How UM stacks up against other Final Four colleges

Michael H. Hodges
The Detroit News

Four teams will duke it out Saturday to see who advances in the Final Four, as the University of Michigan takes on Loyola University Chicago, and Villanova University tries to best the University of Kansas.

Judgment will be rendered by the action on the basketball court.

But how do these universities stack up against one another in other arenas? Here’s a quick look at the fundamental facts of each institution:

Exterior of the Michigan Union at the University of Michigan.

University of Michigan

The university was founded in 1817 in Detroit, but in 1837 Gov. Stevens T. Mason approved the school’s move to Ann Arbor.

Founders: Augustus Woodward and Fr. Gabriel Richard

Total enrollment: 43,499

Motto: Artes, Sciencia, Veritas (Arts, Knowledge, Truth)

Team nickname: Wolverines

Colors: Maize and blue

Mascot: The Wolverines have no official “live” mascot

Fight song: “The Victors”

Famous alums: Carmen Harlan, Tom Brady, Jim Harbaugh, Gerald Ford, Lucy Liu, Ann Coulter, James Earl Jones (Madonna attended UM, but did not graduate)

Fun fact: UM was originally named the “Catholepistemiad” or University of Michigania

Cudahy Science Hall at Loyola University Chicago.

Loyola University Chicago

The private Roman Catholic school was founded in 1870.

Founders: Society of Jesus

Total enrollment: 16,673

Motto: Ad majorem Dei gloriam (For the greater glory of God)

Team nickname: Ramblers

Colors: Maroon and gold

Mascot: LU Wolf

Fight song: “Hail Loyola!”

Famous alums: Bob Newhart, Michael Quinlan, Jennifer Morrison

Fun fact: Loyola’s off-campus population is very eco-conscious — 76 percent either walk, bike or take public transit to school

St. Thomas of Villanova Chapel at Villanova University.

Villanova University

The Roman Catholic university, founded in 1842, is in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and is in one of the “Main Line” suburbs west of Philadelphia.

Founders: Order of St. Augustine

Total enrollment: 10,842

Motto: Veritas, Unitas, Caritas (Truth, Unity, Charity)

Team nickname: Wildcats

Colors: Blue and white

Mascot: Will D. Cat

Fight song: “V for Villanova”

Famous alums: Jill Biden, Ed Rendell, Jim Croce, Maria Bello

Fun fact: National Paranormal Society lists three haunted sites at Villanova: the Dundale Mansion, Alumni Hall and St. Mary’s Hall

Lippincott Hall at the University of Kansas

University of Kansas

The public institution in Lawrence was founded two months before the end of the Civil War in 1865.

Founders: Kansas Legislature

Total enrollment: 28,447

Motto: Videbo visionem hanc magnam quare non comburatur rubus (I shall see this great sight, why the bush does not burn)

Team nickname: Jayhawks

Colors: Crimson and blue

Mascot: The Jayhawk

Fight song: “I’m a Jayhawk”

Famous alums: Alan Mulally, Paul Rudd, Kathleen Sebelius, Wilt Chamberlain, Scott Bakula

Fun fact: A steam-whistle blast announces the end of each class period

Game time

■Tip-off for Michigan vs. Loyola is 6:09 p.m. Saturday. The championship game is set for 9:20 p.m. Monday.

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