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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Reviews

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  • 07/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    63 out of 63 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 1 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University is great for students who want to challenge themselves academically and socially with people who may be different from them. It will provide a real world atmosphere and not set limitations on the kinds of people you will meet or interact with. U of M is great for people who are Leaders and Best at heart and have every intention of being successful in their careers and in their lives.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once you get on campus and move your belongings in get acclimated immediately with the campus. It may seem large at first but you will soon find it is not. Find out what buildings your classes will be in BEFORE the first day of class. If you are undecided make it a point before the end of the first semester to go to the Career Resource Center and take a survey or self assessment test. Using these tools in addition to experimenting with classes will help prevent you from staying in college forever because you are unsure of what you want to at that moment. Join at least one group or extracurricular club on campus. This will help your social life remain balanced and build your network.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive everywhere. But above that U of M is noted for its reputation. You will work hard, be tired, stressed, and annoyed at times with school, professors, and classmates. But KNOW that your hard work and dedication to your future will pay off. It is definitely an accomplishment to be able to say that you graduated from the University of Michigan.

    Am enjoying being here

    High school may have been a very memorable experience and you may have had great friendships. But there is nothing like college. You will meet people from all over the United States with different backgrounds and ways of doing things than you. You will meet people from all across the world who have come to study just like you. It is the most interesting thing and an experience that you can only truly appreciate at the University. You will never get another opportunity to live, eat, sleep, and have conversations with people your same age from all over. It will leave an impression on your life.

    Am learning a lot

    People say college is the best experience of your life. And as the years continue I am positive you will go from liking college to loving it. The University provides a course guide during summer orientation that is full of hundreds of different courses. You can take just about anything you want and learn about things you never even imagined you would be interested in. As the years goes on you will discover that everything you learn will be related in some way to another class, required reading or something that you hear on TV. There is nothing like the college classroom experience.

  • 10/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 out of 32 people found this review useful. 2 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any student who loves a challenge will thrive here. There is a high level of competition here, but there are also classes and departments where group work is the main method for homework. All types of students can thrive here, they just need to find their niche.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! You'll find out if you got in a lot earlier, and it will increase your chance of getting in, too. Also, don't expect A's here. There is a high level of competition and you can't just skate by just by going to classes and taking notes. One more thing, don't be intimidated by the huge size of this school. It's really easy to make your own smaller school within the bigger university, especially if you're in the engineering school, school of kinesiology, or the business school.

    Bang for the buck

    This university is expensive, especially if you're an out of state student, but the percentage of students who get jobs after graduation speaks for itself, especially in this economy.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am definitely enjoying being here. There is something for everyone here, from IM or Club Sports to Greek Life. There are church groups, pre-professional groups, cultural groups, political groups, service groups, and even there is even a squirrel club. There is always something going on somewhere on campus, and you can always find people to share in your activities.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here are pretty intense. I'm a student in the college of Engineering, where group work is an important part of most classes. Most of the core classes like calculus, physics, and chemistry are very large classes, but they all have smaller recitation sections. Other classes, like language classes, are very small and interactive. Also, the size of the university makes it so that there are classes offered that professors have a personal interest in. Last year I took an art class through the German department; I learned how to weld, carve stone, and work with metal and wood in German. I've also had the chance to take a German soccer class and a German for Engineers class, and to major in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Science because the university has the resources to offer these programs. As I get into higher level courses, the level of learning has definitely increased.

  • 12/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 out of 30 people found this review useful. 3 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student who loves a challenge and who wants to experience people different from themselves. People who are open-minded and like a fast paced life will love the University of Michigan.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Take a visit to campus during the summer and think if you can see yourself going to school there. Make sure to check out the campus and the downtown. -Don't be afraid to ask questions! Seriously, we've all been in the same position as you. -Don't slack your senior year of High School- admissions will look at all your transcripts, keep up your good work. -Be outgoing at orientation- I made some great friends there. Orientation is a great chance to meet people with the same major as you. -Get involved in activities on campus- try it and you might like it! There are tons of organizations to choose from. -Lay down rules with your roommate when you first meet to avoid future conflicts in the future. -Pack carefully, bring things like a fan and all of your bathroom stuff- my roommate is from Missouri and she brought everything except her toothbrush, not a big deal, but funny. -Be friendly in your dorm, you can meet lots of people! -Buy tickets for the football games- everyone goes -If you get homesick, don't worry, it's normal, you will get adjusted. -Make sure to find out where your classes are before the first day of class- you will save yourself A LOT of hassle and stress. -Know your professors- take advantage of office hours, they will know your face and you can get valuable help.

    Bang for the buck

    Obviously this is an expensive university, but the facilities are great- you have opportunities to go to several libraries, ride the buses anywhere on campus, eat in any cafeteria you want with your meal plan, and the classrooms are all nice and clean. My professors have been great- they really care about their students and they are so intelligent. They all hold office hours and make it easy for you to get help outside of class. This university is well worth the money, I cannot imagine a better school! The reputation of graduating from the University of Michigan makes all your hard work worth it, and opens many doors.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love my college experience so far! I have met so many wonderful friends, and there is something here for everyone. There is great art and music, many different cultures, and interesting speakers and professors. All of the people you encounter will give you new views on many world events. The diversity is incredible. I am so happy I joined Circle K, which is a community service club, as well as being involved in Nurse Council. Joining clubs introduced me to many new people and also helped me figure out what is really important to me.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much after only one semester. I am in the School of Nursing, and I have classes with mostly the same group of freshman nurses (besides my English and electives). We all help each other study for our exams. Many of the courses I take are challenging, but the information is so important for my major, so it is worth it. All my friends feel they are gaining valuable knowledge in their majors as well. College work is much more difficult than the work in High School- everything is faster paced and more in depth, but as long as you realize this and put in the extra time studying, you can be successful. I feel like I have also learned non academic life skills such as being more independent. There is a huge variety of classes you can take in many different fields- something for everyone. Classes are HARD- but you will learn more than you ever thought possible.

  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 out of 24 people found this review useful. 4 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is a great school for those who thrive under challenges. Most of the Universities programs are ranked top ten in the nation, if not higher, so it is a great choice for undecided students as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Leaving your door open when your in your dorm room is the best way to meet people on your floor. Don't expect A's, your competing with the best at the university of michigan now!

  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 16 people found this review useful. 5 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Well-rounded, determined, confident, caring, responsible kids fill the student body.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of every moment! The school has so much to offer, it would be a shame to let the 4 precious years you have here go away without being able to get all the benefits from this amazing school. There are always activities and groups to be a part of. Figure out what interests you and get involved.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the school is obviously expensive, it could not have nicer facilities. I do not feel like we, as students, are not getting what we paid for. The financial aid department is very helpful and understanding of any needs. If this is the school for you, they will make sure it is not an option because of money.

    Am enjoying being here

    The environment is perfectly ideal. Gorgeous campus completely intertwined in the beautiful town of Ann Arbor. It is not just University buildings that are separate from the town it is built in, but fits in like a glove. It is an amazing place to live with such a loving and unified student body. The faculty of professors give you the individual attention of a small school with the excitement and bold scale of a large university. The football games are incredible and not to be missed! I never feel in danger on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Didn't know I could learn as much as I did this past year. The school had so much to offer for my program and I couldn't have picked a better school.

  • 08/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 6 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Smart, outgoing, friendly, caring, fun, social...really anyone! UM stresses diversity, so really you will find all types of students here

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT VISIT VISIT!!!! When you visit a campus, you really get the feeling if you belong.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out-of-state student, I have to admit that the tuition is ridiculously expensive. Everything in the area has prices jacked up. All-in-all, I still couldn't imagine going anywhere else, but I wish they offered more merit scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    I came to University of Michigan knowing nobody, and now I have so many friends. Everyone is so friendly and I couldn't imagine going anywhere else.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are engaging and powerful. Because UM is such a large university, they offer so a varied selection of classes, so you are able to delve into your interests while also pursuing your major.

  • 03/29/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    12 out of 15 people found this review useful. 7 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Party people, as long as you keep things in moderation, you will ADORE Michigan. For students interested in receiving the best public education in Michigan, don't forget U of M. Most of all, coffee adicts, book snugglers, peace-loving hippies, library recluses, concert and moviegoers, organice eaters, Chinese addicts, and winter sports people, Ann Arbor is calling.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in Michigan, you should definitely visit one of the school's information fairs. They give a tour of the university, help you with the application process by giving tips and important info, you get to observe the city of Ann Arbor in the process (or are welcomed to do so after the visit is over), and you usually get a pretty realistic glance of student life. Last time I visited Michigan for an information fair, we were received by a fraternity's party occuring in one of the many fraternities at Michigan. That further boosts the belief that there is always something to do at Michigan.

    Bang for the buck

    U of M can be extremely affordable, as long as you are a resident of Michigan. Since it's technically a public university, U of M can afford to offer low tuition to most Michigan residents, as long as they can prove they haven residents for at least three consecutive years. For those coming from outside, the academics that U has to offer, plus the many opportunities that come from obtaining a degree from Michigan, its definitely worth the tuition costs, and even for non-residents, U of M's cost is still somewhat low compared to other great schools in Michigan.

    Will enjoy being here

    Ann Arbor is probably the best, middle-sized city in all of Michigan. Filled with theatres, movie houses, lots of coffee-shops (and probably the biggest Borders store I have seen yet) and all other kinds of stores, some located within giant Briarwood Mall, there's always something to do or somewhere to go at Ann Arbor. During winter, as in most of Michigan, the weather can be a tad unpredictable, both is usually characterized by freezing temperatures and snowfall once in a while. However, the city is great for outdoor experiences during spring, summer and fall. Even in winter, you can always be sure that great woodlands or skiing areas cannot be too far from Ann Arbor. The city as a giant art fair every year or so, the best Japanese restaurant I have ever tried, and a rich past characterized by the settlement of mostly Germans in the city a century or more ago.

    Will learn a lot

    U of M is a wonderful place to study anything your heart could possibly desire. I've meet from Michigan that go there to study from chemical engineer to music, and all of them look happy, successful, and proud. While I don't much about all the academics, I know that Michigan offers liberal arts, engineering, medicine, law, and everything in between. Mandated classes tend to have large audiences, but more professionalized courses tend to grow smaller. If you have doubts, the campus has enormous libraries, filled with thousands of books and nice places were to study. I would say that as long as you don't get too distracted by the active Greek life of the university, and you put proper attention to your studies, you should do great things at Michigan

  • 09/06/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 8 of 230

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    Bang for the buck

    I loved every minute and would do it again in a second. The price is totally worth it.

    Did enjoy being here

    I loved the campus, students, classes and Ann Arbor in general. Campus is closely intertwined with downtown Ann Arbor and there are always all sorts of fun events going on. Michigan football games are amazing even if you aren't too big into sports. The campus is beautiful in every season. Classes are challenging but there is still time to make and enjoy being with great friends.

    Did learn a lot

    Not only did I learn a lot academically, I grew astronomically as a person. The campus is diverse and exciting and there are always new opportunities for students to expand their horizons. Classes are fun and challenging and intellectually stimulating.

  • 12/18/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    8 out of 13 people found this review useful. 3 people found this inaccurate. 9 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    University of Michigan is good for any student that knows what they want and has the passion to go for it.

    Bang for the buck

    Ann Arbor is knows for being expensive and yes it is a lot more expensive then if you were living at home but going away and getting that experience is worth a lifetime! Being on your own is one of the greatest things.

    Will enjoy being here

    The Ann Arbor campus is very beautiful there is so much going on yet it's very peaceful. Michigan takes a lot of pride in their students grades and through their students actions and professors you can see that.

    Will learn a lot

    You hear a lot of people tell you know that high school is the best time of your life and in some respects it is, but its also a time to buckle down and get the grades so you can go to the college of your choice! I can't strive to you how important that is. Once you finally graduate high school its a sign of relief, and you're on to college! Whether you go away for college or stay at home college is what matters, because after this it's all you! I found that the people are nicer and no one is caught up in petty stuff because to be honest no one really cares if you wore the same shirt twice. The professor's will help you if you put you're share of work in. In college you have a lot more free time and a lot more choices!! It's up to you to

  • 11/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 10 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for those who are dedicated to facing challenges. This university is prestigious and to keep that reputation, it wants students to show they are the Leaders & Best!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to apply, whether because of tuition rates or admission rates. It is possible to get in and be able to afford it! Once here, join organizations because that is how you will make some of the greatest connections. Become friends with your roommate and establish rules before the school year begins so there aren't any confusions later on. Also figure out where your classes will be and order your books early! There are plenty of sites that will help you find cheaper books. Ask around -- maybe other students have those books and you can just borrow! Save your money because once in college, money will go really fast. Try to limit how much you spend a week and go to stores like Meijer or Target for essentials because they are much cheaper than any store on campus. In addition, meet with your adviser to learn of the available resources on campus, such as the Career Center or CAPS. Be friendly! Whether you may have been shy or not in high school, this is a chance to start over new. Make friends with those on your floor, your Resident Adviser, and peers!

    Bang for the buck

    Michigan is expensive, whether you are in state or out-of-state. I pay out-of-state tuition, which makes it harder because it's over 40k. However, this university gives thousands of students scholarships to be able to attend and not worry about tuition rates. They are very generous with this and outside scholarships can also help. Advisers also help students scope out possible scholarships and internships that may apply for them. It is worth it; once you leave this university, you will see the endless opportunities. This university is one of the best in the world, imagine being an alumni from here!

    Am enjoying being here

    This university is FILLED with resources and organizations. There are organizations affiliated with religious aspects, race, ethnicity, year, sports, major and any interest one can think of. These organizations are open to the whole student body and they create families. Being away from home can be hard and these resources help make it easier here because they become the ones you turn to when you need anything. I have met people in organizations that have offered to show me areas around Michigan and neighboring states and I have also made connections that have helped me obtain jobs as well as internships.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes here are intense, but doable. GSI's (Graduate Student Instructors) will always be there to help you get through the class and will help address the struggles you may be facing. Office hours are always a possibility to get extra help outside of the classroom. I am in the College of Literature, Science & the Arts and therefore, I take more liberal arts classes. This university, however, has many schools dedicated to student interests, including the Business School, Kinesiology, School of Education and the Engineering School, to name a few. Advisors and tutors are always available to help students adapt to this campus. I am learning a lot in the classroom setting, but I also learn a lot outside of the classroom. I have had several classes broadcast lectures live on the internet, meaning I would be able to be in my room listening/watching lecture.

  • 10/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 11 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Active, competitive, liberal

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of resources available - ask GSIs, Professors, advisers and other students what these are; Science Learning Center, Advice Online, Michigan Undergraduate Research Journal Get involved - go to Festifall and join organizations, most people meet their friends through their extra curricular, and they are such fun Find your niche - the school is big, so don't get lost. There are so many smaller groups to fit in, like one of the residential colleges, or a social or professional fraternity.

    Bang for the buck

    Michigan is the second most expensive public college in the country. While as an instate student, it is worth it to me, I would not consider it if I was paying out of state tuition. There are many who disagree with me on this, however. UMich has a great international reputation, which will help with job searches post graduation - the only thing that really should determine how worth a college is. The only schools that consistently compare better than UMich are ivies, and they are even more expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    Football Saturday is the best night of the week. A motto almost every student lives by. Don't shy away if you do not know or like football though! I knew nothing and did not enjoy watching football when I entered Michigan. Enjoying football Saturday is more about the environment and the friends than the sport itself. The streets fill with students and alum - which is great, considering UMich has the largest living alumni network in the world. Aside from football, a large school means there is something for everyone. There are liberal co-operative living styles, quiet dorms for upper classmen, residential colleges for science or arts or a number of other topics

    Am learning a lot

    Educational benefits from Michigan stem mainly from its size. The size creates amazing educational opportunities for anyone, with any interest. For example, I entered college wanting to major in chemistry, but changed to physical anthropology. I was lucky to be at UMich, because it just happens to have a top 3 anthropology program. That scenario occurs fairly often. Learning a lot, however, is up to the student at this size institution. You have to choose the right classes and take advantage of the millions of resources available: science learning center, advice online, office hours, etc.

  • 07/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 12 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students looking for a large college, that can easily be made smaller by joining clubs, in a city with lots of things to do. It is also for hard workers who don't mind sitting down and studying when the time comes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in a club or sport, it is a great way to meet people with a common interest. Don't procrastinate, make sure you set time aside for schoolwork, but also for socializing too...you need to find a balance.

    Bang for the buck

    Let's face it, all colleges and universities are expensive. This school is admittedly a bit stingy with scholarship money, but in the end, the U of M experience is worth the cost.

  • 12/02/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 13 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Work hard, play hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. If it feels right, it probably is.

    Bang for the buck

    Out-of-state tuition is a little rough, but being a season-ticket holder of the big house games is almost worth it...

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do around campus; Michigan basically has any sort of group you can imagine. Ann Arbor is a great place to be, and has an awesome environment where having fun is just as important as working hard.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm in a lot of large first-year introduction courses, but if you are determined and can stay focused, you will do fine and learn a lot.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I never feel unsafe on campus. Most areas are well lit. Obviously you should avoid walking alone at night, but I would say that's true of most places. Of course crimes do occur, and it is helpful to travel in a group.

    Greek Life

    Greek life plays a significant role on campus, but not a huge one. I have friends in Greek life and friends not in Greek life, and it doesn't really make a difference. It is all just about common interests. Personally, Greek life wasn't for me, but this is a personal choice. There are many opportunities for socializing in and outside of Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a ridiculous number of clubs and organizations at Michigan. Take advantage of it! They are a great way to meet people, get involved, find something you're passionate about, and build a resume. One of the things I love most about U of M's campus is that it is constantly alive: there is an energy around campus of things getting accomplished, changes being made.

    Great for these types of students

    You have to be willing to put in the effort and really take advantage of the situation you're put in and the opportunities you've been given. Michigan can be the best thing that ever happened to you, but you have to work hard for it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Michigan is full of tradition. For example, legend goes that if you step on the M on the middle of the Diag (the center of campus) before your first Blue Book exam, you will fail it. Even students who have already taken Blue Book exams avoid stepping on it out of fear. I know I definitely don't step on it! There are many other examples of these sorts of traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    Michigan is definitely expensive. Although it is worth it to me, and I am in state, you have to be sure that this school is where you want to be. As far as public schools go, Michigan is one of the most expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Of course there is a decent amount of partying, not just in Greek life but most places on campus. However, there are definitely people who don't drink, smoke, or party too. It is not hard to find people who like the same things as you in a school as big as Michigan. Sporting events are always fun (football, basketball, hockey, etc.), as well as walking around to shop on State Street, going to a movie, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Michigan really depends on which dining hall you go to. Overall, it is decent, but for example North Quad has much better food than Bursley does. There are lots of options for vegetarians, healthy choices, and lots of variety, however. As far as off campus eating, there are many different choices. On State Street there is more affordable food, and on Main there are nicer restaurants. Overall Ann Arbor has many different types of food, and it would take forever to try them all!

    Dorm Life

    My dorm experience was very positive. I lived on North Campus as a freshman, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Yes, riding a bus to class every day wasn't great, but I got used to it quickly and the fact that there isn't much going on on North Campus brought my hall closer. I am still close with many of the people I met in the dorms, and it is an experience I wouldn't trade for anything.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are definitely challenging at Michigan. Obviously it depends on what you study, but I would say that overall you are going to have to adjust your study habits if you don't already have them, and you're going to need to study A LOT. The math and science classes are especially rigorous, as well as the engineering classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to keep your GPA high and get involved at school. Michigan is big on being involved: everyone I've ever met here is in at least one student organization trying to accomplish something. If the university can see that you're a go-getter, they are more likely to let you in even if your grades are not quite as high as they should be.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is truly an incredible place with incredible people. There is a lot of school pride about both academics and athletics, and although the academics are challenging, there is a good combination of studying and fun. I would recommend U of M to anyone.

