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Rising to the Challenge

U-M’s annual report includes messages from University leaders along with highlights from the year.
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While the specter of the COVID-19 pandemic loomed over the world, upending life as we know it, the University continued to serve the public through education, research, service, and patient care. This list from the newly released annual report provides a glimpse into the University’s accomplishments during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020.

More than 64,500

Total enrollment on all three U-M campuses

More than 80,000

Undergraduate applications for all three campuses, a record number. This marks the 13th consecutive year that the number of applications has increased.


New master’s degree programs created at UM-Dearborn in marketing, public administration and policy, and cybersecurity


Year that the UM-Flint College of Innovation & Technology, announced in September 2020, will open


Number of U-M students that the Detroit Center for Innovation, announced in October 2019, is designed to accommodate


The Graduation Success Rate (GSR), according to the NCAA 2019 annual GSR and Federal Graduation Rate reports for all NCAA Division I institutions. U-M matched its previous year’s all-time record report of a four-year average GSR of 93%.

No. 1

U.S. public university, according to the QS World University Rankings

No. 3

National public university, according to U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of undergraduate universities. U-M ranked No. 25 of all universities, public and private.


Graduate programs ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s top 10

No. 15

In Newsweek’s 2020 World’s Best Hospitals list; Michigan Medicine is No. 5 in the ranking of best hospitals in the U.S.

$1.62 billion

Annual research expenditures, leading to advancements in areas ranging from the pandemic to driverless vehicle technology, social justice, and carbon neutrality

31 and 522

Startups and inventions, respectively, spurred by University research. This record number for the University boosts the state and national economies.

More than 800

Proposals by U-M researchers to pursue COVID-related research during the first six months of the pandemic


Number of artists included in the Institute for the Humanities livestreaming video series “House Calls: Virtual Studio Visits with Michigan Artists in a Pandemic.” The University also launched its campus arts initiative, which is currently in its startup phase.


Major projects in planning, in progress, or completed. These include the renovations of the Alumni Center and the Michigan Union, the expansion of UM-Flint’s Murchie Science Building, and completion of the Ford Motor Company Robotics Building.

$9,279 million

Total revenue for operating activities

$12.5 billion

Total endowment funds, which provide support for a variety of academic, health-related, and other needs across the University

More than 1,600

Number of students from low-income families who received support to cover the entire cost of tuition and fees through the Go Blue Guarantee

$440 million

Total in pledge payments and cash gifts to the University

Too many to count

Donations from the local, regional, and global community of protective equipment, food, and cash in response to COVID-19 needs at Michigan Medicine and throughout the community

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