Ann Arbor, MI
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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Varsity sports are great at U of M for spectators - football, basketball, and hockey draw in huge crowds and are tons of fun for students to attend. IM sports are diverse and accessible to students in many forms, including both gender-exclusive and co-ed, as well as different leagues based on skill level. I tacked on the minus sign, however, because our athletic director has decided to change the football stadium student section tickets to General Admission rather than reserved seating for the 2013 season, which is a big blow to us upperclassmen who have worked our way up through the seating hierarchy over the years; we now have to arrive extra early to compete with freshmen for the same seats!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love Ann Arbor. Its a great, lively college town with plenty of activities and events around. It's one of the reasons why I chose to attend the university. There are plenty of shops and places to explore at your leisure.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I never thought I would be screaming in the middle of a huge crowd at a football game. Seriously, I was just never that into team sports or school spirit, but coming here changes everything. It's impossible not to fall in love with the school colors and winning or losing a game changes the entire feel on campus, but it's a positive thing because our sports teams are good enough that we're normally celebrating a victory and not mourning a loss.

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College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't apply for financial aid, but most of the people I've talked to felt okay about how the process had gone for them. Often times the financial aid received will be supplemented with the work-study program so you can also look into that while figuring out a payment plan.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As always, underage drinking is not allowed. But as long as you aren't obnoxious about it or bothering other people, they're not looking to get people in trouble. Except really don't do it on substance free floors of dorms, but that's just common sense.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are fine (for the most part), and depending what campus you are on. North Campus tends to have some un-hygienic, engineering types (though there are definitely some extraordinarily attractive engineering students). Even though the frat guys may look like d-bags, give them a second chance, they are pretty nice. In general, guys are attractive and nice.
People here are interested in everything, you are bound to find someone who likes the same stuff as you, or find new things that you like.
Guys dress in anything from sweats and t-shirts every day to salmon shorts and white polos. Most girls make an effort to look nice (dresses and sandals when the weather allows), but some wear sweats. It really doesn't matter how you dress, you will be accepted on campus.
Social life is a pretty big part of life on campus. There are a lot of clubs to get involved in (Quidditch and Synchronized Swimming, Squirrel Watching Club, College Dems and College Republicans, Secular Student Alliance and Cru...just to name a few). There are plenty of parties on the weekends (and some weekdays), if you are in to that. You aren't judged if you don't drink, and most people don't judge you if you do.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is relatively safe. No matter where you are, there is always an emergency phone/blue light service within sight. Campus Police are never too far away. There were only about ten emergency alerts throughout this year on campus. Most of the culprits do not finish their crime (most are scared away by passerby), or are caught (the whole campus really pulled together for the 2013 West Quad sexual assault, and the culprit was caught). In general, I feel safe walking on campus alone until 12:00 AM, after I worry about partiers.
If you're under 21, you can party, just make sure you don't do anything stupid and you won't get caught. Don't stumble, don't have open containers on sidewalks and streets. When you are going to a football game, don't be so intoxicated that you are falling over. Most people seem to get MIPs on the way to football games.
If you're underage, DO NOT go to block parties. Cops always find out about these and they get broken up very easily. It is likely that you will get an MIP.
If you do not feel safe on campus, you can always call Safe Ride from the UGLI (the Undergraduate Library), though they can take up to an hour to get there. Busses run to North Campus until 2:00 AM.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Ann Arbor has great cuisine. There are a lot of restaurants on South University near campus that are pretty affordable, others that can be saved for when your parents come to visit you! Main Street also has plenty of places to eat, but these can be pricey. Also, beware: you MUST have reservations to eat around dinner time on Fridays,Saturdays, and Sundays in Ann Arbor at the nicer restaurants, or you'll be waiting for up to an hour for a table. Late night cuisine is available on campus-- burgers at Quickie Burger (not too far off campus, on South State Street), cookies Insomnia Cookies (again, not too far off campus, on South U), and pizza at South U Pizza (on South U, close to campus), too name a few options.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The 2012-2013 weather in Ann Arbor, was slightly choppy. When it was nice, it was beautiful; when it was snowing and cold, it was brutal. If you're not prepared to face winter, Michigan schools are not for you. If you can deal with winter, then you are rewarded with gorgeous Fall and Spring weather. It can go back and forth from 30 and snowing to 70 and sunny within days. The walks to class when it is snowing can be daunting, but maintenance does a good job of salting, so slipping is not a common occurrence.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor has an diverse culture and it filled with many different things to do. They is tons of different foods, music places, shops, and U of M is always putting together some type of activity to bring students together. Football games are popular to go to as well as any major events that do philanthropy.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There was never a time where I have felt unsafe here in Ann Arbor. Although there are reports of crime here which can be frightening. There is always an alert sent out for every incident that really helps students to be aware of any issues. Most crimes are theft so keep your doors locked, your belongings safe, and try to use the buddy system at night.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public Transportation is really good especially for campus students. There are multiple buses which are free of charge and most run until 2 a.m. During the day, they ideally come about every ten minutes. There are also a number of transportation options for late at night that are free such as safe ride which will pick you up from any one of the libraries and take you home.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Course registration was always a hassle, but I'm fairly content with the classes I've had.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: As you'd imagine, there's plenty of snow. I really do detest the weather, but at least fall is pretty.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is given very sparingly. A lot of my friends couldn't go to UM because of the lack of financial aid offered. In-state is a great deal though.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It seems like the only thing to do most nights is go out drinking. Marijuana use is basically the only illicit drug used. Campus police are notorious for busting underage drinkers resulting in far too severe academic repercussions- at least according to my experiences.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I feel the education and the opportunities are endless.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses go around campus a lot but they stop pretty early.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel absolutely safe on campus and I rarely hear reports of any illegal activity

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are tons of places to eat and all different sorts of food with lots of places open late

3 College Freshman

Parking: Certain parking lots tend to have availability while others are a nightmare. The parking lot in front of West Quad tends to have availability. Parking on S. State St. tends to be a nightmare due to pedestrians, traffic, and spaces fill up quickly. Parking garages tend to have more availability but still require a walk. Parking on Main St. is hard to find during the dinner rush.

4 College Freshman

Academics: U of M is a challenging school but it has all the resources to help you if you find yourself struggling. It is not impossible to get good grades. You have to balance studies and having fun in order to succeed. U of M is very well known and a degree from this university goes a long way.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: It's often crowded and sometimes the schedule is unreliable. They don't run very often on the weekends, but during the week they are fairly easy to use.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: SPorts are a huge part of Michigan's culture and the athletes are some of the yes tint he country. They are able to use great practice and training facilities to perfect their skills and make their school proud.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Lots too do around Ann Arbor. Can meet any type of person and do just about anything.


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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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