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

Computers: There are computer labs on campus but it is easier just to have your own laptop. Some dorms have wireless access others are old and do not. I foud it easier to just print on my own printer rather than going to the lab.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: University of Michigan – Professors are easily accessible and very likable. The class sizes are small when you finish with general studies. Fair workload. The grades you get reflect on your study habits. Great selection of classes. Research opportunities are available in your first year of college.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: All Four Seasons Draw a Lot of Students – The basic jist is, you're in Michigan. You're gonna get all four seasons. It gets pretty cold, but not as bad as the west side of Michigan. It's great pretty much all year around except in the winter (unless you like snow). A lot of students actually come up from the south just to experience the seasons. U of M never cancels for snow days, and a lot of teachers live on campus/near campus, so a lot of them won't cancel class either. So just be sure to pack snow boots, because you're gonna do a lot of trudging through cold weather.

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1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Possible Home of Weed – Ann Arbor is a place where it's easy to find weed. Hookah stores can easily be found and actually lots of people know where to get weed. Apparently there is a medicinal marijuana shop right above a mongolian bbq. Ann Arbor also hosts hash bash. And while the school says that drugs are illegal on campus, it takes a while before anyone does anything. For the first half of my sophomore year, the hallway I was in always smelled like weed. I hate weed, so I personally dislike it, but for anyone who likes weed, it's pretty easy to get. Otherwise, everyone else is out drinking.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: A Well Rounded Art Curriculum – Art and Design at the University of Michigan is really great. It's one of the few colleges I've seen that doesn't force you to pick a specific medium to work in. Instead, they actually have multiple required classes that let you explore multiple mediums to see what you like. And the school doesn't just take your money and expect you to make it on your own. All of the faculty are extremely helpful and treat you with respect, and at the end of your sophomore year, the school has sophomore review, which has staff check on your progress to see if you're really in the right field. You can ask staff questions about anything, and they'll try their best to help you. People tend to think that art and design is pretty relaxed, and while it is fun, it's very tough. We have a pretty strict set up for classes for the first few years to make sure you're learning what you can. And in your senior year, you have all year to create a project for graduation. I think the few downsides to the school is that you really don't have any free time and it's hard to schedule other classes because the art classes take up so much time. If you want to double major, it's almost impossible to get done in 4 years, unless you take spring and summer classes. The school also lacks some advance classes in things like animation, so it might not be the best school for that. In the end, it's pretty stressful at times and you'll probably hate it for a while, but it's honestly really great.

2 College Junior

Weather: I'm from Phoenix, Arizona, so of course I am use to warm sunny weather. It took time for me to adjust to the cold winters but it wasn't so bad. If you are coming to Michigan from a warm place like Arizona or Cali, be sure to bring some warm clothes! Overall, the school is awesome and I am enjoying my experience.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Worth the Permit – Parking on campus is awful. For such a large student body, it's extremely limited. And even if you do manage to find a spot, you better hope you can parallel park without smashing into another car. Oh, and feed the meter. You're much better off just avoiding the paying for a parking pass and taking the bus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Challenging but Rewarding – I enrolled in the University of Michigan ready for a challenge. But even I was surprised at my sudden work load and high expectations. I suddenly found myself as an average student. But by talking to my professors, and enrolling in free study groups I was able to do well. The extra work was worth the reward of succeeding among a large and talented group.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Ann Arbor Po-Pos Are Pretty Chill – Just don't be stupid with alcohol or drugs. They're quite available here in U of M. The police are also quite lenient.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Engineering Is Competitive, LS&A Is Pretty Chill – If you're going to be an engineer here, you know that you're up against some of the smartest kids. This becomes obvious when you take a class in the School of LS&A, the general education school where most of the students study. You realize how much easier the LS&A classes are. The professors are hit and miss. There are some great ones and lots of bad ones, especially in the math department.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Something for Everyone – There is really something for everyone. Sororities are really big. There is a large Jewish community. Getting around campus is pretty easy and there is always someone who will help you.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Large Variety – You can work around campus and see the hottest and the ugliest guy in your life and then never see either of them again. There is someone for everyone

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Great School – I loved University of Michigan when I toured and even though the school is big, it is so true it can be as big or as small as you want. I have had great professors who are always accessible and willing to help. The campus is safe and there is always something going to do or get involved in.

