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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Mostly safe. NEver leave your books or laptop unattended at the library

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You will find a wide range of people with all sorts of interests/personalities. I personally met my best friends here

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A lot of fun on campus. Dorms are mediocre but social scene in the dorms leads to a great experience. Highly reccommend living on-campus at-least one year. You will meet a ton of people this way!

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Michigan is full of pre-med students so if you plan on taking any science/pre-med courses, they will be difficult. Most of the other classes aren't too bad except engineering courses.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Michigan is much more prominent than at other college campuses. There are numerous fraternities and sororities, including both 'regular,' professorial, and volunteer fraternities. It's completely up to yo if you want to participate in Greek life or not. There are definitely pros and cons to being a part of Greek life, but it's not mandatory by any means. While Greek life may offer 'a fun night out,' there are plenty of other options for fun nights out on weekends.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Michigan has a lot of options if you're interested in nightlife. There are obviously a lot of fraternities and sororities, so if you're looking for that scene, you won't have to go too far. There's also a couple 18-and-up and 21-and-up clubs downtown as well. There are a couple bars near by as well. But if the party scene isn't your thing, there's plenty of other stuff to do on the weekend as well! You can go see a movie, go to a UMix event, go shopping at the Mall or on State St., go see a performance from a Michigan group, or just hang with friends!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are several dining halls, all with their own 'flavor.' East Quad will be reopening for the 2013-2014 school year and is suppose to have very health food options and vegan options as well. That's not to say that you can't get a yummy cheese burger or slice of delicious pizza at Mojo or North Quad. Also, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from on State St. and South University! Noodles, Five Guys, Pot Belly, Savas, Insomnia Cookies...just to name a few. There are also little 'shops' called Victors and Blue Apple where you can buy sandwiches, pizza, smoothies, and pretty much any kind of snack you're craving. You'll never go hungry at Michigan!

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3 College Freshman

Technology: There are many different places to use computers. Lots of public printers as well as computers, and you can rent out things to use for various events. However you get a page print limit that sometimes isn't enough.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Incredible amount of restaurants and variety. There are places that you can eat by yourself, go on dates, and take you parents to. Also places for every price point.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Very easy to get into their parties as a Freshman. They play a huge part of on campus life, hosting various events as well as creating environments to get to know one another. There are also "Professional" frats and sororities that concentrate on certain people. There is a business frat for example.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: U of M has strict policies related to schoolwork. With a zero tolerance policy on plagiarism. They stress the importance of ethics and not cheating yourself. However, the policies are hard to uphold to the masses. It is more self-monitoring. I see many students who "get away" with unethical academic work.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: It was hard to apply for scholarships in undergrad because they have strict requirement. However, when I did apply for finial aid in grad school the office was very helpful, intelligent, and smooth

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I found that I was never short on options for dining, whether late night, in dorms, or over campus. Places do tend to be busy, so planning ahead on saturdays is necessary. However, I found that when I went to the closest dining hall, it did not always have the best options. It may be worth the time to walk to a further one.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Dining Halls are great! Especially Mojo (huge variety!). Lots of healthy options along with solid comfort food, too. Tons of places to use Blue Bucks as well! Only downside is that dining hall meal prices have gone up slightly in recent years. (only thing preventing me from giving an A+)

