Alumni know that it’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine. In fact, we’ve been accused of over-sharing that fact with the rest of the world. But who cares? For its spring issue, Michigan Alumnus magazine is compiling a list of the best things about our alma mater, starting with the 10 below. And we call on you, our readers, to submit your ideas. What about the University makes you most proud of being a Michigan Wolverine?
- Our list of notable alumni includes the 38th president of the United States, nine Nobel laureates, three Supreme Court justices, and too many award-winning writers and performers to count.
- Even our fictional alumni are notable, including characters in movies such as “The Big Chill” and television programs from “The Sopranos” to “24.”
- U-M is consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the country.
- The Big House holds more fans than any other stadium in college football.
- U-M is the only university to have a club on the moon, thanks to the all-UM Apollo 15 mission.
- The Hopwood Awards program has given more than $3 million to more than 3,200 writers, including Arthur Miller, Jane Kenyon, Marge Piercy, and Lawrence Kasdan.
- The University was included in Richard Moll’s 1985 book “Public Ivies: A Guide to America’s Best Public Undergraduate Colleges and Universities.”
- The Rock is the best on any college campus. (Do other campuses even have anything this cool?)
- The University Musical Society, recipient of a 2014 National Medal of Arts, is one of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country.
- U-M has won more than 50 national championships in 12 sports.