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4 College Senior

Diversity: Since Michigan is such a large school. there are many types of people on campus. Although the majority is white, heterosexual, middle class students , we have a very diverse and cultural student body. Political affiliation is split pretty evenly between Democrats and Republicans. The majority of religions on campus are Christian, Catholic, and Jewish. Regardless, Michigan students are very accepting of all students!

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: Michigan is very organized when dealing with their financial aid. They are more helpful for students who demonstrate financial nee rather than merit based. They set up emergency funds for students who encounter unexpected financial problems.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of housing available near campus that is cheaper and nicer than the dorms.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Food: There are some great dishes served like chicken broccoli bake, and the choices on a daily basis are varied, but there could be more late night options.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is very limited on campus, though it is generally unnecessary, as most students live on campus or in apartments just across the street from a campus building (and near a campus bus stop!) There is parking available on campus, but you need to apply to be assured of having a spot, and the higher year you are the better your chances are of being guaranteed. There are multiple city parking structures located within a minutes walk of Central Campus, but these, of course, can be too expensive to use for months of parking. There is a running joke of, "If you bring a car to campus, bring a parking spot," which can be very accurate, but since there is a phenomenal campus bus system and the city bus system (which is also very good) is free for students, this tends to not be a problem.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of apartments around campus both on North and Central Campus, and they are all right off campus, so there is no worry about commute. If you really want to get the apartment you want you might need to start looking early (around the beginning of winter term for the next fall term). There are apartments available in most complexes even late in the term, but some do not have enough rooms to be available for a long time. Usually this is not an issue, but if you want to look into a bunch of different apartments and be picky about choosing one, it is a good idea to start early. Most apartments don't have parking or charge extra for it, which can be an issue if you need to go to the store to buy your own groceries, but the biggest issue is really the cost. There are a few cheap options, but housing in Ann Arbor can be very expensive. If you want to have an apartment nicer than the dorm rooms, then you can expect to pay about the same amount as you would for on-campus housing without the luxury of having a meal plan included.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A lot of students are into partying, especially those in sororities and frats. There's always a party of some sort happening.

3 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Michigan is very lacking in giving financial aid or scholarships. A lot of money goes to in-state students and it is tough on out-of-staters.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football and basketball are the main things on campus. They get all of the funding mostly. The athletic facilities could be a little bit nicer, they are just a bit dark and gloomy in my opinion.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking is expensive at U of M. BUT, I think this is totally fine given the public transportation options. Biking, walking, busing... all are much easier and more environmentally friendly than trying to find parking.

2 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: U of M takes many initiatives to educate students about underage drinking on campus through events and surveys. Students seem to use alcohol responsibly because of U of M's high social and academic standards.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The BEST overall, comprehensive athletics program of any school. Nothing beats watching a football game in the student section of the big house.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Michigan is notorious for NOT giving out scholarships. They figure that, if you want to come to their school, you're willing to pay whatever you have to in order to make it happen. There are no "fluff" scholarships to be found anywhere; if you want help, you need to qualify for a rare grant, take out student loans, or hunt down Work-Study (which doesn't apply to tuition at all anyway).

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms are outright really nice (like Alice Lloyd, North Quad, Couzins) while others have an old sort of charm (like Stockwell, West Quad). Unfortunately, not all of the dorms are so nice (Markley) and the fact that everyone can't fit on central campus is an issue; while the dorms on North are decent, they require a 15-20 minute bus ride to get to from main campus and the buses don't run all the time.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some of the buildings are nice (like the Natural Science Building) and some are old and pretty (like Angell Hall) but some are old and gross (like Dennison, the MLB, Markley dorm, etc.)

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys at U of M are awesome. They are friendly, easy to talk to, intelligent, and always down for a fun time. Girls are great too, but the range is pretty big. The scale goes from completely shy and artsy and introspective, to a little stuck-up and obsessed with Greek Life. There are so many people at this school who are so different and passionate about what they do. There is a hipster trend that many follow, but mostly our love for our school is what keeps us together. The most spirit you will EVER find.

10 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: It is a safe campus with buildings open all night that will be happy to shelter you if need be. It is also pretty easy to find a police officer when walking through campus and you can always ask for an escort home if you feel unsafe. My freshman year there were many reports of an "Ann Arbor rapist" and that was incredibly scary, but luckily my friends and I never came in contact with him because we travel in groups.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Weather: Ann Arbor in the fall and spring (September/October and April) is gorgeous. But the rest of the months are treacherous in terms of transportation. Everything is walking distance, so we all trudge through hail and rain and wind so hard it blows your umbrella upside down. We all look like eskimos bundled up, and hardly noticeable. It unifies us in our weather strength (haha) but also isolates us because it is too cold to go outside and meet new people.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For the most part I feel pretty comfortable on campus, but sometimes we receive frightening emails about illegal activity on campus such as break- ins.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: The options at dining halls are pretty good, and even if you want to get something else there's loads of on-campus options.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Parking: Thankfully I've never needed a car on campus because parking in Ann Arbor is awful. It is always crowded and parking is so expensive. Even to get a permit for a parking lot is ridiculous because not only is it expensive, it's only available to certain students and faculty.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: We receive a lot of notices of people's homes being broken into, of women being attacked on the streets, and even a suspected homicide. The alerts are good to keep yourself aware but I feel like there is hardly ever a weekend where we don't hear news of someone being attacked or robbed.

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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking in Ann Arbor is a nightmare. Don't try to drive anywhere downtown-just walk-it is much easier. However, if you live off campus in a house or apartment, parking usually comes with your lease. In that case, I think it's helpful to have a car to go off campus to buy groceries or run errands.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Winter lasts from November until March. It snows a lot in the winter. It is pretty typical Michigan weather, though. However, during the nicer months (April-September), the weather is absolutely beautiful, and many students spend time outside in the diag or the many parks in Ann Arbor.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many delicious restaurants located around Ann Arbor-local, organic, vegan, vegetarian, or just 5 Guys to grab your burger.

3 people found this useful Report
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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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