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					Definitive Guide to Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University is a major public university in Michigan.
It's located in Ypsilanti, which is about 35 miles west of Detroit, and
only 8 miles east of Ann Arbor (home of the University of Michigan).
Being in the middle of a major metropolitan area makes it an ideal
commuter school, and it's proximity to Detroit Metro Airport (just a 15
minute drive), makes it perfect for out-of-towners, as well.
The University itself consists of 122 buildings making up the 5 colleges:
Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health & Human Services and
Technology, as well as a Graduate School. The campus sits on 800 acres in
a small town setting, with close proximity to major cities giving
students plenty to keep them occupied during their "down time".
Eastern Michigan University was founded in 1849 (when it was known as the
Michigan State Normal School), and has been known as Eastern Michigan
University since 1959. The official school nickname has been the Eagles
since 1991, after they acquiesced to Native American concerns over their
use of the previous school nickname - The Hurons. The student body of
roughly 23,000 is split about 60/40 on the female to male ratio, and the
EMU administration claims Eastern Michigan University has one of the
lowest crime rates in the country.
EMU has one of the most well respected Forensics teams in the nation,
having placed in the top 10 at the NFA national championship every year
since they began in 1971, including ten team national championships and
66 individual national championships. Eastern Michigan University is in
the MAC, and has had some success in varsity sports, including several
appearances by their basketball team in "The Big Dance".
An interesting, but little known fact is that the Halle Library (named
for benefactor, and EMU alum Bruce Halle, founder of Discount Tire
Stores) houses one of the largest collections of children's literature in
the world. This state of the art library (the only one on campus) is four
stories tall and several stories underground, as well. It includes full
wireless internet connectivity, along with free tutoring for all
students.
Several notable people have graduated from Eastern. Along with the
aforementioned Mr. Halle, there were several members of Congress
including Charles Potter, Dr. Royal S. Copeland and Carl Pursell, James
Coburn - a Four-Star General and Rodney Slater - US Secretary of
Transportation under President Clinton. There have also been several
notable people in the sports world including George "Ice Man" Gervin, Bob
Welch, Charlie Batch, Earl Boykins and Jack Roush - CEO and owner of
NASCAR's Roush Racing. Of special note is a member of the faculty at EMU
- Dr. Robert Citino, professor of history noted as having the highest
rating of any professor in the country on RateMyProfessor.com. Rather
impressive for a history professor!
Overall, Eastern Michigan University would be a wise choice for
prospective students due to its relatively affordable tuition, close
proximity to Detroit, safe campus setting and quality education. For more
information, see the links below.
About the author: J. Vincent Burr is the creator and chief educational
writer for the college review site MyNextCollege.com, which contains even
more information about Eastern Michigan University.