  • 08/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like to have everything you need at your disposal you'll love it. The buses are always on time and any store you need to get to is close by. If you love learning you'll do great here. The professors are very enthusiastic. If you want to find the perfect campus activities for you and find your voice, this is the place!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of the school. It's just an opportunity for you to find more people that you can relate and hang out with. Tour our campus before coming and make sure this is the right environment for you.

    Bang for the buck

    It's quite expensive but it's worth it if you love it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The learning atmosphere is great! The community is also excellent if you like to meet all different types of people.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that may or may not have an idea of what they want to major in, but who can thrive on the fast pace and difficulty of college classes. Michigan is also great for students who enjoy the bustling city of Ann Arbor. For those who are great at meeting and interacting with diverse groups of people, Michigan is a perfect fit. For those who do not have that type of experience, Michigan will definitely challenge them to step out of their comfort zone a bit. I believe Michigan is great for all types of students!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy, meet as many people as possible! You never know who will become a lifelong friend. Sit by people you don't know in the cafeteria, introduce yourself to everyone in your hall, talk to people at bus stops and those who sit next to you in class. Get involved with a group, club, or organization you are interested in as soon as you arrive in Ann Arbor. Do not overload yourself with activities or work hours, because homework and studying will definitely take a long time. Make sure you get to know your professors and GSIs on a more personal level by going to their office hours, even if it is just to introduce yourself. Thoroughly research academic areas of study and do not be afraid to change your major. Do not let the size of the university scare you; if you get involved with activities on campus and make an effort to get to know your professors, GSIs and classmates, the experience will seem smaller.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition and Room/Board is definitely more expensive then I would like it to be. The experience is definitely worth the money. One way I have defrayed the cost of my education is by working in the dining hall, where I have made a lot of friends and have gotten valuable work experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many people to meet from so many different parts of the country, as well as the world. Learning takes place outside of the classroom just by experiencing community living in the dorms. I love being involved in dorm life, working in the cafeteria, and participating in activities and service projects through my church in Ann Arbor.

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many academic areas to explore that are bound to fulfill any interest. I have taken classes in biology, chemistry, calculus, anthropology, psychology, and English just in my first year at Michigan! Michigan does a fantastic job making sure my academic experience is well-rounded.

  • 06/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    University of Michigan isn't the cheapest school in the country, but it definitely will be worth it in the long run. Graduates tend to come out making more than most other schools, so you'll have any loans paid back in no time.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many activities to choose from, for your first year just pick one and dedicate yourself to it. Once you find out how much you can handle outside of schoolwork, you can join other groups. There are thousands of student groups and they all attend a festival at the beginning of first semester so you can scope them out and choose the right fit for you!

    Am learning a lot

    University of Michigan has top programs in almost every field of study. You will be challenged, but there are tons of resources to keep you on track. Don't be afraid to get a tutor or go in for office hours, or just get a study buddy. Both your fellow classmates and professors want you to succeed.

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Ready-to-learn attitude (have hangers in their minds for new ideas) -Self-motivational (willing to cook what will be on their silver platter) -Ambitious (U of M's a prestigious university. It's the Harvard of the West. Tell that to your friends). -Diligent (It's a tough school. It breaks and makes you. It's not like high school or community college. Be prepared to study). -Stable-minded (or close to it because things can get pretty stressful). -Ready-to-have-some-fun! (Did I mention it wasn't a nerdy school?)

    Tips for prospective students

    -Visit the campus and get some familiarity with it before you start. You'll get a hard start from the other freshman/transfer students that are wandering around asking upperclassmen where in the world they are. -It's better to play it safe and not overload your class schedule during your first semester. It takes some time to get used to things. You'll thank yourself when you get your transcript. -Take advantage of the opportunities U of M gives, especially that of research. U of M is making lots of advances in many fields (cure for cancer, anyone?), and you are welcome to be a part of it. -Make friends quickly. You'll find that you'll need them quickly. Be prepared for lots of Facebook invites!

    Bang for the buck

    U of M gives great financial aid. It's missing a star though because it's a lot harder for the international and out of state students. Cost is about $22,000 for in-state students, and it's TOTALLY worth it, especially with all the need-based scholarships they give. However, it's about double for those not from Michigan, and it depends on you if you think all the awesome-ness of Michigan is worth the dent in your budget.

    Am enjoying being here

    Yes, U of M has a great reputation for its academics and research, but it's definitely not a nerdy let's-study-all-the-time school (although if you do want to study all the time, there is a library open 24/7 and countless other study spots)! There are always weekend activities (planned by the school and not), awesome and often original plays, comedy shows, great restaurants right around the corner, famous people dropping by now and then, and of course lots of people around to just talk to. College is an experience more than it is a place, and U of M is definitely an awesome place to have that experience.

    Am learning a lot

    Before students even start classes, U of M is ready with arms wide open and full of opportunities. There are SO many people, SO many things to see, and SO many things to learn. The best thing about U of M is that you don't only learn in the classroom. You are exposed to different cultures every day (meeting people from different continents is inevitable in a school of 40,000+ people), there is a huge variety of student organizations (from pre-medical club to tennis club to squirrel club), and many other valuable programs and resources (research, study abroad, volunteering, field work and a LOT more). It's a place where you can make your [reasonable] dreams become a reality. Want to swim with dolphins? Want to dig for artifacts in Egypt? Want to see a real-life brain surgery? U of M can help you. Not only do students gain book knowledge essential for their careers, but they also gain a better understanding of the world, of natural and institutional systems, and ultimately of themselves and their purpose on this earth.

  • 12/16/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 230

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    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you are wanting to go into, and if UofM offers a program for it, check into it.

    Bang for the buck

    While scholarships are hard to come by for UofM, the education and life experiences you will recieve while attending the university, in a sense outwiegh the money you will spend.

    Will enjoy being here

    From having excellent athletics, to offering extra curricular activities, there are numerous things to enjoy about the campus.

    Will learn a lot

    I have friends who are attending the university, and from what I have heard from them, and from the research I have done, UofM offers an excellent education.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 230

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    Bang for the buck

    Financial Aid is a big help. Many students receive a large amount to pay for college. And there are also scholarships always available to students along with work studies and even just regular jobs.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is one of the most rewarding experiences. Your away from parents so now everything rests in your shoulders. It can be peaceful but also loud. So remember that you can always go to the library.

    Academic Rigor

    Michigan is a tough school no doubt but if you got accepted you should be able to handle it. Just don't slack off too much.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try everything. Letting yourself learn and experience new things will not only help you grow as a person but also guide you in the direction that best inspires you.

    In three sentences

    Amazing school. Has so much to offer and a great experience for all students. Also the programs are endless and you can choose from your interests.

  • 05/14/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 230

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    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to apply early, as the increasing number of applicants put those who apply after the Early Action deadline at a disadvantage. Since Early Action is non-binding, it's also helpful so that you find out earlier and can begin planning, especially since this year many applicants didn't hear back until the end of April

    Bang for the buck

    U of M is an excellent choice financially for in-state students, but the cost is quite steep for out-of-state students, especially since they're quite stingy with their merit aid. If you're a Michigan resident, this is definitely worth considering over similarly ranked schools in other states, as it's about half the price.

    Will enjoy being here

    Ann Arbor is one of the best college towns out there. Definitely a great place to be.

    Will learn a lot

    High-quality academic programs. This is the best public university in the country and will provide an education rivaling that of the Ivy League. Its alumni network is extremely useful, too. If you're looking at going into business, Ross is one of the best.

  • 05/15/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 230

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to study hard and be really successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be careful in Ann Arbor. It's a pretty good neighbor hood, but it still can be dicey at night.

    Bang for the buck

    Really expensive school, but if you want to be the best, then money doesn't really matter.

    Will enjoy being here

    Ann Arbor is a really artsy town so there are always cool fairs and even cooler stores around if you want to wander.

    Will learn a lot

    There is no school more superior to UofM in Michigan. It's the best of the best.

  • 07/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 230

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard-workers, Studious, Unique, Driven, Determined, Artistic & Non-Artistic

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Michigan prides itself in the diversity of its students. So, if you are in the process of applying, write your essay unique to your sense of self rather than what you think the University hopes to hear. If you are attending U of M in the near future keep in mind that though you have worked hard to earn that acceptance letter, the work is not nearly over. College is difficult, especially one of the best in the nation. So, prioritize studying and homework and remember why you're here, but don't be too hard on yourself if you don't perform as you have in high school within the first semester. It took me my entire freshmen year to really understand what the professors wanted from me, what my study schedule should be, and to really delve further into ideas than I had previously. Therefore, work hard, believe in yourself, and have fun. Go Blue!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is only getting higher, but at the University of Michigan financial aid counselors help students figure out how to pay for school, where they can find additional scholarships, and how to file a loan. Because tuition costs so much, I truly believe that the University drives itself to become better for its students. In addition to one of the greatest educations in the country, students benefit from extensive libraries, numerous sporting facilities, and the updated campus grounds and buildings.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ann Arbor is a wonderful place to live and go to school. There are hundreds of things to do and plenty to see. There are art fairs, museums, film festivals, shops of all varieties, as well as sporting events and intramural activities. The University plays a major role in many of these diversions. U of M contributes multiple libraries, magnificent sporting events like football games at the Big House, and other events including guest speakers like former President Clinton. Ann Arbor has recently become the filming site for numerous movies like the Scream series and the latest films with George Clooney and Jason Segel, which adds an unique hollywood element to the city. On a social scale, while everyone may not know everyone, students definitely form close relationships with others and are most often kind and obliging during classes. Overall, the University of Michigan is a wonderful place to be with great company and a lot to do!

    Am learning a lot

    While the University of Michigan is definitely challenging for anyone that attends, it is definitely rewarding. Professors are attentive, material is relevant though difficult, and the environment for learning is 100 percent effective.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Study!

    Bang for the buck

    Should really be a private school for how high the education is.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's people from around the world, try to find the ones you fit in with.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are tough, but you learn a ton!

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 230

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe at Michigan. Even when walking home late from the library. Also if you don't want to go alone or you want a ride there are free programs for students so that you feel safe at all times.

    Greek Life

    Tons of my friends got into Greek Life and they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone and if there isn't you can make a club with 10 friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football Sundays are crazy and if you don't have a ticket doesn't mean you can't watch the game with a group of friends in the union.

    Bang for the buck

    Most food plans come with blue bucks and dining dollars. Don't wait until the end of the semester to use them. It's great to have a midnight snack while studying.

    What to do for fun

    The student councils try very hard to have something interesting going on. There is always a sporting event or play that a student can get into for free or at a reduced price. Try something new, there's plenty to do.

    Food and Dining

    The only downside to the dining halls is that there isn't one in every dorm. They are within walking distance of anywhere on campus and always serve great food.

    Dorm Life

    I loved dorm life. It was great meeting new people from different walks of life that I was never able to experience in my small hometown.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes were difficult, but there are plenty of resources for you to use and the professors really want you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to be challenged than the University of Michigan is the best place for you to be. Just because there are hundreds of clubs to choose from doesn't mean you have to join all of them. I joined only a few my first year and made amazing friends.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan was everything I was looking for in a college. It is challenging and has started me on the path to my dream career. The people I have met there are exciting and extremely motivating.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 230

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    Greek Life

    Growing up in a Greek spirited family, I am no stranger to the Divine 9 and other Greek organizations. Our Greeks are some of the most spirited individuals and really do a lot for the campus and their organizations as a whole. If you want to join a frat or sorority that focuses strictly on networking, come to Michigan. If you want to join one that just helps the environment and preaches the importance of leadership and service to the community while still having a good time, then Michigan is the place for you. Greek life is another wonderful way to bond with like-minded individuals and make the campus seem much smaller than it really is.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you are worried that UM will not have an activity that interests you or a club for you to join, worry no more. Whether you want to help the environment or just feed the squirrels, there is a club for you. Joining in clubs or participating in different activities around campus is a great way to meet new friends and build life long relationships. Our campus and all of its people can be a bit intimidating at times but joining an organization that you personally enjoy can make this big University feel just a lot smaller.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for a culturally diverse and an engaging experience while going through school, then the University of Michigan is definitely the place for you. Though we are a bit competitive when it comes to our academics and sports, we are still a very inviting and welcoming group of individuals. After all, they don't call us the Leaders and Best for no reason.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The University itself is one big maze filled with great excitement around every corner. I just completed my first year and I am still finding out more and more about the campus and hot spots everyday. I guess you will have to explore like the rest of us and figure out all of the things that Ann Arbor and our campus have to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    Though the University of Michigan is not easy on the pockets, there are plenty of scholarships available to help off set the cost dilemmas. Like any University, there are many scholarships available within your desired field of study. Every dime that you spend for your tuition pays for your room and board (which is the most expensive), classes, and all of the additional features that the school offers such as the recreation centers, transportation, dining meals, and much more. I have to say you definitely get what you pay for and at the end of the day, you can never really put a price on your education.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you may be into, UM has it. I decided that I wanted to do boxing this past year and I found a club that not only trained me, but allowed me to compete as well. If you were a Varsity athlete in high school and want to try your luck at D1 sports, you can walk on to any sports team that you prefer. If you are not that daring, then there are always Intramural sports which are a load of fun as well. If you are not the sports kind of person, there are hundreds of organizations to choose from and if for whatever reason UM does not have a club or activity that suits you, you can always bring it up to the board and start your own cool thing.

    Food and Dining

    UM has been renovating both their residence halls and dining facilities. Dining halls, such as Mojo and North Quad, provide some of the best gourmet meals while always making sure to incorporate different cultures as well. If for whatever reason you may not like the already prepared meals set before you, there is always a salad and fruit bar as well as an ice cream and desert station that are sure to leave your taste buds satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    I know the sound of community bathrooms sounds disgusting but UM has a wonderful cleaning staff that makes sure that not only the restrooms are clean, but the residence halls are as well. UM offers a plethora of residence halls to choose from: co-ed, gender specific, MLC (Michigan Learning Communities), to a substance-free environment. Whether you choose to stay in a single, quad, or double room, residence halls are the best way for you to step out of your comfort zone and mix and mingle with new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Michigan is the number one public institution in the United States. Of course our curriculum is hard. Though you may have been valedictorian in your high school, UM is full of scholar students. No longer will you be the only smart student in your class. It is a very competitive environment that forces you to ready yourself, mentally and physically, for competition within your chosen career.

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter what your major, if you are living on our campus, you are bound to be extremely busy. Be it work, classes, studying, or student organizations, there seems to never be a moment for down time. My biggest advice would be to make sure you know how to properly manage your time. If you are a party person and know that on the weekends you want to do nothing but hang with your friends, make sure all of your work is completed by Friday and that you are caught up to date in all of the rest of your classes. Remember, partying will always be there but sometimes life only allows one time for an education.

    In three sentences

    If you are looking for an institution that will challenge you academically while stimulating your mind, body, and soul, then the University of Michigan is the school for you. With the largest alumni base across the globe, UM provides the best opportunity for its students to thrive and succeed during their college duration and well after they have graduated

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 230

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    Campus Safety

    There is both campus police and the Ann Arbor police that maintain peace and keep both the university and the city safe. There are also various night cab services to help you get home safely along with emergency lights/buttons located around campus should you need immediate help.

    Greek Life

    If Greek life is for you it's definitely worth checking out. There's always some fun going on and the bond could be for a lifetime. You just have to remember that your studies are more important than getting into the fraternity or sorority you want to be in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and activities having to do with politics to sports to animals to quidditch. If you have an interest better believe there is most likely a club for it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whatever you do don't walk on the brass M in the middle of the Diag, I mean unless you feel like streaking to the Bell Tower or failing you Blue Book exam.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, attending the University of Michigan will cost a pretty penny, but its well worth it. Not only are the academics and faculty amazing and you learn a lot, you also learn a lot outside of that through the things you decide to take part in, the people you meet and the experiences you go through. There's no place like it.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun! There is usually always something going on in the Diag and each dorm has weekly events for students. There is always a sporting event you can attend. Not to mention all the things the city offers, like clubs, bars, stores and the mall.

    Food and Dining

    Let's be honest cafeteria food is never as good as a home-cooked meal, but at Michigan its not too far from it. Between all the different dining halls each with their own specialty you can always find something really good to eat. Plus there are fast food places and little stores located near by that accepts your Blue Bucks/Dining Dollars. Not to mention your located in Ann Arbor and if you want you can go in town and find whatever you are craving.

    Dorm Life

    It may be a little scary having to live with someone else that isn't your family and who you don't know, but its actually fun. Living in the dorms helps you meet a lot of new people through a lot of activities that are put on just for the residents. At Michigan they make it a priority that students feel comfortable and have the chance to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty all depends on you and how you manage your time. It can be extremely difficult if you choose to go out all the time and procrastinate on everything, or it can be easy (as easy as UofM academics can be) if you choose to use all the various resources available to you and if get your work done first THEN have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus and work hard on your studies but also make sure you enjoy everything the university and the city has to offer. Though your academics are the most important it's good to get out every now and then so you can meet people and so you don't get overly stressed.

    In three sentences

    I've only been here for one year and already have the best memories and friends. Both the school and other factors teach you more than you could imagine. It is honestly the best place to get your college degree and with that you get so much more.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 230

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    What to do for fun

    Football!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be creative when looking for financial aid. Don't count on much.

    In three sentences

    A great school!

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety is a very important deal to the University and it shows. As long as you're aware of your surroundings and know what you're doing there won't be problems. Alerts are sent to students to keep you informed and if you're by yourself at night and need a ride, there are personnel employed by the University to make sure you get a ride home free of charge.

    Great for these types of students

    If you have the motivation to study hard, but can also balance social life and extra curricular activities, this is the school for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My first year I lived in the South Quadrangle. There is a tradition that on the first real snow of the year, the fire alarms are pulled and both South and West Quad (our neighbor) have a 1,000 plus student snowball fight in the middle of the night. It was heart pumping!

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive, but I know it will be worth it in the long run. You have top notch professors and an amazing amount of resources!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going around on campus! Plenty of clubs and gatherings. Don't be afraid to attend the first meetings of groups, there will be plenty. Reach for the stars and try things you wished you could've done before, because now is your chance!

    Food and Dining

    There are TONS of choices all around campus. The menu might get repetitive, but because there are so many locations it isn't a big deal.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing -- but only if you take the time to step out of your comfort zone to meet the others down your hall. If you prefer to be solo, then no one will stop you.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is tough. If you were able to get by in high school, then expect to be studying more!

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should do their best to take advantage of the resources the university provides. Not only will you be giving yourself an extra push in your academics, but you will also build relationships with many knowledgable students and faculty members!

    In three sentences

    This University has more spirit that I could ever dream a school could have. Not only do I feel challenged, but I know that my knowledge is increasing with every class I take. The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor lives by its reputation!

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 230

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    Clubs and Activities

    Too much to write in this small box. So many organizations that a student could be involved in that you could do that full time instead of your studies.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of people will fit in at UM. There is a niche for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    Big Ten Sports, canoeing and kayaking on the Huron River, hiking through the Arboretum, and seeing a movie in the Michigan or State theaters. UM has it all!

    Food and Dining

    Ann Arbor has some of the BEST food I have ever eaten! And you can get pretty much any food you want from all over the globe; Ethiopian, Thai, and German are just a few of the authentic restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are constantly being remodeled and are always clean. New green technology is being used making UM dorms ahead of many others. Dorm food has lots of variety while still having some of your favorites every day.

    Academic Rigor

    UM is definitely challenging, but without challenges we would not raise to the height we are capable of reaching. All the hard work put in will make you feel that much more proud of the results you get.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be surrounded by lots of brilliant people that will soon become lifelong friends. Studying will dominate most of your time, but the reward is definitely worth it. Being a UM student is something to be very proud of and a UM degree is extremely valuable. Good luck!

    In three sentences

    UM is a great place to learn more about any and all of your passions. Ann Arbor is a city that encourages people to embrace their own uniqueness while wanting to learn more about other cultures. UM has an environment that breeds people that will change the world.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 230

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    Campus Safety

    Great community. On campus police are devoted to the students safety.

