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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: This school is crazy about its football.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes can be pretty difficult but this school offers many resources to help its students succeed, such as counseling, free tutoring, advising, and so much more.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse compared to most public universities. Among in-staters, there is more socioeconomic and racial/ethnic diversity, but very little in terms of geographic diversity (you will not believe the amount of people here from just Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Northville, Grosse Pointe, and the like). Among out-of-staters, there is more geographic diversity (although a lot from Illinois/New Jersey/New York), but little in terms of socioeconomic diversity, as out-of-staters are eligible for little financial aid.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: Really awesome. For most freshmen, small dorm gatherings, frat parties, and parties hosted by clubs or organizations will be the events to attend. From that point, some get fakes and go to cheap bars (until they're old enough to go to the ones that examine ID's thoroughly) and various house parties. There are also many options for those who prefer a different scene. Hipster/artsy types often throw parties at co-ops, and those obviously differ from the frat party experience. For those who don't drink/smoke, there is UMix (though I honestly don't know how popular that is). There are more people than you'd expect who fall into the non-drinking category so there are social groups for them. Then of course, there are the famous Saturday tailgates, which are some people's parties of choice.

For those University of Michigan students who read this and think they haven't really found a group of people to go out with for whatever reason, I'd strongly advise simply joining clubs and organizations that interest you. Clubs are one of the best ways to meet new people at the school partially because they often throw events for their members. The more involved you are in a club, the more likely you are to enjoy such events as well.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: Really awesome. For most freshmen, small dorm gatherings, frat parties, and parties hosted by clubs or organizations will be the events to attend. From that point, some get fakes and go to cheap bars (until they're old enough to go to the ones that examine ID's thoroughly) or various house parties. Of course, Fall Saturdays also host the famous Saturday tailgates. There are also many options for those who prefer a different scene. Hipster/artsy types often throw parties at co-ops, and those obviously differ from the frat party experience. For those who don't drink/smoke, there is UMix (though I honestly don't know how popular that is). Regardless, there are more people than you'd expect that fall into the non-drinking category so there are social groups for them to hang out with.

4 College Junior

Academics: Based on the classes I've taken and what I've heard from other students, if you major in something like humanities or social sciences, you will have a significantly more manageable workload than if you major in something math/science based. Engineering students seem to have it toughest of all, though the reputation of the engineering school is so good that they do get pretty great job offers after college. I am a double major in Ross and LS&A so I can speak somewhat to those two experiences. Ross has some pretty great career resources and good classes that are smaller than those in LS&A (though mostly not small-school-small). However, they are currently in the process of implementing a new curriculum and the current setup is definitely not perfect. In LS&A, I'm a psychology major. Like most popular majors in LS&A, psychology has pretty large lecture-style courses until the upper-levels. However, most professors and GSIs are in the subject are awesome and engaging. For the most part, my LS&A professors in other subjects have been good, though there have been some I wasn't the biggest fan of. Overall, I'd say the academics at the University of Michigan are great (though vary a bit by department), though those who comes to the university should obviously be prepared to have large lectures (paired with smaller discussion sections, but those are usually led by GSI's).

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The quads on Central Campus (all the directions- North, South, East, and West) are all pretty decent. However, North Campus options are very far from classes for non-engineering/art students and not the best quality.

5 College Junior

Athletics: I'm not actually a huge sports fan in general, but Football Saturdays are a great time (and a lot of people's favorite part of Fall semester). The games are really fun to go to and see how many people are also decked out in maize and blue. People are interested in other sports too, but not nearly to the same extent. A lot of people participate in intramural sports, but club sports can be really competitive to get into after trying out if you weren't awesome in high school. If you aren't interested in the sports scene at all there are also people on campus who just straight-up ignore all the hype about it and never attend a single game.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My review of the overall experience will be more useful for out-of-state students than in-state (just because I think the experiences for those groups differ a bit). The University of Michigan is overall a great balance between academics and social life. It's a large school and if you have specific interests, you will find a group of people that share that interest. That said, I think it does take some time finding a social network here, particularly if not a lot of people you went to high school with came here and if you don't join Greek Life. Also, the weather can be pretty harsh in the winter for those who are not from the Northern Midwest (I'm from the Northeast, where it still gets cold, but Michigan is other level sometimes). But like I said, overall a pretty well-rounded college experience.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We have the largest stadium in the country for God sakes! Virtually the entire school (save for a few) actively supports the football team and many many students attend the games on Saturdays. Basketball and hockey are the other most popular sports (And the only other ones that students have to pay to attend). There is an insane amount of school spirit among the entire student body and faculty and the locals of Ann Arbor! There will always be people sporting their Michigan gear and will defend UM 'til they die. Despite up and down seasons from the basketball and football teams, the games are always well attended. Football is especially hype now that Coach Harbaugh has revitalized the team.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Nobody has the balance that Michigan does between work and pleasure. We are the epitome of work hard, play hard! From our top-notch academics to our extreme variety of things to do when you are not working that will please every type of person, there is not another school in the world that offers the unparalleled experience of having the time of life while also preparing you for the real world like Michigan

