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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 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.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Not That Bad – I am from California and everyone kept telling me I was going to freeze in Michigan. It honestly hasn't been that cold so far. It's December and the sun is still up and it has only snowed a few times. I run everyday and there is still plenty to do even when the nights are chilly. Don't let the weather scare you about coming here!

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Thusday Nights at Dream – "Study Hard, Party Hard" is the motto which most students live by. Greek life plays a big role on campus but there are also 18+ clubs, 21+ bars and clubs. There are also alternatives for those who do not enjoy that scene.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty Much Everything Is $$$$$ – Off campus housing can be very pricey and you get what you pay for. There are apartments and costing upwards of $1000/bed/month. A more average "college apartment/house" costs about $700-$800/room and cost decreases by how many people you can squish in the room.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Huge Variety of Libraries – If you want a casual place to study or huge tables for group projects theres an Undergraduate library (UGLi) or Community Learning Centers (CLC's) or study lounges in the dorms. For a more focused and quiet area try the Graduate Library. For super quiet focused study area go to the law library. Theres something for everyone!

4 College Freshman

Majors: Not Too Bad – Applying to the School of Art + Design wasn't bad. Since I'm from out-of-state I had the option of simply submitting an online portfolio which made the process much simpler and less intimidating.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is super student-friendly. Plenty of places to eat/hang out/study and there are definitely always a wide variety of events taking place. Sporting events are fantastically fun. I've never felt unsafe on campus.

5 College Freshman

Computers: I have never seen so many big screen mac computers! It's incredible. There are usually computers available if you want any. Things get crowded around finals, but that's normal. So much accessibility! I was so surprised.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Spring Classes! Take spring classes! It's only a few extra weeks (since we have a four month long summer, that's not a problem at all). The weather in Ann Arbor at that time is fantastic. You can relax, get a job, and fulfill some requirements to take some stress off!

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I'm really happy with the people I'm around, but there definitely needs to be a wider range of races and religions here. Most people are white or asians. We're not ignorant (we're well-educated about religions/races), but we need to be more diverse.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: House Parties! House parties are the way to go, whether it's with the Greeks or off-campus friends. There are plenty of parties going on all the time, and we have some awesome student DJs. There are some clubs for under 21s within walking distance that are fun! Bars are mostly for 21 and up

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Available, but Look in the Fall! Look for off campus housing in the fall/early winter if you want the best options. It can get pricey as you get closer to the center of campus, but there is plenty of availability. Just be organized!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Non Greeks and Greeks Get Along – Greeks are usually busy with mixers and pledging process - but we all get along well. I love being a non-greek and being able to attend greek parties. I get as much of the Greek Scene as I need. It's easy to avoid, and it's easy to join. Freshmen year, the greek scene can dominate your social life a bit, but as more people move off campus there are more options.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: We have a ton of options - if you want really good campus food, you might have to walk a little bit, but it's definitely available. Dining hall food is dining hall food - but here there are a lot of different things to eat, so if you switch it up on your own, it won't be to repetitive.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I LOVE This School – I absolutely love Ann Arbor. University of Michigan was always a safety school to me, but when I visited campus I loved it so much that I picked it over some of the "bigger name" schools. I have a fantastic college balance- work hard, play hard. There are incredible academics and incredible sports. It's a party school, but when I need to focus I have friends that will do that with me too. I have access to everything I could ever possibly need here, and I'm really preparing for my future.

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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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