    Greek Life

    I am guessing what Greek Life aspires to be

    Clubs and Activities

    With so many people, there is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a rock near Central Campus that gets painted everyday, sometimes multiple times a day. The Rock is open to everyone to participate.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are out of state, it is extremely pricey. I recommend taking your education into your own hands and demanding what you need from you teachers if they are falling short. You are paying and they are being paid. Do not accept anything less than your expectations.

    What to do for fun

    Run on the many trails and nature parks nearby. Also, visit the many, many bars in town which all have great micro-brews on tap

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of food options off campus. Central campus is downtown and has lots of options. North Campus has less on campus food options than Central campus; however, there are food options available if you have a car or dont mind walking 20 minutes

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in a dorm, but there are lots of them I have heard good things about them.

    Academic Rigor

    Expect more work than you can do. They do that on purpose to make you prioritize your work load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that once you are accepted, a great many things become negotiable. Tailor your education to your needs. Also, don't expect to get residency after being there for a year.

    In three sentences

    University of Michigan is a huge school in a cool city. It is a diverse place, especially in Michigan, with lots of academics, intellectuals, and wonderful micro-brews.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 230

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    Campus Safety

    great!

    Greek Life

    pretty prominent

    Clubs and Activities

    everything you can imagine

    Great for these types of students

    driven

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ann Arbor has lots of great little nooks and crannies

    Bang for the buck

    largest living alumni network= instant connections EVERYWHERE

    What to do for fun

    football

    Food and Dining

    Not a ton of healthy options all the time.

    Dorm Life

    Relaxed

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult but help is available if you seek it out

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider school size and your academic and social needs!

    In three sentences

    A large school with a diverse population and amazing educational opportunities if you have the personal drive to take advantage of them. Nothing compares to Michigan football either.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great safety measure are taken and the university really educates all its students on how to be safe in an unbiased way.

    Greek Life

    I have not participated in, and refuse to participate in, Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can't find a club that interests you, you probably have lived under a rock your entire life. However, if you enjoyed living under that rock, you can easily find 10 other people who enjoy living under rocks and start a Living Under Rocks club.

    Great for these types of students

    U of M has such a broad range of programs and people that it is great for any type of student that can handle the academic rigors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On football Saturday's, being part of the largest crowd watching a football game anywhere in America today is a pretty awesome experience. Also, if you go off of the main campus, the rest of Ann Arbor has some amazing restaurants and shops in the Main Street area as well as Kerrytown. The Law Quad and Law Library seem like they come straight out of a Harry Potter movie and are quiet (eerily silent) places to study.

    Bang for the buck

    U of M is one of the most expensive public universities in the nation. If you are not from the great state of Michigan, you will pay an exorbitant amount of money in tuition. However, there are endless opportunities for everyone here, so if you take advantage of them, you will get great Bang for your Buck. If you do not take advantage of the endless opportunities, you will be stuck complaining about how expensive it is to go to U of M.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities sponsored by the University that are a blast. There are also non-university activities to go to and have fun at. All you have to do is ask around a bit and people will let you know what is going on for fun on any given night.

    Food and Dining

    I really like the food at most of the dining halls, but many of my peers complain about them often. Just be sure to go to a restaurant (there are so many good ones in Ann Arbor) every once in a while to treat yourself. You deserve it!

    Dorm Life

    Most of the rooms are small and hot, but if you get a newly renovated dorm, you will basically be living in an apartment. Be advised that dorm life is not for everyone, but go in with a positive attitude.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are difficult, but if you work hard in them, you will do well. Just be sure to keep up on your work and don't fall behind. There are plenty of resources available if you need to get help in a class, especially science and math classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early because at U of M, it is non-binding. The sooner you apply the better. Spend time on your essays because they are what separate you from tens of thousands of other applicants. Finally, visit the campus to see if it feels right for you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a great place to live, learn and grow as an individual. Here, you will be exposed to a wealth of diversity, programs advocating sustainability, and great people of all backgrounds. Whatever your interests may be, U of M has the degree or program or club for you!

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 230

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Ann Arbor is a city, so there are the occasional crimes. The University Police Department is pretty good about sending out crime alerts and keeping students informed. However, I feel safe all of the time. Just don't go walking home by yourself at 2AM, and keep your doors locked when you aren't home.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty big on campus. It would be rare to walk to class and not see many people sporting their greek letters on their shirt. Greek life at Michigan is pretty stereotypical-lots of partying and drinking-so if you aren't into that, don't rush. There are also many professional (business, pre-med) fraternities on campus, that offer good networking and career

    Clubs and Activities

    To keep this section incredibly simple-there is a club for everyone of every interest. Seriously. There are over 1,000.

    Great for these types of students

    You need to be academically motivated to be a student here. U of M is perfect for the motivated student who is seeking lots of opportunities, willing to work hard, intelligent, and also likes to play hard, too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a superstition that if you stand under a the archway on South University Street that goes into the and kiss someone, that is the person you will marry. Football at U of M is huge-the games are the biggest events of the year. If you come to U of M-get tickets-you won't want to miss games at the Big House (which, by the way, is the biggest stadium in America, and the third largest in the world).

    Bang for the buck

    U of M is expensive for a state school and pretty expensive for all of the out of state students, as well. However, I believe that the quality and value of a University of Michigan education far surpasses any dollars you can spend on it.

    What to do for fun

    If you rush a frat or sorority, they typically put on events on the weekends. If not, there are plenty of other activities to do around Ann Arbor! There are many delicious restaurants, swing dancing, movies, bowling...the options are essentially limitless. The University also puts on events throughout the school year.

    Food and Dining

    If you live in the dorms, you have to pay for a meal plan. Many of the dorms have cafeterias in the dorm, and if not, there is a cafeteria within walking distance. The cafeterias are a little bit above average, from what I have experienced at others schools. They offer plentifiul, healthy optiosn! Also, you can eat in whichever cafeteria you like, you are limited by what dorm you are living in! If you live off-campus, you have the option of purchasing a meal plan; however, it is cheapter to by your own food, if you are willing to sacrifice convience.

    Dorm Life

    With over 15 dorms, U of M has a living situation for everyone, whether you are a female wanting to live in an all female dorm or an all female hall, or whether you want gender-neutral housing. The University is in the process of renovating all of the dorms, so many of them are very nice and recently renovated. Almost every freshman chooses to live in the dorms, and many sophomores do as well. The Resident Assistants generally do a good job of providing a sense of community in the halls, if you choose to participate in the events that they put on. All of the dorms are equipped with a Community Learning Center, where there are computers and printers to use, along with meeting spaces. All of the dorms also have lounges which are perfect for doing homework or meeting a friend. Also, if you live in the dorms, you typically pay for a meal plan. Many of the dorms have cafeterias in the dorm, and if not, there is a cafeteria within walking distance. The cafeterias are a little bit above average, from what I have experienced at others schools. They offer plentifiul, healthy optiosn! Also, you can eat in whichever cafeteria you like, you are limited by what dorm you are living in!

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Michigan is one of the top schools in the world for a reason-the academics are excellent! That being said, excellent academics mean challenging. That's not to say that classes are impossible, they aren't, but expect to work, and work HARD, for your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard! You need good grades and a good ACT score to go here. If you grades aren't excellent, still apply! U of M also looks for interesting people to broaden the diversity in the campus community. FInd what you're good at and passionate about and then own it!

    In three sentences

    U of M is academically challenging and stimulating, with awesome professors and abundant research opportunities. When not studying, there are literally thousands of clubs and extracurricular activities that students can be involved in-everyone can find there niche! There is also lots of play time-Ann Arbor is a city abundant in interesting restaurants, bars, parks, and places to explore and adventure.

  • 10/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Like any campus, we have our issues here and there, but it's promptly taken care of and I have never felt unsafe walking home at night.

    Greek Life

    Sorry, proud GDI here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Just about everything you can think of, including a squirrel watching club.

    Great for these types of students

    Fun-loving yet academically minded, driven, creative, not averse to putting in serious work.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the M before your first exam!

    Food and Dining

    SO many options, make sure to look out for daily specials and lunch deals if you're on a tight student budget.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in a dorm, but the student housing is pretty decent here. Love the dining halls.

    Academic Rigor

    Get ready to dedicate a significant portion of your free time to studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    U of M isn't the most affordable school, and if you struggle with financial difficulties like me, look into work-study jobs and apply for as many scholarships as you can. Trust me, it helps a lot.

    In three sentences

    Frankly, I love the University of Michigan. It has always been my dream school and the rigorous yet enjoyable curriculum, laid back campus, and host of extracurricular activities for students keep that dream alive. I actually enjoy going to most of my classes and admire my incredibly intelligent yet entertaining professors.

  • 02/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who like being in the middle of everything. Students who want to be a part of a very culturally diverse community. Students who want to get a very good education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to take very good notes and study well on your own before you come. The teachers are great at what they do but as I mentioned earlier, the classes are very hard. Worth it but very hard.

    Bang for the buck

    Michigan is a very expensive school but it's very worth it. You pay for what you get. There are great classes and room and board are worth it too. The meal plans cover your eating needs, and most of the cafeterias are open for a good portion of the day. Everything is in close walking distance and on cold days, the busses are always running to take you where you need to go.

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only is the school, teachers, and classes great but the city is too. There is so much to do here and its a great environment. There are many places to study other than the libraries, and in the winter the libraries create a perfect environment for all the studying you need.

    Am learning a lot

    Michigan is a great school & has many educating classes to back that up. I have been learning a lot from my classes and although they are hard they are very much worth it. I am in the nursing school and know that I will be well prepared for the real job after all the classes here.

  • 03/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    U of M-Ann Arbor has a world-class faculty,and groundbreaking research. An exceptional health system. Beautiful surroundings including campus, dorms, and student center.

  • 05/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, unique students who are willing to put in time to both enrich their education and their lives as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring warm clothes for the cold months, and be prepared for any type of weather! Study hard ahead of time and keep track of all your assignments so that you don't fall behind. Walk through all of your classes before they start so you're not left wandering blindly around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The university offers several services for its students, such as the Blue Buses, which are free to ride for students and local residents and workers. The public Ann Arbor white buses are also free to students. The university offers a fair amount of printing for all the students and computers and computer labs are available throughout campus and free to use. The dorm halls offer many amenities, including a free handyman service as well as a dining hall with food to fit any dietary requirement.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is AMAZING and there's never nothing to do. There are several libraries and each offers a unique study environment. The campuses offer a wide range of restaurants for the student body, as well as hangouts to go to with your peers. North Campus, on which I live, is a bit more serene and quiet, while Central Campus is the heart of the university. I enjoy the peace but it's always enjoyable to go down to Central and explore everything that the university has to offer.

    Am learning a lot

    Not a day goes by when I don't learn something new. I am enrolled in the Engineering program and it is definitely very fast-paced, but the challenge is what makes the program so interesting. Besides school, though, I learn a lot of other skills, such as public speaking, building relationships, and common sense.

  • 05/08/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    There is such a sense of school pride from everyone and a great environment to be in. The sports are great and so are the people.

    Will learn a lot

    Michigan has so many different opportunities for students to figure out what they are interested in and receive assistance in their life at Michigan.

  • 06/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all types of students. Almost anyone can relate with someone else here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, get involved, get involved! Activities like clubs, sororities/fraternities (professional or not), and volunteering make the college experience so much more fun and worth it.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though the school is expensive, the financial aid packages are usually helpful in reducing the price by a big chunk.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is awesome to be able to walk around campus and know that there is usually something going on. There's fun just hanging in a friends dorm room, chilling in the lounges or libraries (which depending on where you are, are actually quite social), or just walking around to different stores and restaurants. Also, the buses are free so there's no worries on paying for transportation to the mall (unless you want to go at a time that doesn't go with the bus schedules) or around campus. Nothing is dull unless you make it dull.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Michigan is a great university. Coming here was a great choice for me because the school is a place where you can be yourself without judgement. The minute you arrive on campus, people are super friendly. For some it may take a while to get used to the work and for others it'll be a quick adjustment. But, no matter if you are doing well or struggling, there are always professors, grad student instructors, and/or advisors ready to help you with whatever problems you may have.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of opportunity! Michigan and Ann Arbor has so much to offer. Don't wait until your senior year to explore. Go to the free student comedy and acapella shows, go to the museums, and check out Kerrytown. Take advantage of the four years you have and I guarantee you will have the fondest of memories.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, the University of Michigan is certainly the best value I could imagine for undergraduate studies. As an in-state student myself, I cannot imagine getting more from my university for the price than I do with Michigan.

    Am learning a lot

    Your college experience is half the college you attend and half what you do with it. Michigan is a place of opportunity and it is my belief that most anyone could find a program, a department, or an area of study that suits their needs. Michigan has challenged me to continue to learn.

  • 06/24/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    UM is expensive, but I think it's worth it. College is about more than just your education (and they provide a top-notch education to boot), it's also about discovering who you are and deciding who and what you want to be. It's about enjoying yourself in the process. UM is guaranteed to give you all of that.

    Will enjoy being here

    There are Living and Learning Communities for everyone. You live with these people, do activities with them, and in my case, even take specialized courses aimed at improving your work in a particular area. Not to mention, Ann Arbor has hundreds of fantastic restaurants, and thousands of student activities daily. I really want to watch their Quidditch team in action!

    Will learn a lot

    This university has SO many different kinds of classes. They encourage trying new things, especially the ones that you never knew could be a class, but sound interesting. I expect to learn a lot, and to enjoy doing it. UM has every kind of class imaginable.

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    ANYBODY!

    Tips for prospective students

    U of M has everything you can think of, from the Squirrel Club and the Zombie Club to IM sports and religious groups. Get involved and college will be easy and fun. There is a place for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    U of M is expensive, and they don't give out many scholarships. However, it's one of the best schools in the world, and definitely worth the money. Make sure to apply for private scholarships!

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for smart students who are looking for a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. The longer you wait, the more competitive the admissions process becomes. If you're applying to the LSA Honors Program, try to write a good essay, but if it's late April and you still haven't submitted your application, just get something in before they fill up.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an expensive school, but it's definitely worth it. Not only does it have a great reputation, there are also many programs available to help students succeed academically.

    Will enjoy being here

    There's a ton of things to do in Ann Arbor. I don't think I'll be bored very often.

    Will learn a lot

    I've heard only good things about the professors and graduate student instructors (GSIs) at U-M. During the honors lunch at my orientation, one of the professors said that every faculty member at the university was hired because they are a leading researcher in their field. I'm expecting all of the instructors to be very passionate and knowledgeable; the only limit on how much I learn from them should be the effort that I'm willing to put into my education.

  • 07/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Michigan is very expensive for out-of-staters like me, but for in-staters - the price is good.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ann Arbor is literally the best college town ever. Nuff said.

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many different classes to choose from and you learn so much from every teacher. Awesome.

  • 07/22/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    well-rounded people, intellectual, broad-minded,

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit! If you're out of state, make sure you think the cost is worth it. It's about 50K a year (the cost of living) so be sure that this is the right school for you.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm definitely miffed that the only financial aid I received was a measly $5,500 federal loan and nothing else. Out of state tuition is incredibly expensive, and it will be very difficult to make ends meet. However, I absolutely love the University of Michigan, and I could not be happier to attend in the fall.

    Will enjoy being here

    I went to MPulse last summer, and LOVED Ann Arbor. Already I can tell that I will have a blast these next four years in Michigan!

    Will learn a lot

    I am stoked to be attending this fall, and I know I will put the most effort I can into my classwork and studies.

  • 08/02/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    It is extremely pricey for out-of-state students, but if you are from the state of Michigan I would suggest you at least visit the campus!

    Will enjoy being here

    For me it's a bit far away from home. However the town of Ann Arbor is very nice. There will always be something to do when you are not studying.

    Will learn a lot

    This is an excellent looking school! I have been to the campus and had the chance to meet with one of the professors. Everyone there was very enthusiastic about their school. It offers a wide selection of majors so that every interest will be satisfied.

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for financial aid quickly.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is expensive, but the acknowledgement you receive from offers shows its worth.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ann Arbor is a beautiful city filled with beautiful people. The campus and community surrounding it offer so many activities that it's almost impossible to not be involved.

    Am learning a lot

    The prestige of Michigan is known worldwide and the rigor of its courses shows why.

  • 09/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    It's a good school for people who can work hard, but also enjoy having a social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work hard and perhaps look outside your established social group for activities and new people.

    Bang for the buck

    Facilities here are very extensive, campus is large and varied, and pretty much anything that you would need is available somewhere.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many things to do here, as well as a student body that is varied and, for the most part, quite friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are pretty hard, but I am learning significant skills in them.

  • 09/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that are effective studiers or that are persistent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't just solely build up your GPA. Gte involved with extracurriculars and volunterring too.

    Bang for the buck

    U-M is very expensive, but well worth it. It addition to awesome staff, food, and facilities, the universitry of has a multitude of clubs that catch anyone's interest.

    Am enjoying being here

    U-M offers some of the best professors around. Not only are a great number of professors here Ph.D professions, but they are engaged in research and writing their own books!

    Am learning a lot

    There's a reason U-M is a big ten school. Classes here present lots of information and even opportunites in the field of the study. If you're currently undecided about your major, don't fret. Within the wealth of information presented during classes (even introductory classes) you'll quickly find your passion.

  • 11/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for hard working, well rounded students that like to be exposed to different ideas and ways of life.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to come to U of M then it is imperative that you form study habits NOW. If you have good study habits then don't get eager and take a billion credits; start with 16 or less. Also don't be afraid to utilize office hours, they are truly a gift. When buying books first check the resell store; after your done with them sell them back. Finally, in the midst of studying make sure you take breaks from time to time, join a club, be active. Being a well rounded student is important before and after college admission.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of tuition is the only thing I don't like about this school. The education is great but my dorm has no air and I really don't understand why classes are so expensive. The prices honestly make no sense to me but in the end a good education is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ann Arbor is a great place to be. The U of M campus is built throughout the city and there is always somewhere fun to go eat, study and hang out with friends. The campus security makes me feel safe and the bus system is really easy to use (even if you have never ridden one before.) The go blue community can definitely make a person feel welcomed.

    Am learning a lot

    I chose to participate in a special program here at U of M called the Residential College. My class sizes are small and the work is intense. If you aren't willing to do a lot of work or can't handle stress then this isn't the school for you; however, if you are ready for the challenge of your life then this is the place to be.

  • 12/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love sports, you'll love the athletic spirit here. Nothing is like a game at the Big House with over 100,000 other people in the stadium. If you're more of the studious type, you'll love the variety and caliber of academic opportunities here. Basically, UM is a good place for anyone. But you must be active and proactive, ready to find activities for yourself and dive in!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't look at UM as a second-tier school. Sure, it's no Ivy League, but it's just as challenging and stimulating. I've had friends who've attended Ivy League schools and UM, and they all say most if not all UM classes and professors are comparable. Whatever you do, don't think that UM is a pushover. But at the same time, embrace all the opportunities. Also, don't bother buying UM swag - you'll find a ton of free stuff on campus, especially during Welcome Week!

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, the rate is very good. For out-of-state students, it can get quite expensive, but 70% of students receive financial aid. Also, there are many scholarships, and often times, you don't have to fill out a separate a separate application - you're automatically thrown into the pool.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ann Arbor is a great city. Everything is within biking distance. Even during the winter, they do a great job of clearing the roads, so I can still bike. Ann Arbor is full of culture, especially on Main Street. On any given night, you may see street performers, watch a good movie at the theater, or dine at one of the upscale restaurants. There are over 2,000 student organizations on campus. I am involved with pops orchestra, South Quad hall council, research, and AIV Christian Fellowship, and the balance and variety of activities has really helped me enjoy my time here.

