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Reviews 3410 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from Southern California – Obviously, Michigan weather brings an abundance of snow. The snow is a hassle walk go through when it gets muddy and turns into slush, and the cold weather can be almost unbearable at times, but there is a quiet beauty to the weather here in Michigan, there is nothing as serene as walking out of your dorm early in the morning, before the snow plowers get to work, and seeing a blanket of snow covering everything as far as the eye can see. It really brings a sense of nature into the campus, despite all of its inconveniences.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Go Blue! Despite the mediocre performance of UM's sports teams in recent years, the school spirit behind our sports teams is overwhelming to see the least. Huge amounts of students attend football, hockey, soccer, and basketball games, and regardless of team performance, whether we come out with an exhilarating win or a crushing loss, the support for our fellow Wolverine athletes is unparalleled. Even after college is over, the spirit from the Alumni still remains strong. Go Blue!

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: You Have to Be Your Own Advocate. My first and second years I didn't get very much financial aid through the school, but it was fine. My third year I needed a lot more financial aid, and the University offered me an amount that seemed a little low, so we called and talked with the advisors about the issues that resulted in my needing more aid and they came back with a very wonderful financial aid package for me.

2 College Junior

Parking: To get permits for on campus parking it is very expensive. Off campus parking is difficult to come by, but you can sometimes rent from friends with off campus housing who do not have cars. Around Ann Arbor it is usually metered street parking, but there are a few parking structures around town.

4 College Junior

Administration: Pretty Laid Back – Marijuana is decriminalized in Ann Arbor, so as long as you aren't technically on campus the penalty for getting caught with week is a very small fine. Recently smoking was banned in public places in the state of Michigan, but it does not seem to be too strictly enforced here. As far as MIPs and Alcohol go, the guest police speaker will even tell you at orientation that as long as you aren't acting like an idiot you won't get in trouble. I have heard of people getting MIPs though and have heard that the fines are astronomical and it is strange since it is cheaper to get a fine for smoking weed. Basically, as long as you keep yourself from bothering anyone else, you will stay out of trouble.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Sports Are Huge – Saturdays in the fall are devoted to football. It's an all-day event, with people partying before, after, and during games. Plus we have the Big House, the third biggest stadium in the world.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Diverse & Fun – There is so much to do in Ann Arbor. You can watch indie/classic films at either the State or Michigan theaters or take a bus to a more major theater. There is a great variety of restaurants, offering cultural foods from middle-eastern to thai. There are solid 18 and up clubs. Ann Arbor itself doesn't attract big name bands, but The Ark usually has a solid line up of bands that come.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Very easy and smooth. The school helps out its students tremendously.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Very diverse Greek Lives. You can find literally anything your looking for at U of M.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Very nice apartments with many amenities. Prices are a little expensive. Regardless, still MUCH cheaper than dorming.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The Office of Financial Aid here at the University of Michigan will give you a personal counselor to walk you through what would be the best possible options for you financial aid at the university. Fill out a couple forms and they tak care of the rest.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You will be able to find someone to hang out with guaranteed. With countless clubs and social engagements on campus, you will find a spot in the social life at the University of Michigan.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: With over 13 libraries on the University of Michigan campus, you will find one with what you are looking for and to fit your needs. The staff are trained professionals that are willing to help you with anything you may be having difficulty with. In Library Cafes and dozens of group study centers you will be able to meet and learn effectively.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They're Pretty Reasonable – It's an expensive school, there's pretty much no way around it. But financial aid is willing to try and do everything in their power to help make paying for school as easy as possible.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Love It Here! There's enough people so if you don't get along with some, there's still thousands of people that are potential friends. The campus is great and the city is great and I love my classes and even though it's kind of pricey, I wouldn't trade this school for anything. I love being in the best college marching band and being a part of such an awesome tradition.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Police Rock – There have been plenty of incidences, but we live in the city so it's to be expected. I always get an email and text message update as soon as there's a problem and it always has great tips for staying safe-the police here are awesome! Safety is very important here.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: FAFSA It up – Just by doing FAFSA, you're financial aid process will be much easier. Once your FAFSA is turned in the UMich Financial Aid staff will provide you with financial aid opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Weather: A majority of the time it is extremely cold in Ann Arbor and snows a lot as well. Although it makes it inconvenient to go out for fun, there are things to do inside as well. Those who maintain the campus are very good about salting the sidewalks. Classes are relatively close to each other and even if things are far away the buses run from convenient places.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: A Diverse Population – I have never been in a academic environment comprised of a throughly mixed ratio of races. Along with these races there are numerous religions at UMich. The student body and faculty support these races by having student organizations, performances, conferences, and events that reflect these races and religions, as well as sexual orientation. These events and organizations are open to all students despite their views which provides a extensive array of educational opportunities and a path towards acceptance of all.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Resources – The University of Michigan definitely has a very challenging curriculum, however there are numerous resources in order to make courses easier to cope with. The professors make themselves available for students for further assistance on the course. There are also several other buildings that specialize in helping students.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Difficult for Out-Of-State – They give a lot of merit scholarships, especially in LSA, but I know of a lot of out-of-state students who are paying full tuition.

4 College Freshman

Technology: access is available in every building. Occasionally, the printers get clogged, but everything else is good.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not available like one would like it for international students

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: All in One – A huge school that can be made small, everything is available and each person will find his/her own niche. Great academically, socially, great sports (usually) and great school spirit

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Variety of Food Choices – Theres a variety of choices in regards to types of food and hence in costs, theres a bit of everything, most places are easily accessible, student discounts arent as available as one would like


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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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