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

Health & Safety: Active Police – When a crime occurs in Ann Arbor, all students with an @umich.edu email address are emailed and informed of the crime. The police do a good job of letting students know what is going on and at the end of each email they remind students to be safe and they give examples of how to be safe. Police don't pay much attention to the party scene on campus, but I believe that they have bigger problems to worry about. I wouldn't feel safe walking alone on campus because I have seen the reports that the police sent out, but if I was with one friend I would feel safe.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Depends on What You're Used to – Being from Michigan, the weather is very expected. It doesn't bother me as the winter season is nothing out of the ordinary. Obviously students from California and warmer states may be surprised by the snow and temperatures, but from what I hear by talking to them it isn't nearly as bad as they imagined.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Nothing beats football Saturdays in Ann Arbor. With a stadium capacity of over 110,000 every home game, the atmosphere is electric. The city goes from a decent sized college town to a football mecca covered in maize and blue. It makes you wish the summer ended earlier so you can get back to campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – lots of smart, attractive people who don't associate with anyone who isn't on their own "social list"

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Taste and See – I think the sheer number of food places really unmatched by other schools.There is a dining hall in most of the dorms and if there isnt one directly attached there is sure to be one close by.All of the dining halls really have their own reputation and its pretty easy to catch on, Markley has great pizza, but bad otherwise, North Quad has good quality but small portions, and mojo is the largest and offers the most variety. Besides the actual cafeterias, many dorms have fast food places open at night and/or during the day. Also, there are a lot of little stores and restaurants (wendys, Panda, Taco Bell,etc) scattered throughout campus (in the league, union, etc) that accept either dining dollars or blue bucks. There's a lot of options so its almost hard to get bored with the food.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You Get What You Pay for – Definitely a lot of variety in off campus housing. People generally start going off-campus sophmore year, starting with apartments and then maybe moving into houses junior/senior year. However, it really is pretty expensive if you actually want a nice apartment or house. Be prepared to dish out serious cash for a legit place.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Always Something Going on! Ann arbor is quite the college town, but that is only around the university itself. It has the best of both worlds with quie countryside in nearby dexter or the bustle of the city, Right by campus. There are thousands of restraunts to choose from and make sure to walk by the diag because there is always a show, free samples, or entertainment to be found somewhere there!

4 College Junior

Transportation: There are two forms of buses available to take on the U of M Ann arbor campus. The Ann arbor buses are always nice and clean and have plenty of room even when all seats are taken, there is ample standing room. they are normally on time, except during the winter due to weather, but never too far behind. The "magic" busses are the University's and they have been amazing this year! They include gps tracking and times available on your smartphones, ample seating and always comfortable atmosphere. No ID required to ride so you just step on and you are on your way! Buses are really the best way to travel through the university because parking is scarce and is either in garages where you have to pay a fee if you are undergrad or you may buy a pass if you a a graduate student. However buses always seem to get me wherever I need to be perfectly on time! I am a commuter student and find free parking always available just two minutes outside campus, my bus is always on time and the drivers are always so friendly! Great transportation!

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: The Best on or Off Campus – There are certain areas of town where you will notice the price of everything, including food, will increase. However the city offers many other cheaper options. There exists such a diversity of people in Ann Arbor that the food reflects this as well. The city embraces birthdays and there are many places which give you a free meal or free ice cream when this happens. The best places to check out in my opinion are The Aut Bar, Charlie's and The Real Seafood Company.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Excellent Service – The university has its own buses which travel around the main part of town. These are free to students and always seemed to be on time. They also include many stops throughout town and can get you there pretty quick. There are also buses for the town of Ann Arbor and these will take you all the way to the neighboring town of Ypsilanti. These buses are also good for making trips to the grocery store while living in town.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Choose Your Focus Wisely – I can tell you the workload and expectations do depend on your chosen curriculum. I felt the curriculum for the German degree was fair but a bit under par; you do not even need to speak German to have this degree. However I began as a science major and was lost in the large and impersonal lectures and class sizes. In one of my classes I was competing against 1600 students from four sections. The facilities are beautiful and I did not get any assistance with job opportunities from the university.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Church Community – If it wasn't for my local church, I would never have survived.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Usually Is Safe – I never felt unsafe around the campus. However, there were few criminal reports once awhile.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The summer is amazing, and the fall is beautiful. It gets pretty cold in the winter, but nothing too bad, there are bus systems that are helpful and they come really often. Overall, the weather is pretty awesome, but you have to not mind the cold.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms are being renovated, so some are brand new and some are pretty old. The newer ones have AC, i think, and some don't, but it is pretty easy to cope with the heat with fans. The dining halls in them are not that bad, they are up to date. The housing was way better than i expected!

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: There are certain 'colleges' you need to apply to for engineering, nursing, art and specialty things, but the main college, Literature, Science and Arts, has the majority of majors in it. Each college has a different difficulty of acceptance. To get into a special college there are just extra essays to fill out. Nothing too hard.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: nighlife is amazing! there are tons of fun bars and a few clubs to go to. there are also always house parties on the weekends.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I never drank underage, but I hear they cracked down on that pretty hard, and I never smoked weed, but that is pretty decriminalized and the police don't really care all that much about it. Smoking is 'looked down upon' on campus, but it isn't banned.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The workout facilities available to the students that are not student athletes are pretty good. I only ever visited one of the, IMSB, the oldest one, and it was pretty good. The others are newer and I hear they are awesome.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Boys and Girls – We are all good looking here. Of course at an individual level we always say "all the hot boys/girls are on the other side of campus, why do they run from me?"

4 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse, Systemically Too Much? If you don't already know, U of M got into trouble several years ago when their desire for a diverse campus became a sort of reverse-racism where students applying of a specific minority race were given more points on their application than non-minorities. Nonetheless, the campus is incredibly diverse both ethnically, country of origin, and sexual orientation. It's a hippie town, I don't think anybody could feel unwelcome here (except Buckeyes). So I give it an A, but the bureaucrats of the school get a minus for thinking of applicants as groups instead of individuals.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Very Diverse, Often Expensive – There are a TON of restaurants in Ann Arbor, and they vary incredibly in ethnicity, price range, and quality. There honestly aren't too many chain restaurants downtown or near campus (you'll really only see them in the Union/League, and of course Starbucks). Down on Main Street there are a lot of really nice restaurants and they all seem very expensive; I've been to only a couple of them myself. State street and South/East University are more cost-friendly and close to campus.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Some Amazing, Others Okay – Like almost any university, there are constant renovations to the campus, especially at U-M because of the influx of money coming in. The newer buildings are absolutely astonishing and a pleasure to be at and the historical buildings as well. Maybe some of the undergraduate halls could use more renovations but overall it is great.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Places – Being one of the most diverse universities in the world, you can find almost any type of food in a close radius around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: You Are One of Many – In the cognitive neuroscience program and any in psychology you have to go out of your way to compete and connect with the faculty to be a distinguished student. You must do what ever you can to be different from the pack.

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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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