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe at the University of Michigan, and especially so on campus. The whole campus is well-lit, and there is an emergency phone in sight from just about any given point. While I can't say that crime is non-existent in the area, I can say that it is handled very well. Students are sent UM Security notices whenever anything happens on or off campus, and we get emergency alerts on our phones whenever there is some sort of gas leak, armed shooter, etc. in the city. Finally, there is a solid number of security officers on campus, and it feels like they're mostly there just to keep students safe.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Varsity sports are great at U of M for spectators - football, basketball, and hockey draw in huge crowds and are tons of fun for students to attend. IM sports are diverse and accessible to students in many forms, including both gender-exclusive and co-ed, as well as different leagues based on skill level. I tacked on the minus sign, however, because our athletic director has decided to change the football stadium student section tickets to General Admission rather than reserved seating for the 2013 season, which is a big blow to us upperclassmen who have worked our way up through the seating hierarchy over the years; we now have to arrive extra early to compete with freshmen for the same seats!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I love Ann Arbor. Its a great, lively college town with plenty of activities and events around. It's one of the reasons why I chose to attend the university. There are plenty of shops and places to explore at your leisure.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I never thought I would be screaming in the middle of a huge crowd at a football game. Seriously, I was just never that into team sports or school spirit, but coming here changes everything. It's impossible not to fall in love with the school colors and winning or losing a game changes the entire feel on campus, but it's a positive thing because our sports teams are good enough that we're normally celebrating a victory and not mourning a loss.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: As always, underage drinking is not allowed. But as long as you aren't obnoxious about it or bothering other people, they're not looking to get people in trouble. Except really don't do it on substance free floors of dorms, but that's just common sense.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are fine (for the most part), and depending what campus you are on. North Campus tends to have some un-hygienic, engineering types (though there are definitely some extraordinarily attractive engineering students). Even though the frat guys may look like d-bags, give them a second chance, they are pretty nice. In general, guys are attractive and nice.
People here are interested in everything, you are bound to find someone who likes the same stuff as you, or find new things that you like.
Guys dress in anything from sweats and t-shirts every day to salmon shorts and white polos. Most girls make an effort to look nice (dresses and sandals when the weather allows), but some wear sweats. It really doesn't matter how you dress, you will be accepted on campus.
Social life is a pretty big part of life on campus. There are a lot of clubs to get involved in (Quidditch and Synchronized Swimming, Squirrel Watching Club, College Dems and College Republicans, Secular Student Alliance and Cru...just to name a few). There are plenty of parties on the weekends (and some weekdays), if you are in to that. You aren't judged if you don't drink, and most people don't judge you if you do.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is relatively safe. No matter where you are, there is always an emergency phone/blue light service within sight. Campus Police are never too far away. There were only about ten emergency alerts throughout this year on campus. Most of the culprits do not finish their crime (most are scared away by passerby), or are caught (the whole campus really pulled together for the 2013 West Quad sexual assault, and the culprit was caught). In general, I feel safe walking on campus alone until 12:00 AM, after I worry about partiers.
If you're under 21, you can party, just make sure you don't do anything stupid and you won't get caught. Don't stumble, don't have open containers on sidewalks and streets. When you are going to a football game, don't be so intoxicated that you are falling over. Most people seem to get MIPs on the way to football games.
If you're underage, DO NOT go to block parties. Cops always find out about these and they get broken up very easily. It is likely that you will get an MIP.
If you do not feel safe on campus, you can always call Safe Ride from the UGLI (the Undergraduate Library), though they can take up to an hour to get there. Busses run to North Campus until 2:00 AM.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Ann Arbor has great cuisine. There are a lot of restaurants on South University near campus that are pretty affordable, others that can be saved for when your parents come to visit you! Main Street also has plenty of places to eat, but these can be pricey. Also, beware: you MUST have reservations to eat around dinner time on Fridays,Saturdays, and Sundays in Ann Arbor at the nicer restaurants, or you'll be waiting for up to an hour for a table. Late night cuisine is available on campus-- burgers at Quickie Burger (not too far off campus, on South State Street), cookies Insomnia Cookies (again, not too far off campus, on South U), and pizza at South U Pizza (on South U, close to campus), too name a few options.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The 2012-2013 weather in Ann Arbor, was slightly choppy. When it was nice, it was beautiful; when it was snowing and cold, it was brutal. If you're not prepared to face winter, Michigan schools are not for you. If you can deal with winter, then you are rewarded with gorgeous Fall and Spring weather. It can go back and forth from 30 and snowing to 70 and sunny within days. The walks to class when it is snowing can be daunting, but maintenance does a good job of salting, so slipping is not a common occurrence.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Ann Arbor has an diverse culture and it filled with many different things to do. They is tons of different foods, music places, shops, and U of M is always putting together some type of activity to bring students together. Football games are popular to go to as well as any major events that do philanthropy.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There was never a time where I have felt unsafe here in Ann Arbor. Although there are reports of crime here which can be frightening. There is always an alert sent out for every incident that really helps students to be aware of any issues. Most crimes are theft so keep your doors locked, your belongings safe, and try to use the buddy system at night.

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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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