As home to one of the greatest universities in the world, Ann Arbor is a city that is both intellectually robust and economically resilient. The University of Michigan attracts global leaders in all fields, including medicine, life sciences, law, engineering, public policy, and education. Twenty percent of Ann Arbor residents speak a language other than English.
There are restaurants for every budget and taste, music for lovers of concertos and garage bands, and pleasures for fans of both sports and the arts. Public transportation is accessible and often free for students; several area attractions are within walking distance of campus, and Detroit Metro Airport is about 30 minutes from downtown Ann Arbor.
In addition to bringing the Martha Graham Dance Company and Wynton Marsalis to Ann Arbor, the University Musical Society also hosts the only U.S. residency of England's Royal Shakespeare Company. The University of Michigan Museum of Art highlights pieces drawn from a collection of more than 18,000 works.
Michigan Stadium, a.k.a. "The Big House," is the focal point of Ann Arbor — and often the entire country — on Football Saturdays in the fall. Close to Ann Arbor is a professional sports scene that includes baseball's Detroit Tigers, football's Lions, basketball's Pistons, and Hockeytown's Red Wings.
Those who love the great outdoors can bike along more than 60 miles of scenic trails, kayak down the Huron River, get lost in the Nichols Arboretum, or take advantage of Ann Arbor's many golf courses.