    Am learning a lot

    Michigan is one of the top, if not the top, academic public university in the nation. In terms of rankings, most departments are ranked in the top 25 overall by most major ranking systems. There are many different opportunities to learn both in the classroom and outside of the classroom with opportunities such as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), global exchange programs, a Washington D.C. program, and ecology programs at Camp Davis in Wyoming. The professors are all excellent and leaders in their respective fields. Even better, they are willing and eager to meet with you outside of class for help and good talking.

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Working hard and being smart are two requirements for attending this school. You can't just be smart...working hard is very important.

    Bang for the buck

    Some things get pretty expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    City life is wonderful.

    Am learning a lot

    I have never been around such an educational environment. I love it!

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Who are looking for traditional college experiences, such as partying and intense studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, never procrastinate.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The University of Michigan is a wonderful place for someone who enjoys being around many different types of people and personalities and who can embrace exciting and new situations. It also hosts thousands of resources which are best utilized by independent students who think outside the box. I often find myself wishing that I could spend an entire lifetime at this university due to its excellent support of research and learning. After graduation, I plan to contribute to our shared world by utilizing the tools I have gained through my undergraduate career at the University of Michigan.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have two very different yet equally important individuals on campus that I look to for not only academic and career advice. I believe it is very important to find a mentor or advisor on campus, preferably an individual in your chosen field, with whom one can go to for guidance and encouragement. These advisors have supported me throughout my academic career at Michigan and have become life-long friends in the process.

    Bang for the buck

    The prospect of a tuition bill that spans the length and breadth of four years may seem daunting but I have been able to pay for my education with the support of scholarships and grants from the University of Michigan, the Michigan Government as well as private donors. In addition, I applied for and received two summer international internship grants which allowed me to travel to Ireland and London for two consecutive summers. These were excellent opportunities to employ the skills and techniques that I acquired through coursework at Michigan in addition to gleaning different perspectives and philosophies from the individuals I worked alongside. I have been blessed to receive such a world-class education for such an unbelievably low price.

    Am enjoying being here

    My program is quite small and I have enjoyed being a part of this community as I feel I have found my niche on this circa 42,000 student campus. I spend most my time with these peers, individuals I have created deep and meaningful relationships with which grow deeper every day as we study, create, laugh and reflect with one another.

    Am learning a lot

    In my program, we employ professors from who have been worked for varied and prestigious companies across the country. Each professor instructs with a different perspective and a unique set of experiences, all of which they pull from when imparting their wisdom to their students. I have appreciated this diversity throughout my academic career at Michigan because it has given me ample opportunity to glean a myriad of skills, techniques and philosophies from professionals in my projected career field.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is generally safe. I do get crime alerts every so often about crimes happening around campus. Campus police often patrol the dorms to check on everything. Many safe ride programs exist to take you home if you're out late at night.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life, but I know it is vibrant here at Michigan, we have many fraternities and sororities, both social and professional.

    Clubs and Activities

    One of the HUGE benefits of being at such a big school. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of clubs to join. And if you don't like any of them, get a few friends and make one! Intramural sports is very organized and lots of fun, and there exists a club for pretty much anything you can think of. From squirrel feeding and quidditch to more normal things, like religious groups and drama clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are willing to work hard and want a top notch degree. If you want the feel of a big time university, Michigan is excellent. If you want a smaller school, probably go elsewhere. That being said, you can always make a big school small, but you can't make a small school big. Michigan has the advantages of a big school: top sports programs, excellent research opportunities, many student groups, and lots of options, while its still possible and quite easy to shrink the size of the school by joining clubs, making connections with your professors and being active about meeting the people in your residence hall.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nichols Arboretum (The Arb) is a popular place to go for a run or to hang out and clear your head. The Safe Sex Store on South University is a classic store. Ann Arbor is well-known for Zingerman's deli, which has excellent sandwiches and other delightful treats. Legend has it that if you kiss someone under the arch between east hall and west hall by south university and the diag at midnight, you will marry them. Also, we have a hash bash in April that is one of the biggest. Not endorsing that, just saying, it's there and it's unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    Michigan just raised their tuition by about 9%, and has the top public tuition rate in the state, if I'm not mistaken. It's quite expensive to go here. However, they do give a lot of scholarship money to people who qualify. Being among the top 5 or 10 endowed colleges in the nation, U of M has a LOT of money to spend on scholarships. Even though it is expensive, there is a lot to be said about having a Michigan degree. I would say it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Lots to do for fun! Michigan has a good partying scene, if you're into that. Greek Life is fun, and the occasional block parties are crazy. If partying isn't your thing, there are university sponsored mixers on Fridays that include different things every time, like games, bands, food, etc. The city of Ann Arbor is a wonderful town with many cool shops to peruse, and many great restaurants ranging from the more pricey ones on Main Street to cheaper, but still tasty ones on State Street and south University. Ann Arbor is very progressive and liberal, and there are many theatre, dance, and music opportunities around the area. Concerts often come to Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti (ten minutes away), and those are always fun. I saw a Chiddy Bang concert and it was awesome. Finally, for nature people, I have explored Nichols Arboretum and it was tons of fun. North campus has wildlife like turkeys and deer and raccoons, it's actually kind of funny. Rec sports offers nature programs such as alternative spring breaks, free rental equipment, and canoeing trips down the Huron River. Whatever you like to do for fun, it's probably here.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food at Michigan is nothing to write home about, but as far as dorm food goes, it's pretty good. North Quad has the most AMAZING food ever, and is legitimately like a fancy restaurant. Mojo and Bursley offer more options, which is nice. Constant options for sandwich bar and grill items (burgers, hot dogs) help make eating in the dorms bearable. Convenience shops in the dorms such as Victors and Blue Apple serve excellent pizza, smoothies and sandwiches, great for late night snacks or any time really.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot speak for all on this one, as I lived in Baits, which is far away on north campus. It is a five minute walk to Bursley to eat, the buildings are old, and people mostly stick to themselves. That being said, I enjoy the suite-style room that I have and I have become very close with some of my hallmates. Michigan is very progressive in that they renovate a dorm every few years or so, keeping them updated and livable.

    Academic Rigor

    There's a reason it's called the Harvard of the midwest. Michigan consistently ranks among the top schools in the country for almost every field of study. Professors are extremely knowledgeable, and often at the top of their respective fields. You will receive a top-rate education from Michigan, but you have to work hard for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. I liked finding out my decision by Christmas time and then having the whole winter/spring to make my college decision. Take as many AP classes as you can! I didn't take as many as I wish I had. You can get college credit for them, and plus you get out of those annoying 100-level intro classes so you can get on to what you enjoy taking. I also recommend getting into the earliest orientation you can, so you can get all the classes you want and your schedule won't be messed up. They say they save spots in classes for the later orientation times, but I don't trust that. Another tip, don't stress out too much over applications and scholarships! It's not worth it. Sure, you need to put time and effort into it, but in the end, a college degree is a college degree, and it matters only a little where you get it from. You're doing no one a favor by getting worked up about it. Just relax, and knock it out.

    In three sentences

    Michigan is a great school where you will get a top-rate education. I am very happy with my decision to attend, which was made because of the Michigan engineering reputation, and because it is in-state. There is lots to do here, the people are friendly, and the town is great.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs or IM sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to have a good financial plan. Attend special events on campus to network.

    In three sentences

    Student instructors sometimes disadvantage current students as opposed to students with professors. Tests are designed to be more challenging than homework. There are many opportunities on campus enriching student life.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Movies, cards, walking around the city.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of options. You will never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Never dormed here, but I've never heard anything negative about the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are tough, but they are doable. Time management is critical.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your course material from the first week of classes. Schedule times to relax and spend time with friends and family. Lastly, always remain focused.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan has met and exceeded all my expectations. I learned many things and it has opened up my eyes to a whole a new world full of possibilities. My education here has led me to become accepted in my next stage of life: pharmacy school.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We get notified of incidents, the dorms are very safe (you have to swipe your card to get into the building and then swipe a different card to get into your room). However, it's not a city you want to go wandering around alone at night in.

    Greek Life

    I hear it's really good, but it's not something that I looked into.

    Clubs and Activities

    A club for anything you could want to do and more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The State theatre has midnight showings of very well known or classic movies, it's very fun.

    Bang for the buck

    There's a lot of really great resources here, but also some basic ones that could use a little expansion like the free printer paper limit and wireless.

    What to do for fun

    There's a bunch of stores and restaurants, as well as movie theaters, clubs, and parties.

    Food and Dining

    They have cafeterias that are known for being very big, some that are known for having a wide variety of good food, and some that are known for their vegetarian/vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    I like living in the dorms, they're not really any better or worse than you'd expect them to be.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a lot of hard work, but if you commit yourself, it's worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're considering any sort of degree in language or english, come to the Residential College.

    In three sentences

    It's a great place for all kinds of educational goals. It does not only offer education, but a variety of student clubs, groups, and organizations. The city of Ann Arbor is also a great city to live in, very interesting and campus feels like a small town within a large city.

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    all types. studious students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the pastry peddler is great, pitapit is popular, and the insomnia cookie truck.

    Bang for the buck

    are you in-state or out?

    What to do for fun

    figure skating, dorak club, hanging with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard, but don't forget to live your life by joining clubs and becoming involved.

    In three sentences

    the university of michigan is a great choice for any student because it has something for everything. living on north campus is a quiet, peaceful environment, while central campus is a college town. the alumni association is huge and strong, the school is well-known, the student body is involved, clubs are diverse, and though it may be a big school the spirit makes it feel small.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    intramural sports, going to the state theater for a $6 midnight movie, going a club, exploring the arb, there is so much to do you will have trouble deciding what you have time for.

    Food and Dining

    the dorm food is good, everyday there are new options and u of m has many mhealthy options for students who watch what they eat.

    Dorm Life

    the people in your dorm will become your friends and study partners. don't be afraid to ask others to hang out or go someplace, many students are just as shy and need a little push to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    be prepared to work hard, but the benefits make it all worthwhile.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't rule out bigger colleges because of size, many offer residence programs and clubs that make you feel like part of a community within the school.

    In three sentences

    u of m is a great school to attend. knowing the professors, advisers, and other students make it feel like a smaller college, and there are so many resources to utilize. ann arbor is a great town with so much to offer.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    u of m is great for students who want strong academics, but really want the college experience as well. they have a great football team and devoted football fans which makes for a lot of school spirit.

    In three sentences

    this school is well known for its combination of great academics and great sports. everyone i know is applying here; whether they decide to go or not, it is certainly a strong option.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    the food in the dining halls is usually alright, neither good nor bad, but occasionally they will have a good day and put out a variety of very good dishes (like salmon chowder). the selection is pretty wide and you can easily find vegetarian options, though vegan options are rather limited as far as i can tell. if you have an allergy question, you can probably ask one of the many staff members about the ingredients.

    Dorm Life

    i currently do not live in a dorm, so i'm not the best source here, but i have many friends that do and i vistit them often. the rooms and dorm scene are decent and most halls get along pretty well. even if you get stuck on north campus, central campus is just a short bus ride away. the buses run frequently, so if you are late to class, it will only be 5 minutes or less.

    Academic Rigor

    time-consuming but not terribly difficult. depending on the classes you take, you could be swamped with readings and projects, but they aren't particularly difficult in themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    u of m is expensive. if you are not from a well-off family, get as many scholarships as you can. oh, and merit scholarships are extremely difficult to get. you need a 4.2 gpa and 10 extracurriculars. i kid you not.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    recently there were some attacks on campus, but there is police everywhere and options to have someone walk you home at night if you feel uncomfortable, as well as, spots to call the police if you feel endangered. also, the campus police contacts the whole student body within 24 hours about any incident that has occured

    Greek Life

    you can be your stereotypical frat or sorority girl, but there are other options in the forms of professional fraternities and other ones that aren't like what you see on tv and in the movies.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are soo many clubs and activities to join. make sure you go out for festifall and see all the things you can do. they range from recreational and club sports to academic ones like the electric car clu or the squirrel watching club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    don't walk on the m in the middle of the diag before your first blue book exam or you will fail it.

    Food and Dining

    it really depends where you're at. the system is separated into 3 different ways of eating: blue bucks (money for actual restaurants like subway), dining dollars (restaurants in the dorms with all your frozen meal, yogurt needs), and then the meals for the dining halls. i recommend you go to mojo for the most options, but steer clear of east quad unless you're a vegan.

    Dorm Life

    my experience has been great! there are many different types of dorms that you can have. i have to share my bathroom with 20 other girls which kind of stinks. but it's a great way to meet people!

    Academic Rigor

    classes are hard, but they are interesting for the most part. here at u of m you can either sleep, have a social life, and fail or sleep, work hard academically, and have no social life, or be like me and just never sleep.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't wait until the day it's due to do it ... it won't fly.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    depends where you go, mosher jordan is good.

    Dorm Life

    small, limited food choice.

    Academic Rigor

    very hard, lots of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't fall behind!

    In three sentences

    great university, love the atmosphere. hard classes, and somewhat difficult gsis. small dorms, limited availability.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    football games

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    joining clubs and meeting people with similar interests as you is a great way to have fun. the night life with parties is also excellent. greek life is full of fun and learning experiences. hanging out with friends is fun as well, just walking around downtown ann arbor.

    Food and Dining

    the best dining halls are north quad and mojo, by far. the others are not too bad, they have a good variety for food, but the most gourmet food you will get will be at north quad or mojo.

    Dorm Life

    i love my dorm life. be sure to get to know your hallmates because they make living in a dorm much better! it is a great way to make new friends that can last a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are somewhat difficult because they really require you to pay attention and do all the work they give you. professors, however, are very helpful and open to working with you to help you understand everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to work hard. even if you think you are taking an easy class, be prepared to do work for it. this is not like high school where you can easily breeze through without putting in much effort. this is preparing you for the real world, so make the most of the experience and classes.

    In three sentences

    the university of michigan has a rigorous curriculum that gives a student a challenging education that really makes them work hard and appreciate the education they are receiving. not only is academics strong, there are a great number of extracurricular activities that will cater to your strengths and passions. getting the college experience at u of m is excellent because it is an all around school.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    libraries are open very late, so michigan makes sure you're gonna be safe. they offer free safe walks back to your house and taxi rides back to your house. the campus is extremely well-lit at night. there are blue light kiosks around campus where you can phone campus police if you think you're in an emergency. we have a sexual assault prevention and awareness center (sapac). and we have a campus police force as well as the ann arbor police force.

    Greek Life

    it's definitely present on campus. 17% of students are involved in greek life. there are some really cool fraternities and sororities across campus, and the outside of their houses look cool. one fraternity does a mud bowl every year before the ohio state football game. greek life also raises a lot of money for charities.

    Clubs and Activities

    over 1300 student groups. enough said. there is always something to do here. oh, and yeah we have a squirrel club with like 900 members that feed squirrels every sunday with peanuts.

    Great for these types of students

    everyone! seriously, everyone. no, i'm not being cliche, seriously, if you are a student at all or even if you want to be a student, u of m is perfect for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the m on the diag...there's a myth that if you step on it you will fail your first blue-book exam. the only way to reverse the curse is to streak from one of the libraries to one of the museums and kiss one of the metal pumas there at the stroke of midnight. michigan state rivalry...when state comes to town for football a fraternity defends the m all week. snowball fights...they take place outside the dorms all over campus, ranging from 5 students to 1,000 students each. the zombie walk...the michigan zombie club walks around like zombies and gets donations for people who don't have food. midnight movies at state theater...self-explanatory, and awesome. football saturdays...you just have to be here. and many, many more!

    Bang for the buck

    it might cost a lot, but you are never, ever bored. ever. it literally takes 5 seconds to find what to do on the weekend if you don't know what to do because there's always something to do. it is challenging, no doubt. but the amount you learn and the experiences you have are worth so much more than what money can buy.

    What to do for fun

    i can't list everything because it wouldn't ever end. football games, basketball games, hockey games, water polo games, frisbee, feeding squirrels, climbing trees, slip 'n' slides in the dorms, ultimate frisbee, grabbing coffee, seeing movies downtown, capture the flag in the diag, parties, random late night events, rollerblading, biking, over 1300 student groups from the michigan zombie club to the michigan planking club, climbing buildings, etc. the list can go on and on.

    Food and Dining

    you never go full. all-you-can-eat is amazing. you don't have to worry about cooking your food, and you can have literally everything you want right in front of your eyes. u of m's chefs are actually professionals and they offer a chance every year for students to have an iron chef competition in the kitchens of select dorms. it's ridiculously cool! plus, each cafeteria has its own spin to it. east quad offers vegan and vegetarian options, mojo has a stir fry and burger bar, and north quad is like a fancy french restaurant. also, throughout the year they offer special meals, like bread day, rib competitions between the chefs, international food days, and holiday meals (thanksgiving...oh man!). plus, if you're sick you can have food either to-go or delivered to your room for free.

    Dorm Life

    an organization called planet blue is going through one dorm each year and renovating it, so now is the perfect time to come to u of m. each dorm offers a different experience. south quad and west quad for example have a huge snowball fight in the winter in the wee hours of the morning and house a lot of athletes. other dorms have living learning communities that allow you to live with people that share similar interests to you. people keep their doors open most of the time, which allows you to meet some really amazing people from around the world. there's plenty of space in your room, although some dorms offer more room than others.

    Academic Rigor

    you can't procrastinate anymore, and don't even try to cram before exams. it might work a few times, but the hundred other times it won't. in order to be successful here academically, you have to make sure you're managing your time well while also making sure you don't go insane while studying by giving yourself enough break time.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for scholarships starting your junior year of high school. you can never spend too much time applying for financial aid, and every little bit helps. don't be concerned if you don't know what you want to go into. i consider michigan the perfect place to come to if you don't know what you want to go into because every single program here is great, and even if you think you know what you want to do, it's great to have flexibility. finally, be open when you come here. don't limit yourself and the people you can meet.

    In three sentences

    despite its humongous size, it's a school where you can find who you are and how you can help the world out a bit. it's full of fascinating people, opportunities that never stop appearing, incredible athletic teams, awesome housing conditions that allow you to meet people from around the world, and the capability to be whoever you want to be. plus, ann arbor is a true college town, a perfect place to start your life in.

  • 03/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    ann arbor is a really safe town. nothing to worry about.

    Greek Life

    tons of frats and sororities. it's there if you want it, or you can go to their parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's a club for everything. if you're looking for soemthing unusual, i'd recommend the zombie club or squirrel club.

    Great for these types of students

    those who are active and involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    go to a game at the big house. there's absolutely nothing like it.

    Bang for the buck

    can be really expensive if you're out of state, but it's well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    hundreds of clubs. ann arbors a fun town.

    Food and Dining

    most days are really good. always vegan and vegetarian options. they offer pizzas and salads most days in case you don't like what they serve.

    Dorm Life

    every dorm is different. you can end up with a fantastic dorm right next to class or an old one a bus ride away.

    Academic Rigor

    can be a challenge but totally doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early for your best chance of getting in.

    In three sentences

    it's a big college. lots of students, lots of opportunities, lots of fun. anything you could possibly want out of college you can find here.

  • 03/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    greek life is big on campus. there's a social life without it, but welcome week especially, greek life is big.

    Food and Dining

    the dining halls aren't really that great, but it's decent food. there are good days in the d-hall and there are bad ones. north quad is by far the best dining hall, but make sure you beat the lunchtime and dinner time rush there. fortunately ann arbor has many great restaurants at all different price ranges.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life depends on where you live. but the people you meet in your hallway can be the people that you end up hanging out with a lot. it's a lot of fun, but not really the best place to study.

    Academic Rigor

    michigan academics will challenge you if you pick the right courses. there are always easy classes, but most of them require some amount of work. it is not easy to do well at michigan in engineering, or any of the sciences. it's not even always easy for the other liberal arts.

    Tips for prospective students

    prepare yourself to work hard. michigan is a big school and you can get lost in it.make sure you get involved in something you love to do.

    In three sentences

    michigan forces you to learn to manage your time, to be focused, and to work hard. although it has been a lot of fun, being successful academically is something that will require hard work and serious effort. everyone around is just as smart, if not smarter, and oftentimes it seems like they don't have to work as hard as you do.

