Vision Into Reality

Ann Arbor Resident Sarah C. Miles Case foresaw UM-FlintIn a 1837 letter to family back east, Ann Arbor resident Sarah C. Miles Case wrote, “A branch of the Michigan University at Ann Arbor is to be established in Flint at some future day.”

That day turned out to be September 23rd 1956, nearly 120 years after Sarah penned the first recorded mention of a University of Michigan-Flint campus. On that autumn morning, 167 students began their first day at Flint Senior College (located where Mott Community College is today).

Owing to the vision, generosity, and leadership of community leaders in Flint and Ann Arbor, the school continued to evolve and adapt in accordance with the needs of the community it was established to serve.

In 1970, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredited what was then called Flint College. In 1971, the U-M Board of Regents officially changed the name of the institution to the University of Michigan-Flint. That same year, University of Michigan President Robben Fleming appointed the first Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint, William E. Moran.

In the late 1970s, the university began moving to property in the heart of downtown Flint, building a riverfront campus of modern buildings and amenities for its growing student population. In 2006, UM-Flint celebrated 50 Years of Excellence. The university finally became a residential campus in 2008 when 300 students moved into the First Street Residence Hall.

International students approach First Street Residence in autumn.

Today, some 8,600 students are enrolled at UM-Flint. An ever-growing number of these students are international students, currently hailing from approximately 40 different countries.

UM-Flint faculty from over 100 areas of study have gained an international reputation for their dedication to engaged learning. Professors pour their expertise and creativity into the development of research and service-learning projects that match course curriculum with the world’s most-pressing issues. These projects bring learning to life, address community needs, and fulfill students’ desires to contribute to the common good.

In 2010, UM-Flint received the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Civic Engagement. Then in 2012, UM-Flint was selected as the first recipient of the “Engaged Campus of Year Award” presented by the Michigan Campus Compact.

In 2016, the University of Michigan-Flint marks its 60th anniversary. The following year, the University of Michigan celebrates its 200th anniversary! During each of these observances, UM-Flint will celebrate with pride its unique contributions to the past, present, and future of the full University of Michigan story.