Ann Arbor, MI
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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great Campus Life – Overall my school has so much to offer in both academic and social life. There is a program or club for everyone's interest no matter how unique it may be. The atmosphere is very accepting and the student body is always ready to work hard and have fun!

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Although most people do not need a car on campus, it is extremely difficult to find parking when you do have a car. If you wish to buy a permit it is very expensive but I would say worth it in the long run if you don't want to drive all over campus looking for a parking spot.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Meal Plan – The meal plans provided are very limited and offer very little flexibility. I would like to be able to build my own meal plan because I ended up wasting a lot of meals but I still wanted the larger meal plans because they came with other benefits.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: A Huge Variety – There's a huge range of off campus options, from classy, nice restaurants downtown to wonderfuly cheap, delicious vegan and vegetarian Indian buffets and Middle Eastern restaurants to fast food joints. There are loads of coffee shops as well, many of them very nice, again covering a wide range of price ranges and things. My favorites are Jerusalem Garden on 5th Avenue, Earthen Jar on 5th Avenue, and Seva on Liberty. Many vegetarian and vegan options all over town, and most places are quite considerate about allergies.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: A Huge Variety – There's a huge range of off campus options, from classy, nice restaurants downtown to wonderfuly cheap, delicious vegan and vegetarian Indian buffets and Middle Eastern restaurants to fast food joints. There are loads of coffee shops as well, many of them very nice, again covering a wide range of price ranges and things. My favorites are Jerusalem Garden on 5th Avenue, Earthen Jar on 5th Avenue, and Seva on Liberty. Many vegetarian and vegan options all over town, and most places are quite considerate about allergies.

2 College Senior

Weather: Michigan Is Cold! Michigan as a state has terrible winters. Most of the academic year, from November through March, it is miserably cold. Because it's so common, classes never, ever get cancelled due to weather - even if it is -5 degrees Fahrenheit with a foot of snow. They haven't been cancelled since 1976, actually. Paths are often icy and snowy, so getting to class in that kind of weather is unpleasant. That having been said, Michigan autumns are beautiful, the summers are very warm, and everyone hangs out outside when the weather is nice.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are Best Option – There is a decent enough bus system in Ann Arbor and one for campus between the two campus areas (north and central campuses). They can get you most places you need to go in town and around campus, but they are somewhat limited. There are also Megabus, Greyhound, and Amtrak stops in the city, which is convenient, and there are pricy but convenient shuttles to nearby airports.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There are three very good gym/fitness centers on campus, all conveniently located. The libraries are some of the best in the nation, and there are several specialty libraries such as a fine arts library, map library, history library, engineering library, etc., as well as an undergraduate and graduate libraries. The campus is beautiful year round, with an interesting balance of traditional looking buildings and new, state-of-the-art ones like the new business school.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Not That Strict – Underage drinking and drug use are pretty widespread, and especially if you're discreet, you won't usually ahve trouble.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Definitely Noticeable – The fine for smoking weed in Ann Arbor is $20; there is a HUGE presence of weed on campus, and it's not a big deal to anyone, really. There is also a drug culture among the hippies in the local population. Its definitely tolerated in the student body, but it's not like you are pressured excessively to partake if you do not want to. Drinking is definitely more popular.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: the dorms are fine and the food is usually decent, but it is expensive and most poeple move out of the dorms once they're sophomores or juniors.

College Senior

Greek Life: Present, but Not the Whole Picture – There is a HUGE Greek scene that more or less dominates certain neighborhoods on campus. That being said, there's also plenty of social opportunities outside of the Greek scene and plenty of neighborhoods where you could go and not even notice there was a Greek scene here. It's great if you want a greek scene becauset here are so many frats and sororities, but great if you don't as well because there are so many other opportunities to socialize.

3 College Senior

Computers: Great, but Not Enough. You probably need your own because most of the conveniently located labs are crowded during the day and are way over crowded during crunch times. That being said, the printing system is easy to use so you don't have to worry about that, the wifi is good and the computers are high quality.

