Why Michigan and Ann Arbor?

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Neuroscience Education
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Browse through the wide array of programs, research and clinical training opportunities and see the far reach of Neuroscience @ Michigan. Opportunities abound to create a graduate education path specific to your interests, or to find new paths to explore!

  • The University of Michigan maintained its ranking as the No. 1 public university in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s annual report of the nation’s best undergraduate colleges and universities.  U-M was ranked No. 25 overall among the nation’s best universities, up one spot from last year, according to the rankings released June 22. (QS World Rankings)

  • The University of Michigan Neuroscience Graduate Program has awarded more than 260 Ph.D.’s. NGP graduates have been successful in a wide variety of careers.See what our Alumni are doing!

  • NGP students have been successful in obtaining outside funding.

  • NGP students have published scientific research papers accepted in a variety of journals including Neuron, The Journal of Neuroscience, and Nature Neuroscience, among many others.

  • Our students are provided a broad educational background in Neuroscience that allows them to dive deeply into their chosen subfield of interest.We boast over 150 faculty members that span the breadth of neuroscience research.
  • Peer-Led Workshops: Enhancing Student Success by addressing aspects of navigating research that may not be addressed in coursework or formal training in fully peer led workshops (NO FACULTY).  By keeping the workshops among grad students it encourages participants to speak openly among their peers.

  • Annual Student-Run Neuroscience Spring Symposium

  • Annual Student-Organized Neuroscience Program Retreat 
  • Neuroscience Outreach             
  • NGSO - Neuroscience Graduate Student Organization - Provides student representation on NGP committees and leadership roles for NGP events.         

The University Community
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Students are attracted to the University of Michigan by the breadth of the intellectual base, the variety of scientific approaches to studying the brain and nervous system, the richness in the choice of research topics, and the multiple levels of discourse ranging from the molecular to the cognitive. When you first come to the University of Michigan you are immediately struck by the sense of community among the students and faculty. The most striking quality about our community is the genuine desire for people to achieve higher standards and personal growth.  In addition, Ann Arbor is a vibrant and diverse community that offers many of the amenities of a big city in a friendly college town. It is consistently rated one of the best places to live in the United States. Ann Arbor ranked 2nd best city to live in America!     



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Why you should visit Ann Arbor...Washington Post 2017


Arts - Eats - Music
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Ann Arbor's constantly evolving arts and restaurant offerings range from locally sourced gourmet to beloved burger and hot dog stops. This college town is a culinary star.

The Arts scene comes alive each July with the 4-day, juried, Ann Arbor Art and Street Fairs and Summer Festival,  Throughout the year residents and visitors take advantage of world class music and theater performances at many of the unique venues throughout the city and within the University. 


The University and the city of Ann Arbor has a rich cultural arts heritage. Students are encouraged to engage with this artistic community through the Arts at Michigan program. Through popular programs like “Passport to the Arts,” “Art Outta Town,” and “Artscapade,” Arts at Michigan connects students to the opportunities on campus and in the surrounding communities. Students will also want to take advantage of the world-renowned University Musical Society, which attracts performing artists from around the world to Ann Arbor. Of course, the University’s own School of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers numerous student productions throughout the year. Students are also encouraged to explore the University’s wide array of museums and galleries, most of which are free to students, as well as Ann Arbor’s cultural gems.

No matter when you visit, there is always something happening in Ann Arbor for you and your student to enjoy.

University Life: Tree City, Green Spaces, Life, Leisure and Getting Around
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Ann Arbor makes living life well an easy thing to do. Opportunities abound for hiking, canoeing and kayaking, golf and tennis, bicycling, strolling through antique and farmer's markets. Beyond the city limits in all directions, the beautiful and abundant state of Michigan is a 4-season paradise boasting the most shoreline of any state in the union. If cities are your preference, Detroit is 45 minutes away offering professional sports, casinos, and a creative resurgence of small shops and restaurants. The magnificent city of Chicago is a short 4-hour trip west by car or train. The rest of the world is easily at your door, a 30 minute drive to Detroit Metropolitan Airport.




Mind, Body and Spirit
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Ann Arbor is a nurturing place to live and raise a family. Outstanding public and private schools, both in the city and the many surrounding communities, pre-schools and day care facilities are nationally and regionally recognized. The University of Michigan Medical Center is one of the top teaching centers in the world, offering research-based treatment and care in state-of-the-art facilities. There is an endless offering of healing and theraputic practitioners for yoga, massage, and exercise keeping mind, body and spirit enriched.



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In addition to three campus recreational buildings, the Department of Recreational Sports offers a range of recreational activities for students, from intramural and club sport teams to group fitness classes and the Outdoor Adventures Program. The Outdoor Adventures Program is a gateway to the recreational opportunities in Ann Arbor and beyond, providing a rental center for camping and outdoor sporting equipment as well as a wilderness trip program. Students will also find that the Ann Arbor area offers many year-round parks and recreation activities. As parents and family members, you too are encouraged to take advantage of the recreational opportunities when you visit. The University of Michigan Golf Course welcomes parents of current students. Simply show your student’s MCard (or a copy of it) for access to this world-class course!