Ann Arbor, MI
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Reviews 2593 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Senior

Greek Life: Present, but Not the Whole Picture – There is a HUGE Greek scene that more or less dominates certain neighborhoods on campus. That being said, there's also plenty of social opportunities outside of the Greek scene and plenty of neighborhoods where you could go and not even notice there was a Greek scene here. It's great if you want a greek scene becauset here are so many frats and sororities, but great if you don't as well because there are so many other opportunities to socialize.

3 College Senior

Computers: Great, but Not Enough. You probably need your own because most of the conveniently located labs are crowded during the day and are way over crowded during crunch times. That being said, the printing system is easy to use so you don't have to worry about that, the wifi is good and the computers are high quality.

3 College Senior

Academics: Great, but Impersonal – You really have to seek out help and be proactive in getting to know your professors, and there are often huge waitlists for required courses. On the other hand, many of the professors are brilliant and the courses are very high quality, and there are always people to ask for help if you're proactive enough to go oafter them.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: You'll find all kinds of guys at U of M - many of them are good looking, intelligent, and interesting. Same goes for the girls, many of whom are incredibly hot in a variety of ways.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's All Relative – I'm from New York so it hasn't been as difficult as say, someone coming from Southern California or a tropical country. It snows a lot, January is harsh with commuting and such but it's just a part of life here.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ann Arbor's One of a Kind – I've lived in New York City all my life so obviously Ann Arbor, Michigan was a change of setting. However, Ann Arbor is such a unique place in which the city and the university are essentially one. You'll find a plethora of stores, clubs, and a great variety of restaurants. The average age in the city is 28 and it is perhaps this that lends to the effect that Ann Arbor is the quintessential college town. House parties and Greek Life thrive because Ann Arbor allows college life to flourish. There are many Ann Arbor-exclusive events throughout the year, including Football Saturday-morning Pregames, the Art Fair, Hash Bash, and the Naked Mile. Oh and Ann Arbor is also one of the safest cities - they even send out email crime alerts anytime something happens. Truly, this place has everything an 18-25 year old needs.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: World-Renowned Institution – I'm currently a sophomore in the School of Engineering. I'm a Computer and Electrical Engineering dual major, Economics minor, and pursuing a certificate program in Entrepreneurship. The college is very flexible and accommodating in giving you exactly what you want to study here in your four years, and the degree you're looking for. Academically, Michigan has provided me with rigorous classroom academics, complemented with a scholarship, experience in a lab in undergraduate research, and an internship employment in IT in the Chemistry Department - all in just freshman year. Coming from a small high school (with a graduating class of 36), I can honestly say do not be fooled by Michigan's large size - Professors always make themselves available for office hours during which you can truly build a personable relationship and gain insight into the cool research they're doing. More importantly perhaps, you'll be surrounded by students, peers, and friends who always have academics at heart and will push you to do your best. A+ for stellar academics in all disciplines, extensive networking, and experiences that will last a lifetime.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Life – There are great facilities to exercise and even swim. Hanging out with friends and walking through the shops at night is a lot of fun too. There is such a great spirit of connection between all of the University of Michigan students that you pretty much will make friends whereever you go.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many wonderful opportunities to meet people of different races and religions at the University of Michigan. I thoroughly enjoyed my first year sharing a room with three great roommates and each were a different race. Everyone is accepting of others and you learn that we all are really the same in so many ways and yet you learn many unique and different lifestyles of others.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – The campus at the University of Michigan is spread across a wide area. Even so, I feel safe walking to and from classes and even when I go out in the evenings. There are blue security areas throughout the campus which can be used if necessary.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The list of things to do outside of class at U of M doesn't end. This isn't because there are a lot of establishments around campus to hang out at during the night (even though there are), but basically because almost everyone at school is creative and can instantly come up with something fun, exciting, and one-of-a-kind to do. When night comes, my friends and I basically start walking around campus and we definitely will eventually find something fun to do! Of course, a large portion of the student body who ae underage still party, but there is so much to be seen and done at night besides the party scene!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There Is Always Something to Do on Campus! So, Greek life isn't for me, but a common misconception is that if you don't go to parties you just study all the time. Well, my friends and I always find something to do on campus away from the parties. There could be capture the flag on the Diag, going out to eat, late night bubble tea, walks around campus, large-scale pillow fights, snowball fight during the winter, a wealth of performances by musicians and comedy groups, an awesome amount of athletic events to see, or simply game nights in the dorms. The list really goes on and on at U of M. It's so fun!

