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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Not many tables in the Dude.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I love the facilities. The technology is some of the best and very high quality. There's a whole variety of places to study at and all that.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus is great. Museums, awesome buildings, endless study spots, and specific libraries.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Campus life is a blast. Everywhere you go, there's something fun and new to do. Restaurants, coffee shops, and nightlife are conveniently located next to campus. The university has been renovating dorms each summer and will soon be renovating the recreational sports facilities.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The inside of facilities are mostly renovated while keeping the classic exterior of each building. Walking through campus feels like walking through an Ivy League's campus. The Diag and the Law Quad are two of my favorite and most unique places on campus. The Law Quad is like Hogwarts and The Diag is the center of campus where everyone meets up, clubs hand out their advertisements, student life promo events occur, etc. If you want a quiet study space, go to the Law Library or Hatcher Library. The Nichols Arboretum is a lovely place to experience nature within Ann Arbor.

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The University of Michigan promotes diversity—even in its facilities. A stroll around campus exposes students to a mixture of architectural styles—from the Gothic, ivy-coated walls of the student union to the modern, geometric structures that make up the Ross School of Business. Facilities are constantly under construction with excellent results, like the Lloyd Hall dormitory. Though the school is spread across three campuses (North, Central, and South), each has its own recreational center with equipment. Michigan also has countless libraries, all within reasonable distances from dorms, classrooms, and most off-campus housing sites. Every library has access to quiet study areas, computers, and printers. Many of Michigan's most popular facilities serve more than one purpose. The Student Union, for example, consists of quiet study spots, private meeting rooms, computing and printing sites, and food establishments. Though some students gripe about the outdated recreational equipment and the crowded libraries during finals week, Michigan facilities offer plenty of places to study, eat, or simply let off some steam.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
3,176 acres
Student Centers
  • The Michigan League
  • The Michigan Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Duderstadt Library
  • Hatcher Graduate Library
  • Law Library
  • Ref Room
  • Shapiro Undergraduate Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Arb
  • The Diag
  • The Michigan Union
Bar on Campus
  • Rick's
  • ScoreKeepers
Coffeehouse on Campus
Java Blue Café is located at the entrance to the North Quad dining room.
"Green" Initiatives
UM is very committed to its involvement with green initiatives. Students can choose from more than 10 undergraduate degrees involving the subject of sustainability. Plus, there are more than 500 courses on the subject, as well.
School Slang
  • The Arb: Nichols Arboretum
  • Blue Bucks and Dining Dollars: Blue Bucks is money stored on your Mcard that can be used at restaurants in campus buildings such as the Michigan Union, while Dining Dollars can only be used for dining hall meals and at specific campus stores.
  • Bluebook: An essay exam in which your answers are written in a blue booklet
  • CRISP: This is an acronym for "Computer Registration Involving Student Participation." It means registering for classes online.
  • The Diag: The center of Central Campus; it is the crossroads of campus, bordered by the Grad Library, Mason and Haven halls, and beautiful lawns full of trees.
  • Discussion Section: In accordance with a lecture, a discussion section is a smaller group of students usually led by a GSI, where the subject material is talked about in a more intimate setting, and assignments are turned in and graded for a course.
  • The Dude: North Campus's Duderstadt Library
  • Festifall: An event at the beginning of fall semester each year where nearly all of the 900 student organizations set up a table on and around the Diag soliciting new members and involvement; this is a great way to join groups and clubs.
  • Fishbowl: The Angell Hall computing site
  • Group Homework : You'll most likely encounter this first in your calculus class, where certain problems are done in groups and due weekly.
  • GSI: This stands for graduate student instructor, which is a teaching assistant that sometimes leads discussion sections in larger classes.
  • Hash Bash: This happens one Saturday each April. Thousands of students and pot heads from around the region come to Ann Arbor to celebrate marijuana. Part protest, part festival—it's a sight to be seen.
  • The Hill: This is a section of campus that houses the majority of first-year students. Residence halls here include Couzens, Alice Lloyd, Markley, Mosher-Jordan (MoJo), and Stockwell.
  • Maize Craze: The student section at men's basketball games in Crisler Arena; students have the best seats in the house and wear maize-colored T-shirts.
  • Pre-Game: Sometimes used interchangeably with "pre-party," but most often this refers to the parties people have outside before a school football game.
  • Pre-Party: The act of partying before going out to the bars; it can be a party before a home football game, too.
  • The Rock: This is a giant rock on the corner of Washtenaw and Hill streets that is painted practically every night of the year by one group or another for birthdays and other events.
  • The UGLi: Stands for the Undergraduate Library (Shapiro) on South University Avenue
  • The Naked Mile: The Naked Mile is a Michigan tradition that is often emulated on campuses around the country; students run through the streets naked in the spring.
  • Wade in the Water: At orientation, your leader will make you walk through the fountain, just outside of the Michigan League, in the direction of the Diag and the Grad Library. It is a tradition that upon graduation, you walk through the fountain the opposite way, toward Rackham Hall, home of Michigan's Graduate Department.
Urban Legends
  • If you kiss someone under the West Hall Arch at midnight, that's the person you're going to marry.
  • If you step on the "M" in the center of the Diag, you'll fail your first bluebook exam.
  • The pumas outside the doors of the Museum of Natural History only roar on two occasions: when Michigan beats Ohio State in football and when a virgin graduates from the University.
Favorite Things To Do
If it's a nice day, join thousands of fellow students on the Diag to bask in the sun or just hang out. Catch an independent movie at the Michigan Theater, see a musical staged by the prestigious musical theater department at the Power Center, hear a concert at the acoustically-perfect Hill Auditorium, or take a stroll in the Arboretum—the University's expansive park of rolling hills, running trails, and riverbeds. Michigan students have it all at their fingertips. From great restaurants in the Union to nuclear testing labs, everything you'd ever want is on campus.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Michigan Daily
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 900 student organizations on campus.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • Maize Pages is a website that lists the names, function, and contact information for each campus club. Peruse the listings to find something to get involved in.
  • You can start your own club on campus! Just get the members together and register at:

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 92 responses

  • 42% Football Saturdays
  • 13% St patricks day
  • 10% UMix
  • 8% Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • 7% People watching on St. Patty's Day
  • 4% Hash Bash
  • 3% MRelay
  • 3% Pride Night at Necto
  • 3% MUSKET performances
  • 1% Wade in the Water
  • 1% M-agination Film Festival
  • 1% The Naked Mile
  • 1% The start of Summer Bridge
  • 1% Tuesday
  • 1% Shakespeare in the Arb
  • 1% Welcome Week
  • 1% St.Fratty's Day
  • 1% Night of the Wolverine
  • 1% Festi Fall
  • 1% Dogs on the Diag

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 193 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 94 responses

  • 19% Eat
  • 18% Attend sporting events
  • 12% Party
  • 12% Go to the Arb
  • 8% People watch
  • 8% Hangout with friends
  • 7% Attend art/music/theatre events
  • 6% Shop
  • 4% Drink
  • 4% Walk
  • 1% Clubbing
  • 1% Smoke

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 96 responses

  • 53% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 40% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 7% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 191 responses

  • 51% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 42% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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