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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Just use the blue busses. They are free and can get you really close to where you need to go. Also the RIDE busses are free for UM students and again, can basically get you really close to anywhere off campus you need to go. Just learn how to use them early on and getting around campus will be a breeze.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is like no other on campus- especially during football season. Although I really do feel bad for all of the student athletes that are not football players because there sports rarely get the recognition they deserve. Our school really does mainly care about its football program and that's it. I mean you can get into Women's Basketball and Men and Women's Track and Field meets (and a lot of other sports) for under $3 a game, heck Men's soccer is even free admission. Where you have to pay $300+ for season football tickets? It's ridiculous.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is campus. It is big, and there are a lot of strangers there. Walking alone at night I do not feel all that safe but that is because I am a 19 year old girl. No one ever really feels safe walking alone at night. However if you are on campus, or living in a neighborhood right off of campus, walking alone at night isn't so bad just because generally there are always other people walking around too. Also that campus does an awesome job of making sure the area is well lit which I think really deters crimes from occurring.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There are literally hardly ever parking spots. You are better parking way off campus and bussing it in if you are going to be there the entire day. Tickets are given frequently, so if you are parking somewhere for the whole day make sure you are in a legal parking spot. You really don't need a car on campus though because of the wonderful bus systems. Also if you make friends, chances are one of them will have a car if you need to use one. Or you can also look at ZipCar or GreenRide, two ways to access cars on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I mean yes people drink, we are at such a big university that it is very prevalent. Same goes for drugs like weed, especially being in Ann Arbor during Hash Bash. But really no one that I know of has ever been forced into doing something. The people here- while they may be making questionable decisions- really don't use peer pressure a whole lot. Policy enforcement is basically on the basis of if you are under the influence and being obnoxious you will be caught. if you are minding your own business while under the influence however cops generally won't bother you.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: U-M is one of the best schools in the country

5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Varies from small places to modern expensive living

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Ann Arbor has sooo many restaurants, especially for a small city. And good ones too. There is a large variety of ethnic foods and there are alway new places to try. Depending on where you live, the better restaurants downtown might be a bit out of the way, but I definitely recommend trying as many places as you can.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Labs are usually pretty full, but it's not impossible to find a computer. I definitely recommend having your own laptop, but you could get by on the school's computers. Wifi can be spotty at times but it is everywhere, including all dorms, and when it works it's fast.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always something going on on the weekends, and a lot of people go out and drink (but not everybody of course). Because there are so many different types of people in Ann Arbor, there's something for everyone, meaning you can party or find other things to do. If you're not in a frat it can sometimes be hard to find parties, but generally it's not a problem.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't qualify for much financial aid and there are some scholarships, but you might want to look at private scholarships.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics at Michigan are tough. I'm an engineering student so it's especially hard, but that just means you'll know your stuff even better. Professors seem enthusiastic about teaching. Some intro courses will be very large lectures, but most have discussion sections of about 30 students where a GSI (or TA) will help you learn the material. Professors also all have office hours and are helpful if you go. Other resources for getting help are the Science Learning Center or the Math Lab, where you can get free tutoring. The moral is even though it's a large school, help is there for you if you seek it out.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's the midwest. Winters aren't fun but they are bearable. This past winter was much worse than most years, but don't let the weather scare you away!

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Ann Arbor has tons of cool restaurants and shops. It's small for me, coming from a big city, but it's still a really cool place.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football and basketball are huge on campus. You can't graduate without going to a football game at least once, even if you have no idea what's going on.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are campus buses and city buses that go all over the area. The biggest problem is that there is virtually no bus service on the weekends. Getting to and from the airport is pretty easy around breaks because the U provides coach buses that take to there and back for a very small fee. They have also recently started a free bus service to Detroit, which can be nice if you want to get away for a day.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is pretty prevalent on campus, and there are always frat parties on weekends. It's definitely not impossible to get into frat parties if you're not greek, but it can be harder. Girls can usually get in either way.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a LOT of Asians, but very few underrepresented minorities. There's been a ton of recent controversy related to this issue, and I don't know if anything productive has come of it, but the number of African-Americans and Latinos is pretty pathetic. I hope we fix this problem soon.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not very noticeable on campus unless you seek them out. Of course, occasionally a hall will smell like weed but it's not like it's a big problem.

4 College Freshman

Administration: This really depends on your RA. Most of them don't give two s***s as long as you're being responsible, but mine was way too strict. There are cops that go around the dorms on weekends, and are relatively strict but reasonable.

1 College Senior

Parking: I would suggest not even bothering to bring a car here, parking is that bad.

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1 College Senior

Weather: If you don't like the cold and snow, you will have a really, really rough time here. The summer can get pretty hot as well.

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3 College Senior

Technology: The UGLi and Fish Bowl can get pretty crowded, but there are plenty of less popular computing sites that never fill up like the SLC, Tap Room in the Union and in the MLB.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: The university takes a relatively pragmatic approach to drugs. They understand that Marijuana isn't the same as Heroin or Cocaine, and treat it as such. Likewise, they understand the difference between having a beer and drinking until your liver is half dead.

5 College Senior

Academics: The workload is pretty high, but it pays off. Taking advantage of the copious research, internship and study abroad opportunities available here combined with the name Michigan on your degree sets you above the average when you are applying to grad school or looking for a job.

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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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