University of Michigan, often called the Harvard of the west, was established in 1817 by the Michigan legislature by way of a land grant signed away in treaty by the native people of the Michigan Territory. It has provided a diverse student population with a diverse set of educational opportunities including academic and professional programs, intermural and NCAA sports programs, and more cultural activities than most residents of Ann Arbor can
A condition of the treaty, which is the basis for most of the landgrant schools in the state of Michigan, was that the education of all of the native people of the state would be guarenteed for all time.
The land has been used well, and the University of Michigan is now one of the finest public universities in the world. Whether the state's obligation to the native people has been met is a topic for debate.
Famous Alumni of the University of Michigan:
- Ted Kaczynski (the unabomber) earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1967
- Madonna won a scholarship in high school to study dance at the University of Michigan, she left in the late 1970s
- Arthur Miller
- Lawrence Kasdan studied creative writing and won four Hopwood Awards
- Gerald R. Ford studied economics and political science. He played center on two national-championship football teams and was the team's most valuable player in 1934. He received his B. A. degree in 1935.