Dean's welcome

Connecting people, transforming lives 

The School of Information is one of the first modern information schools, situated within one of the world’s premier research universities. We create and share knowledge so that people will use information -- with technology -- to build a better world. 

We are a community of scholars, dedicated teachers, students, and professional staff who share a commitment to excellence and a desire to make a difference in people's lives.

A studio portrait of Dean Thomas A. Finholt


In our research we answer exciting and pressing questions about the effects of digital technology on social, cultural, political, and commercial life. We design information systems and technologies to make people’s lives better.

Our teachers prepare students for leadership roles in business and non-profits, public service, research, and education, in the midst of one of the most exciting, promising and–frankly, challenging–technological transformations the world has ever seen.

Our graduates are user-experience engineers and Web designers, information policy analysts, librarians and archivists, entrepreneurs, educators, consultants, records managers, and information architects.

In the Information Age, all organizations have mission-critical information needs, and our students are ideally positioned to meet them, or to teach future generations while doing innovative research.

Welcome to a spirited community of scholars and researchers who comprise the foremost educational institution in social engagement information and computing – The University of Michigan School of Information.

Thomas A. Finholt, Dean