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Reviews 3251 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Variety of Activities – There is so much to do and be involved in at U of M. There is football on Saturdays. It is so much fun to be in the student section and be a part of the huge party that goes on there. I have been to concerts and orchestra performances. The restraunts are abundant. A short trip on the bus gets you to the local shopping areas.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Many Different Ethnic Backgrounds – At U of M there are many different background ethnicities. I have been exposed to many different races. That is one of the benefits of going to a large school. You learn about many cultures and religions.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Campus Security – I have not had any real experiences with campus security. I do work at the Union in the evenings and we had one issue with a purse thief. As an employed student we were sent to monitor the thief until the police responded. They were there within a short amount of time, but the assailant got away.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is terrible. Do not bring a car unless you have a house with a driveway that you can park your car in. Classes are all walking distance, so its really not a big deal to not have a car. Also, the busses are always running. Sure, waiting for a bus isn't the best thing in the world, but it sure beats having to walk 10 minutes to the parking space you had to circle around for 15 minutes for. Plus, if you don't have a car you can just take advantage of the suckers who brought one

3 College Freshman

Weather: Stuck It up – People complain about the weather all the time. The reality is that it is really not that bad. Yes, it snows and is cold. Obviously.. it's the winter.. buy a jacket. The roads and sidewalks are always clear no matter the conditions and the busses are always running so if you are too sensitive to the weather just get on a bus. When it is not winter, the weather is absolutely gorgeuous and the students take full advantage of it

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty People – The majority of the peple at U-M are good looking. In addition, most of them look pretty fit and dress well. There are, of course, those people who look like they rollout of bed every morning and eat three jelly donoughts on the way to class, but you'll find them at every school unfourtunately.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: There are a variety of public transportation modes available. I take the bus to main campus every morning. With early classes the buses can be fuller and you may have to wait. In the evening after work (4am), I call for a cab at no charge that picks me up and drops me off at the dorm.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Professors – Excellent professors and lots of research opportunities

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Good Options – a variety of nice upscale places downtown, and cheaper place too. lots of locally owned businesses.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Good Bus System – Buses are a good option. Limited parking on campus.

5 College Student

Local Area: Diversity and Opportunity – Ann Arbor is an amazing city. The University of Michigan is located within the city and is part of the vibrancy of city life. There are countless attractions, activities and cultural events available. Ann Arbor welcomes and partners with university students in all aspects of the community, offering students exceptional opportunities.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Always Has Been a Vibrant Night Life – There are clubs, bars, theaters, concert halls, tons of fraternities and sororities, other clubs, committees and usually free things going on around the campus. There is something for everyone.

4 College Junior

Transportation: On Campus Great, Typical Commuter Cost to Airport – Since the train has a station right in Ann Arbor, bus depot, and numerous taxi stands, the transportation outside of the free university bus system is excellent. It is a very mobile town.

5 College Junior

Majors: Best Social Work Program in the US – University of Michigan was recently ranked the #1 school for a masters in Social Work in the United States. That being said, the curriculum, individual planning, field work, instruction and faculty are supreme. I love my program and can't wait to complete it. A lot of other prestigious schools have faculty that graduated from the University of Michigan and I will be proud to be an alumnus.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse in All Ways – This campus is hugely diverse in many different areas. Because it is part of the greater Detroit metro area, I believe it has a lot to offer as far as varied ethnic, religious, sexuality, racial, socio-economic backgrounds go. It's progressive attitude towards these things may invite a more liberal attitude, but also invites diverse people to learn in a place that accepts all kinds. Like most higher-ed institutions, there still is a majority of white population. I want to say this hovers around the 60% rate, other minorities compromise the other 40% with emphasis on african-americans. It also has a wide variety of international students.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Buses Are Frequent and Reliable; Near Major US Airport – Lots of on-campus bus routes that run year round, seasonally and on holiday. In addition, ann-arbor city buses ('the ride") are also convenient and affordable and will take you around the city and the greater ann-arbor/detroit area. Speaking of, being that Detroit is about 40 minutes away, you will find ample airline options to just about anywhere in the U.S./world. "Zimride"is a campus-wide ride-share program for students at Umich. I would recommend this if you live in areas outside of ann-arbor. Parking on-campus rates vary depending on location and lot. They range from very affordable monthly fees to some mildly costly fees if you want super close parking, which is not necessary considering the spread of the campus and available campus-wide transport.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If You Want It, You Can Get It – I've never gone beyond smoking marijuana, but if I wanted anything else (cocaine and Adderall come most readily to mind) I am certain it would not be hard for me to buy it.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's All What You Make of It – Ann Arbor is what I would describe as an ideal college town; it's a far cry from the city I grew up in, but there is plenty to do, especially in downtown. The campus and the city more or less blend together, and you can find peace and quite in addition to excitement. Check out South University Avenue for some decent restaurants ("No Thai" is a must) and everyone should go to at least one football game.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Ann Arbor is known to be rainy, however carry a raincoat and umbrella. It will be ok. Stinks if you are carrying artwork.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Michigan has hundreds of majors that cater to the uniqueness and versatility of its students. They have a recent major in Informatics.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: UM Buses – They are fast and reliable. Usually crowded, but that's one of the "perks" of attending a major university.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Fabulous – I would definitely say that the buses are great at the University of Michigan. For students, even the city buses are free. The buses also get you pretty much anywhere you need to go, which is very convenient for those of us who don't have cars. The only complaint I have is the quality of bus driving, with the blue university buses. I am always afraid I will die every time I set foot on one of those buses; the drivers are incredibly careless and jerky, and I have been knocked over by other falling passengers because of this poor driving. The routes and cost, however, are perfectly fine.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Reviewing U of M Guys – Pretty much all the guys are book smart. The real issue here is, very few seem to have common sense or decency. If you have devout Christian beliefs, like I do, you'll probably find that the vast majority of guys (students period, really) are pretty anti-Christianity... and act like it, too. The best place to find a good guy is at church, or at some kind of event meant purely for helping others. My experience is, engineers are actually some of the most decent guys I've met. LSA guys often have a reputation for being frat boys, drunks, or some other such unattractive category.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Nerd School – If you like nerds, there are plenty here. Cute, smart, and awkward. There are also a lot of hipsters. There's a lot of diversity.
However, there is no shortage of awkward-to-the-point-of-annoyance people here. They have intellectual brains, but no social smarts.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: School is hard and the workload is heavy, depending on how many credits you take. (I took a lot.) Professors are okay. I've had amazing professors, but also some that aren't as cool (arrogant, incompetent). Registration is easy and online, but because of the large number of people who go here, getting good advising may be difficult. Concentration and Honors advisors seem to be helpful though. The German Department is outstanding, and I never expected to major/minor in it, but I have been very pleased with all my German classes and professors so far.


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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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