  • 03/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    parties, sports, shopping, clubs... what isn't there to do?

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall here at south quad definitely isn't the same as mom's homecooked meals..

    Dorm Life

    living on central campus is ideal whether it is great for class location or extracurricular activities. the dorm isn't as nice as i feel it should be considering how much tuition is, but it is liveable.

    Academic Rigor

    coming from a small town, the academics weren't great. so i definitely feel challenged when it comes to classes and it makes me work harder towards achieving my goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    keep up with studies, procrastination is not something that is easily done here if you want to succeed.

    In three sentences

    this is definitely the place to be if you love academic challenges and there is so much diversity in not only the population but in the teaching styles as well. this school is outstanding academically and also gives a great college experience.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    quite expensive for out of staters, but the education is worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    ann arbor is a great college town. don't be afraid to go out an experience the city.

    Academic Rigor

    u of m has some of the best academics in the country by far.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't think too much about whether you are going to get in or not, just apply. you never know what the decision will be until you receive it.

    In three sentences

    the campus is great. the academics are stellar. the closet you can get to an ivy league school.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    football games

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early.

    In three sentences

    university of michigan is great. it is, and will always be, a second home. go blue.

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Their are lots of patrols and emergency phones and very little crime. I feel very safe here,

    Greek Life

    Not involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) SHEI Magazine (Fashion Mag) Michigan POPs Orchestra

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers who value real-world experience

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the 'M' in the middle of the Diag

    Bang for the buck

    So many oppertunities to make an impact on the real world, and in-state tuition isn't too bad

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good. Hill dining center is beautiful!

    Dorm Life

    Great community feeling, you'll make fast friends, and there's lots of activities.

    Academic Rigor

    It has the highest academic integrity standards, and apart from the freshman seminars, there isn;t a blow-off class in the place. Be prepared to work. Hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely apply early Try to find some extra curricular activities to take your mind off the schoolwork, but don't take too many or you'll go crazy trying to do everything

    In three sentences

    An incredible research institution that allows undergraduates to work on amazing projects. It has rigorous academics, especially in the sciences and a dynamic campus life, where there is always something going on.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    clubs, groups, team

    Food and Dining

    very good food

    Dorm Life

    fun life

    Academic Rigor

    very challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    choice education wisely

    In three sentences

    Great school. really enjoy my education. would only go there.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I've loved U of M for a very long time. What drew my attention to this college was their medical program. I know that this college is amazing and i would love to get in.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    We can go to the arb, a huge forest and park, to play frisbee or dip our toes into the Huron River; we can sit in one of the many cafes and eat yummy pastries while people watching; we have Zingermann's and Blimpy Burger, the Ann Arbor specials (!!); Saturdays are reserved for FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food here is much better than at other schools. East Quad, my favourite, has a lot of organic options. It is very easy for me to make a gourmet-looking sandwich or salad here.

    Dorm Life

    Students here know how to have fun! We study hard during the day, and then out come the banjos, stereos, and crazy costumes at night. Truly a cultural experience!

    Academic Rigor

    Curriculums here can be as easy or as hard as you would like tem to be. I currently take a more rigorous schedule than my friend at Harvard. I promise, it is most definitely worth it. If you find the right ones, our professors are incredible and really help push you into your dream field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't blow off your first year. If you plan careful and keep a good head on your shoulders, you can take advantage of so much here.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a world full of opportunity. The Residential College, in particular, has encouraged hard, detail-oriented work and has helped me become fluent in a language. After one year, I already feel incredibly prepared to tackle my dreams.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At the University of Michigan, we have an awesome department called the Department of Public Safety (DPS for short). They report crimes/alerts via e-mail and are on guard daily on campus and in residence halls. You are sure to be safe with DPS around.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at the University of Michigan is definitely something to be involved in. If you like to participate in community service, want to join others in similar academic interests, or want to build brotherhood/sisterhood that will last after college, join a fraternity or sorority. Involvement at the University of Michigan may seem big, but only 17% of students are involved with Greek Life. However, Greek Life is a wonderful addition to the University of Michigan.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs and activities to participate in at the University of Michigan. It would be sad if you didn't join one. There is a wide variety of clubs and activities that you are bound to find the right one for you.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things you can do for fun. The best way to have fun is to explore with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Because of its promotion for diversity, you can find all sorts of food from around the world in the dining halls. In addition, the staff works to meet the needs of all the students. They make Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, and other healthy styles of food. You won't go hungry in the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is awesome here at Michigan. There are over 10 residence halls at the university and every residence hall has awesome events and resources available for their inhabitants. You won't find yourself bored in the residence halls, unless you lock yourself in your room.

    Academic Rigor

    You cannot escape the challenge in academics at the University of Michigan. The university prepares us for the future, so extra focus on your studies should be must. Some helpful tips, Mathematics is difficult so prepare outside of class with questions that may be on the exam. Taking notes in class and doing Webwork is not enough to get an A in the class. Think of practice makes perfect, if you will. :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to read. You will definitely do it a lot at Michigan. Reading comprehension is a must and being able to understand a text will help you get through studying, homework, and exams so that you won't spend so much time. One obvious thing to strive for when applying to Michigan is a high GPA and a good ACT/SAT score along with extra-curricular activities. Especially extra-curricular activities. The Admissions Office want to see if you are involved outside of the class other than just getting good grades. This shows that you are hard working and flexible with other things than just your studies. :D

    In three sentences

    Admission to the University of Michigan is definitely an honor to any high school senior. Attending the University of Michigan is beneficial for you life ahead. The education here is preparatory for the work field, and it strengthens your liberal understanding of the world. Being a Wolverine helps you learn and grow as a student.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Constant Campus Safety

    Greek Life

    Awsome! Many groups to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so many clubs and different activities to get involved in and can be used on your resume.

    Great for these types of students

    students that like to meet new people of any race, color, creed, religion or national origan.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unknown if any!!!

    Bang for the buck

    The school counselors are always there to help you with anything.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on and off campus. Me and my freinds all gang up and go to the movies and shopping together or just hangout at different events going on around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty typical of college dining.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms stay clean and you can even work in the dorm you stay in.

    Academic Rigor

    You must keep good study habits and a consistant study schedule at all times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the large campus intimidate you. After meeting new people you will become familiar with taking the M-Bus everywhere you go.

    In three sentences

    University of Michigan- Ann Arbor is a wonderful school where students like myself are proud to say GO BLUE . It has given me the opportunity to meet new people and has aspired me to do new things. I look forward to graduating in 2015 and continuing into graduate school at University of Michigan- Ann Arbor so I rate U of M- Ann Arbor a 10 out of 10.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Michigan makes a huge effort to keep everyone safe on campus. Many safety features, such as blue light, and DPS are all there for our protection, and it works great!

    Greek Life

    There's a lot of it. Take that as good or bad, but know that when you come to Michigan, frats and sororities are a big thing here. Then again, I am not a member, and I'm doing just fine!

    Clubs and Activities

    If there is something you want to do, I guarantee there's a club for it. Then again, I was never one for the club scene, but there is definitely a plethora of activities for those willing to find them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Nichols Arboretum is awesome. It is a giant park just near where I live that you can go for a jog in, or just chill out at.

    Bang for the buck

    Let's be honest here, if you are out of state, this place is expensive! But don't be intimidated, because they are pretty generous with financial aid for those in need.

    What to do for fun

    I like to go downtown to one of the hundreds of amazing restaurants in the Ann Arbor area, or go see a film at the old school movie theatre. There really is so much to do here.

    Food and Dining

    For cafeteria food, this stuff is actually pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is absolutely fantastic once you get settled in. It was a bit upsetting that nearly everyone I live with is from Michigan, but after I got to know them, they became the best of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    If you want to be challenged here, you will. This is a place to learn and beome great at your subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take no for an answer! As a freshman, I pushed my way into being admitted to study at the University of Oxford for an entire year, despite people telling me I was too young or didn't meet requirements. So keep at it, and things will come your way!

    In three sentences

    The place is great. My first term was a bit rough, coming from an international background, but once I got settled in, things were great. As a freshman, I have had an amazing experience here, and wouldn't trade it for the world.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and take advantage of the early deccison plan.

    In three sentences

    It is with out the debout the most prestigous uoniversity in the state of Michigan and is one of the top universities in the world.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, dedicated, and Christian.

    Bang for the buck

    Previous students I have spoken with say having University of Michigan on a resume has proved positive in employment seeking.

    What to do for fun

    There are several festivals held year round in the Ann Arbor area and on campus. There are theater showings, restaurants and several sporting events to attend as well.

    Food and Dining

    Have not yet eaten on campus

    Dorm Life

    Not living in the dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the universities accreditation's, academic retention, graduation rates, and successful graduates.

    In three sentences

    Based on research and campus visits I rate University of Michigan as an excellent university. University of Michigan is known for producing the best and brightest practitioners in medical related fields. Several members of the faculty are also employed in the fields in which they teach.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We get a text message every time someone reports a crime on campus. I don't think I've gotten a text message in a month or more. We've got poles all around campus that give you instant communication to the police.

    Greek Life

    We got 'em, like everybody. Some people join them, some people don't. Whichever is to your liking. The frat parties, while numerous, are actually kind of lame in Ann Arbor. Of course, I've never been to a frat party anywhere else, so I might just not like frat parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus that time is the limiting factor in how much you can do.

    Great for these types of students

    Quite honestly, the leaders and best.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a squirrel-feeding club. As a result, we also have the fattest squirrels I have ever seen in my life.

    Bang for the buck

    Nothing beats in-state tuition here. Out-of-state is quite a bit more expensive, but it's a pretty typical markup for a public university. I think it's the most expensive public school in the state, but it's not too much more expensive, and you definitely get your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    Ann Arbor is a thriving town even aside from U of M, so there are all sorts of stores in easy walking distance. Restaurants abound, but there's also nightclubs, frat houses, a comic book store, and Pinball Pete's arcade (a must-see).

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food tastes like dorm food, but that's to be expected. It's not awful, and for the first few months you'll actually enjoy it. Fortunately, restaurants line the streets of Ann Arbor and it's easy to go out to eat whenever you want.

    Dorm Life

    I don't remember being forced into any silly Meet Your Hall games led by my R.A. during the first few weeks of school. If they happened, I must have missed them. Still, everyone in my hall was friendly enough and within a week we all knew each other pretty well. It's all pretty standard. If you get stuck living on North Campus, you'll have to take a bus to get to classes, but the dorms themselves are fine there, too.

    Academic Rigor

    Michigan was recently listed as one of three top universities in the country for its academic atmosphere. You need to do work to keep up, but that's because people at Michigan aren't just trying to get by. We're a research university and proud of it. This also means that once you find your passion, the possibilities are endless. One of my friends is a psych major, and in her freshman year she signed up for UROP (Undergrad Research Opportunity Program) and got to work in a psych lab researching The N-Effect with the Umich professor who discovered it. Again, she was a freshman. If you're not totally sure what your passion is, don't worry. There are lots of interesting classes to take here, and you can just take classes that sound cool for the first two or three terms and still graduate on time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus in the fall or spring for a good sense of Ann Arbor at its finest.

    In three sentences

    U of M has it all, whether you're looking for sports, clubs, jobs, shopping, or academics. If you throw a dart at a list of its academic departments, you'll always hit one of the top departments in the world in that field. It's hard work a lot of the time, and you're going to have to learn a lot to get through, but that's the point of college.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe on campus. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is always on duty and keeping us students safe. There are also blue lights with phones everywhere if you were ever to feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life if only about 15 percent of the campus so if it's not your thing you won't feel pressured into it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are endless amounts of clubs and activities to get involved with so don't hesitate! It will really help to make campus feel smaller and give you a place you belong. The people will also share the same values or likes so you can make life-long friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Michigan is greta for students who like to be challenged and who are motivated not only in their academics, but in life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition deals with the fountain in front of the Rackham Graduate building. As an incoming freshman you walk through the fountain walking away from the graduate building and towards the Diag to signify you are starting college. Then when you graduate you walk through the fountain towards the Rackham Graduate building because you may be going into graduate school or the real world.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out-of-state student so it was definitely a big decision to go to Michigan because of the cost, but it was worth it. The networking that you get by being a Wolverine is so vast and the opportunities are endless if you put in the effort. I would not change my decision for anything because the professors are great and can help you if you choose to let them, like with networking and getting ahead in your career.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do on campus for fun. There are always fun events with free food at the Union, open ice skating at Yost Arena, and there is always sports. At a school with Division One sports there is always a sporting event to go to and cheer on your Wolverines. If sports are not your thing there are a lot of clubs to join like acapella choirs, dance teams, and much much more. There are also events put on by the dorms that are great ways to meet people, get free food, and have fun.

    Food and Dining

    Overall I think the dining halls are great. Now yes it's not 5-star quality, but it is also a college dining hall: its not your mom's cooking. The food id good though and there is always a variety offered and certain dining halls specialize in something like vegetarian food, cultural food, or make your own pizza area. There are many dining halls on campus too so it is easy to mix it up and try new things, or stick with your favorites.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great and I would highly recommend staying in the dorms as long as possible. The community atmosphere that is created there can be a place to meet your best friends. The dorms are also a great place to study and collaborate with others around you so you can be exposed to more than just your major.

    Academic Rigor

    Michigan is not ranked 12th in the world for nothing. All of the schools within the University of Michigan are ranked highly so there is an expectation to reach no matter what program/major you choose to join. As long as you are a motivated student who can balance their time, Michigan is the place for you. You will be challenged, but that challenge will cause you to become a better student than you thought was possible. The work load is not impossible and if you put in the time, your grades will reflect that.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip for prospective students is to get involved. At a campus with close to 24,000 undergraduates there are many chances to get involved and make new friends. Sometimes at such a big college it is hard to feel like you can make your mark so becoming involved in smaller groups like an intermural sports team, church, or other activities can really help to make a big campus feel smaller. Being involved in other activities also gives you the opportunity to learn to balance activities and school and make you a more well rounded individual.

    In three sentences

    There is no doubt that any other college compares to the University of Michigan. Ranked 12 in the world for top colleges, Michigan is home to the Leaders and Best. From their academics to Division One sports there is a place for everyone.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe all around; there are always people around!

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a huge variety of clubs; there is something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who know how to work hard and play hard will thrive here.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get what you pay for. We have great facilities!

    What to do for fun

    Go to bars, bowling, frat houses. Lots of dining options!

    Food and Dining

    We have some of the best food here, especially at Mojo or South Quad. Umich cookies are some of the best!

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life if you live in Markley. Not so much if you live in Oxford.

    Academic Rigor

    A LOT OF HOMEWORK, HARD EXAMS! Be prepared to work hard if you want to get an A!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to join as many clubs are you can your freshmen year. Take advantage of any opportunities you can come across. And don't take too many rigorous classes your first semester!

    In three sentences

    UMich is an amazing school with so many opportunities to offer its students. There is really something here for everyone. Academics are definitely tough but it is well worth it.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    You will be completely safe the entire time you are on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Go to a sports game or just walk around and enjoy the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, especially some restaurants around the city.

    Dorm Life

    It's nice and peaceful.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be very challenging but worthwhile.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best and you will enjoy it.

    In three sentences

    The campus is awesome and the city has a great vibe to it.

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The university offers a variety of clubs and activities for many students or many race/religion/etc.

    What to do for fun

    Ann Arbor is full of great restaurants, bars, and unique shops.

    Dorm Life

    I did not have a dorm experience here however, I've heard it's a great way to meet people and the dorms are very nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open-minded and ready for a challenge. This school delivers a punch but a punch wroth taking.

    In three sentences

    U of M provides students with a great academic challenge in a culturally-rich environment that continues to educate the brilliant minds of our future.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Despite the gazillion safety alert emails that students wake up to after every weekend night out, the campus feels very safe.

    Greek Life

    Very present if you are a part of it, not as present if you aren't. Some people think that the Greeks are obnoxious and have a mentality that they run stuff, but at the end of the day, if you ignore them, they fade into the background. Greek Life isn't large enough to completely dominate...that is unless it's Football Saturday, a study sesh in the Ref Room, or a night out at Skeeps. For what it's worth, everyone in Greek Life tends to congregate together in the same areas so it's pretty easy to avoid them.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The DIAG, can't walk through this central part of campus without seeing some rediculous site, be it people feeding squirrels or walking on tight-ropes. The Rock, painting it before you graduate is a MUST, it's really not that entertaining, but just so that you can say you did it.

    Bang for the buck

    In-State: REDICULOUSLY worth it. Out-of-State: sometimes hard to justify, only because you know that over half of the students there are paying a WHOLE LOT LESS than what out-of-state kids pay, but at the end of the day it's one of the greatest academic institutions and is completely worth it

    What to do for fun

    Football Saturdays in the fall are a MUST. Main Street is a few blocks away from Central Campus but has great restaurants and is fun for something different to do. Party scene is definitely present...always stuff going on during the weeks and the weekends. State street has a few good stores for shopping.

    Food and Dining

    Some love it, some hate it. Not the greatest selections, but the food isn't bad. Explore the different dining halls across campus and you'll be sure to find your favorite. North Quad is GREAT, except finding a seat during lunch is always quite a process...

    Dorm Life

    I personally was lucky enough to live in Markley my freshman year. Some could say this is a curse, but it was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. In fact, I wish I could do it again next year. There are a ton of activities set up within the dorms - both social and academic based. I personally was never involved with any of them, but they are definitely present. Be social with people in your own dorms, it makes the experience much more fun. UofM doesn't have the best dorms, but this is not as nearly important as you think it is before you enter college. Also, in the past few years they have been doing extreme renovations to many of the dorms, so soon they will all be up-to-date and modern.

    Academic Rigor

    You get out what you put in. If you chose easy classes, you will breeze through UofM but won't get anything in return. On the other hand, there are a multitude of classes and every subject you can think of that offer students a challenge and elevate their knowledge to a new level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of UofM...Try to find your own niche of people early on who share similar interests as you, and immediately, UofM will feel like the most close-knit and friendly of any campuses. Get involved...it's easy to just slide though in Michigan, but realize what great opportunities you have there and really take advantage of them.

    In three sentences

    Quite possibly one of the most well-rounded schools a person could find. Amazing academics, fascinating athletics, and a school spirit that you must experience to understand its greatness. Everything you could ask for in a college, bundled-up into one of the greatest college towns that is not only quaint, but also energetic and always entertaining.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are the usual small crimes, the ones you will find in any town or college, but you are generally safe. If you need to walk home alone from the library at three in the morning, you can call Safe Ride and they will take you back to your dorm or house for free.

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about Greek Life, but I know there are many fraternities and sororities from which to choose. Greek life isn't right for everyone, but there are definitely opportunities at U of M to try Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    U of M has more student organizations than most colleges, and it is extremely easy to start a new club. There are groups for just about every sport, arts activity, professional society, academic interest, or community service.

    Great for these types of students

    University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) is great for students who are looking for a big schools, tons of students to meet, or big campuses to explore. Also, Ann Arbor as a town provides many unique cultural and entertainment opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football Saturdays in the fall are great fun. The whole town is pumped for the game.

    Bang for the buck

    The education and resources are great, but the tuition and housing adds up over four years. Definitely too expensive for most out students living outside of Michigan. Remember to apply for scholarships!

    What to do for fun

    See student organization performances, go to the Michigan Theater, visit a museum, shop at the mall, explore Ann Arbor, dine on Main Street, join a intramural sports team, hang with friends, go to U of M sports games, or make your own fun.

    Food and Dining

    For most meals, you swipe your card to get into one of several dining halls on campus. It's an all-you-can-eat deal. There is always a wide variety of meal options from which to choose. The produce is typically fresh.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are in fairly good condition. Living in the dorms your first or second year is a great way to transition to living away from home, make lasting friends, and have access to help with schoolwork and entertainment.

