Ann Arbor, MI
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3 College Freshman

Academics: Being an Engineer at Uom – I am an engineering student at UoM and I have to say, all my upper classman engineers spend a lot of their times studying.
Being an engineer at UoM is extremely difficult in terms of workload and curriculum. Then again, to accommodate everyone's needs, the university offers endless resources and help for all of its students.
our many libraries are perfect for studying, all-nighters and group projects.

4 College Senior

Majors: Work Study Opportunities – I believe that the University of Michigan provides a bountiful supply of opportunities for their students to get active in their pursuits and applying their major to their daily life via internships or work study opportunities. The only downfall is the immense amount of competition and the complicated process in getting involved.

5 College Senior

Athletics: U of M is always on top of notifying students about up and coming event details via email and keeping up the school spirit with discounts and motivating offers. The football games by far the most popular and have an incredible attendance with the best stadium in the United States by far which is absolutely breathtaking. The university also does pretty good job supporting their club sports and giving them a sturdy place in the athletics department as well as promoting intramural sports for good sportsmanship and fun.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: there are buses that run all the time during the week, and they are totally free. They go all over town and campus, and even to shopping centers outside of the city. It is very easy to get on a bus and go from one side of campus to another, but navigating the system can be tricky at first.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: there tons of different races and cultures at U of M. Many people are friends with each other and tolerant of other customs and religions. there are many culturally-based student groups and places to go to discuss diversity issues.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Mediocre Technology Services – the wifi always shuts down in many dorms, and isn't even available in many. They have a limit on number of pages you can print, and it's never enough. after that you have to start paying. the computer labs are always full, there aren't enough easily accessible. But they have nice computers, and a pretty secure system. When the internet does work it's usually pretty fast.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Nothing Special – The student body at the University of Michigan covers a myriad of religions and races, but the diversity present isn't really obvious unless you go to seek it out. Be prepared to see plenty of Asian students on campus; if you're taking upper-level mathematics or engineering, there's a pretty good chance a good portion of your class will be Asian.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing Priority Just Overturned – This year, the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor decided to reverse the order of housing sign-up, presumably to ensure all incoming freshman will have a place to live. The end result of this, unfortunately, is that juniors and seniors who desire to stay in dorms are out of luck unless they were lucky enough to attend the theme week for a theme community.

In terms of the actual dorms, the girls-only dorms of Barbour and Helen Newberry have VERY small rooms. My personal experience with Newberry was that it was very easy to connect with your hallmates, as everyone congregated in hallways or lounges to avoid spending time in such a small dorm room. The bathrooms in Newberry are very nice; the showers come with a glass door and each shower comes with a small changing area closed off by a curtain. In contrast, East Quad bathrooms have showers with a curtain and a communal changing area.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Decent Food on Central Campus – Depending on the dining halls you frequent, the quality of the food changes. Oftentimes, the smaller dining halls (e.g. Barbour) serve worse food than major dining halls such as South Quad or Mojo. The newest dining hall supposedly has the best food, though I've never been there, but if you want variety Mojo is probably the best place to go. If you're looking for more vegetarian options, I believe East Quad is your best choice if you're not in the mood for a salad. A word of advice - Blue Bucks are probably more useful than Dining Dollars in the long run, especially if you live in a dorm that doesn't have a cafe/mini-store such as Victors.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty Diverse – Overall pretty diverse, but people tend to stick with their race.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Variety, Great Food, a Little Pricey – Overall, great food. South university street is where a lot of the best freshman hangout food is. Great burrito places especially. There are a few chain places but definitely are avoidable and I would suggest that as well.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe, Only Few Issues – Overall pretty safe, recently some petty crime issues have shown up on the crime report but nothing too bad at all. Over the summer there was some sexual assaults and the entire campus freaked out but its cleaned up now

