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Reviews 3601 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Usually Is Safe – I never felt unsafe around the campus. However, there were few criminal reports once awhile.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The summer is amazing, and the fall is beautiful. It gets pretty cold in the winter, but nothing too bad, there are bus systems that are helpful and they come really often. Overall, the weather is pretty awesome, but you have to not mind the cold.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms are being renovated, so some are brand new and some are pretty old. The newer ones have AC, i think, and some don't, but it is pretty easy to cope with the heat with fans. The dining halls in them are not that bad, they are up to date. The housing was way better than i expected!

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: There are certain 'colleges' you need to apply to for engineering, nursing, art and specialty things, but the main college, Literature, Science and Arts, has the majority of majors in it. Each college has a different difficulty of acceptance. To get into a special college there are just extra essays to fill out. Nothing too hard.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: nighlife is amazing! there are tons of fun bars and a few clubs to go to. there are also always house parties on the weekends.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I never drank underage, but I hear they cracked down on that pretty hard, and I never smoked weed, but that is pretty decriminalized and the police don't really care all that much about it. Smoking is 'looked down upon' on campus, but it isn't banned.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The workout facilities available to the students that are not student athletes are pretty good. I only ever visited one of the, IMSB, the oldest one, and it was pretty good. The others are newer and I hear they are awesome.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Boys and Girls – We are all good looking here. Of course at an individual level we always say "all the hot boys/girls are on the other side of campus, why do they run from me?"

4 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse, Systemically Too Much? If you don't already know, U of M got into trouble several years ago when their desire for a diverse campus became a sort of reverse-racism where students applying of a specific minority race were given more points on their application than non-minorities. Nonetheless, the campus is incredibly diverse both ethnically, country of origin, and sexual orientation. It's a hippie town, I don't think anybody could feel unwelcome here (except Buckeyes). So I give it an A, but the bureaucrats of the school get a minus for thinking of applicants as groups instead of individuals.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Very Diverse, Often Expensive – There are a TON of restaurants in Ann Arbor, and they vary incredibly in ethnicity, price range, and quality. There honestly aren't too many chain restaurants downtown or near campus (you'll really only see them in the Union/League, and of course Starbucks). Down on Main Street there are a lot of really nice restaurants and they all seem very expensive; I've been to only a couple of them myself. State street and South/East University are more cost-friendly and close to campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some Amazing, Others Okay – Like almost any university, there are constant renovations to the campus, especially at U-M because of the influx of money coming in. The newer buildings are absolutely astonishing and a pleasure to be at and the historical buildings as well. Maybe some of the undergraduate halls could use more renovations but overall it is great.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Places – Being one of the most diverse universities in the world, you can find almost any type of food in a close radius around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: You Are One of Many – In the cognitive neuroscience program and any in psychology you have to go out of your way to compete and connect with the faculty to be a distinguished student. You must do what ever you can to be different from the pack.

1 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Scholarships - You won't get one unless you're poor – You won't get a scholarship unless you're REALLY poor and that was indicated by FAFSA. You won't get a merit scholarship unless you're very lucky or famously smart/accomplished. They know the school rocks at everything else, so they don't bother to pour money into scholarships (learned that from a financial adviser).

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Its Okay. Ann Arbor is a hard place to find parking anywhere and off campus housing is super expensive but worth it. The school isn't much help so start looking for off campus housing as early as possible to get the best deals. and get a good land lord!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Im Picky – Im a very picky eater but i can never complain about the food at North Quad.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The night life is super fun and there are more options than just going to parties, the university provides many other themed nights and games at the UNION

5 College Sophomore

Technology: U of M offers high speed wireless internet in any building on campus and also allows access to many macs and PCs

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many Choices – There are many choices for off campus dining in Ann Arbor. There is something for any type of menu that you can think of and the hours are pretty flexible for a college town. Many restaurants also offer delivery services to the dorms and off campus housing.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Troubling Getting What You Need – I've heard a lot of people (including me) complain about the financial aid here. It's really hard to get the help you need especially if the student has more than one household or stepparents to be considered. I'm still trying to get the financial aid I need for the fall.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I Mean Its Michigan – The sports are great and a huge part of campus life. Are teams play hard which makes the fans go crazy and enhances the atmosphere...just wish it was a little easier to figure out when a few overshadowed sporting are going on.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Each campus dinning hall has different options so the variety is nice but weekend hours aren't convinient for those who sleep in.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: Inconsistant Punishments – I've heard of people ending up in the same situations (underage drinking, alcohol in dorm rooms, noise violations, etc.) and recieving completely different punishments. Some students getting MIPs and room relocations and other times where RAs just check the room more often.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There is always options for the nightlife. If you do not party, there is always Umix at the Union on most Friday nights. Free food, shirts, and items are available. There is usually Karaoke, also. For people that party, this is the place to be, especially around St. Patrick's Day. Frat parties are not as bad as they sound and are fairly easy to get into. House parties are free and easy to get into. A lot of people welcome people. Bars are very popular among the 21 and older group. There are normally packed. Busses on the weekends run until 2 or 3. There are also free cabs for U of M students. You just need to be on campus and ride to another on-campus spot.

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3 College Junior

Weather: When the snow falls, so do a lot of people's attitudes. Walking in the snow or on icy patches is not always fun to do when you are running late to class. It also does not help that the snow plowing and brushing does not begin until later in the day. For an early class, be ready to put boots on because the plows won't be out. Classes are never cancelled for snow. The fall is always beautiful in Ann Arbor. The Arb has so many opportunities to see beautiful scenery. Everyone seems to love that "football/tailgate" weather.


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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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