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Why Michigan?

Astronomy undergraduates choose Michigan for a number of reasons. First, the overall strength of the university means that should you decide to complement your degree with another area like education or engineering, you can be certain your second department will also be a highly ranked one.

Second, the small size of the astronomy program is unique among science departments at large research universities. Michigan Astronomy offers a roughly 1:1 faculty-undergraduate ratio. This means astronomy majors have exceptional access to our world-class faculty — as mentors, as research advisors, and in the classroom, where classes can be as small as a half-dozen students. The education is uniquely personal, and students quickly become part of a close and mutually supportive community. 

Third, U-M has unique resources available to undergraduates — from the special collections library, which houses documents like Galileo's "scrap" paper from 1609, to the Angell Hall Observatory and Planetarium, in which undergraduates host open houses for the public. See our facilities section to learn more.

To see how this environment prepares our undergraduates for careers in academia and applied astronomy, visit our undergraduate and alumni profile pages.