3 College Senior

Academics: Great, but Impersonal – You really have to seek out help and be proactive in getting to know your professors, and there are often huge waitlists for required courses. On the other hand, many of the professors are brilliant and the courses are very high quality, and there are always people to ask for help if you're proactive enough to go oafter them.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: You'll find all kinds of guys at U of M - many of them are good looking, intelligent, and interesting. Same goes for the girls, many of whom are incredibly hot in a variety of ways.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's All Relative – I'm from New York so it hasn't been as difficult as say, someone coming from Southern California or a tropical country. It snows a lot, January is harsh with commuting and such but it's just a part of life here.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor's One of a Kind – I've lived in New York City all my life so obviously Ann Arbor, Michigan was a change of setting. However, Ann Arbor is such a unique place in which the city and the university are essentially one. You'll find a plethora of stores, clubs, and a great variety of restaurants. The average age in the city is 28 and it is perhaps this that lends to the effect that Ann Arbor is the quintessential college town. House parties and Greek Life thrive because Ann Arbor allows college life to flourish. There are many Ann Arbor-exclusive events throughout the year, including Football Saturday-morning Pregames, the Art Fair, Hash Bash, and the Naked Mile. Oh and Ann Arbor is also one of the safest cities - they even send out email crime alerts anytime something happens. Truly, this place has everything an 18-25 year old needs.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: World-Renowned Institution – I'm currently a sophomore in the School of Engineering. I'm a Computer and Electrical Engineering dual major, Economics minor, and pursuing a certificate program in Entrepreneurship. The college is very flexible and accommodating in giving you exactly what you want to study here in your four years, and the degree you're looking for. Academically, Michigan has provided me with rigorous classroom academics, complemented with a scholarship, experience in a lab in undergraduate research, and an internship employment in IT in the Chemistry Department - all in just freshman year. Coming from a small high school (with a graduating class of 36), I can honestly say do not be fooled by Michigan's large size - Professors always make themselves available for office hours during which you can truly build a personable relationship and gain insight into the cool research they're doing. More importantly perhaps, you'll be surrounded by students, peers, and friends who always have academics at heart and will push you to do your best. A+ for stellar academics in all disciplines, extensive networking, and experiences that will last a lifetime.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Life – There are great facilities to exercise and even swim. Hanging out with friends and walking through the shops at night is a lot of fun too. There is such a great spirit of connection between all of the University of Michigan students that you pretty much will make friends whereever you go.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many wonderful opportunities to meet people of different races and religions at the University of Michigan. I thoroughly enjoyed my first year sharing a room with three great roommates and each were a different race. Everyone is accepting of others and you learn that we all are really the same in so many ways and yet you learn many unique and different lifestyles of others.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – The campus at the University of Michigan is spread across a wide area. Even so, I feel safe walking to and from classes and even when I go out in the evenings. There are blue security areas throughout the campus which can be used if necessary.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The list of things to do outside of class at U of M doesn't end. This isn't because there are a lot of establishments around campus to hang out at during the night (even though there are), but basically because almost everyone at school is creative and can instantly come up with something fun, exciting, and one-of-a-kind to do. When night comes, my friends and I basically start walking around campus and we definitely will eventually find something fun to do! Of course, a large portion of the student body who ae underage still party, but there is so much to be seen and done at night besides the party scene!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There Is Always Something to Do on Campus! So, Greek life isn't for me, but a common misconception is that if you don't go to parties you just study all the time. Well, my friends and I always find something to do on campus away from the parties. There could be capture the flag on the Diag, going out to eat, late night bubble tea, walks around campus, large-scale pillow fights, snowball fight during the winter, a wealth of performances by musicians and comedy groups, an awesome amount of athletic events to see, or simply game nights in the dorms. The list really goes on and on at U of M. It's so fun!

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Campus Wireless Availability and Speed Overshadow Dorm Problems – The campus internet connection has never been faulty yet (it's very strong), and most of the campus is wireless-capable. The only bad thing about the connection is that in the dorms you have to have an ethernet cable so you can't move away from that cable to do work online. Yet, almost wherever you go, you can find that you can just pull out your laptop and be connected instantly.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Leaders and Best! Michigan is the finest institution in all the land. Nowhere has a better mixture of academics, sports, and social and cultural opportunities!


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Linda Tell
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Despite the occasional complaints about weather, students at the University of Michigan love their school. With its outstanding academics in conjunction with its remarkable athletics, Michigan offers a perfect college balance: a great education and a fun social atmosphere. It is not uncommon to find students sporting Michigan gear around campus, and if given a choice, most would choose the school over again. Students love that they can mold their school to best suit their individual needs and desires. Whether they are looking for academics, athletics, or social outlets, Michigan fits the bill: In addition to its highly-ranked academics, it has a highly respected athletic reputation, and Ann Arbor's atmosphere is one to be envied, consisting of restaurants, shops, bars, and much more. Michigan alumni are expansive in both numbers and location. Michigan's alumni network is one of the largest, with many individuals holding vital positions in their respective industries. Alumni love to return to Ann Arbor for visits and sporting events, often bringing their spouses and children. It has been said, "Once a Wolverine, always a Wolverine."

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