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Fast Facts about the University of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Washington

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So you’re interested in attending a large university in the Great White North, eh? Well, there are some things you should consider first. For example, did you know University of Michigan requires three supplemental essays? Or that the University of Washington gives students the opportunity to respond to two optional essay prompts? Is the fact that the University of Wisconsin asks students to demonstrate their interest in the form of a 300-500 word essay news to you? Here are some more fast facts:

University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor.
  • As part of his presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy delivered a speech at 2 am on the steps of the University of Michigan Union. He talked to students about his plans for the US Peace Corps. Why at 2am? We’re not sure.
  • James Earl Jones, who provided the iconic voice for Mufasa in Lion King, enrolled at Michigan as a pre-med student before jumping ship and graduating from the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in 1955. We’re glad he did.
  • In 1927, U-M actually had two living, breathing wolverines as mascots instead of a human in a suit. It didn’t last long.
  • Michigan Stadium is the largest stadium in the United States.
  • Tom Goss, a research lab technician in the dental school, plays harmonica on the Diag. Many students used to think he was homeless, he’s actually a paid employee who loves to jam.

University of Washington

  • Willard Geer, a 1927 physics graduate, invented the process that made color television possible.
  • University of Washington knows how to raise the roof. In fact, Husky Stadium has the record for having the loudest game in college football history: 130 decibels in the 1992 game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
  • UW President Matthew Lyle Spencer banned kissing on campus after seeing couples canoodling in the shadows of the Columns one spring evening in 1929 – so avoid the Columns on Friday nights.
  • The University of Washington was founded in 1861 and has 180 undergraduate majors for you to choose from.

University of Wisconsin

  • University of Wisconsin is the top producer of Peace Corps volunteers.
  • Both Vitamin A and B were discovered at U-W.
  • In 2005, UW-Madison opened the first National Stem Cell Bank.
  • U-W has earned the title of #1 Twitter account in Higher Education as well as #1 Hospital in the State of Wisconsin. You wouldn’t necessarily pair those two titles together, but it works.
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