Ann Arbor was named after the wives of the founders, John and Ann Allen, and Elisha and Mary Ann Rumsey. “Arbor” is in reference to the massive oak trees in the area that created a natural arbor. At the time, the city of Ann Arbor was mainly farmland, which was fenced in order to keep the faculty’s farm animals from grazing over campus. Today, Ann Arbor, or “A2” as the “townies” affectionately call it, is made up of approximately 114,000 residents, including the student population. There is no shortage of outdoor activities along the Huron River lush banks and calm waters flowing within “Tree Town’s” densely forested parkland. In addition, Ann Arbor is a Mecca for the arts; streets lined with quaint galleries and boutiques, award-winning Art Fair in July, and intimate live music venues attracting international artists. For such a small city, you’ll find a wonderfully diverse dining scene, brimming with local ingredients found at the year-round outdoor farmers’ market.
The first public University in the Northwest Territories, The University of Michigan was first founded in Detroit in 1817 as “The University of Michigania”. It moved to Ann Arbor in 1837. An all male school until 1870 that started with only seven students, UM now has over 38,000 undergrad and graduate students on the main Ann Arbor campus, and is one of the most expensive public Universities in the country. UM is comprised of 19 schools and colleges, with some of the most notable programs being the Ross School of Business, Law, Medicine, Music, Natural Resources and Environment, and the Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.