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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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Academics: My program, musical theatre, is known as one of the top three in the country. We have amazing professors with incredible credentials, and we have workshops with some of the biggest names on Broadway quite often.

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Academics: I went to the Mechanical Engineering school and the teachers there were great. I was always able to talk to them by going to office hours. My non-engineering classes were usually very large, and I had less contact with the teachers. Some classes were excellent, and others were just okay.

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Academics: Overall, I'd say academics here are pretty good. I'm in kinesiology, and I've taken courses in the business school and LSA. I've had good professors in each school, but none of them will coddle you at all. As long as you're on top of your stuff, teachers will respect you, and it will be apparent with your grades.

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Academics: My business school professors are amazing. Since our BBA program was rated number one a few years ago (and it's been in the top three ever since), the quality of education is great. Business school professors are a mix of academic and working professionals. It's a pretty good mix, too.

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

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Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is pretty much dependent on the University of Michigan-it's a great place, regardless. Eastern Michigan University is nearby, but their students don't really come to Ann Arbor that often.

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Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is a great town, and there really is no reason to leave. Detroit is 45 minutes away, but the only reason I would advise going there is to see a professional football, basketball, baseball, or hockey game. I heard the casinos weren't bad either.

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Local Atmosphere: There are no other universities in Ann Arbor, but nearby are Concordia College, Washtenaw Community College, Eastern Michigan U, and one more I can't think of. There are tons of things to do, and we have a decent public transportation system, as well.

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Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is the best. I grew up in a very small town, so this city seems so cosmopolitan. The opportunities here seem endless.

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Local Atmosphere: Well, Ann Arbor is a college town, make no mistake about it. Take advantage of the shows that come to Hill Auditorium. A lot of people visit Michigan State because it is supposedly a bigger party school than UM, and that's about 45 minutes away. You are four hours away from Chicago and Toronto, three hours from Cincinnati, and 45 minutes from Detroit.

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Local Atmosphere: Our campus is cool because it is intertwined with the city almost seamlessly. The people of Ann Arbor respect the school and the students, and everyone here has so much energy. The city is very intellectual in nature, and Ann Arbor residents are very intelligent and educated.

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Local Atmosphere: Students here rarely leave campus. Michigan is not a school where people look for an excuse to get out of town. Nearly everyone stays put once they get here. UM is not like other schools-suitcase colleges-where people go home all the time.

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Health & Safety: Security at UM is excellent. Ann Arbor is only at about 40 percent of the national crime average. So, basically, you can walk around town at 4 a.m. and not have to worry about your safety.

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Health & Safety: I have never really felt unsafe at UM. It's a big school, but the main campus is pretty compressed. At night, it's not the best idea to walk alone, but that is the case at most any campus. I think it is general knowledge that you shouldn't put yourself in a vulnerable situation. Overall, though, I feel safe.

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Health & Safety: All of the residence halls have secured entrances. To get in, you have to swipe your M-Card, so people who don't belong there can't get in. I've never felt threatened on campus, even at night.

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Health & Safety: I would not recommend visiting the University Health Service (UHS) for treatment under any circumstances. Let's just say they tend to misdiagnose.

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Health & Safety: There are always Ann Arbor Police Officers around the campus and patrolling the streets. It makes you feel safe. Many of the cops are on mountain bikes, just like Pacific Blue, only in Ann Arbor. The whole city is very safe.

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Health & Safety: I've always felt safe on campus, but lately there's been some peeping Toms in and around some of the dorms. I've never had this problem, nor do I know anyone who has, but it's been in the school paper. What can I say, some people are sickos.

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Health & Safety: The University Health Service isn't helpful at all. You could walk in with pink-eye and be diagnosed with herpes!

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Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. Like all campuses, there are dorm break-ins, drunks, freshmen, and so forth. However, I have never felt uncomfortable walking alone at night. There are a lot of safety options here (night walking systems, cabs, emergency phones, and well-lit areas). Safety is not something I think or worry about.

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Health & Safety: Safety has a lot to do with where you choose to live. Most University housing is within close walking distance of the campus, bars, and libraries, and it is well lit. There are normally people out at all times of the day and night. Living off campus is a little different. The University provides free transportation to many areas. However a lot of times it is easier and faster to walk.

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Health & Safety: Security here is generally good, but there are some break-ins at the dorms once in awhile. Two people got shot at a house party, but overall, it's pretty safe.

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Burton Tower Burton Tower Burton Tower (aka the clocktower) is in the center, with Hill Auditorium on the left, and Rackham in the far right

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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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