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

Parking: The city of Ann Arbor is not known for having good parking. Most of it is parallel parking and fees include about $4 an hour. For longer stays there are parking structures that students may use. I have heard that for underclassman/students living in dorms parking passes are harder to come by and you may have to move your car every so often. Also, freshman are generally not allowed to have a car on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: One reason I love the University of Michigan is because of the diversity. Most people are extremely accepting of others views and opinions can be openly expressed without a problem.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I said "it's okay" because there are safety precautions in place but usage is still abundant. There are online drug and relationship safety programs that are required for students to take.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Many of the dorms are being renovated, so they are bigger, nicer and modern. Also, many of them have laundry facilities, workout rooms, kitchenettes, and computing sites.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: Its Michigan! The weather can be hot one minute and cold the next. It tends to be colder in Ann Arbor than the surrounding cities, but if you bundle up, then you can stay warm.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Personally, I did not get any financial aid from the school, but it was easy to apply for aid.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy with my major so far. There was no application to get in and the mathematics counselors were extremely helpful when I had questions about what path I should be on or what courses I should take.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: There really isn't an absolute need to bring a laptop because there are so many computer labs on campus, but it can be useful. Depending on what college you are in, the number of printing pages you get varies, but most people do not use all of their pages. Also, there is wi-fi in every campus building.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: For the most part the guys seem great at the school. All that I have met are friendly and just looking to hangout.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There's a diverse amount of guys and girls. From geeks to hot, you'll find everyone here.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frat parties are fun. You can still get in if you aren't greek. Pledging sucks!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is great! There are a good mixture of international, in-state, and out-of-state kids on campus. There are a lot of Asians (Indian, like myself, included) and white people. African Americans and Hispanics are barely ever seen around campus. There's a sizable Jewish population. You'll be able to find your ethnic group if you look for them. Indian people and even non-Indian people, join IASA! It's a riot!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is crazy! Expect to study for at least 5 hours a day. The English classes are pretty okay. It's a bummer to figure out what GSIs like, and their preferences play a lot into grading. First Year Seminars are the best!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: GSIs think they're all that and a bag of chips, but they really aren't. Textbooks are expensive. Michigan, though, provides an excellent education!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: On campus buses get you from North Campus to Central and other locations but walking around campus is the way to go. Biking is pretty easy too. Students ride the city buses for free, which is great!! They're pretty frequent on the weekdays. Taxis aren't preferable. Zip cars are okay. 18 year olds can rent cars in Michigan, so that's new. Buses are the best option overall.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The combination of a party school and a serious academic school is what makes Michigan great!! You're never bored. You'r always studying or partying and having a great time. There's a lot of people everywhere all the time, so you never get bored. The biggest problem literally is the cold and the snow and the buses. Other than that, Michigan is great! We're the Leaders and the Best for a reason, you know!

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining halls are only open sometimes. Forget about using meal swipes for late night meals. It won't happen. Variety is just okay. There are vegetarian options everywhere, and kosher options at West Quad. North Quad dining and East Quad dining are amazing, but always crowded. Bursley has the BEST french fries and yummy cookies.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The best dorms are on Central campus! Avoid North like the plague! The buses are extreme inconvenient! North Quad and East quad are amazing, but freshmen are not allowed to live in North Quad or Cambridge House so I hear. West Quad is okay. The dining sucks though. The Hill (Markley, MOJO, Couzens, etc.) is much better than North! If you are on North campus, Bursley is the place to be. It's social. The dining hall is in the building. And there's late night pizza. Baits is in Siberia. Markley has tiny rooms! Couzens and MOJO and Alice Lloyd are fancy! Try to score those freshman year!

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of restaurants near Central campus. There's an okay variety. Eating off campus can get costly though. Late night options are great! I love the 4am pizza !

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are tons of computers around campus, but most of the time, they are taken. Printing is amazing! We get 400 free prints throughout the semester. I went over, but it only cost $1, so it's no big deal. Printers are readily available. Wireless is great and fast enough, except on North Campus, where connection is just okay.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been a string of assaults happening on campus lately, so that's something to worry about especially when walking alone. The city of Ann Arbor and the campus intertwine, so there are a lot of people who aren't students around. Pathways are thoroughly lit though, so it's never dark. It's pretty safe. The biggest threat is drunk students after they've been to a frat party.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking is seen a lot. There are bars right near the campus, and there's always a frat party or two going on. If you don't drink, you'll get a lot of pressure to start because everyone does it. Marijuana is the most common drug on campus, but drug use isn't all that obvious.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The BIG HOUSE!! GO to football games! They're an experience in themselves. Sports is a huge part of campus life. Facilities don't really matter to those of us who aren't gifted at sports though.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There's hardly any convenient spot on central campus, and it costs an arm and a leg. Don't drive if you don't need to. It's not worth it.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is great! Students everywhere, plenty of places to eat out, things going on all the time. It's cold a lot though, so you're probably going to limit your outdoor activities. The academics are difficult, but it's worth it!

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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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