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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, Sciences, and Education offers more than 70 majors in the liberal arts and sciences, together with a program preparing students for Michigan certification in elementary or secondary Music Education. 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, Master of Arts in Art Administration, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Educational Technology, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

The College of Health Sciences offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in Public Health, Health Care Administration, Health Sciences, Radiation Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, and Social Work. Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Health Care Management (MS), Master of Science in Health Services Administration (MS), Master of Science Physician Assistant (MS), Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP), Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), and Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy (PhD in PT). Dual degree offerings include: Bachelor of Science in Public Health / Master of Public Health (BS/MPH), Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences / Master of Public Health (BS/MPH), Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration / Master of Public Health (BS/MPH), Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy / Master of Public Health (BS/MPH), Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy / Master of Public Health (BS/MPH), Master of Science Physician Assistant / Master of Business Administration (MS/MBA), Occupational Therapy Doctorate / Master of Business Administration (OTD/MBA), Doctor of Physical Therapy / Master of Business Administration (DPT/MBA), Doctor of Physical Therapy / Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy (DPT/PhD in PT).

The School of Management offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Finance, General Business, International Business, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.  Graduate degree programs include Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics. 

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 academic pathways: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Doctor of Nursing Practice/Business Administration (DNP/MBA) dual degree; and Post-Graduate Certificates in Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Nurse Educator.

The College of Innovation and Technology will offer four-year bachelor’s degrees in technology and prepare students for careers in such industries as digital design, digital technology, automotive, manufacturing, artificial intelligence, health care, aerospace, cybersecurity, and other sectors.

In addition to these programs, the University of Michigan-Flint offers the Master of Arts in 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.

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 a property in the heart of downtown Flint, building a riverfront campus with a small collection of buildings including the Classroom Office Building, (affectionately known as CROB to UM-Flint Alumni), the Harding Mott University Center, and the Recreation Center. As student enrollment grew, the Murchie Science Building opened in 1988, and a new wing supporting expanded STEM activities opened in 2021. A gift from benefactor Frances Willson Thompson led to the building of the striking Thompson Library in 1994. In 2001, UM-Flint expanded north for the first time with the opening of the William S. White Building which houses health classrooms and labs. Today, the modern and inviting campus spans over 70 acres along the Flint River. 

As a community partner, over time the university has acquired existing buildings throughout the downtown and turned them into viable parts of the campus. These spaces include University Pavilion, Northbank Center, the Riverfront Center. 

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, and added a second residence hall with the addition of the Riverfront Residence Hall in 2015. 

Today, nearly 5,000 students are enrolled at UM-Flint and pursue over 100 areas of study. Six major academic units, consisting of the  College of Arts, Sciences and Education, the School of Management, the College of Health Sciences, the School of Education & Human Services, the School of Nursing, and the College of Innovation & Technology offer students a wide variety of degree programs. 

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. This dedication to service has earned UM-Flint many accolades. In 2010 and again in 2019, 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, UM-Flint marked its 60th anniversary, celebrating its position as one of only three campuses of the world-renowned University of Michigan. Today, the campus continues to undergo a transformation as it grows academically with new undergraduate and graduate degree offerings, expanding partnerships with local and regional entities and industries, and remains committed to the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion by making an affordable, accessible education possible to the community.

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 Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Program-level accreditation is maintained by many University of Michigan-Flint programs in affiliation with: the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (AOTA), American Chemical Society (ACS), Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), Commission on Accreditation in Respiratory Care (CoARC), Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (CAEP), Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association for the Schools of Music (NASM).

Grounded in the principles of student-centered learning, our Assessment Program supports the institution’s mission to strive for excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship. The 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 prepare students as leaders in their fields, in their professions, and in their communities.

