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Reviews 3097 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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.

3 College Senior

Administration: Depends on Situation – The "strictness of the campus" is totally dependent upon the situation and location. As a student living in the dorm, the perceived strictness of the U is completely dependent on the strictness of one's RA (Resident Advisor) - some RAs will allow literally anything to happen in their hall, and some are quite strict regarding what may and may not happen in the dorms.

Similarly, student who live off-campus experience the same situation with police - some campus police officers are quite generous and will allow students to get away with just a warning, while others will give students an MIP on their first offense.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: Strong Community, but Exclusive – The Greek Community at U of M is quite interconnected - most people in a fraternity or sorority have a very strong social network within the Greek system. This network is helpful because a member of the Greek Community is typically no more than one person removed from anyone else in the Greek Community, so it is easy to meet other people one is interested in meeting.

The downside of the Greek Community is that people in that community often do not branch out - they only know people and are involved with groups within that system (and the University has so much more to offer!).

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There are some people who have eclectic styles, but for the most part, the people shop at nearly the same places, so you'll see a lot of people trying to fit in rather than stand out. However, I love that this school is so big and diverse, which means there are many different social groups.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Prices Can Be Negotiated – If you negotiate the price a little, the landlords are willing to decrease a little bit of the rent or will try to accommodate your needs in other ways (free washer/dryer, free carpet cleaning, free parking, etc.).

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Central Campus! Living on central campus is essential unless you are an engineering or music student. Many freshman get placed in Bursley or Baits which means you have to take the bus from north campus every day. To avoid this you can join a learning community as a freshman.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Good Idea as an Underclassman – The dinning halls get somewhat repetative after a couple months, but the food is always well made. Mojo (hill dinning center) has the largest selection, but other dinning halls also have specialty items (ex. make your own pizza in Markley) so to switch things up you can always try a new dining hall.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The libraries are amazing - clean, air-conditioned, and you never have to wait long for a book. There are 2 main libraries plus various speciality ones (medical, historical, etc.). There are three gyms on campus with great hours and affordable classes.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Plentiful – The drug scene at Michigan is used widely and is readily available to anyone, especially marijuana. Alcohol is of course used on a daily basis and the enforcement of drugs is somewhat lenient depending on who catches you, but still be on the look out.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Michigan has every nationality, religious, ethnic, and economic background that one can imagine. Even though the majority of the students on campus are white, one can still see the many different groups of people that widely affect one's perspective of world cultures. Anyone new coming to this school will easily be able to find a group that has common ground to fit in with.

3 College Junior

Weather: Classes rarely get cancelled even if there is a snow blizzard outside. It is the student's responsibility to get to class. The sidewalks are salted right away and if you live on central campus the walk to classes is not that bad.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: The University of Michigan is known for its sports, football being one of the most popular. Sports and its funding is excellent. There is a lot of involvement encouraged on behalf of the students. There are always clubs to join or an activity to do whether you are a beginner or at the professional level.

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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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