3 College Freshman

Weather: Gets Nasty – I like snow and rain in their respective seasons, but we tend to get really cold rain in early winter or nasty snow in fall. The students make the most of any weather though with dorm vs. dorm snowball fights and other similar activities.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Free Buses to Just About Anywhere – With your M-Card, you can ride on the Ann Arbor buses for free along with the already free Blue Buses. They take you just about anywhere around Ann Arbor, including the mall. There are multiple free transportation services at night.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food, Food Everywhere! During dining hours, there are many places, including most of the dorms, where you can find dining halls. Some of the dining halls offer many options that provide for just about any diet, while others offer less options. I have a friend who, because of her gluten intolerance, needs a specific diet, so the chefs cook her a personalized meal every time she needs it. The main issue with dining is at night when you need food, and the dining hall aren't open. There are cafes and other places, but they are reasonably expensive.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Only If You're Dedicated – Greek life tends to be a very serious commitment for most of the pledges. Many of the pledges have difficulty balancing their pledge week commitments with their schoolwork. The parties are fairly common, but unless you have a friend to get you in they are usually harder to get into than most would like. Bouncers can even be found at some of the parties, so entry without an invitation is not an easy feat.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Head to Central Campus – Buses from North Campus run until 3 am on weekends and almost as late on weekdays, so transportation is not an issue for those on North Campus. There are plenty of places to hang out on central campus, and walking there is not a problem as the farthest point is usually only a few blocks away. The main club on campus is 18+, and they have Gay Pride nights on Fridays for the LGBTQ community (they have the best music on Pride nights too!). House parties are very common, but getting in is hard for most people unless they know someone to get them into the party. The house parties have the potential get rowdy sometimes also, so I would recommend avoiding them unless that is what you are looking for.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Extremely Accepting – Almost every race, religion, and type of person can be found at the University of Michigan. Walking through any given building or across campus, one can see a large representation of the diversity in the world. I have not seen one episode of intolerance since I moved to Ann Arbor. As a gay student, acceptance is a major issue in where I choose to live, and I have only been met with support and encouragement for who I am at school. The same goes for other religions and races. Of course, at such a large school we do have some people that are ignorant to anything different than themselves, but the percentage of those people is very small and support from strangers is not an uncommon occurrence.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Labs – the computers are up to date with the most current software and run at a relatively reliable and fast rate. there are usually enough computers available, simply because many students have their own computers and tend to do their work with their own equipment. the only times when labs are bad is when you need them most, such as, when their is a tough project due and everyone is looking for help.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: An Absolute Blessing – In transferring to UM, I was blessed by an extremely generous allotment of aid from the University and through a University scholarship.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is a pain because of the cost and the limited availability on campus. I am a commuter and I get to park in a commuter lot off campus and take a bus there, which isn't terrible, but if I just need to run to campus quick, it is a giant pain.

5 College Junior

Academics: Everything and Anything – The University of Michigan is an amazing place academically because of the extremely wide range of concentrations and opportunities, as well as the multitudes of research opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Many options! Because Michigan is such a big school, there are so many academic opportunities. The classes range from large to small and it is a good idea to try a little of both. I haven't had any problem getting the classes that I needed and for the most part my teachers have been great! I don't feel lost in class even though people often criticize the large class sizes. We have some of the top academic programs in the nation so even if you are undecided there is no way to go wrong!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Great School Spirit – Michigan has amazing school spirit. Almost everyone sports at least some sort of Michigan gear whether it be a shirt, hat, or even water bottle. Everyone goes to the football games and basketball popularity is growing. The school spirit really unites the huge Michigan community. Football Saturdays are crazy and basically the campus revolves around the athletics and school pride. Go Blue!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Always Safe – I walk home from the library sometimes very late at night back to my dorm and I always feel safe. Campus is completely lit up and there are always people walking around. When you're going out on the weekends it's definitely a good idea to stay with a group of friends and even bring $5 just in case you need to take a cab home. People really look out for each other here so I never feel uncomfortable or unsafe.


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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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