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. Its primary purpose is to help understand and improve teaching and learning at the University of Michigan-Flint. Secondarily, it is used to support accreditation, research, grant funding, and other external purposes. 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

Jordan B. Acker, Southfield
Michael J. Behm, Flint
Mark J. Bernstein, Ann Arbor
Paul W. Brown, Ann Arbor
Sarah Hubbard, Okemos
Denise Ilitch, Bingham Farms
Ron Weisner, Ann Arbor
Katherine E. White, Ann Arbor
Santa Ono, ex officio

University of Michigan Executive Officers

Santa Ono, President of the University

Thomas A. Baird, Vice President for Development

Geoffrey S. Chatas, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sally J. Churchill, Vice President and Secretary of the University

Rebecca Cunningham, Vice President for Research

Debasish Dutta, Chancellor, University of Michigan-Flint

Rick Fitzgerald, Interim Vice President for Communications

Domenico Grasso, Chancellor, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Martino Harmon, Vice President for Student Life

Chris Kolb, Vice President for Government Relations

Timothy G. Lynch, Vice President and General Counsel

Laurie McCauley, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ravi Pendse, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Marschall S. Runge, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs

University of Michigan-Flint Executive Officers

Debasish Dutta, Chancellor

Sonja Feist-Price, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Gerald Glasco, Senior Director of Office of Business and Financial Services

Christopher Giordano, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Shari Schrader, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Academic Deans

Lori Vedder, Interim Vice Provost of Enrollment Management


Douglas Knerr, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Nicholas Kingsley, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Jeanette Stein, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Donna Fry, Dean, College of Health Sciences

Allon Goldberg, Associate Dean, College of Health Sciences

Chris Pearson, Dean, College of Innovation and Technology

Beth Kubitskey, Dean, School of Education and Human Services

Yener Kandogan, Interim Dean, School of Management

Cynthia McCurren, Dean, School of Nursing


Emeritus Faculty

Paul A. Adams, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology

Lois L. Alexander, Professor Emerita of Music

Steven C. Althoen, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education

Margaret M. Andrews, Professor Emerita of Nursing

Charles G. Apple., Associate Professor Emeritus of Communication

Darryl G. Baird, Professor Emeritus of Art

Janet Barnfather, Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing

Anita Barry, Professor Emerita of Linguistics

Janice G. Bernsten, Associate Professor Emerita of Linguistics

Robert A. Bix, Professor of Mathematics

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

Constance J. Creech, Professor Emerita of Nursing

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

Ernest N. Emenyonu, Professor Emeritus of African Literature

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 Emeritus & Professor Emeritus in Theatre

Marva Furman, Professor Emerita of English

Paul Gifford, Senior Associate Librarian Emeritus in the Genesee Historical Collections Center

Carolyn M. Gillespie, Professor Emerita of Theatre

Peter R. Gluck, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Richard Gull, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Imane A. Hakam, Associate Professor Emeritus of French

Kristina D. Hansen, Associate Professor Emerita of Mathematics

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

Clinton B. Jones, Chancellor Emeritus

Margaret (Peggy) Kahn, Professor Emerita of Political Science

C. Peethambaran Kartha, David M. French Professor Emeritus & Professor Emeritus of Quantitative Methods

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

C. Kui-Bin Im, Senior Associate Librarian Emeritus

John A. Larson, Professor Emeritus of Management

Jamile T. Lawand, Associate Professor Emerita of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Neil O. Leighton, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

William J. Lockwood, Professor Emeritus of English

Vahid Lotfi, Professor Emeritus of Management Science

John D. Marquardt, Associate Professor Emeritus of Accounting

William A. Marsh, David M. French Professor & Professor Emeritus of Physical Geography

Marianne McGrath, Professor Emerita of Psychology 

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

Rafael H. Mojica, Associate Professor Emeritus of Spanish

Keith A. Moreland, Professor Emeritus of Accounting

Margaret Murray-Wright, Clinical Assistant Professor Emerita of Nursing

Tevfik F. Nas, Professor Emeritus of Economics

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

Mark J. Perry, Professor Emeritus of Finance

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

Theodosia S. Robertson, Associate Professor Emerita of History

Becky J. Rodda, Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy

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

Kathryn Schellenberg, Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Kenneth Schilling, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics 

Beverly J. Schmoll, Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy

John B. Schroeder, Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Suzanne M. Selig, Professor Emerita of Public Health & Health Sciences

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

Frederic J. Svoboda, Professor Emeritus of English

Johannes Tall, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music

Jane Taylor, David M. French Professor & Professor Emerita of Biology

Charles B. Thomas, Jr., Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Betty A. Velthouse, Associate Professor Emerita in Organizational Behavior

Harriet M. Wall, Professor Emerita of Psychology

Christine M. Waters, Professor Emerita of Art

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

Lung-Chiang Wu, Associate Professor Emeritus of Computer Science

Jacqueline L. Zeff, Professor Emeritus of English



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