General Information

The University Of Michigan-Dearborn

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) is one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan operating under the policies of the Board of Regents.

The campus, located on the former estate of automotive pioneer Henry Ford, was founded in 1959 as a senior-level institution offering junior, senior, and graduate-level courses and degrees. In 1971, UM-Dearborn became a comprehensive university campus offering four-year degree programs in liberal arts and sciences and graduate programs at the master's degree level.

More than 9,100 students representing a wide range of academic interests and diverse backgrounds are currently enrolled at UM-Dearborn.

As part of the University of Michigan, UM-Dearborn enjoys the association with a large multi-university and the advantages of moderate size. Through expanded evening course offerings, professional development programs and cooperative education programs, UM-Dearborn continues to respond to the educational needs of commuting students from the Detroit metropolitan community.

Mission and Values

The UM-Dearborn is an interactive, student-centered institution committed to excellence in teaching and learning.

We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to a diverse, highly motivated, and talented student body. Our programs are responsive to the changing needs of society; relevant to the goals of our students and community partners; rich in opportunities for independent and collaborative study, research, and practical application; and reflective of the traditions of excellence, innovation, and leadership that distinguish the University of Michigan.

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Providing a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences;
  • Providing the knowledge and skills essential for career and personal success;
  • Integrating teaching, research and service in ways that enhance the learning experience;
  • Providing a dynamic environment where innovation, openness, and creativity are fostered;
  • Using advanced technologies to meet changing educational needs and establish links with the global community; and
  • Forging partnerships with business, industry, educational institutions, and government agencies.

We strive to be the institution of choice in southeastern Michigan for individuals and organizations that value accessibility, flexibility, affordability, diversity, and high achievement in education.

The Campus

The UM-Dearborn campus was established in 1959 through a gift from the Ford Motor Company. The gift included approximately 196 acres of land, the Henry Ford Estate, and funds for the construction of four buildings with 226,770 gross square feet. The campus has grown considerably over the past 56 years and now includes the following facilities:

Building Name Function
Administration BuildingOffices
Academic Support Center
Campus Support ServicesOffices, support services
College of Arts, Science & LettersOffices, classrooms
Computer & Information ScienceOffices, classrooms
Engineering Laboratory BuildingOffices, classrooms and Labs
Environmental Interpretive Center
Fairlane Center North and SouthOffices, classrooms and food service
Fair Lane Cottages
Fair Lane Greenhouse
Fair Lane Pony Barn
Fair Lane Powerhouse / Visitor’s Center
Fieldhouse/Ice Arena / Wellness CenterIce rink, recreation
Gabriel Richard Center
Grounds BuildingVehicle storage, offices
Heinz Prechter Engineering ComplexOffices, Labs
Henry Ford EstateNational historic landmark
Institute for Advanced Vehicle SystemsOffices, Labs
Manufacturing Systems Engineering LaboratoryLabs, offices
Mardigian LibraryLibrary, offices, classrooms, Alfred Berkowitz Gallery
Monteith Parking StructureParking, storage
Professional Education CenterOffices, classrooms and computer Labs
Recreational & Organization Center
Science Building / Computer WingClassrooms, Labs, offices
Science Learning and Research CenterClassrooms, Labs, offices
Social Sciences BuildingClassrooms, Labs, offices
University CenterOffices food service, copy center, bookstore


The University of Michigan-Dearborn is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Additional accreditation has also been awarded to various UM-Dearborn programs and is noted within each school's section.

For information regarding the accreditation status of the University, either of the following may be contacted:

The Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500Chicago, IL 60604-1413


University of Michigan-Dearborn
Office of the Provost
1080 Administration Building
Dearborn, MI 48128-2406