University of Michigan History

This University began in 1817 with a legislative act that established the Catholepistimiad in Detroit. In 1821 the name was changed to the University of Michigan and in 1837 Ann Arbor was chosen as its permanent site. It has gone through many changes since then. The purpose of this page is to help direct you to resources with basic historical overviews and timelines that may answer your questions about the University's history. Please note that these have been taken from already existing online documents from a variety of University offices. Watch this page for further resources as they are developed.

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