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1 College Junior

Parking: You Will Get Tickets – If you don't pay the meter or it runs out, they will find you. You get half off if you pay by the next business day though. Parking is often hard to find on central campus, and most freshman can't get parking if they live in the dorms, though most apartments and houses have it available and there are spots for rent. Don't park in a no-parking area or in private lots, or you will likely be towed, especially on football Saturdays.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Common – Most people here drink socially at parties, but there are groups who don't and the University offers a lot of alcohol-free activities, though they're not as popular as the parties. You will probably be invited to drink with friends, but peer pressure is mild, and the majority of people should respect you if you choose not to drink. If they don't, they're probably not the right people to hang out with. There are a lot of cool bars and parties on the weekends if you want to drink (even if you're underage, laws are rarely enforced). You can get drugs if you're seeking them out, and some social circles smoke weed, but hard drugs are extremely rare and you'll probably never face any pressure to do drugs. Again, if you do, you're probably hanging out with the wrong people

4 College Junior

Academics: Harvard of the West – Michigan is an amazing school academically. You get an private/ Ivy quality education for public school prices. You have to put a lot of work in, but there is such a great selection of courses that you can usually find one that will make the work seem worth it. The professors are all experts in their fields and are great teachers, which is not always true of professors who do research as well. I would highly recommend U of M.

4 College Student

Administration: I think that the academic policies at the University of Michigan are very fair. Cheating on assignments and tests is not condoned, and is a violation of the University's Honor Code.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of off-campus housing available. The pros are that the housing is usually quite spacious, and there is generally a back yard or front yard (if you are renting a house with friends, for instance). The cost is similar to on-campus options. The cons are the inconvenience of living away from campus. Parking is an issue, as well.

5 College Student

Campus Quality: What I Love About University of Michigan Ann Arbor – The campus is clean and green. The buildings on campus are beautiful and quite historic. There are loads of campus activities and clubs available. Best of all, the campus is located near the downtown area, so it is easy to pick up lunch, go out to dinner, shop for clothes, get a haircut, etc.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Ann Arbor Campus – The University of Michigan campus is always buzzing . I am a senior and over the last four years, I have fallen in love with Ann Arbor. The Diag is the center of campus and is a popular site for activities and cultural events. Sports play a huge role in campus life. Students unite and cheer "Go Blue" for the Michigan wolverines at all sporting events. The campus is not overwhelmingly large as one might expect given the university's number of students. The Ann Arbor campus provides the perfect combination of a city and rural environment. I absolutely love everything about the atmosphere at U of M.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: A Pretty Cool Place – Ann Arbor is full of interesting people and cool places to go. The college is fully integrated with the city, so you get a really nice mix of college-aged and normal residents (though the college students do dominate their own areas). There's lots of green space-the Arboretum is an especially scenic reserve of natural land not too far from the dorms. And since it's not too far from Detroit, there are some really awesome groups that spend time in the city volunteering and stuff. The only down note is that there is some occasional crime, which has been on the rise this past year.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The Michigan Difference – Michigan prides itself in celebrating diversity among its students. There are a wide variety of ethnic student groups, each of which adds its own flair to the student body. There are people from all over the world here - it makes me proud to go to a school that attracts so many different kinds of people.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Ann Arbor is a pretty safe city. Although some crimes occur every so often, the campus is always busy, thus ensuring that the students are safe all day long.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Snow Sucks a Lot – I grew up in Michigan so I understand the crazy weather here but at the same time I just really hate the snow. Trying to walk to classes during the winter sucks because the sidewalks are not frequently salted and there is so much potential for slipping. However, during the fall/spring kids are always outside which is awesome to see!

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletic Facilities and School Spirit – The facilities throughout the university are always kept up to date and in excellent condition. With this in mind the students act in such a way that represents these very conditions.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Lots of Free Buses – Cabs are expensive, but buses are free, though they stop running at 12:30 or so

3 College Freshman

Technology: Easy to find in dorms, but impossible in libraries

2 College Sophomore

Technology: Too Slow to Function – The computers at the school tend to run rather slowly. Also with this in mind the wireless internet connection as well as the overall function of the computer labs tend to be lackluster to say the least.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Down Town Ann Arbor Great Places – If you have time there are great places to go for food and entertainment.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Buses and Buses – There is a university bus as well as an Ann Arbor city bus that run all day every day of the week.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Language Learning at U of M – The language programs and professors are excellent. There should be more of an emphasis on helping students study abroad and funding for students' travel.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: The University of Michigan is very accepting of the diverse backgrounds that students come from. You can always find a student group that applies to your background and there are always small gatherings on the diag to support diversity. The cafeteria also caters to these diverse groups by serving ethic foods rather than American food, which is unfortunate.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A Lot During Weekends – There is a lot of alcohol used on the weekends. Whether it is at frat parties or just in student's rooms, there is a lot of students who consume a lot of alcohol. I do not know how the drug usage is on campus, but I am sure that there is a fair share of that too.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Good Variety – There is such a variety of food. The choices at the dining halls are almost unlimited. I really think that all of the ingredients are quality. The only negative that I have is that the meal plan equates to paying about $12 per meal.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Beautiful College Town – The town is a wonderful college town with a lot of shopping, restaurants, and activities.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Do Residential College. It's a lot of work, but if you're already interested in language the intensive language requirement just gets it out of the way. There are incredible options for classes, majors and the atmosphere is wonderful. There is no "Michigan Attitude" in the RC

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a really good variety of restaurants in Ann Arbor, price range and cuisine wise

4 College Freshman

Academics: Challenging but Do-Able – I've been at U of M for one and a half semester and therefore have only taken introductory courses. They are challenging, but definetly doable. Most professors are engaging and prepare their lectures well. Online resources are a god-send.


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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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