    Academic Rigor

    The first year classes range from medium to difficult in terms of their rigor. It all depends on how you did in pre-requisite classes in high school and on how much time you dedicate to your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try new clubs and activities until you find something you love. Take advantage of the unique opportunities offered to students by attending the University's free competitions, information sessions, and guest speaker presentations. While you are exploring the world and finding yourself, don't forget to work on your studies. And turn to other students, office hours, and free tutoring to stay at the top of your class.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy interacting with people. During my first year at the University of Michigan, I was able to meet a broad range of students and faculty, and choose from an abundance of activities with which to become involved. It was easy to find my niche at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a school that encourages both social activities as well as a World-Class education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the M in the diag whatever you do! If you do step on it, you will fail your next blue book exam.

    Bang for the buck

    While it does have a tuition bill on the higher end, there are several different resources to look towards for help on the bill.

    What to do for fun

    There are thousands of different activities and clubs for students to join to explore interests, meet people, and serve the community. From Relay for Life to the Quidditch team, anyone can find something to do to spend their free time.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are surprisingly impressive. They have a variety of options, including vegetarian/vegan and kosher. They are staffed by a majority of students, and have decent hours. Various cafes and restaurants are also available on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The majority of the dorms are gorgeous and very well kept. Student are encouraged to socialize with their hall mates through various activities planned by their Resident Advisers as well as the housing board itself.

    Academic Rigor

    Michigan is incredibly focused on academics and that is reflected in the course work. While classes are not easy to do well in without putting an adequate effort, if a student tries, and seeks out resources, they will be met with a well earned success. The professors are generally incredible and helpful, and the students are a resource in themselves. UM encourages collaboration among student's and peers often become just as much of a resource as the professors themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to have an idea of what you want to do before pursuing a specific course of study. If you don't know specifically, look into all the options available at Michigan before making a decision. While it is somewhat simple to change colleges within the University, it is better to keep your options open before you close doors on yourself.

    In three sentences

    Michigan is a lovely school with an incredible support system. There is a diverse student group and countless ways to explore interests in and out of your major. It does tend to have a rigorous academic focus, but the professors are wonderful at what they do, and will encourage and aid their students whenever possible.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Have a good roommate and meet friends I would suppose.

    Food and Dining

    Mostly good food.

    Dorm Life

    Bursely is unfortuntately open to mostly incoming students.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of work, but worth it it seems.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have experience and skills in many mediums.

    In three sentences

    The art school is informative. It has a vast amount of mediums. There is little one and one between students and teacher (they expect you to know all techniques it seems).

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is something Michigan takes pride in. There are safe rides available for people who are up late studying at the library or for other reasons that come pick you up from wherever you are and deliver you home free of charge. There are greek life police officers, department of public safety officers, and Ann Arbor police officers constantly patrolling the area and if ever there should be a crime, crime alerts are sent out to every student on campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of greek life, however from what I hear from my friends, although it is quite a time consuming process, it is worth every second and that it's a great way to build life long friendships.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless amounts of clubs and different activities organized by them that the diag (the main area on campus) is always flooded with people attending different presentations by these clubs and taking part in their activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who aren't quite sure what they want to do in the future. Michigan offers so many different types of interesting classes (ranging from a mini course in aliens to biomedical engineering), therefore it gives students the opportunity to explore different fields and find what is most interesting to them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One must not step on the M that is located in the middle of campus, as it is said that you will automatically fail any blue book exam taken. The unique thing about this campus is that it blends in with the downtown Ann Arbor area, and this is advantageous because there are so many different restaurants to go to and cute little vintage clothing stores as well as current boutiques to shop in.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is very expensive for out of state students, but if you are in state I would say the education one can get from the amount of tuition paid is quite the deal.

    What to do for fun

    I love just hanging out in someone's room watching movies and just talking all night long. Also, Ann Arbor being a relatively large city, many artists come to perform in various venues around town. Michigan athletics is also huge, and football season is probably the most exciting time of the year.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are all you can eat and there is always a wide variety of food including vegetarian/vegan options. There are also several different dining services dispersed all around campus that you can choose to eat in at any point of the day.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm living experience was excellent. My entire hall was like a great big family and by the end of the year we were so comfortable with each other that it was almost as if we had known each other out entire lives. I will be living in a house next year with about 1/4 of my hall mates from my freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    For any class you take it's absolutely crucial that you create time everyday to study. The classes are very intense and move at a fast pace that it's important to stay on top of your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest taking as many AP or honor courses offered at your high schools. It is the only way that will help prepare for the rigorous college curriculum and coming in with credits obtained from taking the AP tests will give you a head start in taking more interesting classes better suited for your intended concentrations, as you will be able to skip all the boring basic required classes.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is the perfect balance between academics, athletics, and fun. I personally love that it's such a big school because it gives me the opportunity to meet new and intriguing people every single day. Although the classes are more challenging than I could have ever expected, the amount of knowledge I've obtained in just a single year is unbelievable.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    One thing I love about UMich is the great amount of opportunities that are available. The alumni association is huge and really helpful, from what I've heard. There are also so many colleges at UMich that one could truly find their passion and excel in it. For example, they have Engineering, Pharmacy, and even Kinesiology, and so many more.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ann Arbor is a relatively safe town.

    Greek Life

    A lot of my friends are in sororities, and they love it! Pretty big Greek system here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's literally something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    You need to have a drive to learn...studying is a must.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as in-state tuition goes, it is on the higher side, but you will graduate with an excellent degree

    Food and Dining

    There are SO many options and you can usually find something you like to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Mostly all freshmen live in the dorms. It's a great community and good way to meet people. Not all of the freshmen dorms are the nicest, but if you choose to live on campus beyond your freshman

    Tips for prospective students

    Although the school is big, you need to find your nitche right away. There are things for everyone...you need to be intentional about finding your place and pursuing friendships.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, excellent academics, tradition of excellence.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    U of M is the perfect school for me. With its beautiful campus in Ann Arbor and top-notch academics, I know the next four years of my life will be life-changing. I can't wait to move in this fall!

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I work late nights at the Union, I feel completely safe walking to the bus or cab stop after work.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The squirrel feeding club!

    What to do for fun

    Football games, really?!

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is good and bad. If you have the time to cruise the different dining halls and experience the different foods you will always find something that you like.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great. I have meet wonderful people and we had a great RA. It was a bonus having a kitchen and food available. There was always something going on to participate in.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard. Nothing in high school will completely prepare you for this level of learning. Work hard and reach out when you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get involved. Join study groups. Enjoy the campus fun.

    In three sentences

    The saturday afternoon football games are loads of fun. It's a great place to be and to learn. The entire campus experience is awesome.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a lot of campus safety, as long as you keep common sense with you. I have never had any bad occurrences, although I have heard several stories where there were issues.

    Greek Life

    I am in a sorority and don't regret it. Greek life is less than 30% of undergraduate campus life, but if you are involved in it, it stands out. It is very traditional at the university. Greek life creates an amazing network and really makes the university seem a lot smaller. Even if you aren't initially interested in greek life, I would suggest rushing because you don't have to commit if you don't like it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs for anyone, from engineering clubs, art clubs, philanthropy clubs, to the squirrel feeding club. It's hard to narrow it down just to a few! At the beginning of the fall semester, all the clubs set up tables in the diag. This is a great time to explore all the opportunities.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student can find a home at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. There is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The entire campus is quirky but traditional. Every building has a story.

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is great, but out of state tuition is extremely high. I am out of state, but have a scholarship which does help. You do get a great education and the label 'University of Michigan' does a lot of for a college graduate. The name is well known and respected.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Ann Arbor has a lot of shopping opportunities. Buses can take you to near by malls. The University has several activities always planned. There are constantly plays, sporting events, groups performing and parties.

    Food and Dining

    The food is surprisingly good, but gets old very quickly because they tend to serve the same stuff over and over again. The worst food is on the weekends and about half of the dining halls close during the weekends. The Markley (a dorm) hide-a-way has spectacular food, but has bad hours. I am a vegetarian and never went hungry. They make sure to have vegetarian and vegan options, along with gluten free options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't great, but the University continues to make improvements every year. Although my dorm room was small, it was not unmanageable. I also spent so much time with my friends, the rooms didn't matter.

    Academic Rigor

    Different programs have different rigor, but all promise a challenge. Academics are a strong part of the University. The entire campus works hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study hard, but all the studying will pay off. It is a very liberal campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a well-rounded school, where sports and school are prominent. You can never be bored in Ann Arbor and there is always something to do. Although it is a massive school, all sorts of clubs and activities make it much much more personal.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There's the AA Comedy Club (my favorite), Necto Nightclub, several theatres, walking in the Arb, rock climbing, plenty of bars (for 21+), and over 1,000 clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm dining halls are AWESOME, and there are lots of great places to eat all over central campus.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms, but my friends that did enjoyed it for the most part.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get discouraged when you first get to U of M. It can be tough going from being the brightest person in the room to being average in comparison to other students. Keep up the good work you've always done, but don't get upset if you're not number one all the time.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a very liberal, open-minded, well-rounded school. Students are given a vast number of ways to shine both in the classroom and out. No matter what any student needs, resources are always available to help them get it.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Big House: U of M's stadium is the largest of all colleges. North Campus: The College of Engineering is spread away from central campus in a section of Ann Arbor with a rural-y feel. You see deer and bunnies on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It's one of the most expensive public universities, but it's worth the cost. A degree from U of M is attractive to employers, meaning potentially higher wages, making the investment worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Shopping, movies, restaurants, etc all at your fingertips. The University shows movie screenings and hosts mixers many times during the year.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining halls is decent. It's better than having to cook for yourself every night. Ann Arbor also has many places to order take-out from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are where you meet your friends for the rest of your college career! You build relationships with amazing people and create fond memories you will have forever. Michigan dorms are great. There are rules, but you have independence for the most part. Also, you don't have to worry much about cooking, cleaning, etc because it's all done for you.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficulty depends on the major. If you plan on studying engineering, math, or sciences, be prepared for homework and studying every day. For other programs of study, you will also need to work hard, but it is less competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go to U of M, expect to work hard. You won't be one of those kids that goes out partying on week nights (and if you are, don't expect your grades you be decent). To get to U of M, take AP classes in high school (if possible), and don't goof off too much. Preparation is key. It's a big transition.

    In three sentences

    Attending the University of Michigan is a life changing experience in the best of ways. Not only are all of its programs among the best in the country, but students and Ann Arbor residents are the most friendly people I've ever met. Going to University of Michigan means getting the job you want after graduation and a lot of social and personal growth.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety is amazing. Although, as a women, I was not always at ease walking home alone in the dark they have an amazing 'safe-walk' service that picks you up and takes you home from any campus building at certain hours of the night. It is amazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to become involved in, and they are all great and friendly. You can see them all in buildings most days of the week running fundraisers by selling food and t-shirts.

    Great for these types of students

    I would say it is great for all types of students, there is something here to interest everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You are not supposed to step on the 'M' in the Diag until after your first blue book, or you'll fail your blue book exams. The only way to 'un-do' this hex is to run from the Puma statues at the Natural Science Museum to the Diag at the stroke of midnight before the clock stops tolling, naked. The thing is - the clock doesn't toll between 10pm and 6am. Also, when you are on orientation you walk through a fountain towards the Undergraduate Library (UGLi) and after you graduate you walk the other way towards Rackam Graduate School.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the education is expensive, especially for out of state students, it is most definitely worth it. There is no other way to put it.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much activity on campus it is almost ridiculous. There is no way one person can do everything that is fun on a given day. There are so many sporting events to attend, and they are all a blast. There is always something to do on nice days in the Diag, whether it is games put on by organizations or laying in the grass and studying or hanging out with friends. The night life is not too crazy, but it is a blast! There is ALWAYS something to do at most every hour of the day, every day!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are really good, some are better than others and it is easy to learn which are the best! The food around campus is exceptional and there is such a wide variety of cuisines that it is hard to be bored with any type of food. There are also many ways to have most types of food delivered, which is great while studying!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were amazing and the food was good most of the time, which is a plus! The staff in the dorms, RAs and others made sure the quite hours were enforced, but were not super strict. I never had a problem with volume or being told to be quieter in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Sometimes you think the classes are too hard, but in retrospect the difficulty helped me immensely later on in my academic career. Although the classes seemed hard at the beginning, by my senior year it was easy to tell that they classes did not get 'easier,' Michigan just helped me learn how to 'learn.'

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not think that just because you took the class in High School that it is going to be easy this time around, especially with math and science classes. Always attend class, you never know what kind of credit you will get for just being there!

    In three sentences

    The University offered me everything I needed in order to support me while I was away from home. The professors were friendly and the administration was helpful. I would chose this university again in a heartbeat.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much stuff to do for fun around campus! Movies, football, parties, and more!

    Food and Dining

    Excellent food and nice shops around town.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all nice and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    I think that the academic rigor is perfect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and get all your essays done! Don't forget to ask for letters of recommendation early as well and go blue!

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan has an awesome campus with amazing buildings. The school pride is unbelievable and it has the perfect combination of social life and academic rigor.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many services on campus to keep you safe. There are many taxi services, campus police, and night rides and walks from late nights at the library for free!

    Greek Life

    Big part of campus. If you feel that you would like something like that, try it out! But don't worry if it is not your thing, it is not something you have to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many on campus! If you can think of it, there is one. But don't feel overwhelmed. There is Festifall which displays all the clubs and organizations so you can check out the ones you like and get more information!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a challenge. Also, students who want a challenge but love to maintain a social life. Students who want a cultural experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk on the 'M' or you will fail our first blue book! Kiss you crush under West Hall and you will get married.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Michigan is expensive. However, you are receiving an outstanding education for its price. It is a public university and for in-state students it is definitely worth it. Not having money in college does take away from some of the fun, but it is something some people can't avoid. I may not be too happy when I graduate and will have my whole paycheck go to loans. But I would not give up this experience to go somewhere else.

    What to do for fun

    Join some of the 100s of clubs and organizations on campus. Get involved in IM sports. Make a community through something. Explore Ann Arbor! It is a great walking/running city. You can go to Main Street, Kerrytown, State or South U, or the Arb. Always something to do! When you're 21 the bars! There are many museums and art fairs too!

    Food and Dining

    Don't fall under and gain the freshman 15! They do, however, have a lot of variety and healthy options if you choose to take a healthy path and not cave and eat all junk.

    Dorm Life

    It is a great way to begin your freshman year at a new place. Each dorm is unique and has its own special and 'quirky' qualities. It's the little box that becomes your new home.

    Academic Rigor

    Michigan will definitely challenge you but it shapes you into the leaders and best! I value my education so much!

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore any subject you have interest in! Do not be afraid to switch career plans. Take advantage of everything and everyone on campus, it is all there to help you1

    In three sentences

    Could not imagine myself at another school. You meet a world of different people, literally. You receive such a unique education at one of the most amazing university.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although there are crimes that do occur on and off-campus, safety is a priority at U of M. The Campus Safety and Ann Arbor police are easily accessible in case of an emergency. In order to keep safe, be careful where you go at night, and if you do, make sure to go out with a friend.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a very wide variety of Clubs and Organizations on campus, ranging from Student Government to Intramural Sports to a multitude of cultural/religious organizations. And if you can't find one for you, you can always start one yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Virtually all students are able to find a niche on campus because of the student body diversity. Although being at such a large institution may be intimidating at first, a little initiative in meeting others goes a long way in making yourself at home in Ann Arbor.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    To enjoy the natural side of campus, visit Nichols Arboretum, known more commonly as The Arb. I also recommend checking out places like the Diag, since that's where a lot of student activity takes place and is advertised. And, of course, no Michigan experience is complete without a visit to The Big House-the home of Big Ten Football. Even if you aren't very familiar with the game, it is still memorable for all.

    What to do for fun

    Some events that are fun to check out include the Art Fair, Football games and other sporting events, and of course the theaters we have (which play both mainstream and independent films). To experience some great acoustics, visit Hill Auditorium, home to many concerts and other Fine Arts performances.

    Food and Dining

    Ann Arbor is known for its many eateries, which are widely diverse and in close proximity. One can find Mexican, Arab, and Chinese food all within one block of each other. Higher-end restaurants can be found on Main Street.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a student at the University of Michigan challenges one in several ways, and academics are no different. As a student at U of M, be prepared to spend enough time studying to keep up with your coursework. That being said, classes at U of M are special because in many cases, your professor will be a leading expert in his/her field. I can honestly say that the Professors at Michigan have motivated me to think in ways I never had before. I also felt that Professors at Michigan (at least in the History Department) give a unique insight into the real-world application of your class material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus before or while you are applying. This will be a good way to see the school first hand before deciding whether or not Michigan is for you. Talking to current students and alumni also really helps in the decision-making process. Thirdly, background research on where Alumni from Michigan are and what activities the faculty are involved in is beneficial as well. Regardless of what you hear about easy classes, each one will require focus and effort.

    In three sentences

    I didn't know what being part of the leaders and best meant until I transferred from another University. I immediately felt the difference from day 1, as I was now immersed in an environment where my peers were highly motivated to achieve in a wide variety of fields. The opportunities offered and the peers you have at institutions like Michigan make it a truly memorable and beneficial experience.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency phones all over the campus, but you are still in the middle of a downtown. Try not to go out alone too late.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and even a website dedicated to them. Or, you can make your own if the squirrel watching club isn't your cup of tea.

    Bang for the buck

    World class staff = world class prices.

    What to do for fun

    Anything, really. Frisbee on the diag, sledding in the Arb, the typical parties and even school-run events that are actually pretty cool.

    Food and Dining

    Luck of the draw again. Mojo and North Quad have actual chefs making food, other places are just so so. Housing seems to be trying to improve this.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the dorms are old, but with on going renovations there are starting to be more nice dorms than run-down ones. Freshman year is really just luck of the draw. And do not count on being in the dorms more than two years, as reverse seniority is in place for housing choices.

    Academic Rigor

    Definately a difficult school, especially if you plan on being pre-med. There are also many other programs that are difficult and some professors are stuck in their ways, but this also opens up opportunties to be around a world-class faculty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to branch out and take a huge variety of classes considering how many classes are offered. For a FYWR also consider classes that aren't firstly English classes. Try to involve yourself in at least one activity a semester as well.

    In three sentences

    The campus itself is one of a kind, especially in beauty and opportunities. For being in the Mid-West, there are so many different cultures and types of people within one city. In such a huge school is it up to you to make yourself successful.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is in the city so there are crime alerts every now and then, but I always felt safe on and off campus and there are call stations for DPS scattered throughout campus, so getting help if needed is also easy.

    What to do for fun

    There are a couple nightclubs in walking distance from campus, as well as bars for the older students. The football games are always a blast, and if you are looking for a get together there is almost always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    There are a great deal of choices in the dining halls, and while some end up being dud orders, many are excellent as well. The dining hall hours are great for most people but anyone who wants to eat after 9 pm will have to go to a shop that doesn't take meal credits.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are excellent for the most part, but many freshmen end up living on North Campus, which requires them to take a bus to many of their first year classes. This is an inconvenience, but everyone I knew who lived up on North Campus ended up liking it by the end of first semester.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes are difficult, but the professors want you to learn and are very willing to help.

    In three sentences

    The campus is large, but with the bus system it is much more manageable than one would think. The campus is also self-contained, though walking to the city from central is very easy. The school also has a great deal of flexibility in majors, so going in undecided is rarely an issue.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    This past year, as a sophomore, I joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which is an organization a part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. The University of Michigan has a wide variety of Fraternities and Sororities and I am blessed to be a part of mine, which is a community service oriented sorority. As a Hurricane Katrina victim, it was the perfect fit!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most unusual, but great tradition is the big block M located in the center of campus in the diag. The tradition is to NOT step on the M until after you take your first blue book exam, to assure that you do not fail. Superstitious, but fun!

    What to do for fun

    The campus provides a lot of mix and mingles each month in the student union. The athletic life on campus is also really fun, especially the football games. There are also many clubs for 18 and up, restaurants and much more.

