Ann Arbor, MI
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$40,392 ($12,994)
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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is generally very safe. Most parties and incidents occur off campus. The DPS is usually around the dorms on the weekends, but they do not have an overbearing presence.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: In freshman year, housing options are limited and of poorer quality than upperclassmen dorms. Most freshmen live on North Campus, which is not bad, but just inconvenient because you'd have to bus down to central. Upperclassmen dorms, such as North Quad, have very nice amenities. No matter where you are, the social scene is always there.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm living in Mosher Jordan Hall (MoJo), and am loving it. I know some of my friends are living up North and are having different dorm experiences, so it really is getting lucky with the dorms. However, I'd look into the residential programs before applying for housing to see if there are any programs in the dorm you want to live in that you'd want to participate in.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are available pretty much everywhere you go. It can get a little difficult to seek out CAEN computers, but once you know where they are, they can come in handy. Wireless is fast and haven't had any major issues with this so far.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There's definitely a big difference between dining halls on campus. I tend to stick to the Hill Dining Hall (in MoJo) since it's right below my dorm (and easy to get to when you have classes on Central). The food usually changes day to day, and they often have some sort of theme for the "world palette". There's always the salad bar and grill options. However, you do get kind of tired of eating at dining halls, but that's probably true anywhere you go. It can get pretty busy around lunch, but there's plenty of seating.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a wide variety of dining options within the general vicinity of the university. I'd say that the prices are reasonable (though dining out wouldn't be a daily activity, there's always somewhere new to try when going out on a weekly night out with friends), and places are definitely within walking distance. Food's good, atmosphere around State Street is great.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The University of Michigan is a top notch in every aspect, and so are the students. I am proud to be a student at the U of M

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The only thing I could complain about is Dining Dollars. They can only be used at some places, which is nearly impossible if you don't live by The Victors or The Blue Apple.

5 College Senior

Transportation: The campus blue buses are efficient and helpful. There's definitely a culture around that system alone--if you live in Bursley, you bond with the rest of your friends taking a bus to campus! Ann Arbor white buses are also sufficient to get around town. You don't need a car. You could rent a bike from Rec Sports or a local store if you want that option as well (I'd recommend it).

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: There's no tolerance for drinking, etc. in the dorms if you get caught. Off-campus, MIPs (Minor In Possession) are strictly enforced as well.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you go to football games or out on weekend evenings the effects of alcohol are very present. There are many other things to do, however, and you can sign up for substance-free housing if you want to meet other people who won't drink.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is terrible in Ann Arbor. The good news is that there is very little need for a car on campus. Most things are in walking distance, and there is an excellent busing system for anything farther.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of good restaurants around Ann Arbor, many within walking distance of campus. Five Guys and Fries is very popular and I can vouch for their french fries. Most of the places aren't too expensive, and some specialize, like Bubble Island, which only has tea or mochi. It's very tasty I can recommend it. There's also a place that only sells gelato.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: DPS is everywhere, there are emergency phone buttons illuminated throughout campus, multiple numbers that are provided for students, well lit streets. safe rides is also a free service that you can use when it is late. just call and you can be driven anywhere for free at any time.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: No matter what your scene is, there is something to do almost everyday of the week. South campus bars are frequented by the "bro" types. Skeezy/sketchy/creepy nights can be had at skeeps, ricks, or necto, there are coop parties, frat parties and tons of house parties every weekend. Maybe the only downside to nightlife is that it never dies down... there is always a distraction from studies.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: If you want to be involved in sports at UofM, then you've come to the right place. There are tons of intramural and club teams that have no tryout requirements and expect nothing but enthusiasm and dedication. Even though it's a big ten school, there is no shortage of opportunities for you if you want to be active.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The campus police are quite strict on this but the city police are not. If you get caught with weed off campus its just a slap on the wrist fine, on campus the perp will get arrested. It is not very uncommon to see people talking about it or under the influence of some sort of drug.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The campus housing is pretty solid to be honest. People are very friendly for the most part. Some of the dorms are a little older (I live in West Quad), but have decently spacious rooms. I'm not sure about other rooms but I live in a quad and it has a regular sized fridge/freezer, bathroom, cupboards, sinks, bathrooms in the dorm room, along with an oven/stove. It is very nice although it is a little older than some of the Hill neighborhood housing options.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: As a freshman, I got very lucky getting an apartment on North Campus. I am close to a dining hall, and very close to the rec center, where I work out twice a day.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My parents would have liked to see more financial help from the school.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor and the campus always have a lot going on.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Michigan's weather is extremely unpredictable and if you're not used to it, it'll be a little tough to adjust at first. The University NEVER cancels for snow days, so don't get high hopes on that. Other than that, it's pretty easy to walk to class since they're really close to dorms. If you get a dorm that's one of the farther ones, then you can easily take the Blue Bus or an Ann Arbor city bus completely free.

4 College Junior

Computers: There are TONS of computer labs on campus. Pretty much every major building has one, and they are mix between PCs and Macs. Great for doing a quick check of email between classes. But be careful around exam times, as even these fill up quickly. For maximum convenience get your own laptop.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of choices for off campus housing, from actual apartment buildings to houses. There has been a few new buildings built over the past couple of years, and are very nice, but these are expensive. Probably the cheapest option is to rent a house with a group of friends. Ask around for who the good landlords are, but don't try and lease one last minute. The good ones go fast!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are a great way to get used to the campus and meet people your first couple years at school. Each dorm has its own pros/cons but definately try and get a dorm on central campus if at all possible. Eveything happens on central! Also, the South Quad and the newer dorms have elevators for easy move in and out. But upperclassmen should look for non-dorm housing. There are lots of apartments and houses for rent on campus, and for WAY cheaper than dorms.

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Linda Tell
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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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