The University was founded in 1817 as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania. In 1821, itwas officially renamed the University of Michigan. Originally located in Detroit, the institution’s home moved to Ann Arbor in 1837. One of the original buildings on the Ann Arbor campus still stands and is used today as the President’s house.
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The first Ann Arbor classes were taught in 1841, at which point the U-M had two professors and seven students. The first commencement was held in 1845 to recognize the graduation of 11 men. Women were first admitted in 1870.The University has grown to include 19 schools and colleges (table at right), covering the liberal arts and sciences as well as most professions. Student enrollment surpassed 1,000 by 1865, 10,000 in 1936, and 40,000 in 2006. The fall 2013 enrollment of undergraduate, graduate and professional students was 43,710. The U-M provides campus housing to 9,300 undergraduate students in 18 residence halls and apartment buildings, and it plans to open a new graduate student residence in 2015.

The current faculty consists of 3,059 individuals who are tenured or on a tenure-track. Lecturers, clinical faculty, research professors, librarians, archivists, and post-doctoral fellows add 4,878 to the Ann Arbor campus academic staff. The staff count is 13,715, for a grand total of 21,644. The FY2013 operating revenues from the state appropriation, tuition, research grants and contracts, gifts and other sources reached $3.28 billion for the Ann Arbor campus. The U-M Health System revenues added $2.79 billion for a grand total of nearly $6.1 billion. According to the latest national data, the U-M expenditures on research -- $1.32 billion in FY2012– represent more than any other U.S. public university. This chapter presents an overview of the University. Thechapters that follow will provide further detail on all aspects of the institution.

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