    Food and Dining

    I am a big fan of the dining halls because they are very diverse in the food they serve. They have very flexible hours and they also will make you a bag lunch upon request if you have a very long day. The food on campus that are not dining hall related are also very convenient; they stay open late, for those late night study hours!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not the worst. It is a convenient way to meet new people and there are cafeterias near every dorm. There are dorm councils and the dorms are very safe and cannot be entered without a student ID being swiped.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be very challenging, but professors are very helpful as long as you communicate with them. Allot time for studying and for office hours, where you meet with professors about any questions you may have.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming to Michigan, it is a huge campus and a college town, so come prepared to manage your money. There are plenty food shops, clothing shops and great school gear! It is very tempting to spend it all so quickly. Also, be mindful of your time management when it comes to completing class assignments. Keep a planner!

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a great school because of its' support of diversity. It has a safe and resourceful campus. Lastly, it has great football.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ann Arbor is a very safe place. The AA Police along with U of M police take campus safety very seriously. There are blue buttons all around campus that if you are walking around at night and don't feel safe, a police officer will come right away and walk you back to your dorm. There is also a lot of services such as safe ride, crime alert, etc. You should always feel safe on campus

    Greek Life

    Greek life at the University can either be a big part of your life or nothing at all to you. Though I am personally not involved in the greek system, a lot of my friends are and they are all wonderful people. It's not what you see on T.V with rude sorority sisters and stupid frat guys. Whether or not you make the greek system apart of your life is your own choice

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities at U of M. So many that it is hard to name them all. Visit http://www.umich.edu/clubs.php for a partial list or check out festi-fall which is a fair for all the clubs that are held on campus!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many traditions at the University. One of the biggest ones is the Painted Rock. On the corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street rests the Painted Rock. In the 1950s, Michigan State fans launched the tradition by painting a large green S on the rock...thus beginning the tradition of The Painted Rock. 1000s of gallons of paint now face this rock--speculation has that the paint is a foot thick. Clubs, Greek life, and others sneak out at night and paint the rock with their symbols and own designs.

    What to do for fun

    The best part of Ann Arbor is that there is so much to do! Whether you're into the arts, movies, museums, parties, shopping, eating, or volunteering, there is something to do for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    With all the different dorms, there are all different types of food. Many of the dining halls have a special and unique food source to them. For example- West Quad has a burrito bar, East Quad is good vegetarian options, Mojo has sushi, and so on. I would recommend North Quad (not north campus- that's bursley) for the best food options. Though it's not a gourmet meal every day, and some days you'll hate it and some days you'll love it, it's doable and always interesting to see whats going to be on the menu of the different dorms!

    Dorm Life

    SO MUCH FUN. First off, there are so many dorms on campus. You can choose to live in a living-learnning community such as Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, Global Scholars Program, Etc. The best part of the dorms is that you truly meet your own little family at school. From personal experience, I had no idea what to expect from dorm life. I got so lucky to have met my 5 best friends. As the year finished off and it was time to move out, the last thing I wanted to do was leave my little dorm room. Though it's not a luxurious life, it's something that you do not want to miss out in your life.

    Academic Rigor

    To put it out there- this is not an easy school. Yes, there will be classes that are easier than others, but with the amount of intelligent classmates that will surround you on a daily basis it's hard to just get by. This should not scare you at all because its not impossible to get good grades either. If you got in, chances are, you'll survive if you don't slack off to much. Don't let senioritis follow you into your freshmen year!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to slack off, U of M is definitely not a place for that. But, if you want to work hard, party hard, this is the right place. Though it's not an easy school, it definitely challenges you in a positive way. Come to a campus tour in either the fall or spring and see how you like this amazing school. Maybe even come for a football game! Go blue!

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is the BEST SCHOOL EVER. Ann Arbor is one of the most unbelievably beautiful college towns, filled with life of both residential people and friendly college classmates. It's the perfect school because it challenges you academically yet knows how to have a little fun!

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe walking around at night. There are police everywhere, as well as special phone booths to make emergency calls. The school also sends out email and text alerts to the entire campus community when there is a robbery, assault, etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    I want to comment on the excellent study abroad opportunities. There is a study abroad program for any language (including Latin!), as well as for tons and tons of countries. A variety of these programs combine a semester long course with a 4 week summer travel program. There are also, naturally, opportunities for students to spend the semester or entire year abroad (and for some, no foreign language is required). The school is very dedicated to making international experiences manageable and affordable for students.

    Great for these types of students

    I think anyone can find a niche at U of M, but this school is particularly good for students who are into political activism, particularly liberal leaning politics. There are tons of political groups such as Students for Choice, Students for Life, The F-Word (the feminist group), College Democrats, Spectrum Center (for the LGBTQ community and, of course, allies)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I LOVE studying in the graduate library. It is open to undergraduate students as well and I prefer to study there. The atmosphere is very intense and academic and the environment is silent. It is also fun to peruse the 6 floors of books (and it makes a great date!).

    Bang for the buck

    If you are from the state of Michigan, you get a top notch education for a relatively low price. If you are not from Michigan, the school is as expensive as a private college, but there are naturally lots of scholarships available.

    What to do for fun

    Ann Arbor, in my humble opinion, is the best city in the world. There is always something going on - art exhibits at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, dance or theater performances, street fairs, political rallies...the list goes on. There are a variety of small music venues, the local vegan culture is alive and thriving, etc., etc. etc. There are tons of things to do in Ann Arbor.

    Food and Dining

    I have never used the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a lot of work at U of M, but I personally love doing the homework. I take classes in which I am truly interested, so learning is also very fun. I have also gotten used to the amount of work and find that spending hours in the library can be peaceful, productive, and a way to let off steam.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very easy to get lost in all the opportunities at U of M, so be sure you want a large school. That being said, when you come to U of M, there will be tons of students who are smarter or more hard working than you. It is uncomfortable at first, but can also provide you with motivation to work even harder.

    In three sentences

    U of M has amazing professors who are very knowledgeable in their respective fields and very excited to get to know students. And because the school is so big, there are SO many professors doing SO much research, in SO many different fields and departments.There are tons of majors to choose from, as well as loads of extracurricular activities to complement or supplement a course of study.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are occasionally thefts, but not many violent incidents. Don't leave your things unattended and you should make it through without trouble; I did.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, I am struggling to pay for it, but the quality of education is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are always organized events--football in the fall. There are many organizations to join. I am a part of the Solar Car Team. There is a healthy night life on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    For the stereotypical college mystery meat, Michigan actually provides a good variety of food. There are also plenty of close, relatively inexpensive restaurants in Ann Arbor to eat at.

    Dorm Life

    My roommate freshman year was terrible. Still, you can find a fun community in your dorm building without having to look too hard.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Michigan has high standards academically for its students, but there is always help for those who need it. As long as you stay on top of your assignments and don't procrastinate, you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Anyone can assess the academic rigor of any top university like Michigan. I wish I knew the social environment before I enrolled. There are many activities and events to be a part of. It can be hard and discouraging if you are religious or conservative.

    In three sentences

    Michigan provides a dynamic environment with unlimited experience. It is definitely a challenge, especially if you major in engineering or business. I found it easy to fit in with a group of friends; things are competitive, but people are still civil.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is security around the campus 24 hours a day. There are emergency phones located around campus to report any suspicious activities that might be going on. Also they have a program that if you call they will walk you back to your dorm if you are alone and also a taxi service that will take you back to your dorm. They dwell on if you feel uncomfortable about a situation call the police rather than ignore it.

    Greek Life

    I'm not familiar with the Greek life. I enjoy dorm life but they have many sororities there.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have so many clubs and activities to do. I can tell you that what ever you are into they probably have a club for that. I belong to Pulse which has to do with healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. I am also involved with a club that each of us has a pen pal from a Detroit school. I volunteer to visit VA homes, children's hospital and a teen behavioral center. I also raised money for DMUM which helps families with therapy for a child which maybe can't afford treatments.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Michigan is a very diverse campus. It caters to all nationalities. My dorm has students from all over the world. All students and cultures are very accepted there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have the Diag on campus and the tradition is not to step on the M or you will flunk your first exam. They also have the fountain over by the Hill that as a freshman you run through it and then again when you graduate. They also have many great museums and I don't' want to forget the Mott's Children's Hospital.

    Bang for the buck

    You do pay more to go to the University of Michigan but the education and the reputation the college has all the benefits of its name alone. To say you graduated from the University of Michigan is an honor. There is a lot included with your tuition and room and board fees. Medical and food options are all included along with bus service. All in all its worth the money spent to get your education there.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities to do every day. There are clubs and sporting events. You name it, the university has it. The clubs and organizations are usually run by the students. They also have many volunteering clubs you can donate your time to. It is very rewarding to be able to volunteer your time. Take the time to get involved.

    Food and Dining

    There is an option for all appetites and taste buds. They cater to all nationalities. Dorm food is good but there are many other options. Also downtown Ann Arbor is so close that there are so many restaurants there to choose from also.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. They have many housing opportunities there. My dorm life would have been better if I had had a different roommate. Being my freshman year it was a challenge with the academics and roommate situation. I made it through my first year and I am going back. My dorm was however great otherwise.

    Academic Rigor

    I won't lie. Academics at the University of Michigan is very hard. You do have to put in a lot of time. They want all to succeed so take advantage of all the tools they offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip is to work hard but leave time for activities. The university is full of organizations for all students. If you can't find something to do then there is something wrong. There are many opportunities. Take advantage of that.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a wonderful campus. The students that go there are very devoted to their education. Many wonderful technologies have come out of the University.

  • 06/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    U of M is filled with traditions and legends, which contribute to the charm of the old, renowned school. Many of these traditions and legends that I discovered as an unknowing incoming freshman from orientation leaders have stuck with me and add to why I love going to Michigan. Many people know of the legend surrounding the infamous M on the diag, which says that if you step on the M before taking your first blue book, you'll fail. To reverse the curse is nearly impossible today... it's funny to watch people avoid stepping on the M while walking thru the diag. Of course, U of M wouldn't be the school it is without its football team. It's simply a tradition and a huge part of school life here in Ann Arbor. Football Saturdays are crazy with school pride and fun. They are definitely something you don't want to miss. GO BLUE!

    Bang for the buck

    U of M is definitely expensive, but in the long run it'll pay off.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food on campus and they are all different from each other. Some are better than others, but Michigan tries to make a variety and accommodate everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I loved dorm life. It's a great place as a freshman to get to know people. Get to know your hall mates and RA. You could meet some pretty cool people.

    Academic Rigor

    Michigan is definitely difficult, but you are attending a school with other students who are eager to be the best. Don't let that discourage you. Do your best and work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go out there and get involved! There are countless things to do and Michigan does a great job in letting you know about all those great opportunities. Make sure to check out festival!

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is right in the city of Ann Arbor and is open to the public. Therefore, anybody can just walk on campus. There were several crime alerts throughout the 2011-2012 school year, but there was nothing really serious or violent. There are also many safety officials on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who have a lot of school spirit and who are focused.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events and activities going on on campus. For students who are worried about what they will do for fun, there is no need to fret. The school provides many notifications about different things that are happening on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Overall, the food and dining did not rank highly. The food wasn't disgusting but I really missed home cooked meals. There are many restaurants on campus so that's a plus.

    Dorm Life

    The satisfaction of dorm life all depends on which dorms you live in because they are all unique. Overall, I would say dorm life is decent and I felt comfortable living in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is high at the University of Michigan. Getting the grades you received in high school will be a great challenge. At times, it may seem unbearable but if you manage your time wisely and keep up with studying you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your studies in high school, never slack off. Also make sure you are involved in extracurricular activities and volunteer activities to make you stand out.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a very involved school. Although academics are a top priority, school pride and clubs/groups are valued at this school. At Michigan there is something for everyone to enjoy.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Check out all the great restaurants!

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to work hard and play hard!

    In three sentences

    Although Michigan is a challenging school, it is well worth the challenge for the friends, culture, and new experiences. My favorite thing about Ann Arbor is the amazing range of different restaurants and coffee shops there are to check out! Football Saturdays are fun too in the fall :)

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Passionate learners who are proud of where they go to school

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The M in the diag.

    What to do for fun

    Support the athletic teams, even the non-revenue sports. Go to the arb, check out Main Street, experience the Ann Arbor bar scene.

    Food and Dining

    Typical dorm food.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen dorms are not that great, so I moved off-campus my sophomore year.

    Academic Rigor

    I find myself challenged on a daily basis by my professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should apply themselves to their current academics because it won't get any easier once they attend Michigan. They should also figure out if they will be as passionate about the school as the students are.

    In three sentences

    A big university in a quintessential college town, the University of Michigan has something for every student. From the rigorous academic programs to the big-time sports, every student will drink the maize and blue water during their time in Ann Arbor. The school pride is tremendous, and regardless of whether you enjoy football, it's impossible to ignore the influence of the Michigan Wolverines in history.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    DPS (Department of Public Safety) offers safe rides home from the library and up-to-date crime alert via e-mail.

    Greek Life

    Very popular; as a member of a sorority myself, I'd recommend rushing to every incoming freshman.

    Clubs and Activities

    From the squirrel feeding club to club soccer, U of M has everything!

    Great for these types of students

    Independent students who are comfortable with a large student-body popylation

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the giant M located in the diag (the center of campus) or legend has it that you'll fail your first final exams!

    Bang for the buck

    While out-of-state tuition is high, if you take advantage of everything the school has to offer (from the gyms to the Sweetland Writing Center where trained students will read and edit your papers) then you're getting a bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events and various activities around the town of Ann Arbor.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is not the best, but there's a lot of good food options around campus!

    Dorm Life

    It's a must-have U of M experience

    Academic Rigor

    It's a very academically competitive school, but there's plenty of resources to help you succeed. All professors offer office hours to meet with students outside of class to discuss class material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in different clubs and activities.

    In three sentences

    While the University of michigan is large, professors and advisors truly care about students. The University of Michigan offers a plethora of resources, including undergraduate opportunities in research. An overall great school.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very prevalent.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over a 1000 different clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, but I feel like it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are opportunities for all types of people in Ann Arbor. The party scene is pretty happening, but there are always art shows, theater productions, good restaurants, and great shopping.

    Food and Dining

    Depends on the cafeteria, but in general, good variety and healthy options are available.

    Dorm Life

    Love it.

    Academic Rigor

    I know a lot of people struggled their first year- and it only gets worse. There is, however, help for those who seek it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Create your own communities. Be outgoing- you have to get out of your shell to make friends in such a large school. Get to know your neighbors- it prevents future conflicts if you are on good terms.

    In three sentences

    I could not love more the warm and welcoming environment of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. With the diverse and open-minded student population and excellent classes, it is the perfect place for personal growth and development of ideas. A five star education for sure.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Party, bike trail w/ jumps, hang with students in the UGli and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    Great foods and a lot of places to get some.

    Dorm Life

    Nice dorms and great variety to size and comfort.

    Academic Rigor

    Probably the best variety of classes and best professors in the U.S.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go all out because you're going to have fun no matter what you do.

    In three sentences

    The campuses of U of M are REALLY big and there is so much to do. The buildings along with everything else is state of the art as well. Also, academics and fun are both present here.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Never step on the M in the diag or you have to run naked at midnight or you will fail your first exam.

    Tips for prospective students

    Give academics all you have.

    In three sentences

    The campus is fun, the classes are challenging, and the professors are encouraging.The University of Michigan is a great academic school and a great environment; suitable for anyone who wants to divulge in diversity and education.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very well lit, and there are blue emergency buttons located throughout.

    Bang for the buck

    Out-of-state tuition is very pricey, but good deal for in-state.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in Ann Arbor that everyone will find their crowd, and there are always concerts, events, games and parties to go to.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good food, but it depends on which dining hall you go to, and what they are serving. Ann Arbor has a lot of really good local restaurants!

    Dorm Life

    There are a lot of newly renovated dorms, but many still have to live on North Campus which can be inconvenient.

    Academic Rigor

    Michigan has strong academics, but not overwhelming (unless you take 18+ credits)

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early because applications are rolling.

    In three sentences

    Michigan is an incredible place. It has a lot of school pride, but the academics and sports to back it up.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You will receive DPS Crime Alerts to your email regularly. It might scare you, but in reality, there's crime everywhere. Just be safe and don't walk alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not only for social people but for people that want a head start on their career! Professional co-ed fraternities exist for pre-law, pre-med, pre-businees, engineers, etc.!

    Clubs and Activities

    The list of clubs and activities is endless, I promise you.

    Great for these types of students

    The university is great for students that want the ultimate college experience! So many new friends to make, so many new experiences, so many classes you'll want to take!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The diag is a classic. Something new is happening in the diag everyday. You will walk through the diag to get to classes.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Michigan is the best place on earth. I personally never want to graduate because I never want to leave. It costs a lot, but I think it's worth it and that's what student loans are for.

    What to do for fun

    What not to do for fun? Join groups, make friends, explore campus, go to parties, etc. The amount of fun is endless. You will never want to leave Ann Arbor, trust me. Home is great to go back to to visit, but Ann Arbor will become your new home.

    Food and Dining

    You will learn which cafeterias are good and which ones are not so good. Meal plans in the cafeteria are great because you can eat whenever you want and as much as you want! As for restaurants surrounding campus, there are so many! The restaurant choices are endless and excellent!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a must for Freshmen! You need to experience life in a dorm at least once. It makes for the ultimate college freshmen experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging. The professors are geniuses. Get ready to work harder than you have ever worked before.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before registering for classes, check ratemyprofessor.com. Also, take advantage of every opportunity the university has to offer. When you graduate, those opportunities will be gone. Also, get involved! Even if you're afraid, step outside of your comfort zone and join new groups and organizations.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is by far the best choice I have made in my life. Everything on campus is within walking distance, and both day and night life offer so much opportunity and enjoyment. The students you will meet are from all over the country as well as the world, and the professors are definitely the smartest individuals I have ever come across. Classes are challenging, but if you're excepted into the University, you are someone that likes a challenge. The opportunities you receive through the university are endless and not many other college students in the state receive the opportunities you will.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Ann Arbor is a great college town; there are tons of cool, quirky things to do at all times! In the fall and spring, students are really active: Frisbee, intramural teams (tennis, soccer, flag football). Football games are HUGE here. In the winter, people go sledding in the Arb, build snowmen, host movie nights in the dorms. And the party scene - though Michigan is not known as the party school of Michigan - is pretty good; there's usually something to do most weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food isn't great, but it isn't terrible. There are usually options even if the main courses offered that night aren't appealing - for instance, pastas, sandwiches, and cereal are always available. Plus, the Union and the League offer fast food, and aren't too far from most dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Dormmates are the easiest way to meet people. If you have a good RA, they'll facilitate hall-wide activities or maybe have people sign up for a hall broomball team. There are plenty of options as to where and with whom you want to live; there are a few dorms for just girls, but you can also live in co-ed halls or halls that are single-gender but adjacent to co-ed halls. If you're assigned North Campus for freshman year, it will be a little more difficult to get to classes/social events, but the good news is that North Campus kids bond really quickly!

    Academic Rigor

    U of M can be tough, but it's definitely manageable. Math classes at Michigan are incredibly challenging, so don't load up a semester of courses with math and, say, organic chemistry. Let math be your most challenging course and take a few lighter classes. Always go to office hours - when professors know who you are, they're more likely to want to help you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Michigan IS a big school, and can be a change for people that come from high schools that give a lot of individualized time and attention to their students. Make sure you schedule a meeting with your advisor every semester, so you can stay on track with your distribution requirements and major requirements. Don't be afraid to experiment, but let your first two years be about taking new classes and trying new things; don't wait until junior year to take that class you've always wondered about. Make friends with your hallmates - when the weather gets cold, they'll always be around. And JOIN CLUBS - they're a great way to meet people!

    In three sentences

    U of M is a great school, with tons of options when it comes to your academic life and tons of options when it comes to your social life. It can seem a little overwhelming at first, but with a huge student body comes the chance to meet all different kinds of people with all different kinds of interests. And the school spirit pulls us all together!

