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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I will say that the bus system is good for getting around campus and useful, but you can't always depend on them. During the week the bus runs on 10 minute intervals which is fine except the moments where bus drivers don't keep on schedule. On the weekends the bus runs on 15 minute intervals which makes a HUGE difference in time management. I think it makes things more difficult for people who are traveling around campus. I feel that the weekends are definitely a reason to go on 10 minute intervals. The nights work fine when they go on 20 minute intervals since most people are in their homes. Despite the flaws the bus system is convenient for those who don't drive or want to save gas.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Being a SMTD Major at U of M – In my first year at Michigan I find that the program has never failed my expectations. The diversity of classes that students can take is beyond imagination. Michigan's campus allows people of different ethnicity's to study there and my major has plenty of diversity alone. I've been able to meet lots of great people who share my same interests. The workload can be much, but the benefit is seeing the rigorous workload of liberal arts/engineering majors and feeling good about your own. The classes you take will be given great instruction by people who know what there doing (excluding classes with some Graduate Student Instructors). At Michigan you can never hesitate to get a good job opportunity for the arts. The building is excellently built for acoustics when playing instruments. I can't express how much I love U of M's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: All in This Together – Ann Arbor is definitely a college town. However, I was surprised to see how close the community is with its students. In addition, there are a boatload of opportunities available whether it be concerts, festivals, and so on. Definitely the school to go to!

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There Is No "Typical" – Simply put, there is no typical descripting of UM students' looks, interests, dress, or social lives. UM has a range of groups on campus whose only similarities are their investment in UM as a school and community. We have it all.

4 College Senior

Diversity: UM and the surrounding Ann Arbor area is known for being an extremely liberal and accepting community. Diversity of cultures, ethinic bakground, and even political ideologies is both abundant and and valued. I would say that UM could feel like a home and safe haven for all.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The libraries are amazing places. Each has its own study culture and perks and there is a library and study space for everyone. As for general campus aesthetics, Ann Arbor is an amazing college town and the UM campus feels like it's right in the action.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – We get notifications when something is going on at the school to keep us alert, the one problem is that they may not be at the correct time. The community also works together to help students feel safe when around campus. The people around campus are very nice and we have the blue light system. We also have a late night ride that will take you anywhere on campus really late at night.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are a ton of computers all over central and north campus available to you at any time. They are nice computers located in good working environments. You should be able to find a computer whenever you need it.

5 College Freshman

Administration: It Depends on Whether or Not You Are an Engineer – I'm an engineering student, and we take the honor code extremely seriously. It is enforced at all times, and it is very near and dear to the hearts of the administration.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I Wouldn't Know Because I Refuse to Participate – I wouldn't know because I refuse to participate in such activities.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It Depends on Where You Are, and How Far You Want to Go – When it comes to the dining halls, it depends on where you go, and when you go. Whenever the food is good, you need to get there early, because food tends to run out quickly. But of course, there are times where no matter where you go the food is simply awful. Never get the unlimited meal plan, it is not worth your money, and most of the time, you will have to resort to spending money on the weekends when the dining halls are closed.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The fall and spring are beautiful - warm during the day, but cold at night and in the morning. I wasn't prepared for how long it is cold and how cold it gets, and also for having to walk to class in freezing temps, gusty winds, and blinding snow. Classes are NEVER canceled.

2 College Freshman

Parking: It's difficult to park near campus, to say the least. It is much easier to walk than to have a car and it takes much less time. There is really no need for a car on campus.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Meh, Overrated – Greek life is less than 1/5 of the school population, which is surprising because it feels like they're everywhere. A noticeable number of people quit after their freshman or sophomore years because it costs A LOT of money and is very cliquey. Not everyone wants that. Most of campus has the impression that Greek kids are just a bunch of rich, self-entitled brats. Unfortunately, the stereotype is absolutely correct for about 50% of those involved in Greek Life. Parties are "exclusive" but aren't any different from normal house parties. Really, if you don't go Greek, you're not missing much.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Nice Variety, but Gets Bland After a While – There are many great places to eat, but the truly good food is just too expensive for most college students! At some point in college, students really should try to get to one or two of the nicer restaurants on Main Street. In the immediate area, there are many sandwich shops and quick-food establishments, but nothing to kill for.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Get the Funding You Need -- Usually – I was fortunate enough to receive large merit scholarships, but in addition that, the office of financial aid agreed to give me loans. Many of my friends who didn't receive merit scholarships found themselves struggling at times, but usually they found ways to get the money they need. They definitely could offer more aid to student--especially with the money they get off rich kids from out-of-state.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Student Co-Op System – There is an off campus system of student co-ops all around the University's campuses that, for those interested, can be a real eye-opener to students. It's one of the largest student co-op systems in the country with a variety of houses and cultures. Students looking for a supportive community, diversity, and exposure to new experiences can find it here. Beware: drug use can be prevalent in some of the co-ops, but others are completely substance free or close to such.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: A Variety of Experiences – This school offers just about anything you could possibly want academically, socially, and otherwise. Although there definitely are valid complaints, at the same time, if you know what you want from your college experience, you'll definitely get it here. And even if you don't know what you want, chances are, you'll figure it out somewhere along the way and grow a lot as a person.

4 College Senior

Academics: The Real World – The University of Michigan helps to prepare you for the real world.The professors are great with speaking to students and answering any questions.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Tough to Get Around Cheaply at U of M – Although there is a bus system at Michigan, it is often too troublesome to pay attention to the bus routes when you are in a hurry, which is often the case at U of M. The cabs are overpriced and thus it makes it so walking is generally the preferred option, unless you know of someone else who has a car on campus or you own one yourself.

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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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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