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Ann Arbor, MI
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27,046
Tuition (in-state)
$40,392 ($12,994)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Greek Life: Greek life is certainly a large part of the social scene. As the Ann Arbor bar scene is hard to join until your 21st birthday, the house and fraternity parties are the way to go. However, do not think if you are not part of the Greek system you will be lacking in things to do. There are always more than enough options for everyone. One of the great things about Greek life is the opportunity to live in the house your sophomore year. Due to the fact that off-campus housing leases need to be signed in the fall, many first-year students are not quite ready to commit to living with people they have only known for a month or two. Living in a Greek house gives you another entire year before you have to make that decision.

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Academics: Your academic experience at UM depends on what school you're in. In the College of Engineering, it's hit or miss. I've had horrible professors, and I've had great ones. A lot of foreign teachers don't speak English very well. Most of your time will probably be spent not with the teachers, but with the GSIs. The same goes for them; it's hit or miss.

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Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is a really fun town. The people are really friendly, and there's always something to do whether you want to see a movie, hear a concert, go out to dinner, catch a play, or hit the museums. Ann Arbor really has anything you want to do.

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Academics: The professors are awesome here. The Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) get totally mixed reviews. You just have to be proactive and switch your class if you don't like the teacher.

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Local Atmosphere: People are so friendly here. I grew up out East, and coming here was a culture shock-even strangers smile at you. I think it's a Midwest thing.

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Off-Campus Dining: The campus is right in the middle of the city, so there are many restaurants to choose from, whether you want pizza or something fancy. Gratzi is the ideal restaurant to take a date.

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Off-Campus Housing: You'll pay a lot, but living off campus is so fun, and it's certainly worth the added freedom and all.

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Nightlife: I personally don't drink, so I couldn't tell you about the bars, but my friends said they were pretty standard.

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Greek Life: Greek life can be a big part of your life if you let it. It's a little over 30 percent of the school, but it can seem much bigger. If you want to get involved, it can be the best time of your career. I never got involved, but I have many friends who are, and most of them love it.

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Academics: The UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) is amazing. It gives undergraduates the opportunity to do ground-breaking research with renowned professors and present their research at the end of the year. Maybe you'll win a medal!

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Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is a city in its own right, but life is dominated by UM. There are other universities nearby, but there is so much to do in Ann Arbor that there's no real need to go elsewhere. Detroit is a wasteland, unless you're going to the casino or something. Also, many underage students take the short trip to Windsor, Ontario, to take advantage of Canadian liquor laws. It's probably worth a one-time trip.

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Computers: I would recommend having your own computer, but all the dorms have computer labs, and so do all the libraries. There is no shortage of PCs and Macs on campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is not too bad. I've lived off campus for the last two years, and I haven't had any problems with it. The only thing is that it is very competitive-you've got to start looking early if you want to find someplace close and nice to live.

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Guys & Girls: There is no lack of eye candy here-whether you are male or female. The campus, overall, is pretty darn attractive.

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Nightlife: Unless you have a flawless fake ID, bars will pretty much be off limits. My favorite spot, once I became of age, was Rick's on Wednesday nights. There are not too many clubs in Ann Arbor; there is the Nectarine, the Heidelberg, and the Blind Pig. Your best bet is the frat parties, though.

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Greek Life: The Greek scene is what you make of it. I was in a fraternity, and I was not involved much past my first year. I found my place elsewhere.

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Academics: The quality of teachers varies greatly across the University, so it pays to do your research before registering for classes. By and large, I was able to learn from professors who had genuine interest in teaching and who could make even the dullest subject matter seem exciting. I also learned that getting to know the professors outside of class was well worth the effort.

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Local Atmosphere: It's the perfect college town. I don't ever want to leave. I mean ever!

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Computers: Computer labs are highly accessible and numerous at UM. They all have T3 lines, and the only time that they are crowded is around finals. During these times, you just have to find the labs that not many people know about, or just bring your own computer.

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Off-Campus Housing: Ann Arbor has tons of apartments and houses for rent all around campus. A large chunk of the student body live off-campus after freshman year, and almost everybody does after two years. Be sure to look for places early. It's not unusual for the nicer spots on campus to be rented by October the year before.

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Guys & Girls: Whether you're looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now, you'll find him at UM.

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Nightlife: There are a few really good bars right on campus such as Rick's, Good Time Charley's, and Scorekeepers, but be prepared to need an ID.

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Greek Life: Greek life is big for certain people. There are many primarily Jewish houses, so be prepared. Some sorority parking lots are incredible. I've never seen so many BMWs in my life!

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Transportation: The airport is really easy to get to, but don't park there. It's really expensive. I would recommend having a friend drop you off.

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Weather: The weather in Michigan can be insane, but it's worth it to go through a Michigan winter because the people are so nice, and the school is the best.

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Linda Tell
Hometown
Syosset
Major
International Studies
Grad Year
2015
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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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