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Because Michigan is such a large school, there are plenty of people that don't drink or use drugs. Even then, many of them still go out to frat parties and have a great time. There are also tons of other options to have drug and alcohol-free nights. Access to alcohol is very easy for students underage. There are many liquor stores around campus and fake IDs will generally work with buying. Weed is the second most prevalent substance and it has developed into somewhat of a culture in Ann Arbor (It was decriminalized years ago). Other drugs are used by some amounts of people, but unless you are looking for it, it usually isn't obvious.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are so many things to do at night on UM's campus and in Ann Arbor. For those 21+ or if you have a fake ID, there is a large selection of bars and nightclubs that are popular on weekend nights with varying degrees of leniency on fakes. Occasionally there will be 18+ nights at bars and clubs but they will mark you if you cannot drink and they are fairly strict. UM buses run until 3am on the weekends and there is SafeRide after that if you need to get back home.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: For those in Greek life, there are parties and mixers pretty much every night that you can go to with your frat or sorority. If you are not in Greek life and a girl, you can generally get into open frat parties on weekends. For guys, you usually have to be in a group with a girl to guy ratio of 2:1 or better. Even then, you may have to know a brother in the frat to get in.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Being such a large state school, Michigan offers an insane number and level of diversity of clubs and courses. There are so many majors and minors to choose from and many many courses to take, a lot of them taught by world class, engaging professors and GSIs (Graduate Student Instructors). The class sizes range from between 15-20 in seminars to 500-student lectures in popular class such as Economics 101 and Psychology. Most likely you will experience a few of these and everything in between.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is mostly white and many students come from affluent backgrounds. That being said, there is a fair amount of diversity consisting of every race, religion, class and sexual orientation across the board. Disproportionately large amount of Jews, Indians and Asians. Ann Arbor is also a very flowery, hippy town so there is a handful of those (students and non students alike) that are LGBT

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Michigan is constantly rated one of the best public schools among among the best schools overall in the country. And theres a good reason for that! There is an immense variety of classes to pick from and very little of them are "blow off" classes. Expect to take on fairly heavy to insane course loads each semester full of readings, quizzes, exams, and group work/projects. It is most definitely manageable if you put the time in to buckle down and study when it is necessary and there are plenty of resources and study spots to accomplish this. The professors are par none as they are almost always internationally recognized members at the top of their fields of study that have accomplished some amazing things

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As a 6'2" male, I do not have a problem walking around campus alone at night and have never felt unsafe. But I do have other guy friends and many friends that are girls who prefer not to walk around campus alone. It is generally just going from studying somewhere on campus back to dorms and houses where people feel the most unsafe. There are blue emergency lights all around campus and there are numbers to call like SafeRide if you do not feel safe walking. There is also the app Companion that many people use which is very helpful.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Early action decisions are usually released the Friday before Christmas. Because of the constantly growing influx of applications (51,000 last year), many many many deserving students are deferred to the regular decision pool. The key is to show a continued interest in the school. Generally, emailing your admissions counselor in January with an update on any activities or achievement that occurred after you submitted your application is a good way to go with this. Deferred applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting in mid January until they send all the rejections out in early April. A degree from Michigan is looked at with extreme respect and will get you a job if you apply yourself correctly. There are so many networking opportunities and career fairs on campus and there is an excellent career center to help out with finding jobs/internships

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you are a freshman, you are randomly assigned one of many dorms across Central or North Campus (You cannot request a specific dorm unless you are in a learning community). They vary greatly and each has their own advantages and disadvantages. The general consensus is that you want to be on Central campus and not North because you have to take buses back and forth from North to Central where most, if not al, of your classes will be. It can be extremely inconvenient but it is much quieter than Central and you bond with those on North as well. The nicest dorms are West Quad and East Quad. South Quad has large rooms but they are fairly old. Couzens and Alice Lloyd are also very nice but hard to get. Mojo is decent. Markley is very old and somewhat dirty but it is all freshmen and the most social dorm so you are guaranteed to meet friends there.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: About one in four students are involved in Greek life. Its up to you whether you consider that large or small (Remember UM has 40,000+ students). That being said, there are lots of frats and sororities and their presence is definitely felt. While I'm sure they all do their good for the community, they only seemed to be recognized by non-Greek students for the negative things that happen. There seems to be at least one frat kicked off campus every year and a sorority being suspended for all different kinds of things (The president of UM is very anti-Greek life). Party wise, they happen just about every night. Most of them are mixers strictly for the individual frat and sorority having them. But there are almost always open parties on the weekends for those not in Greek life. Many of them though, require that you know somebody or at least be a girl.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We have the largest football stadium in the country. The entire city of Ann Arbor revolves around football on Saturdays where students attend crazy tailgates at frat houses and fans from across the country set up their own tailgates all around Ann Arbor. Football Saturdays are unparalleled to anything you will ever experience. There are also sporting events going on every week all year round so it's awesome to attend a volleyball game on a slow Wednesday night or cheer on your friends on the baseball team.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is honestly no better school to spend four years at than Michigan. I know everyone says that about their respective schools, but just consider this: What other college has the academic caliber and reputation of UM combined with world class sports teams and the largest stadium in the country?

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is greek life. Usually it's black and white, you either are in greek life or you want nothing to do with it. With a big greek community there are a lot of stereotypes and reputations that surface. Greek life is a big part of the social scene. Guys who aren't in greek life have a harder time getting into parties than girls who aren't in greek life. Greek life is definitely beneficial when it comes to making friends. You are garunteed to meet people you bond with through rushing, even if greek life isn't for you. However there are a million other things you can do to occupy your time other than greek life. There are so many clubs and organizations to look into you are never left without anything to do.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our team itself is legendary, and with coach Harbaugh bringing in wins we haven't seen in years, there is a whole lot of hype on campus for all sports. Football and hockey games are always fun. We have the biggest stadium in the western hemisphere and it's safe to say that you haven't experienced a football game until you've experienced a game in the big house.

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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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