Ann Arbor, MI
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$40,392 ($12,994)
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Reviews 2911 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Meh, Overrated – Greek life is less than 1/5 of the school population, which is surprising because it feels like they're everywhere. A noticeable number of people quit after their freshman or sophomore years because it costs A LOT of money and is very cliquey. Not everyone wants that. Most of campus has the impression that Greek kids are just a bunch of rich, self-entitled brats. Unfortunately, the stereotype is absolutely correct for about 50% of those involved in Greek Life. Parties are "exclusive" but aren't any different from normal house parties. Really, if you don't go Greek, you're not missing much.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Nice Variety, but Gets Bland After a While – There are many great places to eat, but the truly good food is just too expensive for most college students! At some point in college, students really should try to get to one or two of the nicer restaurants on Main Street. In the immediate area, there are many sandwich shops and quick-food establishments, but nothing to kill for.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Get the Funding You Need -- Usually – I was fortunate enough to receive large merit scholarships, but in addition that, the office of financial aid agreed to give me loans. Many of my friends who didn't receive merit scholarships found themselves struggling at times, but usually they found ways to get the money they need. They definitely could offer more aid to student--especially with the money they get off rich kids from out-of-state.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Student Co-Op System – There is an off campus system of student co-ops all around the University's campuses that, for those interested, can be a real eye-opener to students. It's one of the largest student co-op systems in the country with a variety of houses and cultures. Students looking for a supportive community, diversity, and exposure to new experiences can find it here. Beware: drug use can be prevalent in some of the co-ops, but others are completely substance free or close to such.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: A Variety of Experiences – This school offers just about anything you could possibly want academically, socially, and otherwise. Although there definitely are valid complaints, at the same time, if you know what you want from your college experience, you'll definitely get it here. And even if you don't know what you want, chances are, you'll figure it out somewhere along the way and grow a lot as a person.

4 College Senior

Academics: The Real World – The University of Michigan helps to prepare you for the real world.The professors are great with speaking to students and answering any questions.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Tough to Get Around Cheaply at U of M – Although there is a bus system at Michigan, it is often too troublesome to pay attention to the bus routes when you are in a hurry, which is often the case at U of M. The cabs are overpriced and thus it makes it so walking is generally the preferred option, unless you know of someone else who has a car on campus or you own one yourself.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is similar to high school in that it allows for a tighter knit community within an institution as big as Michigan, which is comforting, but it also allows for gossip and drama as well, although far less severe as it was in high school. Greek students are sometimes stereotyped by non-Greek students as more socially oriented than academically oriented at Michigan, but make no mistake that many-a-Greek life student at Michigan dominates the academic scene.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The Greek Life system greatly assists partying if you're under 21, but many under 21 students go to bars after pre-gaming at house parties or Greek Life institutions. Skeeps and Rick's American Cafe are the best bars, but you will likely have to pay for cabs both to and from in the winter months because of their locations.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's Tough – Michigan is stingy with the aid unless you're a genius or athlete. I would seek external scholarships, although they are good about need based money.

3 College Freshman

Parking: A lot of my friends drive around campus and finding a parking spot if difficult, especially during the day. Tickets are enforced pretty heavily, it is hard to get away with parking in a permit spot without one. Unless you have stuff figured out, just use the feet.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Still Figuring Things Out – I'm not exactly sure what my major will be. I'm a applicant to the business school and waiting to hear back from them. If I get in, I'll be really excited. The B-School does a great job hooking their students up professionally.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Generally Good – Wi-fi available in almost all dorms. Internet is fast. Printers are always functioning. Great software (ex: virtual sites)

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's Great – There are so many options right around campus on north and south university and south state street. They are amazing and affordable for college students if they want to eat outside the dining halls. Main street has very good food but it is a bit pricier.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Just Ok – The dining hall food is not very good but there are a lot of options and there is healthy food. There were many "cafes" that you can use part of your meal plan for that were very good and opened much later than the dining halls. No dining halls are open for Saturday night dinner which was a pain.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Marijuana Anyone? Marijuana is everywhere! Hash bash says it all...
Drinking is also popular at the parties, especially Thursday nights.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Nerds, Partiers, and in-Betweens – The girls and boys here don't stand out from each other. Every person fits into 3 categories, nerds, who study all the time and 4 point every semester, the hard-core partiers who don't care what night of the week it is, they party any way, and the in-betweens, those who get good grades and don't really go out much.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Mini Las Vegas! When you walk around The University of Michigan campus, you are in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. You get the college, academic feel as well as a mini Las Vegas feel at the same time! There is always something to do on and off campus. I love it!

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Have Fun, but Be Smart. I feel the campus police are lenient for the most part, but strict when absolutely necessary. As long as you don't do anything stupid, you will enjoy your time here.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I feel there is a large variety of off campus living options; whether you want luxury student apartment living or the cheapest thing possible, they are available. Knowing these options are available and right next to campus is very convenient. Because the bus system works very well over here, I had no need for a car, so no fuss with parking.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Efficient, but Safe? I feel like there is a lot of crime that happens here on campus. Thankfully, authorities quickly send out campus crime notifications explaining what happened, where it happened, what the suspects might look like, etc. Even though this is a very useful tool, I still feel rather unsafe knowing how often these types of things occur.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it here. I originally chose to come here strictly based on the academic rigor of my intended program. However, once I got here and got involved in more extracurricular activities, I was overwhelmed with all the things other than academics that this college has to offer. I have made some of my best friends here and I have never been happier.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Highly Diverse – There is a high concentration of different races at U of M. There are many different venues that celebrate multiculturalism and by attending this university, I feel I have become more well-versed in the different cultures that this world harbors.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Honors Housing – South Quad is in a great location and the Honors freshman community is great. It is so easy to make friends when all of your fellow Honors classmates are living right down the fall from you. However, South Quad also houses the athletes who can get pretty rowdy, especially during finals seasons. There were over 20 fire alarms pulled over the course of the year which got very annoying.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The winter here last from November to April (6 months) aka HALF THE YEAR. Find a nice coat, and don't expect to see the sun much. The temperature is not bad, but it is very bleak most of the time. Fall and Spring are great though, while they last.


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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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