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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: 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 Food: 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.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Cold Winters, but Beautiful – The snow in Ann Arbor is beautiful. The campus is really good about picking up after everything. Ann Arbor experiences every season. When it rains or snows, it's not for long - it's not a climate that has too much moisture. Be prepared with boots and some warm clothes and you'll be set.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Graduate Law School here on campus is one of the best in the nation, so there are ample opportunities for undergraduates to get ready for law school. Our political science department is also one of the top in the nation (maybe #2?), so we have incredible professors and internships available.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It's a popular city, so there isn't much parking in Ann Arbor. The best thing you can do is plan ahead - rent a parking space or buy a parking permit, and you shouldn't have many issues.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are Incredible – We have plenty of sports options here. Varsity sports are huge, especially football. The campus makes a lot of money from those teams, so they treat them with a lot of importance. They are really fun games to attend, and everyone has fantastic team spirit. Go blue! It's a big enough campus that there are athletic opportunities if you wish to find them.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Hot, Girls Are Hot – Everyone here is so social. There are PLENTY of beautiful guys and girls (so many athletes!) and most of us actually have a brain (another added bonus!). Most people are fairly liberal/open minded. There are people from every kind of background with every type of interest. Anything you want, you can find here!

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Much More Popular – UMich is a big ten school, and like most football schools, it's a drinking school. There are some incredible parties on this campus of all sizes with all types of people. It's a fantastic scene - the perfect balance of work and play. Michigan is a competitive school, but we like to have fun. Work hard, play hard! Drug scene isn't very visible, but you can't get whatever you want if you ask around.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I got into plenty of better "names" than Michigan (i.e., Ivies, Baby Ivies), but the academics at Michigan are what drew me to the campus. I'm in the Honors program, and since this is such a big campus, I have access to every class that I could possibly think of. Plus, we have opportunities in Spring and Summer (not just Summer) to take additional classes since our summers are so long. The professors are the leading in their field since this is a research opportunity, and no matter how experienced they are, they always want to meet with undergraduate students. Small discussion classes are great for discussion. At first (coming from a very small school) I was intimated but the idea of huge lectures, but the reality is, no matter how many kids are in the lecture, it is still the same lecture. There are opportunities to answer questions, but lectures are meant for you to mostly pay attention and take notes; discussion sections are great to begin understanding the material on a deeper level. I am SO happy and impressed with the academics here, and coming from a high school prep school, I came with very high expectations.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Michigan Campus Safety – I've never felt unsafe on the Umich Campus. There are plenty of options for free safe rides home on campus, and I have taken a taxi several times if I think it's too late to walk home. They provide campus crime alerts via email if anything happens and give you plenty of resources to avoid being in any compromising situations. If you're living in an on campus dorm, just know that campus security does walk around and pays attention to shouting drinking games in rooms (so if for some reason you're drinking in your room, just pre-game and go somewhere else or keep your noise under control).

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Very Relaxed – The campus police are not very strict and are not trying to get you in trouble.. the only time they will cause an issue is if you are sloppy, falling over in front of them. But for the most part they aren't looking to get people who are drinking in trouble.. just the people who have crossed the line and are acting obnoxious. The frat parties never get busted because of the IFC police which is a plus.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Present, Not Overwhelming – People drink on campus, people smoke cigarettes, people smoke weed. If you don't want to be involved in that stuff, people are really accepting of it, and the drug scene doesn't over power campus. If you do want to be involved then it's not too difficult to find your way.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Frats, Clubs, House Parties, Oh My! There's always something going on during the night at Michigan. Whether you want to hit up Necto, or go to your friends house and throw a party, you can't ever miss a good time. There's also a lot of bars to go to, but you have to be 21 or have a good fake to get into. The clubs are all 18 and up and are really fun and have great DJs. The frat parties are typical, but free booze and drunk friends are always a great time.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Central or North? Most freshmen get put on North campus, which sucks, because they have to take a bus down to central campus everyday, but the good part about it is North campus is so beautiful and off the beaten path of the busy central campus. Also, since most freshmen are on north, you get to meet a bunch of them and form your own family. Signing up for housing sucks, because upperclassmen get priority most of the time, so it's really a toss up where you're going to end up, but after freshmen year, you can sign up to live on the same hall as your friends.

3 College Freshman

Weather: People always talk about Michigan weather. I'm from Michigan so I have no problems really, but when it gets cold it gets too cold and when it's hot it's too hot.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: What's That Smell? Every other day or so when I come back to my dorm the entire hall smells pretty weird. I'm not familiar with the smell myself, but based on the comments of others it seems like there might be some drug usage going on. Also, I've seen cops nailing people for drinking twice in my hall.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Buildings are kinda old, but there are many options. The new ones are expensive.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Got Unlucky – I got the worst housing on campus but feel that the overall environment here is good.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Go Team! Sports here at Michigan are huge and there is lots of spirit, fan support as well as student involvement.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Plenty of computers available all around campus, all in very good condition.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very Good – The people here are very welcoming and more often than not very polite.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Alot of Umich school pride, therefore you will often see yellow and/or blue shirts, caps, pants, sweaters, etc.

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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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