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Reviews 3083 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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!

4 College Junior

Technology: Feasible Accesibility. There are a good number f computers for students to use including Macs and PCs, which is fairly convenient. They are not as clean as I would like.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Not Great – It seems Michigan caters to a very specific demographic, with only a few outliers. And among that demographic, students tend to be either exceptionally worldly and accepting, or appallingly ignorant to the challenges of other groups of people whilst still expecting credit for their worldliness.

5 College Senior

Academics: I came to the university to study political science, and have not only gotten an education in that area that exceeded my expectations but I also am very prepared for careers in a variety of fields based on the attention to skill building in the school of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Unfortunately,I don't live off-campus in ann arbor. I commute from south lyon to ann arbor. It is very convenient due to the fact that it is cheaper to live off-capmus of ann arbor. I only pay $400 a moth instead of $750 like a lot of places in ann arbor. The only dislikes are just the distance it take to get to ann arbor, which is half an hour. There is parking provided and the location of my place is in a safe area that ensures my saftey. There is help to guide you around the school, but there not that noticeable to find. you usually have to hunt someone down to help you./

5 College Senior

Transportation: The local transportation around Ann Arbor is great - the University sponsors a bus system that comprehensively covers shuttles between north, central, and south campuses. Also, as students at U of M we are given free access to all of the AATA (Ann Arbor Transportation Authority) which provides students with timely, convenient, and comprehensive access to off campus housing, dining, groceries, and most everything else within the area.

However, Ann Arbor is lacking in the area of long distance transportation - the nearest major Airport is in Detroit (which is roughly 45 minutes away), but we do have an Amtrak station right in the city.


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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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