University of Michigan The University of Michigan was founded in 1817 in Detroit, Michigan. In 1837 the university moved to Ann Arbor and the first classes were held in 1841. The first commencement was held in 1845 with 11 graduates. In 1870 women began to be admitted to the university and they began to include studies such as architecture, engineering, and medicine. The university continued to grow and build more facilities including the College of Engineering in 1920. By 1950, enrollment had risen to 21,000 students.
The University of Michigan is the oldest university in Michigan and is one of the top research universities in the United States.