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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 degrees in Public Health, Health Care Administration, Health Sciences, Clinical Laboratory/Medical Technology, Radiation Therapy and Respiratory Therapy, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Anesthesia, Doctor of Anesthesia Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy (PhD in PT), and Clinical Residencies in Physical Therapy with concentrations in Orthopedics, Pediatrics, and Neurology.

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, and Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics degrees.

The School of Nursing offers four undergraduate academic pathways leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree: Traditional BSN; Accelerated Second Degree BSN; Veterans to BSN; and RN to BSN. The SON offers the following graduate degrees: Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN); Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Nursing Practice/Business Administration (DNP/MBA) dual degree; and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing in either Psychiatric Mental Health or Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialization.

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 23, 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 Management. 

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. In 2017, the University of Michigan celebrates its 200th anniversary. During both 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, Applied Science Accreditation Commission, 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 of Education for Public Health, the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Council on Social Work Education, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, 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 campus wide 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.

University of Michigan Board of Regents

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

University of Michigan Executive Officers

Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D., President of the University
Sally J. Churchill, M.A., JD., Vice President and Secretary of the University
Shixin Jack Hu, Ph.D., Vice President for Research
E. Royster Harper, M.A., Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs
Ora Hirsch-Pescovitz, M.D., Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
Timothy G. Lynch, J.D., Vice President and General Counsel
Daniel E. Little, A.B., Ph.D., Chancellor, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Jerry A. May, B.A., M.Ed., Vice President for Development
Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D., Chancellor, University of Michigan-Flint
Kallie Michaels, M.A., Vice President for Communications
Timothy P. Slottow, B.A., M.B.A., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Martha E. Pollack, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Cynthia H. Wilbanks, B.A., Vice President for Government Relations

University of Michigan-Flint Executive Officers

Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D., Chancellor
Douglas G. Knerr, Ph.D. Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Michael Hague, Interim Vice-Chancellor for Business and Finance
Barbara Avery, Ph.D., Vice-Chancellor for Campus Inclusion and Student Life
Kristin Lindsey, Vice-Chancellor for University Advancement

Academic Deans

Vahid Lotfi, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Programs
Susan Gano-Phillips, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Roy C. Barnes, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Chris Pearson, Ph.D., Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Robert W. Barnett, Ph.D., Dean, School of Education and Human Services
Sapna Thwaite, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Education and Human Services
Donna Fry, Ph.D., Dean, School of Health Professions and Studies
Scott D. Johnson, Ph.D., Dean, School of Management
Yener Kandogan, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Management
Margaret Andrews, Ph.D., R.N., Interim Dean, School of Nursing

Emeritus Faculty

Paul A. Adams, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology
Steven C. Althoen, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education
Charles G. Apple., Associate Professor Emeritus of Communication
Janet Barnfather, Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing
Anita Barry, Professor Emerita of Linguistics
Janice G. Bernsten, Associate Professor Emerita of Linguistics
Donald Boys, Associate Professor Emeritus of Physics
Janice Brady, Assistant Professor Emerita of Nursing
Rose A. Casement, Professor Emerita of Education
Paulette M. Cebulski, Associate Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy
Thomas L. Coffey, Professor Emeritus of Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work
Virgil W. Cope, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Mary E. Cox, Professor Emerita of Physics and Engineering
Richard E. Darnell, Professor Emeritus of Physical Therapy
Dorothy G. Davis, Associate Librarian Emerita
Donald E. DeGraaf, Professor Emeritus of Physics
Harry J. D’Souza, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
Charles E. Dunlop, David M. French Professor & Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Harry K. Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
Dennis F. Ellis, David M. French Professor & Professor Emeritus of Business Economics
Hani I. Fakhouri, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Thomas Filson, Associate Professor Emeritus of Education
Richard W. Fortner, Dean Emeritus & Professor Emeritus of Management & Accounting
Thomas C. Foster, Professor Emeritus of English
Harry Frank, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Lauren D. Friesen, David M. French Professor & Professor Emeritus in Theatre
Carolyn M. Gillespie, Professor Emertia of Theatre
Peter R. Gluck, Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Richard Gull, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
David J. Hart, Senior Associate Librarian Emeritus
Robert W. Heywood, Professor Emeritus of History
Richard Hill-Rowley, Associate Professor Emeritus of Earth & Resource Science
Dorothy J. Himmelberger, Associate Librarian Emerita
Charles A. Jones, Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Clinton B. Jones, Chancellor Emeritus
Cynthia B. Kincaid, Clinical Associate Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy & Associate Director for Clinical Education
Larry M. King, Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
Larry W. Koch, Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Judith J. Kollmann, Professor Emerita of English
Robert M. Kren, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Lawrence D. Kugler, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
John A. Larson, Professor Emeritus of Management
Neil O. Leighton, Professor Emeritus of Political Science
William J. Lockwood, Professor Emeritus of English
John D. Marquardt, Associate Professor Emeritus of Accounting
William A. Marsh, David M. French Professor & Professor Emeritus of Physical Geography
Renate McLaughlin, Provost & Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Emerita & Professor Emerita of Mathematics
Juan E. Mestas, Chancellor Emeritus & Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages
William J. Meyer, Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Douglas E. Miller, Associate Professor Emeritus of Art & German
Charlie Nelms, Chancellor Emeritus
Paul E. O’Donnell, Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages
Vincent O’Keeffe, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music
L. Nathan Oaklander, David M. French Professor and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Gary L. Pace, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology
Mary E. Periard, Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing
Ellis Perlman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Paul K. Peterson, Associate Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Lucinda A. Pfalzer, Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy
Donald M. Pollie, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Albert C. Price, Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Consuela M. Provost, Professor Emerita of English and Theatre
Wesley D. Rae, Professor Emeritus of English
Alfred C. Raphelson, David M. French Professor & Professor Emeritus of Psychology; University of Michigan, Ph.D.
Nallapu N. Reddy, Professor Emeritus of Economics
Frank C. Richardson, Professor Emeritus of French, German & Comparative Literature
Theodosia S. Robertson, Associate Professor Emerita of History
Frank E. Rose, Associate Professor Emeritus of Physics
Lois M. Rosen, Professor Emerita of English
Judy V. Rosenthal, Professor Emerita in Anthropology
A. Raymond Roth, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music
Bruce Rubenstein, David M. French Professor & Professor Emeritus of History
John B. Schroeder, Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science
R. Shantaram, Associate Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
Ronald E. Silverman, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Barnard E. Smith, David M. French Professor & Professor Emeritus of Management
Robert W. Stach, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Johannes Tall, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music
Jane Taylor, David M. French Professor & Professor Emerita of Biology
Betty A. Velthouse, Associate Professor Emerita in Organizational Behavior
Harriet M. Wall, Professor Emerita of Psychology
Zelma H. Weisfeld, Professor Emerita of Theatre and Drama
Fred (Ted) E. Williams, Professor Emeritus of Operations Management
Sue A. Woestehoff, Professor Emerita of Education
Victor K. Wong, Professor Emeritus of Physics
Ellen A. Woodman, Assistant Professor Emerita of Nursing
Lung-Chiang Wu, Associate Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
Jacqueline L. Zeff, Professor Emeritus of English

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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.