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The 2021 U-M Annual Report highlights many successes within the University community, despite global challenges.
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The newly published 2021 U-M Annual Report highlights a Nobel Prize winner, Fulbright Scholars, and a record number of first-year applications along with many other successes within the University community. This list provides just a few examples of the hard work of faculty, staff, students, and alumni during fiscal year 2021, which ended June 30, 2021.

No. 1

U.S. Public University according to the QS World University Rankings (2021-22)

$1.58 billion

Research volume during fiscal year 2021

More than 65,000

Total students across the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses


Building named in honor of U-M President Emerita Mary Sue Coleman, which houses the Life Sciences Institute. It is the first academic building on the Ann Arbor campus named for a woman.


Nobel Prize in Economics awarded—to alum Paul Milgrom, ’71, in 2020 for his work in improving auction formats


Fulbright grants offered to U-M student and faculty scholars in the 2020-21 academic year, placing the University among the top-producing institutions in the country for both programs


Graduate programs ranked in the top 10 of the U.S. News & World Report rankings


Inventions by U-M researchers


Startups launched at U-M


License and option agreements with companies seeking to commercialize U-M research discoveries, a record number


Digital items from more than 150 donors for the Bentley Historical Library’s COVID-19 collection


In-state students on the Ann Arbor campus who pay no tuition, thanks to the Go Blue Guarantee, which has expanded to the Dearborn and Flint campuses


Applications from prospective first-year students from around the world for its three campuses, a record number


Square footage of the new Ford Motor Company Robotics Building, with space for classrooms; offices; and custom research labs for robots that fly, walk, roll, and augment the human body


Increase in financial aid for undergraduates on the Ann Arbor campus, along with an 11.8% increase in institutionally awarded financial aid for the Dearborn campus

$17 billion

Endowment funds, which are invested principally in the University’s long-term portfolio

$373 million

Appropriations from the state of Michigan for the University


Public universities in the country, including U-M, with the highest-possible credit ratings from S&P Global and Moody’s

$432 million

Donations in pledge payments and cash gifts to the University, including $127 million in student support gifts

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