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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Mostly Drinking – Personally, I don't know too many people who do drugs besides smoking weed or Adderall. Most students drink on campus, and for the most part do it in a way where it doesn't negatively affect others around. This is why I gave it a B.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are BIG – The football and now the basketball programs are nationally recognized. One of the greatest NCAA sports programs in the country. The BIG House is legendary. The history is a huge part of everything. All of the students go and it gets crazy loud. So much fun.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Annoying Process – You have to fill out a bunch of online forms that take a long time and some work. Could be easier.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Winter Is Tough – The first few weeks are extremely hot and most dorms do not have A/C. Winter is usually cold and snowy and walking to class is not the most fun.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol Are Popular – Alcohol is very visible and popular among the student body. Also, smoking is popular amount people, and even some harder drugs appear every now and then.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Not Too Many Problems – At U of M, you really just fill out the FAFSA and they do the rest. Can't complain too much. It's completely based on need- some may be added on merit. You can find your own scholarships and they will probably honor them.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Depends on the Dorm and Your Major – Markley is the best for freshman but the lack of AC is a bummer. Being a sophomore and above definitely helps in the area of getting a dorm you want.

4 College Junior

Transportation: All Types of Ways to Transport Yourself – School buses run all the time during the day so it is not difficult to go between campuses for class. The public buses are free for students, which is nice, but don't run for very long so you can't do much off-campus at night without a car or without paying for a taxi. The taxi services are cheap and fast so it's not a bad option.

2 College Junior

Weather: Winter Sucks – During the winter months, walking to class is miserable. But before it begins to really become cold during the fall and once it warms up again in the spring, going to class is so fun because everyone is out sitting on every possible inch of grass.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some Good, Some Bad – I lived in Bursley my freshman year. The experience was great and I loved the community atmosphere. I met a lot of new people and I hung out with my hall a lot. The rooms were a little old and we had community bathrooms. All the dorms are different though. I lived in Couzens my sophomore year and it was great. It was just redone and the facilities were great. The room was a little small but it was brand new and I had a great community in my hall again. Overall, UM has wonderful dorm life.

1 College Junior

Drug Safety: Police Don't Care – During the weekends and especially on game days, the whole campus is drinking and partying. The police don't do that much to stop it. Every once in a while, I will see police cars giving out noise violations or parked outside parties, but nothing really happens. The drug scene isn't very prevalent, but some kids just smoke. Drinking, on the other hand, is the big problem.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Active Police – When a crime occurs in Ann Arbor, all students with an @umich.edu email address are emailed and informed of the crime. The police do a good job of letting students know what is going on and at the end of each email they remind students to be safe and they give examples of how to be safe. Police don't pay much attention to the party scene on campus, but I believe that they have bigger problems to worry about. I wouldn't feel safe walking alone on campus because I have seen the reports that the police sent out, but if I was with one friend I would feel safe.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Depends on What You're Used to – Being from Michigan, the weather is very expected. It doesn't bother me as the winter season is nothing out of the ordinary. Obviously students from California and warmer states may be surprised by the snow and temperatures, but from what I hear by talking to them it isn't nearly as bad as they imagined.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Nothing beats football Saturdays in Ann Arbor. With a stadium capacity of over 110,000 every home game, the atmosphere is electric. The city goes from a decent sized college town to a football mecca covered in maize and blue. It makes you wish the summer ended earlier so you can get back to campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – lots of smart, attractive people who don't associate with anyone who isn't on their own "social list"

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Taste and See – I think the sheer number of food places really unmatched by other schools.There is a dining hall in most of the dorms and if there isnt one directly attached there is sure to be one close by.All of the dining halls really have their own reputation and its pretty easy to catch on, Markley has great pizza, but bad otherwise, North Quad has good quality but small portions, and mojo is the largest and offers the most variety. Besides the actual cafeterias, many dorms have fast food places open at night and/or during the day. Also, there are a lot of little stores and restaurants (wendys, Panda, Taco Bell,etc) scattered throughout campus (in the league, union, etc) that accept either dining dollars or blue bucks. There's a lot of options so its almost hard to get bored with the food.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You Get What You Pay for – Definitely a lot of variety in off campus housing. People generally start going off-campus sophmore year, starting with apartments and then maybe moving into houses junior/senior year. However, it really is pretty expensive if you actually want a nice apartment or house. Be prepared to dish out serious cash for a legit place.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Always Something Going on! Ann arbor is quite the college town, but that is only around the university itself. It has the best of both worlds with quie countryside in nearby dexter or the bustle of the city, Right by campus. There are thousands of restraunts to choose from and make sure to walk by the diag because there is always a show, free samples, or entertainment to be found somewhere there!

4 College Junior

Transportation: There are two forms of buses available to take on the U of M Ann arbor campus. The Ann arbor buses are always nice and clean and have plenty of room even when all seats are taken, there is ample standing room. they are normally on time, except during the winter due to weather, but never too far behind. The "magic" busses are the University's and they have been amazing this year! They include gps tracking and times available on your smartphones, ample seating and always comfortable atmosphere. No ID required to ride so you just step on and you are on your way! Buses are really the best way to travel through the university because parking is scarce and is either in garages where you have to pay a fee if you are undergrad or you may buy a pass if you a a graduate student. However buses always seem to get me wherever I need to be perfectly on time! I am a commuter student and find free parking always available just two minutes outside campus, my bus is always on time and the drivers are always so friendly! Great transportation!

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: The Best on or Off Campus – There are certain areas of town where you will notice the price of everything, including food, will increase. However the city offers many other cheaper options. There exists such a diversity of people in Ann Arbor that the food reflects this as well. The city embraces birthdays and there are many places which give you a free meal or free ice cream when this happens. The best places to check out in my opinion are The Aut Bar, Charlie's and The Real Seafood Company.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Excellent Service – The university has its own buses which travel around the main part of town. These are free to students and always seemed to be on time. They also include many stops throughout town and can get you there pretty quick. There are also buses for the town of Ann Arbor and these will take you all the way to the neighboring town of Ypsilanti. These buses are also good for making trips to the grocery store while living in town.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Choose Your Focus Wisely – I can tell you the workload and expectations do depend on your chosen curriculum. I felt the curriculum for the German degree was fair but a bit under par; you do not even need to speak German to have this degree. However I began as a science major and was lost in the large and impersonal lectures and class sizes. In one of my classes I was competing against 1600 students from four sections. The facilities are beautiful and I did not get any assistance with job opportunities from the university.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Church Community – If it wasn't for my local church, I would never have survived.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Usually Is Safe – I never felt unsafe around the campus. However, there were few criminal reports once awhile.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The summer is amazing, and the fall is beautiful. It gets pretty cold in the winter, but nothing too bad, there are bus systems that are helpful and they come really often. Overall, the weather is pretty awesome, but you have to not mind the cold.

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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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