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

Off-Campus Dining: AA Food – There are some good options and the there are always deals for students and birthday deals. The good thing is that downtown is so close to campus you can find anything from a Buffalo Wild Wings to a Graci. There are some expenisve really good places and some cheap really good places.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Disorganized, Bare Bones – The Office of Financial Aid is somewhat disorganized (which is maybe not unexpected, given the number of students they have to process). It is not uncommon to be told one thing, only to be told later that the first person was wrong. Additional help is available by calling or making an appointment with a financial aid counselor. For in-state students, most aid is loans and work study. I know only a handful of people who qualified for a scholarship.

1 College Junior

Weather: The Only Downside to This School – This is an otherwise great school, but the weather here is terrible. Class run from September to April; September is gorgeous, but winter in Michigan lasts from October to May. Winters are usually very cold (typical is 0-25F) and windy, with lots of precipitation (snow, rain, sleet). U of M doesn't allow snow days, ever, so even if there's three feet of snow, there will be class. It starts to thaw out just as classes are ending in the spring.

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4 College Junior

Computers: Technology Widely Available – Nearly all students have their own computers, but school computers, printers, scanners, and other computing-related devices are widely available even during busy times of the year. All buildings and some outside areas have school-secured WiFi. Video conferencing and small production facilities are available. Discounted computer software and hardware (including laptops) are available through the Computer Showcase, located in the Union.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid can be hard to get, especially with how many students are going here. The best advice I have is to keep finding local scholarships. They take more work but you are more likely to get money that way then by waiting for a grant from the school.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Diversity Is Huge! U of M is all about diversity. There are all kinds of people here and it is very easy to meet a lot of people just like you and completely different!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Meal Plans – There are a a lot of different places to eat with your meal plan on campus, and the food is usually okay. Theres usually a large variety of food to choose from which makes finding things you like easier. It can be difficult to use all of your meals in one semester but the added options of BlueBucks and Dinning Dollars are nice for snacks and stocking your dorm with extra food. I think overall I would just rather not have a meal plan and cook my own food or find my own places to eat, but it might be an easier option to get a meal plan if you don't like doing this.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: A Place for Everyone – There are so many clubs or housing groups that will suite you.

3 College Junior

Weather: No Snow Days – U of M does not allow snow days but professors will sometimes cancel class. Ann Arbor is gross in the winter and beautiful in the summer.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: You can tell who the frat guys and sorority girls are. Luckily ours don't seem to be as obnoxious as other campus'. They do wake up super early (8:00am on football Saturdays...5:00am on holidays) and are supperr loud.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Mediocre for How Much It Costs – Good in terms of social events, poor in terms of cost. Dorms are small. Living on campus is highly convenient for classes and parking. Living in a house just off campus is much cheaper and the city bus is free for students.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are many house parties, and many frat parties that go on every week. Bars are always open and right off campus, so walking there is very easy.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Campus is located right off downtown Ann Arbor. There are many restaurants, movie theaters, comedy clubs, tennis courts, and local stores.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Cultural Palatte – Restaurants near campus consider financial limitations of students. The variety of restaurants cover all the prevalent cultures found within such a diverse campus like Michigan.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great Atmosphere – A great place! Great restaurants(Palios!), cultural events (my favorite is Arts Chorale Choir), and sporting events. Everyone going to Ann Arbor needs to get a beer at the Brown Jug and pizza at Cottage Inn. My only problem with Michigan was a slightly arrogant feel.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food Is Fine – Everyone gets sick of the food at sometime. But that happens at any college campus. If you want to you can eat really healthy if you want.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Pursuing a major in Chemistry at U of M provides many opportunities.The professors are passionate about what they do, and they are always willing to help. All you have to do is get to know them, and a lot of great opportunities will be made available to you. But be careful, Gen Chem is pretty easy but beyond that most Chem classes are tough.

1 College Junior

Parking: You Will Get Tickets – If you don't pay the meter or it runs out, they will find you. You get half off if you pay by the next business day though. Parking is often hard to find on central campus, and most freshman can't get parking if they live in the dorms, though most apartments and houses have it available and there are spots for rent. Don't park in a no-parking area or in private lots, or you will likely be towed, especially on football Saturdays.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Common – Most people here drink socially at parties, but there are groups who don't and the University offers a lot of alcohol-free activities, though they're not as popular as the parties. You will probably be invited to drink with friends, but peer pressure is mild, and the majority of people should respect you if you choose not to drink. If they don't, they're probably not the right people to hang out with. There are a lot of cool bars and parties on the weekends if you want to drink (even if you're underage, laws are rarely enforced). You can get drugs if you're seeking them out, and some social circles smoke weed, but hard drugs are extremely rare and you'll probably never face any pressure to do drugs. Again, if you do, you're probably hanging out with the wrong people

4 College Junior

Academics: Harvard of the West – Michigan is an amazing school academically. You get an private/ Ivy quality education for public school prices. You have to put a lot of work in, but there is such a great selection of courses that you can usually find one that will make the work seem worth it. The professors are all experts in their fields and are great teachers, which is not always true of professors who do research as well. I would highly recommend U of M.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: I think that the academic policies at the University of Michigan are very fair. Cheating on assignments and tests is not condoned, and is a violation of the University's Honor Code.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of off-campus housing available. The pros are that the housing is usually quite spacious, and there is generally a back yard or front yard (if you are renting a house with friends, for instance). The cost is similar to on-campus options. The cons are the inconvenience of living away from campus. Parking is an issue, as well.

5 College Student

Facilities: What I Love About University of Michigan Ann Arbor – The campus is clean and green. The buildings on campus are beautiful and quite historic. There are loads of campus activities and clubs available. Best of all, the campus is located near the downtown area, so it is easy to pick up lunch, go out to dinner, shop for clothes, get a haircut, etc.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor Campus – The University of Michigan campus is always buzzing . I am a senior and over the last four years, I have fallen in love with Ann Arbor. The Diag is the center of campus and is a popular site for activities and cultural events. Sports play a huge role in campus life. Students unite and cheer "Go Blue" for the Michigan wolverines at all sporting events. The campus is not overwhelmingly large as one might expect given the university's number of students. The Ann Arbor campus provides the perfect combination of a city and rural environment. I absolutely love everything about the atmosphere at U of M.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A Pretty Cool Place – Ann Arbor is full of interesting people and cool places to go. The college is fully integrated with the city, so you get a really nice mix of college-aged and normal residents (though the college students do dominate their own areas). There's lots of green space-the Arboretum is an especially scenic reserve of natural land not too far from the dorms. And since it's not too far from Detroit, there are some really awesome groups that spend time in the city volunteering and stuff. The only down note is that there is some occasional crime, which has been on the rise this past year.

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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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