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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

Party Scene: 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

Technology: 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 Food: 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 Area: 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

Administration: 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.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Partying or Goin' Out – In all the college movies, parties are WILD are prevalent. As a freshman, if out don't have older friends, and aren't part of a Frat or Sorwhoreity, don't expect to have many "crazy times". House parties are rare, and very exclusive. There are no such thing as "dorm parties", although there is lots of pregaming in dorms. If you want to get wasted, bang chicks, and be a bro, def join a frat. Its the only way to regularly party.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football games are dope! Everybody goes to them, and they are exciting and chill. The team's on an upswing, so the next years are gonna be sick! The cops are chill about underage drinking before games, just don't vomit or you may be cited and MIP. Football is definitely the big one here on campus, and no one cares about baskteball. Hockey games are fun but not well attended like football games.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It's Awesome Here – Ann Arbor is the greatest place on earth. I love it here. If you let your social life rule your academic life, then it could be trouble. You have to study here; it isn't all parties. I had a rough time before I came here. Three colleges later, I ended up at Auburn, where my heart told me to go.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The arb is a great outdoor place to talk a walk and it is beautiful, there are a ton of great restaurants on main street, the campus and buildings are beautiful, the students are all smart and doing things with their lives, and there are great academic progams such as the business school.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: greek life is a big part of campus if you want to be involved, there are plenty of people not in greek life but they can tend to be weird at times. greek life is a good way to expand your networks and get involved in the campus.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: off campus housing is extrmely expensive and hard to find, most people live in their sorority or fraternity sophomore year to avoid finding housing

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is very limited near most residents halls which makes it difficult for visitors to find parking spots. On most weekends, parallel parking spots and even some parking garages are crowded creating a difficult parking situation.

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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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