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Reviews 3228 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Pretty Good – You can pretty much rely on school computers. You might have difficulty finding an open one during the day in the Fishbowl (in Angell Hall), but I've never experienced any trouble with a school computer. They also have most of the software you'll need for coursework.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Lots to Eat – There are lots of choices for quick meals around the campus. Variety of ethnic foods available. Easy to grab something quickly.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Depending on the time of year, police can be sticklers about underage drinking. I know in the dorms that DPS is pretty hard on students for drinking in their rooms. Block parties and events during "welcome week" are just asking to get busted, so beware when you participate in these events. Other than that, as long as you aren't being too obnoxious, you will be fine.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are super abundant and convenient in Ann Arbor. On any given street you can choose from a variety of cuisines depending on what you are in the mood for that day. One of my favorites is the Pizza House because it has EVERYTHING that your heart could desire from a plain old burger to their famous chipatis. Price range varies from restaurant to restaurant, so you can spend anywhere from five to twenty dollars. Also EATBLUE offers great discounts for students weekly.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Michigan is an amazing place. Work hard, play hard. That's the general idea.

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: No Car – You don't need a car. Everything is pretty close and wherever you need to go, the AA bus system and Blue Bus system are very good

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Not Bad – The occasional crime alert, but never anything too bad. DPS basically does nothing but give kids MIPs in dorms.

College Freshman

Academics: I'm Undeclared-Declare! Not having a major doesn't give you the same resources that people in programs have.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There's a ton of labs, but a lot of the popular ones are very busy usually. You'll want to bring your own computer if you can afford it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Discussion Sections – My friends that go to other colleges have no idea what discussion sections are. I love them! Most of my classes are in huge lecture halls so I feel awkward asking questions because 200 people are looking at me. In discussion sections, it's easier because there's 20-25 people. Asking questions and understanding the material is much easier in discussion sections.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't really heard anyone talk about drugs or offer them. I don't live on campus, so I don't really see the night life and that could be a reason.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The buildings are nice and easy to navigate through. There isn't anything gross, like leaky ceilings or anything. The librarians are always helpful. There's something for everyone: gyms, libraries, food, etc.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: There Are Frats – There are plenty of fraternities and sororities, but not everyone is in one. Nobody really cares if you are in one or not. You can go to parties if you want and they can be a really good time.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse – I've worked in groups consisting of people from Oman, India, China, Korea, Colombia, and all over the United States. I have friends from many different cultures. Everyone seems to get along well.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Run, So Do You – Make it to the bus or flag down a cab, either way, Don't try to wing it around campus.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Fun but Stay Smart – You can have a lot of fun, but you have to be careful. Be smart with your drinks and yourself.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It Could Be Worse – Generally speaking, things are nice at South Quad. It is relatively clean and food is decent. In general, to have fun, you need to leave the dorm. The housing process in general is pleasant and RA are typically not difficult or overly strict.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Great Facility – Great facilities. Would recommend the school. Social life might be a little extreme, but students are able to balance school and fun.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from Southern California – Obviously, Michigan weather brings an abundance of snow. The snow is a hassle walk go through when it gets muddy and turns into slush, and the cold weather can be almost unbearable at times, but there is a quiet beauty to the weather here in Michigan, there is nothing as serene as walking out of your dorm early in the morning, before the snow plowers get to work, and seeing a blanket of snow covering everything as far as the eye can see. It really brings a sense of nature into the campus, despite all of its inconveniences.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Go Blue! Despite the mediocre performance of UM's sports teams in recent years, the school spirit behind our sports teams is overwhelming to see the least. Huge amounts of students attend football, hockey, soccer, and basketball games, and regardless of team performance, whether we come out with an exhilarating win or a crushing loss, the support for our fellow Wolverine athletes is unparalleled. Even after college is over, the spirit from the Alumni still remains strong. Go Blue!

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: You Have to Be Your Own Advocate. My first and second years I didn't get very much financial aid through the school, but it was fine. My third year I needed a lot more financial aid, and the University offered me an amount that seemed a little low, so we called and talked with the advisors about the issues that resulted in my needing more aid and they came back with a very wonderful financial aid package for me.

2 College Junior

Parking: To get permits for on campus parking it is very expensive. Off campus parking is difficult to come by, but you can sometimes rent from friends with off campus housing who do not have cars. Around Ann Arbor it is usually metered street parking, but there are a few parking structures around town.

4 College Junior

Administration: Pretty Laid Back – Marijuana is decriminalized in Ann Arbor, so as long as you aren't technically on campus the penalty for getting caught with week is a very small fine. Recently smoking was banned in public places in the state of Michigan, but it does not seem to be too strictly enforced here. As far as MIPs and Alcohol go, the guest police speaker will even tell you at orientation that as long as you aren't acting like an idiot you won't get in trouble. I have heard of people getting MIPs though and have heard that the fines are astronomical and it is strange since it is cheaper to get a fine for smoking weed. Basically, as long as you keep yourself from bothering anyone else, you will stay out of trouble.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Sports Are Huge – Saturdays in the fall are devoted to football. It's an all-day event, with people partying before, after, and during games. Plus we have the Big House, the third biggest stadium in the world.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Diverse & Fun – There is so much to do in Ann Arbor. You can watch indie/classic films at either the State or Michigan theaters or take a bus to a more major theater. There is a great variety of restaurants, offering cultural foods from middle-eastern to thai. There are solid 18 and up clubs. Ann Arbor itself doesn't attract big name bands, but The Ark usually has a solid line up of bands that come.

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Burton Tower Burton Tower Burton Tower (aka the clocktower) is in the center, with Hill Auditorium on the left, and Rackham in the far right

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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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