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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The only reasons not to come to Michigan are if you hate fun and don't want a good education. Seriously, it is hard to find anyone with a bad thing to say about it. It is what you make of it. A lot of people worry about big schools, but having gone to Michigan I can tell you big schools are as small as you make them. You are going to find your own scene, but you will still reap the benefits of the diverse social life and practically unlimited academic programs offered by a big school. You can make a big school feel small, but you can't make a small school feel big. I guess it is a little cold in the winter though.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Ann Arbor is one of the best restaurant towns in America. Options range from unhealthy but delicious places along State Street like Mr. Spots and Quickie Burger all the way to truly fantastic restaurants on Main Street like Mani Osteria and Aventura. The restaurants downtown are justifiably expensive. The only problem is that you won't have enough time to visit them all when your parents come for a weekend and take you out. If you like food make sure you eat at Aventura, Mani Osteria, Frita Batidos, Savas, Logan, West End Grill, Cafe Zola, and Isalita in that order. Pizza House and NYPD deliver until 4am, which will be really important if you ever go to Skeeps or pull an all-nighter (you will). You also have options like Chipotle and Five Guys and many more within walking distance of campus.

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5 College Senior

Party Scene: I assume the party scene is only better at schools in the South where reading is not a prerequisite for admittance. Football pre games are the earliest I wake up all year and they are my 6 most fun days of the entire year. Michigan has everything you want. I don't go to house parties, but they are pretty common. The bars are fantastic. Some people love Rick's (and it is great), but Skeeps (Scorekeepers) is the greatest bar in America. Your friends at small schools will never be able to understand what college was like if they didn't experience a football tailgate like they have at Michigan.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: School spirit is as good as it gets anywhere. Football game days are the most fun days of the entire year. The varsity facilities are incredible across the board. A++ Overall.

On the flip side the intramural facilities are unimpressive. Most gyms are pretty old and overdue for a renovation. I don't use them often, but when I do they get the job done and no more. The best thing I can say about them is that they are there.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I only lived in the dorms for a year, but this is an area Michigan is pumping a ton of money. They have gutted and renovated a different dorm every summer for the past few years and now offer beautiful dorms. Avoid North Campus dorms as a Freshman.

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: As with questions about the drug scene and LGBT acceptance and whatever else it all depends on what you want and the people you surround yourself with. Michigan has whatever you are looking for. I was not in a Fraternity because I played a Division I sport and was not allowed to pledge, but most of my non-athlete friends were and most of the (non-athlete) girls I tried to hook-up with were as well. Additionally, most of the parties and tailgates I attended were sponsored by or at fraternities. Therefore, Greek life was pretty central to my own experience and I have a generally favorable attitude towards it. There are a lot of fraternities and sororities so if you are interested in Greek life you will find one for you. However, Michigan is a very big school so if you aren't interested at all you can pursue other interests and not partake in Greek life. That being said, I would encourage anyone who is even thinking about it to seriously consider it. It is a great social network to have and is only as big of a commitment as you make it (you can always drop if you absolutely hate it). You will probably enjoy it though. As far as attitudes towards Greek life from non-Greeks, I am sure it ranges from love them to hate them and depends on the Greek organization as well.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The University is mostly uninvolved in helping students find off-campus housing. You should begin looking early because most houses in any neighborhood near campus are spoken for by November of the pervious school year. Houses and apartments run the gamut from cheap to expensive and from falling apart to very nice. There are upscale apartment buildings for low New York City rents (~$1400 per month per person), and there are crappy houses that go as low as $600 per month per person and probably even lower. I have lived in a decent house on East University, a horrible house on Greenwood, and a nice house on East University. In all cases my rent was between $650 and $750.

Off campus housing mostly depends on your landlord. Do a lot of research on this before you sign a lease, and for the love of God read your lease so you know what you are getting into. Some landlords will try to nickel and dime you for a house that is falling apart (Oxford Property Management... AVOID OXFORD AT ALL COSTS). And some landlords are responsive, understandable, and keep their houses in working order (we had a mostly positive experience with Sam Copi. Seriously though, don't rent with Oxford their business is charging students for anything and everything and then threatening you with eviction if you don't pay fees you can't even understand.

5 College Senior

Administration: Most U of M students like to come back to Ann Arbor a week or so before classes start for Welcome Week. Welcome Week is basically a week full of outdoor day parties and nights at the bars/frats/house parties. The University used to have Freshman come at the beginning of the week, and they would partake in the entire week. In an effort to prevent new student from partying too hard during welcome week they now move into their dorms on Thursday (as of 2014). I would say that is pretty reasonable if not lenient. Additionally, I have never known the University to be overly strict with the fraternities or to put in place policies to seriously curb drinking.

I am an Engineering student, and they take the honor code very seriously. I don't know of anyone who has been found in violation of it (it does happen), but they often emphasize its importance and remind students of it frequently. As part of the honor code for Engineering teachers are not present during the exams, and in my experience my instructors have been very diligent in following this and other policies. Lecture/recitation attendance depends on your field of study. As an engineering major all of my classes are recorded and posted online so I could feasibly never go to a single lecture. Again, this is not true for every major, and some classes/majors are heavily attendance based.

