Location
Ann Arbor, MI
Undergrads
27,046
Tuition (in-state)
$40,392 ($12,994)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 2941 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Many students participate in greek life and have a great experience. I don't participate and still have a great social life. Being greek is not a big deal, it does allow some students to have a social/small community fee at a big university

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are plenty of places for students to enjoy food, music and company. The town is very welcoming to students. Greek life also provides nightlife to some.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Has all the restaurant you could ask for at good prices.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: As far as being able to eat, that will not be a problem. No matter where you are, they will be a dining hall open for you to be able to get a meal. As for food, some dining halls are better than others but all in all, the food is not "to die for". However, there is a wide variety of choices at every dining hall. Some dining halls cook certain things better than others, so at the end of the day it is all based on what the individual likes and desires. if I had to choose the number one place to eat it would be the dining hall in Mosher-Jordan.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It is nice that police are around, especially at night but strictness is not really an issue. For small issues, police will most likely give you a warning and are friendly about it also. However, if things get too out of hand, having them around is a good thing.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are many areas close in proximity such as the hospital and UHS if there is ever any need to visit. Safety wise, it is very safe both during the day and at night. There are "blue phones" everywhere which are easy to use and for emergencies anywhere on campus. We also get emails is there is anything dangerous going on or that has happened.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is a really nice city with a lot to do during the weeks and weekends. The central campus is right with downtown Ann Arbor which makes going out with your friends or grabbing a bite to eat fast and efficient, as well as manageable price wise. The neighborhood around the campus is also pretty big and loaded with parties during the weekends frat wise and house party wise. There is not a day that goes by where something is not going on.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am an English major and I've absolutely loved my program. The pedagogy is very engaging and supportive with professors really emphasizing understanding, communication, and reflection. The variety in the curriculum is amazing because you have opportunities to study the classics like Shakespeare and 18th century British and American novels and poetry as well as minority literature, literature as other media such as film and magazines, and drama. The concentration gives you a selection of frameworks to choose from such as performance studies, rhetorical studies, etc. so you can personalize your degree to suit your interests and get the most out of your plan. There are also courses offered for honing your writing skills be it creative, professional, or academic and you can count one course towards your degree. They definitely challenge you even if English has a reputation (like most humanities) of being "easier" to score a good grade than the sciences or classes like Econ. However, I wouldn't say that they don't work you, I think the faculty typically has different grading philosophies. Really, when you get into courses that involved research papers or detailed analysis of poetry, it can get pretty tough and I would recommend being on top of your game and really working closely with material.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I'm not really sure what to say...I don't go around judging people's attractiveness on campus as I'm not really that interested. Maybe if they are older grad students, but even then, I'm not too keen on identifying what's hot and what's not. I think you'll find all different types of people and you should look for good friends rather than someone just to hook up with. That kind of sounds lame.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is a very accessible small town with elements of urban life without being too huge or overwhelming. There is plenty of arts, culture, and food both on UofM's campus and downtown. The variety of independent shops in clothing, books, entertainment, jewelry, etc make for eclectic shopping, even if you're just going window shopping. Plus there is plenty of theatre and performance venues as well as two movie theatres. There are a lot of festivals going around in town and cultural and entertainment events are constantly being coordinated by student organizations and campus departments. Even if you're not huge party or club person, like me, you'll find plenty to do. There are also great bars, cafes, and restaurants with awesome atmospheres to experience. Of course if you're on a tight budget, you'll have to limit some of these activities, but there are free or low-cost opportunities all the time.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I've gotten no scholarships or grants only loans and work study. The income level cut-off makes it extremely difficult for some students to stay focused on their studies while worrying about a huge debt collecting and paying for their own room and board, even while being enrolled full-time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: You get out of the school, and the program whatever you put into it

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor is a great place to live. I have no hope of ever running out of things to do here. There are performances and other cultural events all the time. The Arboretum and other parks are beautiful places to explore, and the entire town rallies around Michigan sports. In case you end up looking for a change of scene, Michigan State is an hour away, and though we might be rival schools it's a great place to hang out as well.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I have found Ann Arbor to be a very diverse place. I came here as an out-of-state student and met people from around the country and around the world. It's a very friendly place; it is easy to get to know people and learn something about others' experiences.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are many various and diverse dining areas around the college, available to students and guests.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Love the atmosphere. It is like living in a city, with a small town flare

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5 College Senior

Computers: Amazing amounts of resources, computer labs, printing etc.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: My friends and I do not use drugs. Some students may do but it is OK.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Cold and heavy snow in winter. Very hot in summer.....The winter is really long. Do not come to the UM if you hate cold or snow.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Central campus apartments or houses are more expensive than north but more convenient. If you wanna live off-campus, you should look for it at least 4 months earlier and you can definitely get one you like.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: On-street parking is reasonable but scarce. There are a few parking structures that usually have available spots, but they are scattered around town and cost more.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Decent off-campus housing is scarce. You have to arrange for off-campus housing many months (or even a year) in advance. Many of the rental houses and apartments are run down and still pricey.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Many available at all libraries. However, most students have there own laptop.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had a difficult time getting financial aid from UM. They stress diversity a lot and getting aid is very competitive, especially for out-of-staters. I suggest starting very early with scholarships and the finaid process.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Everything in the town caters to college students. The football scene really sets U of M apart from the others. There is such a sense of pride among the students and the local residents. Greek life is big, but not a necessity. There's plenty to do and tons of people who aren't involved and still have a great time. Frats hold most parties to underclassmen, but there are bars and house parties, as well.

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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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