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Reviews 3311 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: A Lot of Parties – Every weekend, there must be quite an amount of parties in nearby places. However, sometimes it is quite noisy.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very Diversed Environment – The university of Michigan's campus is a very diversed learning place; in fact, it is among the most diversed universities in the U.S..

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Ann Arbor is a small campus town with its police force. Crimes here are rare and most of the residents are students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Greatest School on Earth but Necessarily the Best for Your Career – I grew up a Michigan fan and have been cheering for the Wolverines my entire life. Amazing parties, extracurricular life, sports, entertainment, graduation speakers- and more anything you want. I love this school, but the problem is this school is hard; if you party and don't study you will fail. I had to transfer out after my first semester freshman year because I didn't have med school like grades. We really are the leaders and the best; one can fit in here there is something here for everything. Just keep school in mind because while we do work hard and play harder there are always Asians studying in the library.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Parties Parties Parties – Michigan is a Big Ten school- and therefore is a party school.
Game drinking is a part of life although one does not have to partake one would be welcome. The State street parties are open to all. Except for the occasional lame weekend due to exams, Michigan throws down hard every game day and most weekends. If you want to drink...alcohol is free at both frat and house doesn't have to pay to get in. Weed is out there and people do smoke, but drinking is much more viable and fun in my opinion. This past year's welcome week they did crack down on parties and people did get MIPs

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Many Places to Eat...Ocaasionally Not Very Good Food – East Quad sucks
Lived in Baits frosh year...Bursley has great food but North Campus is so far away
Mojo, South, and West Quad are the best places to eat. Unfortunately Mojo is always packed.
Victors and Hideaway and Chow Town are tops for quick good sandwiches and pizza. I prefer using Blue bucks over eating in the dining hall

3 College Senior

Parking: Driving in Ann Arbor is one of the worst choices you could make. This is definitely a pedestrian town, and they expect cars to follow their rules. Unless you're trying to find parking on North Campus, I wouldn't even bother. Just walk to class or take one of the many university or city buses. Many people also use bikes, but the sidewalks can start to get crowded.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: They're Alright – Greek life at UofM is definitely noticeable, but it's not what runs campus. They're most known for their parties and party attitudes, and their houses range from "looks trashed" to "wow what a gorgeous house." You also see them sometimes raising money on the diag for a cause. Non-Greeks have varying opinions on Greeks. One opinion is that Greeks are people with money and think Ugg boots are appropriate winter footwear, but can definitely have fun and buckle down when necessary.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: A Little Something for Everybody – From the adorable and charming geeks to artsy and unique types to the full-of-energy and ready-to-party frat/sorority boys/girls, you will find someone for you on the Ann Arbor campus of UofM. And since we get a large range of weather patterns, there's enough opportunity to show every side of yourself. This applies to girls and guys.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Snows a Lot – It snows a lot here, but classes hardly ever get cancelled, which is annoying. Classes are really far from the dorms, so it can get a little treacherous walking to class in ice and snow. But, once the weather turns nice, everyone hangs out outside.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Best – School operates plenty of buses so students can reach the place they want to go easily. Moreover, Ann Arbor's local bus fare is free for my college students.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Good bus system – Good transportation to everywhere on the massive campus. There are buses that run every 10 min to north and south campus (from central campus) and it's not that bad of a walk to get most anywhere else. There is also public buses that the city uses to get way off campus, but I never had to use those as I had a car.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Pretty bad – So, the parking situation is horrible. If you are an employee, you get a pass to the massive lots for $500/yr. Otherwise, you look for street parking, which may take you a while. Otherwise, you can get a parking spot with an apartment or separately, which will cost you a lot too ($300-1500/year). When I became a commuter student for my last semester though, I just learned to eat parking tickets (about 2 per week) because there was nothing you could do.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Bars, bars, bars – The bar scene is pretty standardized. There are about 6 bars in the area that compete for the business of certain nights of the week (Tuesdays is Scorekeepers, Thursdays is Mitches, or whatever). These are catering to the partiers though. There are some nicer establishments that have food and drinks that you can have a glorious time at any time of the week. Also, there is a rock/dance concert venue, and a club past main street. Not bad for a small town.

2 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Lacking in physical, bolstered by the mental – If you are here looking for hot bodies, go to Western Michigan University instead. If you are thinking about this school to advance knowledge, this is the place for you. Overall, the people are fun and respectful though.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Similar to the on campus housing, the houses have character, since Ann Arbor is a great old city. However, most of the housing that is accessible to the students are in shoddy condition at best. As an adult, you wouldn't live there. However, it is close to some really nice victorian houses, however it'll cost you the more you upgrade. Housing can run from $400-1000 per bedroom, depending on quality and placement

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Well, they are dorms – Small and cramped, these are nothing noteworthy or exceptional. Just average. If you stay a second or third year, you are likely to get the top floor rooms, which give an illusion of more space.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Some of the best. The campus lies right near downtown Ann Arbor, which is the mecca for all fine diners in the area. The food can be found cheap and ridiculously fancy. It'll run the gamut.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I lived in Bursley and the dining center here was sublime. Tons of different options every day. I gained a bit of weight when I lived here. When on central campus though, I thought that the south quad dining was good, but the west quad was pretty bad. So, it depends on where you go. Overall though, it is homemade (i.g. - not fast food) and run by student workers. It's definitely better than dorms I've been to in VA, IL and other campuses within Michigan.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Doing fine – The computer facilities are giant centers within the libraries. You can usually find places to plug in or check your email (they have special email stations). Also, they have a good assortment of computers for the different groups (macs, windows, linux, solaris, etc). There is a lot of competition for certain locations though and I would suggest having a laptop as a student.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Great Programs – The requirements here are tough and force everyone to study hard. Now that I have gone to get my masters and visited other schools (as well as the fact that my wife is a professor) - I have found many other programs to be lacking severely. One qualm I do have is the fact that the professor to student ration tends to be really bad. I had a chemistry class with one professor and 500 students - this is out of control. I can't stack it up to the ivy league colleges, but overall the experience was good.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Worked for me! I'm not a sports nut, so this won't affect my review (though people tell me the sports programs are quite good). Overall, I had a good learning experience and the people I met here helped me to get jobs in my career in the aftermath of graduation.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Rich Rod – Take out rich rod and the football team will get better... bball team sux but the atmosphere is amazing

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Pick Your Groups Carefully – Although Michigan is a fairly "smart" school that comes with the added hassle of finding anyone fun to hangout with. It is never a good idea to judge a book by its cover here. The people who may look mean may just want you to say hi and they'll light up! So try it! Talk to people! Make friends for the long-term, not just the moment. Academically it is no joke, socially you may feel neglected if you are not actively conversing with people because they will NOT talk to you first. Get that out of your head NOW. And be nice to people, it pays off tremendously!!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not Healthy – There are certainly not enough healthy food places to eat off campus. And the best places to eat food are too far from campus!


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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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