The University of Michigan was founded in 1817 and is a state-supported institution with a national and international reputation for excellence in scholarship. The Ann Arbor campus enrolls more than 43,000 students annually, including over 15,000 graduate students. The campus boasts a fine Museum of Art, a Planetarium, the Kelsey Museum of Archeology, Matthei Botanical Gardens, and the President Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
The city of Ann Arbor, home to more than 130,000 people, is a university community with a cosmopolitan flavor. Fine bookstores and art galleries, diverse restaurants, jazz clubs, coffee houses, and an exceptional musical and theatrical season combine to create a cultural environment superior to that found in many large cities. Detroit is roughly 45 minutes to the west, with Detroit Metro airport being a 20 minute drive.
Facilities for physical recreation are also abundant. The University provides bowling, swimming, biking, tennis, handball, squash, jogging, and other opportunities for the academic community, and the city of Ann Arbor has an outstanding program of adult education and recreation. The many lakes and state parks located within a 20-mile radius provide excellent opportunities for picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, sailing, cross-country skiing, and hiking. Downhill skiing is also available at several nearby resorts. Spectator sports include all of the major collegiate programs.
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