The University of Michigan Athletic Department strives to be Leaders and Best in all aspects, working towards 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, 313 individual national titles and 390 Big Ten Championships. In 2016-17, Michigan won eight conference titles and had three NCAA individual national champions. The year also saw 58 student athletes earn All-America honors and 107 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 fans to watch 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.
In the classroom, Michigan excels just as they do on the field of play. There have been 131 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in school history. In 2016-17, 290 student-athletes were named Academic All-Big Ten and three were chosen as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. With a GPA of 3.70 or better, 80 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.