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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Greek Life – If you're not in Greek life, your life will be very boring.

3 College Junior

Academics: Econ Major – Econ is the most popular major but the classes are horrible. They're graded very hard, and the professors are very smart but don't know how to teach. As an econ major, you're just another number in the crowd at this school.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: So Many Options – With kerrytown, campus, and downtown there is ALWAYS something to do. One of Ann Arbor's best features is the food that can be found there. With so many options there is always something for everyone (including vegans and vegetarians). There are great music shows at the Blind Pig, events on campus every weekend and most days of the week, and a fantastic farmer's market within walking distance of campus. Last but most definitely not least are the athletics at UMich. Football saturdays are amazing with 110,000+ people in one place. Ann Arbor is flooded with people all excited about our school and our team and it's a great way to end your week!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Tickets and No Space – Parking is very limited in A2 and it's easy to get tickets. Getting a parking pass on campus is expensive but probably worth it in the end. Condos, apartments etc usually come with parking space. There is also some free street parking south of central campus. All in all I recommend walking or using the public transportation (free to students) rather than driving your own car.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Little Bit of Everybody – Very accepting, Mostly White, an abundance of Jews, Asians, great place to be a minority because if you can be the token minority on friday, chill with your black friends on saturday, and then have them meet all your white friends on sunday. Or all at the same time, take your pic, its awesome

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Fun.... If You're Greek...Or a Girl – if you're the kind of person who would want to join a frat And the kind of person that would get a bid and go greek then you will have a hell of a time.
However if you are male and are none of these things then if you want to have a vibrant night life you should make as many friends(greek,non-greek, Upperclassmen) as you can.If you aren't well connected, Greek life can seem dominate the scene until you're old enough to go to bars. Otherwise get to know the groups who party i.e. The Crew team, some musicians,The BFA Actors and Musical Theatre kids go H.A.M as well

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Worlds Safest Place to Need Medical Attention – One of the best hospitals in the world is sprawled across the city if get sick or pass out, and UHS (university health services) is their for minor things such as getting ear buds stuck in your ear. A couple of the buses even stop at the hospital

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never had a problem with safety, but our health services suck. The doctors and nurses see so many students a day that they dont really care about the patients. There is always an impossibly long wait, and you basically have to already know what your illness is before going in there, or they'll tell you you're fine. I've had friends with severe cases of strep throat, bronchitis, and mono who have been turned away with a clean bill of health

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Heaven on Earth – I could not be happier with my choice of school. I truly believe that there is something for everyone here both socially and academically. There are tons of opportunities no matter what you're looking for. The university of Michigan is home to every kind of person, and despite that diversity, everyone is so tightly knit due to the overwhelming school spirit and pride in our school.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A Little Bit of Everything – I'd say that most good looking people are involved in greek life. There are tons of really really attractive people. Other than that most people involved in greek life, both girls and guys, look like your stereotypical jewish person.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: A Computer Is Always Available – Whether you're a mac or PC user, there is always a computer available to you. Whether its at a library, the fishbowl, or in the community learning center of your dorm, there is always something. That being said, I've yet to meet a student without their own laptop

