50 Years of Excellence. The university finally became a residential campus in 2008 when 300 students moved into the First Street Residence Hall. The university continued to expand in 2015, when it bought the iconic former First Merit Bank building. The purchase stretched UM-Flint’s presence across Saginaw Street, the main street of downtown Flint. Later that same year, in one of the biggest donations the school has ever received, Uptown Reinvestment Corp. donated the 16-story, 340,000 square foot Riverfront Residence Hall and Banquet Center, which houses students and is also home to UM-Flint’s School of Magagement. 

Today, about 8,500 students are enrolled at UM-Flint. An ever-growing number of these students are international students, hailing from approximately 40 different countries.

UM-Flint faculty, from over 100 areas of study, have gained an international reputation for their dedication to engaged learning. Professors pour their expertise and creativity into the development of research and service-learning projects that match course curriculum with the world’s most-pressing issues. These projects bring learning to life, address community needs, and fulfill students’ desires to contribute to the common good.

In 2010, UM-Flint received the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Civic Engagement. Then in 2012, UM-Flint was selected as the first recipient of the “Engaged Campus of Year Award” presented by the Michigan Campus Compact.

In 2016, the University of Michigan-Flint marks its 60th anniversary. The following year, the University of Michigan celebrates its 200th anniversary! During each of these observances, UM-Flint will celebrate with pride its unique contributions to the past, present, and future of the full University of Michigan story.

Educational Objectives

“Engaging Minds, Preparing Leaders through Academic Excellence, Student Centeredness, and Engaged Citizenship” is the vision statement of the University of Michigan-Flint. The University subscribes to the following mission: The University of Michigan-Flint is a comprehensive urban university of diverse learners and scholars committed to advancing our local and global communities.  In the University of Michigan tradition, we value excellence in teaching, learning and scholarship; student centeredness; and engaged citizenship.  Through personal attention and dedicated faculty and staff, our students become leaders and best in their fields, professions and communities.

The University of Michigan-Flint, organized originally as the Flint College of the University of Michigan, is one of three campuses of the University of Michigan. From its founding in 1956, the University of Michigan-Flint has represented the combined efforts of the University, the State of Michigan, and the Flint community to develop and maintain a distinguished educational program for young people and adults of outstanding ambition, ability, and potential for leadership.

Students at the Flint campus benefit from association with the entire University of Michigan system while also enjoying the many advantages of a smaller institution. At the University of Michigan-Flint, the student is the center of attention. Individual growth and intellectual development are encouraged through close and often informal association between faculty and students.

All students at the University of Michigan-Flint, including those entering specific career and professional programs, are offered a well-rounded education in the traditional disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences. The urban setting of the campus and the need for competently trained professionals in education, government, business, and the health and human services fields have led to the creation of a variety of programs. These programs have been designed to provide professional training in relationship to study in the liberal arts and sciences, so that students can develop the knowledge, intellectual skills, values and attitudes which will help them make thoughtful and informed judgments about their experiences.

Accreditation and Assessment

The University of Michigan-Flint is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Accreditation has also been awarded to various University of Michigan-Flint programs by the American Chemical Society, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 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, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Grounded in the principles of student-centered learning, our Assessment Program provides evidence of the knowledge, skills, and perspectives that students achieve as a result of their education at the University of Michigan-Flint. In gathering and analyzing the evidence of our effectiveness, we are able to improve the institution through reflective, sound decision-making, enabling the University of Michigan-Flint to further its mission to prepare students as leaders in their fields, in their professions, and in their communities. The primary purpose of assessment is to help understand and improve the University of Michigan-Flint as a whole. Secondarily, assessment is used to support accreditation, research, grant funding, and other external purposes.

Assessment of student learning and achievement is a campuswide endeavor that presents a variety of opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to provide valuable feedback to all units. The University encourages everyone to accept the responsibility and opportunity to participate in this important process. Additional information on assessment is available at http://assessment.umflint.edu.

Regents of the University of Michigan

Michael J. Behm, Flint
Mark J. Bernstein, Ann Arbor
Laurence B. Deitch, Bingham Farms
Shauna Ryder Diggs, Grosse Pointe
Denise Ilitch, Bingham Farms
Andrea Fischer Newman, Ann Arbor
Andrew C. Richner, Grosse Pointe Park
Katherine E. White, Ann Arbor
Mark S. Schlissel, ex officio

UM-Flint Executive Officers

Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D., Chancellor
Barbara B. Dixon, D.M.A., Interim Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Greg Tewksbury, C.T.P., Vice-Chancellor for Business and Finance
Mary Jo Sekelsky, Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs

UM-Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff listings are available in the Organization of the University  section of this Catalog.

For More Information

Flint, Michigan 48502-2186
(810) 762-3000
M-Formation Line
(810) 767-1UMF


The University of Michigan-Flint welcomes inquiries in person, by telephone, or by mail.  All University offices may be reached by dialing (810) 762-3000, or you may dial offices directly by using the numbers below.


Visitors are welcome on campus at any time during normal business hours. Those interested in admission should call the Office of Admissions and Recruitment for an appointment.

Additional Phone Numbers

Additional phone numbers may be found through the Campus Directory.

Non-Discrimination Policy Notice

The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity and Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Office for Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, (734) 763-0235, TTY (734) 647-1388. For other University of Michigan information call (734) 764-1817.