Ann Arbor, MI
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$40,392 ($12,994)
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Reviews 2954 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: U of M has a crime alert system that emails students about certain happenings (thefts, assaults, etc.) on campus/in Ann Arbor. It's a great system that keep me informed and aware of the dangers at my school.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school. For me, it's the perfect distance from home: not too close and not too far. My favorite experiences have just been meeting people--from all over the world. It's incredible to have classes with students (and professors) from so many states and countries and so many backgrounds.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I honestly have no idea why this website is asking me to "rate and review" the "drug scene" at my school on a scale of worst to best. This is ridiculous. What would you even do with this information?

1 College Freshman

Weather: Michigan winters are tough if you're not used to them, especially when you're waiting at a bus stop for up to 15 minutes at a time. West coast and Southern kids probably hate it, but the weather doesn't keep Wolverines down.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: At the University of Michigan, there is an extreme range of possibilities for first-year housing. Lucky students can live right in the center of Central Campus, in the heart of Ann Arbor, or could get the short end of the stick and live a 15-minute bus ride away from classes on North Campus. It really depends on how lucky you are in the housing lottery system. Like the distance from campus, the residence halls themselves can vary extremely, from historic residence halls from the 1800s to tiny closet dorms built in the 60s. There are lots of amenities and the housing community is absolutely incredible.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm in the Stamps School of Art & Design. I really can't give it a better rating than "okay" because it's extremely difficult to actually pursue a specific major with their course curriculum. Professors kind of just choose whatever they'd like to teach and there's not tiered courses like intro to something, something 1, something 2, etc. for most studio classes. You have to be really self driven and the workload can be overwhelming at times since they expect you to do a considerable amount of your work outside of the 6 hours a week you'll be spending in said studio.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: A lot of the time the apps to tell you the times for the university buses are completely wrong and you'll end up just missing your bus or waiting another 10-15 minutes. There's not enough buses that cover South Campus, or enough stops. The city buses are pretty good but they stop running at kind of weird times so always check for that so you don't get stranded somewhere. Night ride is available, but only from university locations like the library or whatever. The ann arbor cabs are relatively reliable, though there's quite a few services so I'm not sure if that applies to all of them.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Almost always something going on party-wise, and if not there's plenty of bars around town. Night transportation could be better, but they've been improving.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everything will be overpriced. If you're not paying over $400/month then you either got extremely lucky or you're sharing a bedroom with someone. Or almost completely off campus. It's very hard to find student housing that hasn't been trashed by the person before and it's hard to tell how good your landlord is actually going to be until its too late. You've basically got to sign your lease for the following year a year in advance, it's obnoxious. Off-campus housing is a commodity in Ann Arbor and they love to suck students dry.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity still is and will continue to be an issue at this school.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus is really integrated into downtown Ann Arbor, even if you don't want to hang out at a facility there's always plenty places nearby to waste time.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Obviously depends on the type of people you're hanging around as far as how hard of a drug you see getting used. Weed is extremely common place in Ann Arbor, any where on campus or affiliated with on campus you should be much more careful about drug use. The campus regulations are much more strict than the city police especially in the case of marijuana.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Michigan. You'll find out.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You could fulfill any craving you possibly have in or around Ann Arbor. There's a nice range as far as price goes as well, though I haven't run into too many places that offer student discounts unless if its a special occasion.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They're very good at handling basic financial aid, but unless if you are some god among men I wouldn't expect any scholarships beyond that to fall into your lap without any effort.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is an incredible college town, there's lots of events between the city and the university, but ann arbor does a lot on its own regardless.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Depending on which dorm you live in, or if you live off campus, the whole strictness level could be completely different in these places. It's nice because it gives you a chance to find the environment that best fits you.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: A very big part of campus, but since it's a big 10 school they almost focus on it too much.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is an amazing city, just parking is a hassle.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school provides little financial aid

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Every college campus will be strict against alcohol and drug use.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Most Greek students are okay, others are stereotypical

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: High prices and poor facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The Michigan Amnesty laws for underage drinkers is great

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Michigan weather. It is extremely bi-polar and unpredictable.


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Linda Tell
International Studies
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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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