Scholarship and Service
for Society

We challenge the present and enrich the future by leveraging our broad excellence to enhance the public good and make positive, lasting impacts on our world.

We endeavor to provide our graduates with the capacities they need to address contemporary societal problems, and our faculty with the support they need to engage in cutting-edge interdisciplinary scholarship that creates both ideas and action that improve human communities from the local to the global.


There are several key initiatives at U-M promoting and supporting interdisciplinary work and engaged learning.

“This is engaged learning. It is taking the academic excellence that infuses our coursework and expanding it with field experiences, internships, hands-on research and startups. It’s a philosophy we are embracing, in the same spirit of learning we see throughout the university.”

—president Mary Sue Coleman

See the president’s message