I lived in the dorms one year. I would say they are no more lenient nor strict than other schools. You need your student ID and personal code to get in most dorms/bathrooms in the dorms because Michigan is such a big school. I never had a problem with people visiting other than the inconvenience of getting into the dorms/bathrooms without a card. Drinkng in the dorms happens, but students will get written up if they are too loud or obvious. This generally isn't a problem as it isn't really necessary to drink in the dorms because there are so many other options.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of restaurants in Ann Arbor and many are within walking distance. Although the best restaurants are a little more expensive, there are some on State street that are close and inexpensive. Not a lot of places have student discounts but I would definitely recommend Frita Batidos and Angelos as my favorites.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: The party scene is great and there are a variety of options for students. Greek life is rather large on campus and is a nice way to meet people. Club sports are also very active as well as other organizations. There are always a lot of parties during the year but syllabus week has something at least every night.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are definitely some dorms that are better than others but I feel like that is the cause with many universities. The University is currently in the process of redoing a lot of the dorm areas so this is definitely improving. Everyone especially freshman year is very friendly and there are plenty of clubs and activities to meet friends. Many of the dorms are on campus and are very close to all the classes. North Campus is great for engineers and art students, but if you get stuck there freshman year and you are not one of the two it is rather unfortunate.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Overall the University of Michigan is very safe. While walking on campus there are often police officers around Ann Arbor and there are always a large amount of people. If you feel unsafe at night, you can call safe ride to come and pick you up from the library or somewhere else. Although some instances do unfortunately occur, it is impossible to rid the school of all crime cases with such a large student population.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I have stayed in two dorms on different ends of the spectrum, Bursley and Stockwell. Bursley needs a major overall, while Stockwell is a good place to stay.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing can be less expensive and nicer than some of the dorms. This is my first year living in an apartment, and from my perspective, the university has supplied sufficient access to information on the off-campus housing.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: While I have received a scholarship from University of Michigan, based on my financial situation, I, as well as my parents, have received a number of loans during my attendance. The bottom line - start your search early and continuously.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty ingrained in the fabric of the University of Michigan. There is very nice Greek housing. However, not being in a fraternity or sorority doesn't limit your social life.

3 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy being in the College of Engineering. The downside is that there are not many women in my field of study, which makes it somewhat frustrating.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I am an engineering major. I spent every summer from the 7th grade attending summer engineering programs at the university, as well as other summer engineering programs, including one at MIT. These programs, coupled with my high school work, and college test scores, made my entry into the program somewhat straightforward, no difficulties.

My tips for admission is to ensure you are a well rounded individual, with a variety of interests and experiences, and of course, mixed in the required excellent grades and test scores

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: There are many parties and events on and off campus.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have lived on campus for my first two years at U of M. The campus is well lit, there is great security at the dorms, and I feel for the most part, safe. As with any environment, common sense and awareness of your surroundings plays a part in how safe you are.

4 College Junior

Local Area: There are a lot of things to do and see on campus and in the city of Ann Arbor. U of M is firmly integrated in the fabric of the city.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great variety of quaint places with good, unique food. It's just super expensive for the most part (there are a lot of out-of-town visitors who support those places--not the college kids). I'm still looking for the good, hole-in-the-wall spots--some of the ones I've explored are terrible but some are actually really good.

5 College Junior

Majors: It seems that UM has fantastic programs for everything from music, theatre, and writing to engineering, nursing, and paleontology. I love it because they allow you freedom to craft your own program and focus on classes which will help you specifically. The workload can be either heavy or light, depending on the classes of course but also on your goals with the class. If you really want to learn and do well, it takes much more work, but that's personal motivation. The facilities are decent, although they need remodeling (as they're doing with the School of Music now); the sound acoustics aren't really the best and there need to be more practice rooms. The students lead most of the extra things which really give you experience: it's the students who gather ensembles to help with their recitals or recording projects, so you end up learning from class but really being able to put your skills to work in a functioning, dynamic system of performing. And that performance includes everything from newly composed music to classical performances to improvisation groups to collaborations with dancers to performance art.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's really fantastic, easy to get where you need to go because the transportation system is frequent and generally reliable. Much easier than living off campus, because it's difficult to find parking places. The cost is unnecessarily high, but the cost of off-campus housing in Ann Arbor is also high, so once you add in the amenities, internet, furniture, etc. the costs aren't too far apart, and on-campus is much more efficient. They provide great furniture on campus: everything you really need from beds, desks, bookshelves, dressers, and chairs to coffee tables and dinner tables. The social atmosphere is also great if you want it to be in the dorms; I met my closest college friends in my dorm hall. There are tons of community-building activities or just fun things to do that are advertised all the time, so you have a ton of opportunities that are totally optional, depending on what you feel like doing. But if you want to keep to yourself, you can do that too. In the on-campus apartments the social life is pretty bleak, but hopefully by the time you've moved there you already have a good base of friends, and honestly the quiet is nice there too. You're pretty much free to do what you want as long as you're responsible with the property.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Not the best match for me and the town helps bolster the school but the school does have good academics but I personally do not like the atmosphere

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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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