4 College Senior

Athletics: GO BLUE!!! HUGE support for Michigan athletics on campus. Great rivalries with Big 10 schools. Definitely influences many people to attend UofM. IM sports are big as well, and cover a wide range of activities, from crew to broomball to inner tube water polo.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Pricey, but Close – The majority of off-campus housing is in houses that can be leased on a 12-month contract. Pricing is high compared to other college towns in Michigan, running between $500-1200/month. There are very 'high end' apartments available that do not provide the quality that you pay for, namely, Zaragon Place. The upside to all of this, is that the majority of the off-campus housing immediately surrounds campus, minimizing walking times to class.

4 College Senior

Academics: Always Challenginer, Always Rewarding – As a Chemical Engineer, I spend the majority of my time trying to figure out what's going on in my classes :) Office hours are essential to success, and don't be surprised by that poor letter grade if you don't make a strong effort to learn and develop your engineering skills. The teachers are VERY willing to help you out, as long as you go to them and talk through your problems with them! The program is very well developed, and opens many doors for your future.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: All Girls – I live in an all girls dorm which is gorgeous. However, some of the other dorms need to be remodeled. Some already have been and are also gorgeous with a lot of nice facilities.

4 College Junior

Academics: Challenging but the Best – Many programs are ranked top in the nation or in the top ten. The curriculum is challenging and the work load is heavy if you wish to do well. There is huge variety and something for everyone, yet it is still easy to find a niche. Professors are excellent but as always be careful, because some are more difficult than others. I was able to create my own individualized concentration program, so the school has options for everyone really. The campus buildings are amazing and is right in the city so you never feel far away from anything.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I will say that the bus system is good for getting around campus and useful, but you can't always depend on them. During the week the bus runs on 10 minute intervals which is fine except the moments where bus drivers don't keep on schedule. On the weekends the bus runs on 15 minute intervals which makes a HUGE difference in time management. I think it makes things more difficult for people who are traveling around campus. I feel that the weekends are definitely a reason to go on 10 minute intervals. The nights work fine when they go on 20 minute intervals since most people are in their homes. Despite the flaws the bus system is convenient for those who don't drive or want to save gas.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Being a SMTD Major at U of M – In my first year at Michigan I find that the program has never failed my expectations. The diversity of classes that students can take is beyond imagination. Michigan's campus allows people of different ethnicity's to study there and my major has plenty of diversity alone. I've been able to meet lots of great people who share my same interests. The workload can be much, but the benefit is seeing the rigorous workload of liberal arts/engineering majors and feeling good about your own. The classes you take will be given great instruction by people who know what there doing (excluding classes with some Graduate Student Instructors). At Michigan you can never hesitate to get a good job opportunity for the arts. The building is excellently built for acoustics when playing instruments. I can't express how much I love U of M's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: All in This Together – Ann Arbor is definitely a college town. However, I was surprised to see how close the community is with its students. In addition, there are a boatload of opportunities available whether it be concerts, festivals, and so on. Definitely the school to go to!

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There Is No "Typical" – Simply put, there is no typical descripting of UM students' looks, interests, dress, or social lives. UM has a range of groups on campus whose only similarities are their investment in UM as a school and community. We have it all.

4 College Senior

Diversity: UM and the surrounding Ann Arbor area is known for being an extremely liberal and accepting community. Diversity of cultures, ethinic bakground, and even political ideologies is both abundant and and valued. I would say that UM could feel like a home and safe haven for all.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The libraries are amazing places. Each has its own study culture and perks and there is a library and study space for everyone. As for general campus aesthetics, Ann Arbor is an amazing college town and the UM campus feels like it's right in the action.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – We get notifications when something is going on at the school to keep us alert, the one problem is that they may not be at the correct time. The community also works together to help students feel safe when around campus. The people around campus are very nice and we have the blue light system. We also have a late night ride that will take you anywhere on campus really late at night.

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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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