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The University of Michigan is a large public university that operates two satellite campus. One of those campuses is in Flint and the other is in Dearborn. Called the University of Michigan - Dearborn, UM-D and UM-Dearborn, this campus dates back to the late 1950s. A local man working for an automobile manufacturing plant foresaw the need for trained workers with a solid educational background. His employer, the Ford Motor Company, donated both money and land to UM for a new campus in Dearborn. Then known as the Dearborn Center of the University of Michigan, the college opened its doors in 1959.

Though enrollment at the university grew slowly over the coming years, it rose dramatically in the 1970s. The campus went from just under 1,000 students to more than 6,000 students in just a few short years. UM-D quickly constructed new buildings with state of the art classrooms and added new residence halls for students who wanted to live on campus. The campus is now home to an observatory that is one of the only natural homes for several species of birds in the state and a portion of The Henry Ford Estate. U.S. News and Report included the University of Michigan - Dearborn on its list of the top graduate schools in the Midwest and the best public graduate schools in the country.

University of Michigan - Dearborn Accreditation Details

UM-D first sought institutional accreditation in 1994 and received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university requested a renewal of its accreditation in both 2004 and 2014, which it received from the organization. The Higher Learning Commission officially granted accreditation to the university for both its master level programs and doctoral programs too.

The university also applied for and received accreditation for some of its specific degree programs as well. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) gave accreditation to many of its science and technology programs, including its computer engineering, computer and information science, software engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering programs. The Teacher Education Accreditation Council gave accreditation to UM-D for its educational programs as well. Accreditation for other programs comes from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, American Chemical Society, Michigan Department of Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

University of Michigan - Dearborn Application Requirements

The University of Michigan - Dearborn looks for students who perform well both in and out of the classroom. While your test scores and grades are important, the university also wants to know what you do when you're not in school. You can share that information via the online application. When you take the ACT or SAT, request that a copy of your score go directly to the college. You will also want to send in an official transcript from your high school. This transcript should list all the classes you took, what grade you earned in each course, your overall grade point average and your class ranking. If you submit a traditional paper application, you will also need to pay a $30 fee. UM-D waives the fee for online applicants.

After completing your application and receiving an acceptance letter, you will also need to go online and schedule your placement examinations prior to the start of the school year. Freshmen students take placement exams in math, English and the foreign language they studied in high school. The scores you receive determine what level you start at in college. If you score high enough, the university will even give you credit for some required courses and let you skip taking those classes.

Tuition and Fees

The University of Michigan has a reputation for being an expensive school, but UM-D lets you take the same courses for much less. Undergraduate courses start at just $430 per credit hour for Michigan residents. If you take more than 12 credit hours of courses, you'll pay just $93 for each credit hour over the first 12. All students are also responsible for paying a $213 registration assessment when they start their classes. The cost for residents outside of Michigan is $919 per credit hour up to 12 credit hours and $173 per credit hour after.

Make sure that you submit your completed application by the beginning or middle of December in the year before you start taking classes. This is the deadline for scholarship students. If UM-D determines that you qualify for any of the scholarships it offers, you'll receive an email or letter that tells you the amount you qualify for and how you can apply. UM-D will also use the FAFSA to create your financial aid packages. Your parents may receive Plus Loans from the government and grants. The university will also inform you if you can take out subsidized or unsubsidized loans, if there are any grants available to you and if you qualify for its work-study program.

Popular Degree Options

The University of Michigan - Dearborn offered computer and technology programs during its early days and remains on the cutting edge of technology today. It is one of the few schools in the country that offers a major in robotics engineering. This program emphasizes the work designers and manufacturers now do to make robots move even faster and weigh less. You must complete a minimum of 132 hours of work, which includes prerequisites in writing and research. The robotics and engineering core group of classes give you 38 credits and include courses on applied dynamics, two robotics labs, industrial robots and two capstone design courses that ask you to design your own robot.

The Art History/Applied Art degree path is also popular among students. You can choose a concentration path in general art history or in museum studies. Those who follow the museum studies path learn the fundamentals of acquiring new work for museum, archiving artwork and how to preserve paintings and other pieces for future generations. You can also select a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies that looks at the work produced by artists during that time period. UM-D has its own internship program that places interested students at cultural centers and museums across the state. Students work for the Henry Ford Museum and Estate, Toledo Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts and similar facilities. The University of Michigan - Dearborn offers similar opportunities for students enrolled in other programs.

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