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Campus Wireless Availability and Speed Overshadow Dorm Problems – The campus internet connection has never been faulty yet (it's very strong), and most of the campus is wireless-capable. The only bad thing about the connection is that in the dorms you have to have an ethernet cable so you can't move away from that cable to do work online. Yet, almost wherever you go, you can find that you can just pull out your laptop and be connected instantly.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Leaders and Best! Michigan is the finest institution in all the land. Nowhere has a better mixture of academics, sports, and social and cultural opportunities!

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Hash Bash. Ann Arbor decriminalized weed, so if you're off-campus you're pretty much good to go. There is a pretty sizeable drug scene on campus, but not so prevalent that you can't escape it.

4 College Junior

Athletics: A Top Sports School – Even though the football team has struggled lately, UM sports are hard to top. The Maize and Blue are competitive in every sport, including many Olympic sports, and student involvement and fan support is top notch. Michigan's facilities are incredible, and the Big House is a sight to see. Come visit on a football Saturday and be blown away.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Great Bus Service. UMich bus service is top notch and for the most part eliminates the need for a car. Bringing a bike would be a good idea too.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Options Abound. Ann Arbor is a food mecca. There are plenty of options for every palate, and there is a great range of affordability. Anthony Bourdain recently praised Ann Arbor's food scene and with good reason. Students can get late night burritos one night and have their parents take them to a great steakhouse another. Most things are open late and enough restaurants cater specifically to the college crowd.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I lived in all four years (I was an RA) so I had a spot...for the grand total of 300/year. At Bursley or Baits, freshman can usually get a spot, although with the AATA (every 30 minutes on weekdays and 60 minutes on the weekends) and Mbuses, you can get around without it. It's great to find someone who lives where you're from to get rides home though, or for when you're stocking up at the grocery store. University lots and garages are usually open after 5pm and/or on the weekends, and this can help with your downtown parking. Be careful with meters or parking where you're not supposed to: tickets start at $20!!!

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You might be happiest paying a little more to live someplace new, like Zaragon, 411, or Courtyards. Most places aren't too bad, but might be hard to find that perfect place!

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Go Blue! Love seeing the student section of the Big House during "Maize Out," when we're visibly more yellow than everywhere else. Students generally support hockey, football, and (to some extent) men's basketball, but it would be nice to see more support for the other sports (which you can get into for free, versus the big three which are ticketed). I know a lot of people who have gotten involved in some IM sport or other (seemingly the most popular among those I know is broomball!) and it's a lot of fun. Everyone has at least a few maize and blue shirts, and school pride is evident even when the sports teams are doing excellent. Athletic facilities can be found all over campus, and while a little outdated are free to all current students.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: It definitely seems like the administration is making it a priority (I think diversity is one of President Mary Sue Coleman's favorite words to say during a speech) but it's still a majority Caucasian school. There is a decent percentage of international and minority students, and students come from all walks of life, creeds, beliefs, orientations, and interest, but the average student is likely white, middle-class, and straight. Although Ann Arbor is supposedly very liberal, the conservatives and moderates do exist there! And everyone pretty much co-exists peacefully, although the less tolerant may make comments privately or use some offensive language to talk about others.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Yum Yum! I've eaten at every single campus dining hall (save Oxford...bad hours) and have to say that overall, Dining Services does pretty well. You can look up the menus for all their sites online, so if you don't want what they're serving that meal in, say, West Quad, you can always go somewhere else. Also, learn early how to mix up the food. Add salad bar ingredients to sandwiches, figure out when special meals are, and eat around. Try to eat healthy (cut down on soda pop and desserts) because some of the entrees could definitely be healthier. As a longtime Bursley resident, I'd have to say it's my favorite: Sexy Grandpa, King Arthur, and the rest of the employees there are friendly and work hard to make your culinary experience a good one. I know the staff and know they try to improve wherever possible while still keeping things as cheap as they can. It seems pricy, but when you look at the cost of running the kitchens (electricity, water, heat, plus paying everyone slightly more than minimum wage with good benefits for union-workers, and the cost of food) they do pretty well.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Very Strict – The police tend to not enforce MIP (minor in possession) unless you are totally out of it. If you pass out or you're crawling on the sidewalk, you can bet they'll get you, but if you're acting relatively normal, they're not going to waste their time with you. However, if you are caught, which is rare, the consequences are pretty severe. You have fines to pay, and you'll also have to pay for getting your stomach pumped. :-/ Keep that in mind when you party.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Can Be Cool, Can Be Obnoxious – For starters, U of M has a great variety of fraternities and sororities, so it's hard to make a blanket statement to cover all of them. Some have a bad, obnoxious reputation, and the cool ones, generally cultural-awareness or academically focused ones, are quiet and don't get much attention. There are Greek houses everywhere, but some have better locations than others, and some are more visible. Parties are huge at some of the frats, so if that's your thing, keep it in mind.


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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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