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: New Dorm Renovations Make Campus Living Great – Mary Sue and the University are taking great measures to restore a lot of the old on-campus housing. Mojo and Stockwell have been renovated in the past few years and are extremely nice. Couzens was just redone and opened this past year, and students living there raved about the study rooms and quality of the rooms, bathrooms, and facilities. Alice Lloyd will be opening in the fall of 2012, and is predicted to be even nicer than Couzens, as if that was possible. All of the other dorms seem to receive minimal complaints. Markley is known as the worst dorm as far as the quality of living goes, however they are also known as the most social dorm, as it has the most freshman of any other dorm. Everyone there is close, and put up with the mediocre quality of the building for the sake of the relationships they build, and their close proximity to central campus.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you are a member of the Greek community, you will have no problem finding something to do on literally any night of the week. From Motown Mondays to Wine Wednesdays, there is always a party somewhere on campus. Typical Greek schedules will consist of tuesday and thursday pregames and friday and saturday mixers. Greeks and Non-greeks alike flock to local nightclubs and bars. Skeeps and Ricks are 21+ favorites, but freshman are always there with their fake ID's. Dream and Necto are under 21 options, but are a bit less fun. If you are not involved with greek life, your social life can vary. Non greek girls will have no problem getting into frat parties or mixers, though they might suffer some awkward glances from the sorority sisters. Non greek guys will really struggle to find something to do. It is difficult for them to get into any greek function. House parties are few and far between, and they are hard to know about unless you have older friends.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Selecting a Major – As an incoming sophomore, I've yet to declare a major. That being said, I have been faced with some potential problems. I entered the school hoping to be admitted to the business school. However, after doing less than average in Econ 101, the chances of that are slim. Now, i'm retaking econ over the summer, but I am concerned because many of the comparable programs to the business school (org studies, public policy, etc.) are all application only, and econ is a prerequisite for all of them. Now, all because of a poor performance in one class, there is a very good chance that I'll be left without a major that I'm interested in. So, to those of you interested in a program that is application only, come prepared with a backup plan. If you do not have plans of majoring in something that requires an application, all you have to do is take related classes and declare your major whenever before your junior year. Pretty simple.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: As a freshman, I was able to land an internship on campus as a sales executive for a local newspaper. I was introduced to the position through the Greek community, which is a great networking tool. The career center and academic advising program are also great resources for resume building and finding internships.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Ann Arbor has tons of places to eat which range from cheap to pricey. There is always an exciting, new place to go if you are looking for food within a student budget, if you are looking to treat yourself with something slightly more expensive, or if you parents are in town and are looking to check out an expensive restaurant.
The cheaper and middle price restaurants line State St. and Liberty St., while the majority of expensive restaurants are on Main St.
Because of Ann Arbor's diverse culture, there is all sorts of food - American, French, Middle Easter, Thai, Indian, Italian...the list goes on. There are also a variety of fusion restaurants at all price ranges. I think there is always some cool, new food to discover in Ann Arbor.
Finally, my favorite thing about the dining options in Ann Arbor is that most businesses are local. One can truly explore a unique aspect of Ann Arbor culture, or even travel to a new corner of the world for an evening. I think this is way more fun than dining at chains over and over.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The Best City in the World – Ann Arbor is a very safe city with all kinds of cultural activities going on. Every weekend there is an art show, concert, play, etc. etc. etc., most of which are sponsored by the University of Michigan. There are also tons of shops, cafes, and restaurants, so when parents come to visit, there is always something to show them. Finally, although there is a lot to do, it is not overwhelming in variety.
Ann Arbor is also incredibly politically aware. We have had our own Slutwalk and are also home to the annual festival of Hash Bash, among many other political events and protests. For people interested in national politics, Ann Arbor is a good place to meet people with similar interests.
The places I would recommend in Ann Arbor are:
-the University of Michigan Museum of Art: it has a ton of art, a lot of which comes from famous artists.
-Zingermans's: a world famous deli
-Cafe Zola: a delicious French/American restaurant with a relaxed, hip atmosphere.
-Dawn Treader Book Store: There are shelves upon shelves upon piles of books. It's fun to go in and browse, because one will inevitably find a treasure.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Thefts Are Common – I never have felt at risk, but there are a lot of reported thefts. I can only offer some general tips: don't walk alone at night in low traffic areas and keep your possessions close when studying in a library.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Not Enough Space – Space close to the dorms and classes fill up quickly. There are still a good amount of spaces around Ann Arbor.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Limited Available – The computers are excellent, but it is sometimes hard to find an available one, especially in the Duderstadt Center.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Helped Me a Ton! I was extremely lucky to get a scholarships through the school of LSA which is covering the bulk of my tuition. Definitely look into scholarships, especially if you are in need. They're very helpful.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Michigan Football: Better Than a Pro Game – Everyone talks about how great the Michigan games are and that it's an experience that you don't want to miss. At first I thought it was just hyped up, but then I went to my first game. The energy in the Big House is like nothing else; with the band playing and everyone doing the cheers you truly feel at home with your fellow Wolverines. With everyone standing, screaming, and crying, it's definitely better than any pro game.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Michigan has tons of libraries which is helping because everyone studies a lot! There UGLi tends to be the more social library and the Hatcher (Grad) has tons of quiet spaces to study. The med library is a little farther from central campus but a good quiet place to study and the Dude on North Campus is open 24/7.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: University Health System – I got sick a lot this year and visited UHS a few times. The doctors are very nice and I always came out feeling better but allow yourself at least an hour to see anyone.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are many computers to work on such as in the Fish bowl, and pretty much every dorm has their own community learning center. Many of the computers are the large desktop macs. However, the printing can be very stingy.


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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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