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Reviews 3083 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Fantastic Engineering – I decided to attend the University of Michigan because it has one of the best Biomedical Engineering programs in the state. The curriculum is top notch and all the professors are willing to help if you just talk to them. Everyone is friendly and when you join clubs you get the small town feeling in a big city.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life is very popular at U of M, although I don't participate personally. The students who do participate are known to party quite frequently (with the exception of the academic fraternities) and as a freshman I went to several parties that were thrown by frats. They provide free alcohol, but the parties are dark and sketchy and I never really enjoyed myself.

4 College Junior

Academics: English Major Is Flexible – As an English major, I enjoy the freedom to choose which classes I'll take to fulfill the general requirements for the concentration. The advisors aren't particularly helpful, so find a Professor you get along with and ask them for advice and help!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Prices Are High, Life Is Good – Landlords in Ann Arbor are difficult to deal with. There are some that have reputations for being especially unhelpful (e.g. Arch, Wilson White) but if you can find a smaller company and get to know them, living off campus is definitely worth it! Prices are relatively high, especially if you want to be really close to campus, but if you don't mind walking it's easy to find a reasonable deal.

4 College Sophomore


4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Not Bad at All – I just applied by filling out Fafsa and turning in all the required documents on time. By June or July, I received financial aid for the following school year and I was able to accept it without any problems. The amount given was reasonable (though you always want more, especially with the cost of tuition at Michigan!).

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It's Ok – The food is... below average. They try to have healthy options, and have renovated dining facilities, but the food itself is not very good and you get sick of it very fast.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Accomplished Faculty and Staff – The professors are very accomplished and have done amazing things in their fields. Not all, however, know how to teach, nor are enthusiastic about teaching.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Frat Parties Aren't the Only Option – Frat parties are plentiful and packed with eager freshmen who are unable to enter the bars later at night, let alone order a drink there. Most places close early, by 1 or so, and parties usually last until about 2. I enjoy private house parties the most, avoiding the frat scene.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: East Quad Is Food Friendly – I am in the Residential College and had a great experience in my dorm, East Quad. There are always vegetarian and vegan options in the dining hall, in addition to the implementation of local and organic produce. East Quad is very close to central campus, but some of the other dorms, specifically those on North Campus are pretty far away. After Freshman or Sophomore year, it is much more common to live off-campus in a house or apartment with friends.

3 College Junior

Academics: The Two Sides of Laboratory Work – I am a chemistry major, and I've enjoyed my classes in the department so far. The major and department are very focused on developing chemists, who will be successful in the field and laboratory after earning a bachelor's degree or during graduate school. Although intimidating at first, it is relatively easy to do laboratory work as an undergraduate. While doing independent research is a great opportunity and relatively enjoyable, the laboratory classes are dreaded by most if not all majors.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: An Interesting Place to Be – It's a very social place, and despite a few problems, you should get along fine.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: A College City – The campus and the city blend together seamlessly, creating a community where both the students and the inhabitants have a fun, interesting environment to live in.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Library for Everything – The libraries are a great place to study and there is a library for every type of studier. If you want to study in extreme silence the Ref Room or the Stacks in the Graduate Library is for you. If you need to do a group project or like socializing while studying the Ugli is for you. I have never had an issue finding a place to study. Also classrooms are always open to use and study rooms in buildings.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Small Program - Lots of Attention – I'm in the School of Kinesiology, which is relatively small. I am very happy with this decision, the professors are very knowledgeable and accessible. My teachers were very accommodating and willing to meet me outside of office hours and help out. The class sizes are small and the teachers know my name and say hi to me around campus. Also it is very likely that a teacher you have for an intro class you will have for an upper level class. I like the small feeling of this school in a large university.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Very Diversed – Whenever I go on campus, I see an array of diversed people. The students at michigan consist of asian, white, african american, indian, and all other shorts of race. I think michigan is one of the most diversed schools in the world and I'm really looking forward to attending the college.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportaion at U of M – U of M busses run regularly around campus. They are free for students. If you want to go off campus to a movie or something the transportaion is not very helpful.The busses last pick up is usually not late enough.Taxis are available but slow and costly.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: 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.


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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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