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Ann Arbor, MI
Undergrads
27,046
Tuition (in-state)
$40,392 ($12,994)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a good religious diversity but not a lot of race/ethnic diversity. As much as michigan is a more diverse school than others, it is still pretty white.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: although the cost can range to cheap to really high, the food is generally really good and reasonable. Although there are definitey more asian-style options than anything else

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: MIPs are serious business. I've heard of close calls, but never experienced anything myself. If you're smoking weed, just do it off campus. In Ann Arbor, smoking pot is a misdemeanor with a $25 fine. The campus has stricter policies. I've never had much of a problem with police other than parking tickets.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Just Don't End up on North Campus – Baits I and II and Bursley are by far the worst, if you want to end up on Central Campus (and trust me, you do), consider joining a Living-Learning community that resides in a better dorm. If you're a girl, Betsy Barbour, Hellen Newberry and Martha Cook are all very nice and have incredibly locations, you just have to deal with not being around any boys. East Quad is great, but has a reputation of being full of "hippies."South Quad also has a nice location, but it houses mostly honors kids and athletes. I'd say the best are North Quad (newly built, very nice) and West Quad (most normal people).

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4 College Junior

Academics: Plenty of Opportunities for Applying Your Knowledge – In the Screen Arts department, there are always opportunities to work on student films and get hands-on experience, the professors are very knowledgable and helpful. Internships are harder to get due to our proximity to Hollywood, but if you try hard enough, it's possible. The only thing that frustrates me a little is that you're required to balance theory and production. There is a little freedom to choose one path over the other, but I wish there were more.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of different people here. The guys are alright. They're not perfect but they're not bad.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Oxford Housing – I live in one of the Oxford Houses which is an all-freshmen dorm that is technically on central campus but is still far enough to have bus. There have been a lot of crime alerts around Oxford Housing this past school year, especially during the weekends. The bus stops running at 2AM on weekdays and 10PM on weekends so sometimes I feel like it isn't so safe walking home after. However, there are free rides that are a safe option but they usually take awhile to get to your location to pick you up.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Ann Arbor has the worst parking. ever. If you don't have ample parking, then U of M needs to invest more in the public transportation. The Bus system works great, but how cool would it be if there was a light rail on campus!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Ann Arbor's cuisine is amazing. I am not familiar with the campus dining halls or menu plans, but I really don't need to be. If I want good food at a fairly low cost, it is available, and usually within a short distance walk.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The libraries are especially packed with all kinds of information for an abundance on any topic you can think of. It makes for writing GREAT research papers much easier.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: All Over the Place – Weather is all over the place, which is only to be expected in Michigan- but even in awful weather, classes are never cancelled. Haven't been since 1978, I believe. In nice weather, though, the campus is a great place.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: No Problems! My family did not qualify for government loans, but the university still found us money to help out. It was a seamless process to get the loans and the exit counseling and loan deferment also wasn't an issue.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Most Quaint Town Ever! The campus life and the downtown areas are some of the most unique of any college town I have ever lived in (and I've moved around). I absolutely loved Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan and would be happy to return at any time!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You have to be ready for Ann Arbor. It is an expensive college town and you should expect to pay for location. If you are close to campus and/or close to a bus stop, you will pay for that location... you will either directly pay for this in rent or you will pay in updates. The housing is OLD and the demand and the prices don't reflect what you'd find in a non-college town suburb. Make sure to get your apartment early! At least 6 months early. Over all, I absolutely loved my time in Ann Arbor - you just have to be ready!

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Academics Matter – You really don't meet slackers in classes. Everyone at least cares a little about their grades, which means group projects are merely bad as opposed to unbearably horrible.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Buses Are the Best – People might complain about parking, but they're idiots for not taking one of the two great bus systems. The university system is free to everyone and the Ann Arbor bus system is free with a student ID, and they're both completely dependable and frequently run routes that connect important places. I live two miles off-campus and I can get everywhere I need in a half an hour, the system's that good.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ton of Fun – There's a ton to do in the field of area attractions, activities, cultural events, safety, shopping, sports/recreation, and local attitude toward students.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Always Available for Help – I came to the University of Michigan not really knowing what to expect. Come to find out, its amazing. You can get a bad professor from time to time, but thats expected with such a large university. Generally they are helpful and more than willing to meet extra with you.

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5 College Student

Athletics: Go Blue! Sports are big and everyone goes crazy for football season. There's a lot of school spirit and the facilities are nice.

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: Not Unless You Look – Like at most colleges, I assume there would be drug use and alcohol use. But I don't hang out with such people so therefore, I don't usually have to see or notice these instances.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Who You Know – Most of the nightlife is not really in the clubs in Ann Arbor. It's usually a house party where people go if they are trying to party. If you like the club scene, you have to be 21+ for most and for a couple it is 18+ for women and 21+ for men. Besides, if you know someone who's throwing a house party, you usually can get in free.

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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: If you are looking to better interact with people from different races it tends to be hard because people don't like to step outside of their comfort zones and find it hard to relate with other people. Unless more students take Psych/Soc 122 and actually make an effort to understand the backgrounds of others; be it race, economic and social upbringings, religious or political beliefs...it can get kind of lonely. The upside to people not breaking out of their comfort zones is that there are countless orgs they can join and feel like they belong. Because the minorities at U of M make up less than 5%, the student body isn't properly represented and the majority, whites, pretty much have a say in everything

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Transportation:Buses and Parking – I really enjoyed the frequency of the campus buses and how engineering school and IT-help implemented the magic bus concept to help students locate where the next bus was and which one would be more convenient for the student to catch to ensure the student was as close as possible to their destination. If you have a vehicle, using the Michigan Blue buses is great because parking anywhere on campus is beyond a nightmare. The police and meter maids are always looking for a way to give someone a ticket, even if you have a parking pass and park in the right color lot. If parking wasn't such a nightmare, transportation would be a B+/A-.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great Stuff – Being a giant spendthrift and vegetarian, I'm not in much of a position to pass judgment on off-campus dining, but from what I've seen of it it's great. Between Subway, Noodles, and Mia Zazz, I always have a great place to go if I want to go out. My friends tell me Buffalo Wild Wings is good too.

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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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