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Ann Arbor, MI
Undergrads
27,046
Tuition (in-state)
$40,392 ($12,994)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 2941 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is challenging at times and there are very limited spaces.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school takes safety very seriously. The campus is very well lit at night and you're supposed to be able to see the blue light-topped emergency phones whereever you go. Students are provided with safety phone numbers that they can call any time. There are taxi services provided for students so they don't have to walk home in the dark. There is an on campus heath center (UHS) that is readily available to students who are ill.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing in Ann Arbor is pretty well sought after so you have to start looking early and sign your lease a year ahead of time. There are tons of houses on central campus that have been split into apartments or even rented as a full house to students. There are also lofts and apartment buildings around town.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Obviously U of M is famous for football and basketball so the athletics here are a pretty big deal. But we also have many other types of sports, intramural sports, sports clubs just for fun.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: You will almost never find parking on central campus during peak hours, get there half an hour or 40 minutes to find a spot or invest in buying/renting a parking space from people who live in apartment next to campus.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a lot of different computer labs on campus, the most popular and crowded being either the Fish Bowl or the UGLY, and usually it isn't hard to get a computer, but expect a battle during midterms and finals.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It gets very cold during the winter and snows a fair amount but the school absolutely refuses to cancel classes, even during bad weather, which is especially annoying because sometimes students won't show up, so if you do go it's for little other than extra credit. Campus transportation is a miserable experience during the cold ( the buses aren't heated too well and get very crowded since no one wants to walk). That being said individual teachers can cancel classes and lots of organizations will offer free or cheap hot chocolate and coffee on campus during classes. When the weather is nice though you'll find a lot of activities going on and people outside playing games.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: The process is very smooth, however, as a white girl with parents who have an average income, I received mostly loans and not any scholarships.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Transportation: Awesome. Michigan has a free busing system that runs until 2AM most days and transports students to many locations around campus. The Ann Arbor bus service is available free of charge to students that can take students to off campus locations if they do not have a car. There are also taxi systems to use if you are out after the bus system is done for the day.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: U of Michigan campus and the Ann Arbor area is a pretty liberal and diverse area. There are many organizations on campus for students looking for support or just connect to others with a full spectrum of sexual orientations. There are also organizations for many students who want to connect to others of their own racial background and learn about their culture. Since many students come to study abroad here, there is also a lot of diversity because of that.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I really like my major departments - Asian Studies (Korean) and Comparative Literature and my minor department - Russian Language. They're all small departments that give the large campus of U of M a smaller, more personal feel. All of my classes in my department are small which allows students to really get to know professors well. My largest class was 80 students in a survey course about Asian megacities. I think I am very lucky since U of M lectures are notorious for being huge. If you're in Science, Math or Communications this is true.

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1 College Junior

Weather: University of Michigan does not have snow days... ever. Michigan is known for unpredictable and inclement weather and this makes it difficult to be a commuter student, whether by bus or car, that depends on the roads into campus.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: As on most campuses, dorms are expensive. Besides this problem, getting a good dorm room is akin to a lottery system. You can request a certain building within certain bounds. As a freshman, you are most likely to get stuck in the worst dorms that are farther from campus. It's really unfair since everyone pays the same dorm price - some people get to live in the beautiful, new North Quad while others live in the old and far Bursley Bates.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I love my school and my program. I just recently switched majors because I was not doing as well in certain classes. However, I am still figuring out what exactly I want to do with my life. If I could do it over, I would still come to this university, however the first year I would not jump into hard classes, I would take a variety to see what I am interested in and what I am good at, and that way you don't mess up your GPA.

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2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness varies a lot. There are police officers that patrol the dorms at night (especially on the weekend) and if they hear your music too loud, they will knock and you have to open the door. They have given out plenty of MIP's. If you are smart about it, you should be okay. Most people will tell you not to throw a raging party in your dorm but go out with your friends and have fun.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is a beautiful city. There is always something to do whether it is walk around downtown or sitting in the Arb or Diag. Ann Arbor is safe for the most part, but there have been a lot of incidents the past year. I have pepper spray with me all the time just in case something ever happens. However on Football Saturdays the whole city is roaring with maize and blue, something seriously amazing to be a part of.

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1 College Junior

Parking: Parking in Ann Arbor is pretty bad. There are parking meters or parking structures. Both of which you have to pay a good amount for. The only time you don't have to pay is if you have a house or apartment with parking, or if you get lucky enough to find a parking lot that does not require a parking permit. Ann Arbor is very strict about parking so they give out tickets frequently.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I love neuroscience, its a mixture of biology and psychology classes. It takes a load on the number of credits you need to take. Overall the classes aren't too bad, just need to take them with the right professors.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Central campus dorms are okay but North Campus dorms are known to be not as good and far away. The pricing is kind of high but food is included.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Professors are amazing and accomplished. They make themselves available to meet with everyone no matter the class size.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Alerts are sent out as soon as anything mildly threatening happens on campus. Alerts include where the incidents happen along with descriptions of possible suspects when they're available. There are also emergency button stations around campus that alert authorities if you're in trouble.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Everyone at the University of Michigan can use the Michigan buses for free or the Ann Arbor buses for free. The Ann Arbor buses extend way out into the city and even make it to the neighboring town.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The pros are that it is usually a lot cheaper to live in Ypsilanti. However, transportation into the university can be very difficult if you are taking morning classes. I recommend living on campus, because classes are intense and you will not have time for a three hour commute everyday.

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2 College Senior

Weather: The best weather is in the summertime. The fall and winter months are usually frigid, with lots of snow. The campus does a great job of paving roads and keeping the walkways clear. The university will NEVER shut down due to bad weather. It is the usual here.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I love the variety of choices. You can have Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Ethiopian, American, and many other cuisines. The downside is the price. An average meal for two will end up costing roughly 30-40 dollars. The food is amazing, but on a student budget in can be a bit expensive.

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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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