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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you are a member of the Greek community, you will have no problem finding something to do on literally any night of the week. From Motown Mondays to Wine Wednesdays, there is always a party somewhere on campus. Typical Greek schedules will consist of tuesday and thursday pregames and friday and saturday mixers. Greeks and Non-greeks alike flock to local nightclubs and bars. Skeeps and Ricks are 21+ favorites, but freshman are always there with their fake ID's. Dream and Necto are under 21 options, but are a bit less fun. If you are not involved with greek life, your social life can vary. Non greek girls will have no problem getting into frat parties or mixers, though they might suffer some awkward glances from the sorority sisters. Non greek guys will really struggle to find something to do. It is difficult for them to get into any greek function. House parties are few and far between, and they are hard to know about unless you have older friends.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Selecting a Major – As an incoming sophomore, I've yet to declare a major. That being said, I have been faced with some potential problems. I entered the school hoping to be admitted to the business school. However, after doing less than average in Econ 101, the chances of that are slim. Now, i'm retaking econ over the summer, but I am concerned because many of the comparable programs to the business school (org studies, public policy, etc.) are all application only, and econ is a prerequisite for all of them. Now, all because of a poor performance in one class, there is a very good chance that I'll be left without a major that I'm interested in. So, to those of you interested in a program that is application only, come prepared with a backup plan. If you do not have plans of majoring in something that requires an application, all you have to do is take related classes and declare your major whenever before your junior year. Pretty simple.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: As a freshman, I was able to land an internship on campus as a sales executive for a local newspaper. I was introduced to the position through the Greek community, which is a great networking tool. The career center and academic advising program are also great resources for resume building and finding internships.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Ann Arbor has tons of places to eat which range from cheap to pricey. There is always an exciting, new place to go if you are looking for food within a student budget, if you are looking to treat yourself with something slightly more expensive, or if you parents are in town and are looking to check out an expensive restaurant.
The cheaper and middle price restaurants line State St. and Liberty St., while the majority of expensive restaurants are on Main St.
Because of Ann Arbor's diverse culture, there is all sorts of food - American, French, Middle Easter, Thai, Indian, Italian...the list goes on. There are also a variety of fusion restaurants at all price ranges. I think there is always some cool, new food to discover in Ann Arbor.
Finally, my favorite thing about the dining options in Ann Arbor is that most businesses are local. One can truly explore a unique aspect of Ann Arbor culture, or even travel to a new corner of the world for an evening. I think this is way more fun than dining at chains over and over.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The Best City in the World – Ann Arbor is a very safe city with all kinds of cultural activities going on. Every weekend there is an art show, concert, play, etc. etc. etc., most of which are sponsored by the University of Michigan. There are also tons of shops, cafes, and restaurants, so when parents come to visit, there is always something to show them. Finally, although there is a lot to do, it is not overwhelming in variety.
Ann Arbor is also incredibly politically aware. We have had our own Slutwalk and are also home to the annual festival of Hash Bash, among many other political events and protests. For people interested in national politics, Ann Arbor is a good place to meet people with similar interests.
The places I would recommend in Ann Arbor are:
-the University of Michigan Museum of Art: it has a ton of art, a lot of which comes from famous artists.
-Zingermans's: a world famous deli
-Cafe Zola: a delicious French/American restaurant with a relaxed, hip atmosphere.
-Dawn Treader Book Store: There are shelves upon shelves upon piles of books. It's fun to go in and browse, because one will inevitably find a treasure.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Thefts Are Common – I never have felt at risk, but there are a lot of reported thefts. I can only offer some general tips: don't walk alone at night in low traffic areas and keep your possessions close when studying in a library.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Not Enough Space – Space close to the dorms and classes fill up quickly. There are still a good amount of spaces around Ann Arbor.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Limited Available – The computers are excellent, but it is sometimes hard to find an available one, especially in the Duderstadt Center.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Helped Me a Ton! I was extremely lucky to get a scholarships through the school of LSA which is covering the bulk of my tuition. Definitely look into scholarships, especially if you are in need. They're very helpful.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Michigan Football: Better Than a Pro Game – Everyone talks about how great the Michigan games are and that it's an experience that you don't want to miss. At first I thought it was just hyped up, but then I went to my first game. The energy in the Big House is like nothing else; with the band playing and everyone doing the cheers you truly feel at home with your fellow Wolverines. With everyone standing, screaming, and crying, it's definitely better than any pro game.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Michigan has tons of libraries which is helping because everyone studies a lot! There UGLi tends to be the more social library and the Hatcher (Grad) has tons of quiet spaces to study. The med library is a little farther from central campus but a good quiet place to study and the Dude on North Campus is open 24/7.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: University Health System – I got sick a lot this year and visited UHS a few times. The doctors are very nice and I always came out feeling better but allow yourself at least an hour to see anyone.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are many computers to work on such as in the Fish bowl, and pretty much every dorm has their own community learning center. Many of the computers are the large desktop macs. However, the printing can be very stingy.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Not Bad – Coming from California, I excepted the weather to be terrible. Although it did snow a lot, I almost liked the snow better because it was prettier outside and less of a hassle than rain.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Little in Greek Life – Although the campus might be diverse as a whole, if your in Greek Life, diversity is minimal. Greek life is dominated by those who are Jewish and is otherwise mainly made up of rich white people.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Best Local Shops – There is a great range of shops around here. There are many personal local shops but there are also many stores that are known such as chipotle and urban outfitters. There is also a mall about 15 minutes off of campus that the bus can take you to.

5 College Junior

Academics: Extremely Strong – We have a very strong academic program here in general.

4 College Junior

Academics: Wonderful Professors – From the classes to the professors, the university takes their academics very seriously.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of Places to Eat – There are multiple restaurants that a person can go to that do not have a meal plan. For example there is Michigan Union, which has Wendy's, Subway, Panda Express and Ugos where you can buy packaged snacks and sandwiches. There are plenty of places all around campus that allow the students to have choices to eat.

3 College Student

Party Scene: Party Scene for Every Type of Student – Many parties also many quiet areas for "studiers".

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Variety of Activities – There is so much to do and be involved in at U of M. There is football on Saturdays. It is so much fun to be in the student section and be a part of the huge party that goes on there. I have been to concerts and orchestra performances. The restraunts are abundant. A short trip on the bus gets you to the local shopping areas.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Many Different Ethnic Backgrounds – At U of M there are many different background ethnicities. I have been exposed to many different races. That is one of the benefits of going to a large school. You learn about many cultures and religions.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Campus Security – I have not had any real experiences with campus security. I do work at the Union in the evenings and we had one issue with a purse thief. As an employed student we were sent to monitor the thief until the police responded. They were there within a short amount of time, but the assailant got away.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is terrible. Do not bring a car unless you have a house with a driveway that you can park your car in. Classes are all walking distance, so its really not a big deal to not have a car. Also, the busses are always running. Sure, waiting for a bus isn't the best thing in the world, but it sure beats having to walk 10 minutes to the parking space you had to circle around for 15 minutes for. Plus, if you don't have a car you can just take advantage of the suckers who brought one

3 College Freshman

Weather: Stuck It up – People complain about the weather all the time. The reality is that it is really not that bad. Yes, it snows and is cold. Obviously.. it's the winter.. buy a jacket. The roads and sidewalks are always clear no matter the conditions and the busses are always running so if you are too sensitive to the weather just get on a bus. When it is not winter, the weather is absolutely gorgeuous and the students take full advantage of it


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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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