The University of Michigan Athletic Department strives to be Leaders and Best in every way, working toward championships on the field of play, high marks in academics and making a difference in the community.
In sports, the Wolverines have a longstanding tradition of excellence with 56 team National Championships, 314 individual national titles and 400 Big Ten Championships. In 2017-18, Michigan had four teams finish in the top four with men’s basketball making the national championship game, ice hockey competing in the Frozen Four, and wrestling, along with both women’s swimming and diving placing fourth at NCAA Championships. U-M won 12 conference titles and had one NCAA individual national champion. The year also saw 64 earn All-America honors and 113 earn all-conference recognition.
The teams compete in some of the finest facilities in college athletics. Michigan Stadium, the largest venue in college sports, plays host to crowds of 100,000+ every home football Saturday. The recently renovated Crisler Center and Yost Ice Arena are two state-of-the-art facilities for basketball and ice hockey. Michigan also recently opened the doors to a brand-new South Complex facility to serve as the new home to men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s track & field and rowing. Information about tickets, athletic facilities and the varsity teams can be found on MGoBlue.com.
Michigan athletes also excel in the classroom. There have been 135 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in school history. In 2017-18, a record 358 student athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten and four were chosen as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. With a GPA of 3.70 or better, 91 individuals were tabbed Big Ten Distinguished Scholars. With a graduation success rate of 91, Michigan ranked third in the Big Ten and had 10 programs with a perfect score of 100.
In the community, student-athletes were involved in many volunteer opportunities. Weekly visits to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital were the highlight of the philanthropic endeavors for student athletes.
Other events such as the Readers and Best program and Victors Day helped in the department’s overarching community outreach while student athletes and coaches participate in service opportunities year round.