Founded in in Detroit , as the Catholepistemiad , or the University of Michigania , 20 years before the territory became a state, the university is Michigan 's oldest. The school was moved to Ann Arbor in onto 40 acres 16 ha of what is now known as Central Campus. Since its establishment in Ann Arbor, the flagship university campus has expanded to include more than major buildings with a combined area of more than acres 3. The university is a founding member of the Association of American Universities. Michigan has been called a Public Ivy , and has ranked among the best public universities in the United States by major college and university rankings.
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Founded in by Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical Schools , the university became the Carnegie Institute of Technology in and began granting four-year degrees. Carnegie Mellon counts 14, students from countries, over , living alumni, and over 1, faculty members. The Carnegie Technical Schools were founded in in Pittsburgh  by the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie , who wrote the time-honored words "My heart is in the work", when he donated the funds to create the institution. Carnegie's vision was to open a vocational training school for the sons and daughters of working-class Pittsburghers many of whom worked in his mills. Carnegie was inspired for the design of his school by the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York , founded by industrialist Charles Pratt in