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Department of Public Safety is present on campus and are good if you're at risk or in danger...not so good if you're walking around with a red solo cup and are not quite yet of age.

    Greek Life

    Very active Greek Life community, but is not overwhelmingly present. Large majority of student body is not active in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and activities active throughout the year.

    Great for these types of students

    All types. Very diverse campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Once a year there is a naked mile run, in which all participants run around campus bare bottom naked.

    Bang for the buck

    Depends if you are coming from in-state or out-of-state but overall I give this University a A+ for its academics, student social life, and campus.

    What to do for fun

    The student social life on campus is very active, with shows, parties, and activities always on the docket- but students are not be any means limited to U of M sponsored activities. Downtown Ann Arbor is filled with dozens of bars and clubs which host numerous shows throughout the week. There are also a variety of museums that cover subjects from astronomy and natural science to art and history.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeterias are primarily located in dorms that are sprinkled around the University's campus. The options are great and the institution takes care in trying to accommodate for people from all walks of life (even have a cafeteria with local sustainable produce).

    Dorm Life

    Lots of different dorms located all around campus. Some are primarily freshman, some athletes, some are all girl dorms. Make sure to do your research of where you want to live and for what reasons (location can be a big contributing factor).

    Academic Rigor

    Varied course listings that change every semester, there is definitely something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise all incoming students to explore their options on campus. Their are endless possibilities when it comes to clubs and teams that can be joined. Student life is big on campus and staying active can open a variety of networking pathways.

    In three sentences

    University of Michigan exemplifies a diverse campus which excels in student body camaraderie and school spirit. Great academics and social life, with options and opportunities for all community members.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whatever you do, DO NOT walk across the M in the Diag.

    What to do for fun

    Shopping downtown, visit the Arb, sporting events, and general campus activities

    Food and Dining

    For such a large university, the food is pretty good. The Hill Dining Center is the Best...avoid East Quad!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty large but most people are pretty social. Get to know your neighbors, it will make everything easier.

    Academic Rigor

    If you study hard and go to class, you should do just fine

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors and GSI's....they will be very helpful!

    In three sentences

    U of M is a great campus with tons of diversity. The class sizes are medium to large with smaller discussions. Overall a great university for those who like a challenge.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely safe, and the campus police force is very helpful. They send crime alerts whenever something happens and are very honest when it comes to reporting crimes. As long as a person uses common sense when it comes to their safety, they have nothing to fear from Ann Arbor.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many activities that one person could never find them all. Each fall, there is an event called Festifall, where most of the student organizations put on a huge fair in the middle of campus where they set up booths to give out information about their organization.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the biggest traditions on campus is to never stop on the M in the center of the Diag. If so, the legend goes that you will fail your first blue book exam. One of the best known locations on campus is the Big House, or the Michigan Stadium. It is the largest stadium in the United States, and every student is able to get season tickets to all of the major sports.

    Bang for the buck

    While the University is relatively expensive, it is a great school and the scholarships are numerous and generous. I personally only pay for a tenth of my tuition/room and board out of pocket.

    What to do for fun

    There is tons to do for fun. The amount of campus organizations is ridiculous and so there is a group to fit anyone's interests. There is also a lot of social activities available. Each dorm hall has weekly social activities for the building. There are also many off-campus activities, such as house parties.

    Food and Dining

    The food options are diverse. While much of the dorm food is average, there are a couple shining spots on campus. North Quadrangle, for example, is a relatively new dorm that was built with luxury in mind. The meals there are prepared by gourmet chefs, and any students with a meal plan is able to eat there.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is excellent! There are so many options and buildings that each person can find a fit, whether they are a social butterfly, a shut-in, or anything in between. They also have a lot of options for students that are having problems with their roommates, like the Conflict Resolution Office that employs full time counselors there to solely mediate between roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at U of M are intense. Even classes that you would consider blow-offs, (like English, Foreign Languages, Humanities) force you to really immerse yourself in the class. That being said, the amount of resources available to get you through it are numerous. There are tutors, tons of office hours, and peer groups to help out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at possible majors/paths of study ahead of time. There are so many there that it would be helpful to get a couple of ideas in mind and then ask about them when you get to campus day or orientation. If you don't know what you want to do, it's fine too, there are so many options that when you get there you can always go into whatever you find interest in.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (or U of M to its students), is a great school. While it is rather large, there are so many small living/learning communities that you never feel left out. Also, as it is large, there are so many different majors available in so many disciplines.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus has it's own police force that patrols at all hours and does a great job of keeping us safe.

    Bang for the buck

    The price is pretty high, but the financial aid is pretty generous.

    What to do for fun

    There are many different things to do on campus, from sporting events, to dorm events, to Umix, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is very nice. There is a great variety and you have access to all the dining halls on campus, so, if you get tired of the one you go to everyday you can change it up and go to another dorm for a change of pace.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely LOVE dorm life at the University of Michigan. My freshman year, I lived in a learning community called the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program. Being in learning community definitely helped build community in the dorm especially because some of your neighbors were also your classmates. Dorm life is also great because you are around fellow students and some of your classmates. What I love the most about dorm life is being able to take over a study lounge with some friends and just study, eat, and listen to music. It's also nice because, at least for me, I didn't feel so isolated like in an apartment. With the dorm, people are always around and you can make friends with people and hang out til the early hours of the morning within the safety of your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a very challenging university. In every and any class I took, I was expected to do my absolute best. Nevertheless, the professors and GSI's were very helpful and encouraged everyone to come to office hours for questions and help. I think that encouragement and opportunity is what helped me learn more and be challenged without feeling extremely overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip is to take advantage of all the activities on campus. Get involved in the learning communities. I was apart of the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program my freshman year and it definitely gave me a close knit group of friends and kept me involved in events on campus.

    In three sentences

    I am a current student at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor is a great town and the University is very challenging, however, there so many opportunities on campus, that if used correctly, there is no excuse not to succeed.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get your application in early! Don't wait until the last minute, and make sure you have done things worth putting on your application such as volunteer activities and advanced classes.

    In three sentences

    U of M is a great place to be. There are so many opportunities for classes, teams, and organizations. And your degree will be sure to help you in your future.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been several sexual assaults and robberies on campus in the past year or so, which is really unfortunate. However, for the size of the university, I am sure their statistics are better than most. What is very useful is that the university provides text/email alerts to all students for any crime reported on campus.

    Greek Life

    A large percentage of the student body is involved in Greek life, and the houses are in turn very active on campus in that they hold a lot of events and fundraisers. Some houses are really large, with 150+ members, others are smaller. Some houses are comprised of students in certain majors (law, medicine, journalism, etc.), while others accept students regardless of academic interest. Pledge week is always a busy/entertaining period.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds upon hundreds of student organizations. Early in the year a bunch of the clubs put up tables with information in the diag for students to peruse, this event is known as Festifall. There is a club for pretty much any activity, but it is also really easy to start your own club if you are so inclined.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that thrive well in large, busy environments and actively seek out opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Anyone that goes to U of M is familiar with the rock that student organizations paint in their colors on a daily basis; it's always a different color. Everyone avoids stepping on the M in the pavement in the diag because they say it causes you to fail your first blue book (writing/essay) exam. There's another tradition that involves streaking across the diag at midnight, but the details are a little vague. Maybe I'm confusing it with the naked mile tradition...

    Bang for the buck

    University of Michigan is pretty expensive for out of state/international students, but for in-state students it's less expensive than many other private universities or comparable schools in other states. Considering the good reputation of the university and the number of opportunities for students and graduates, this university has an overall good value. That said, expect to end up with around $15,000+ in student loans when you graduate unless you can swing some serious scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do around town, and many times students can get discounted tickets to movies, productions, etc. The university has several programs that encourage students to get involved with campus events by providing coupons, etc. There are always a bunch of parties if that's your scene. Students also have free admission to the UMMA (UM museum of modern art) which has great exhibits.

    Food and Dining

    Some students think that the required meal plan the first year of attendance is unnecessary/too expensive, but I haven't heard any complaints as to the general quality of the food served. There are always vegetarian, vegan, and kosher options available. Being vegetarian, I feel like I have more than enough dishes to choose from at any given University dining location. The Union is the cheapest and most convenient place to find a meal, but it is all fast-food type restaurants. Most people I know would rather hit the downtown area for dinner.

    Dorm Life

    I can't really speak to dorm life, as I lived in off campus my first year, but my friends that did room on campus said that it was a decent experience. All of the dorms are in good condition, and most of them (save for North Campus) are located close to all the downtown action and main class buildings. It will be loud at odd hours of the day and night, but that's part of the party atmosphere that cultivates in dorms regardless.

    Academic Rigor

    The style of classes that you take as a freshman are taught in a very different style than in high school, with huge class sizes and much longer classes. It can be difficult to adjust at first, but going to office hours and study groups for more individual attention can help combat this. In my opinion, the difference in format is what makes the first year so difficult. The classes themselves are difficult, you really have to work for an A or B. Be prepared to spend a lot of time in the library.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit the campus and several of the classrooms to get an idea of class sizes. It always helps to sit in on a few classes too. Get to know the bus system early, because when it gets cold (and it will) you will want to avoid walking long distances if possible. Move in dates are scheduled about a week before school starts, so use that extra time to familiarize yourself with your route to class.

    In three sentences

    A challenging school with a fantastic campus and great extracurricular opportunities. There is always something to do, and for the size of the university, it is surprisingly flexible when it comes to switching majors or classes. You'll meet the most interesting people, and all of them are seriously invested in their education.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are all sorts of activities set up by either dorms or residence leaders and there's always a party on the weekends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to explore a little. There's a lot of new things to experience.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a great school for those looking for a challenge and the right kind of life preparations for a serious career. The environment is exactly what a university should be: focused and driven to succeed. Excellent on academics, safety, and college life.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Pretty big

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Interesting theater performances in the Drama department.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of student organisations, bars/clubs, house parties, there is definitely a strong sense of community here and an endless list of stuff to do.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria is great but also try some of the places to eat off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Don't live in dorms but from what I've seen they remind me of typical state school dorms, kind of prison-like lol.

    Academic Rigor

    I think we all work really hard, of course you have some professors you won't like but overall I'd say it's an engaging place to be if you want it to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here with an open mind and try to challenge what you already know.

    In three sentences

    At first I didn't like the idea of coming here, but it has really grown on me. It's not too big that it's overwhelming but busy enough that you don't get bored and are able to challenge yourself.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe at school. There is campus security everywhere, and campus is always very busy during the school year. Granted, it is always smart to walk in a group, but you shouldn't have to be worried.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of activities and clubs. There are a ton of groups for different cultures, different sports, and different academic interests.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for motivated, active students that really want to get involved in school. People who just want to skate by and get a degree probably won't fit in at Michigan as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a giant rock on campus that student organizations will paint for events, or just to support their group. Anyone can paint it, and if you look close you can see on the bottom hundreds of layers of paint from all the years. There is also a traditional snow ball fight that happens at East Quad versus West Quad.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately if you are out of state Michigan is pretty expensive. While I definitely think it is worth the money you are spending, it can be a challenge to find scholarships because there are so many students.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun in Ann Arbor! If it's warm outside there is the Huron River where you an go swimming, kayaking, or tubing. There are gorgeous parks and the Arboretum where you can go hang out outside and picnic or walk. All year round there are concerts, productions, art galleries, etc... that you will not find an evening without something going on. During the winter you can go ice skating, or play in the snow (because there will be snow).

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of dining options on campus, including conveniently located dining halls, which are a part of the meal plan you get. There are also small conveniance store that sell pre-made food like pizza and burritos as well as snack foods. These use dining dollars which are also on your meal plan. The restaurants and non-University related foods are incredible! There is every different type of cuisine and a lot of price ranges.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorms my first year. The dining hall was conveniantly in my dorm, so when it was cold or the weather was bad I could still easily get food. I lived in a community co-ed hall, so the girls had a bathroom and the boys had a bathroom. My hall mates became some of my best friends; we would keep our doors open and go in and out of each other's rooms. There was also a computer lab so when I needed to get work done and not be distracted I would go there.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Michigan is known for its challenging academics and this has definitely proved to be true in my first year. The classes are hard, but not unmanageable as long as you learn to manage your time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be overwhelmed by the amount of activities and opportunities at the school. Take some time at the beginning of the year to really think about what you are interested in and try out some new things as well; a good way to do this is to go to the Festifall.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan has created a diverse atmosphere for intelligent, creative, and outgoing students. It has endless opportunities for students to be involved in different organizations and programs. There is a wonderful camaraderie that the students, staff, and alumni feel that is unique to Michigan.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    DPS, the Department of Public Safety, has officers that patrol dorms a few times daily. Blue lights are spread all over campus; in case of emergency, one can press the button and immediately be connected via intercom. Additionally, the University of Michigan provides a few services at night to help you return home safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very popular at the University of Michigan. Frat parties rage every weekend. I personally don't engage in the Greek system, but plenty of my friends did. There are plenty of sororities and fraternities to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    As previously mentioned, there's a club for everyone here!

    Great for these types of students

    If you flourish in environments with plenty of people, enjoy having a wide selection of classes to choose from and work hard on your scholastic pursuits you'll fit right in here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are tons of tales around campus! Allegedly, if you walk across the bronze M in the middle of the Diag before your first Blue Book exam, you'll fail it. In order to counteract it, you'll have to run naked at midnight from the Diag to the Clocktower and back before the bell stops tolling! Unfortunately, the bell no longer tolls at midnight, so really it's best just not to step there. Also, there's a arch in the West Hall building between the UgLi (Shapiro Undergraduate Library) and East Hall. If you kiss someone underneath the arch, it's said that you'll marry the person you're will. Still waiting on verification on that one!

    Bang for the buck

    A degree at the University of Michigan can basically get you a job anywhere, especially through networking with alum. However, in-state tuition plus room and board comes out to approximately 25k. Out of state reaches to 50k. The degree is worth it, but earning the money can be difficult.

    What to do for fun

    The University of Michigan always has something for students to do. There are hundreds of student organizations, stretching over a variety of subjects. Be warned though, for the first three months of the school year, all activity will center around FOOTBALL! Game days are tons of fun, with parties on every corner. Go Blue!

    Food and Dining

    I hate to break it to you, but food in the dining halls is never gonna be great. However, at U of M, there is a wide variety of dining halls, each providing plenty of options. Dining halls like Bursley on North Campus and Mosher-Jordan (MoJo) on Central Campus are huge with multifaceted dining options, which others such as North Quad provide a smaller dining hall with some classier options.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are in convenient locations around campus. Freshmen may find themselves on North Campus, however, which is a 15-20 minute bus ride from Central Campus, where most classes are. The buses take a bit to get used to, but my friends on North Campus did just fine. Dorms offer many activities on game days, near finals and sometimes just when the RAs feel like it.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Michigan is a school that is extremely focused on academic excellence. If you want to find classes to slack off in, it's possible, but difficult. If you're willing to work and put time into your classwork, you should thrive. Also, if you're struggling, your professors and GSIs (Graduate Student Instructors) will generally be more than willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to start applying for scholarships now! The University of Michigan is expensive, but don't let that scare you away. Financial aid is available for eligible students. When you come to visit, don't just check out the school buildings! Downtown Ann Arbor is full of art and a wide variety of entertainment. Make sure to visit the academic department(s) that you are interested in. This will give you a feel for the type of classes that you could be taking in the fall!

    In three sentences

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is a bustling school, full of extremely gifted and diverse students. Lecture halls hold hundreds of students but one-on-one appointments are available with professors, who tend to be very helpful. The location is urban and full of places to shop, eat and party.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A safe city and campus for the most part. Burglaries when students are on holiday is the most common crime

    Greek Life

    Huge Greek community with lots of options

    Clubs and Activities

    Infinite options- there is even a squirrel feeding club!

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, engineers, partiers, athletes

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Michigan used to be famous for the Naked Mile, but unfortunately the city has put the kabash on this tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    Top ranked school at state school prices- if you're a Michigan resident anyways!

    What to do for fun

    As a huge university, there is always tons of stuff going on on campus- look for fliers in the Diag. For nature lovers, the Arb is a great place to go for a run or have a picnic.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options here! Dorm food is decent, and the University is surrounded by tons of great, local eateries- from fast food to fine dining, within walking distance of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on the dorm; there are many on campus. Some are huge, and some are more intimate. I recommend seeking a dorm on central campus, closer to downtown Ann Arbor.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are rigorous, but easier classes can be found.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate! Workloads can be heavy, so keep up with your classes. Sign up for small classes when you can, and if you are taking a larger lecture class make an effort to meet with your professor during office hours

    In three sentences

    Michigan is an a top ranked school for many disciplines including engineering, sciences, and the arts. For undergraduates this is great, as they can samples many types of classes with world renowned professors. It is a very large school, with over 40,000 students, which can be overwhelming.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Department of Public Safety patrols campus around the clock. Students are notified of any crimes within hours, and suspect descriptions are e-mailed out to all students as well. Crimes are infrequent and generally nothing more than minor theft.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is alive and well at UM. Whether you're looking for a typical party frat, a fraternity that will connect you with other business majors, or even a Christian fraternity, you will find it here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are several thousand student organizations at UM. If you can't find something you enjoy, you're not looking.

    Great for these types of students

    All ranges. Academically driven students, students who want fantastic internship, research or professional opportunities, students who are looking for a good time, music students, engineers, anyone with a pulse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Men's Glee Club is the second oldest glee club in the nation at 153 years. Any concert you can go to at the acoustically sublime Hill Auditorium is well worth your money. The calzones from the Diag party store are fantastic. Seriously, go buy one right now.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're paying in-state tuition, it's a great deal. ~15K for an education from the 14th rated university in the world is a steal. If you're out-of-state, it's still worth the money. You don't realize it until you graduate and start applying for jobs, but a University of Michigan diploma goes a long way in the professional world.

    What to do for fun

    There are thousands of extracurricular groups to explore that cater to absolutely any interest you might possibly have. There are plenty of sports games, concerts and local events all over campus, and the Diag and the Arb are great places to hangout with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Ann Arbor has something for everyone. From the standard fast food joints in the university unions to the wide array of affordable restaurants that line State Street to the fine dining and cigar lounges on Main Street, you will have no trouble finding whatever you happen to be in the mood for.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms, so I can't really give an accurate review. From what I have seen, they are clean, noise levels are managed well, and the food is pretty good for dorm food.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some blowoff courses to be sure, but the majority of the classes offered at UM will challenge you like no high school class ever could. The learning is fast-paced, but well-structured, and there are a multitude of resources available to help you succeed. Most of the faculty I have come into contact with are excellent teachers who take pride in their work and care about their students succeeding, even if they don't necessarily know all 400 of them by name.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes early. The longer you wait, the less flexibility you have in your schedule. Don't take 8 AM classes. I don't care how early you had to wake up for high school; you will feel like death at 8 in the morning. Take a class just for fun. I took Greek mythology and it was one of my favorite classes ever, despite having nothing to do with my major.

    In three sentences

    Michigan is a fantastic school with a diverse student group and vast range of courses and extracurricular activities. From Men's Glee Club to the Quidditch team, and from Greek Mythology to Organic Chemistry, you will have no trouble finding something you enjoy. I have learned so much from the classes I have taken and the incredible people I have met at this university.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    They had pretty good food.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed the night it was fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Not really sure seeing as i am just researching.

    In three sentences

    From what I saw the school was really nice

  • 09/01/2012

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    Tips for prospective students

    Study!

    In three sentences

    I loved this university. I wish I could go there.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with something on campus as soon as possible. It makes the campus smaller. Don't take on too many classes the first year because you will have to get used to adjusting to school and your grades won't be the same.

    In three sentences

    Great resources and opportunity to basically do anything you want. Lot's of ways to get involved on campus (make a big school seem smaller). Professors are very passionate about what they are doing if you choose the right ones.

  • 09/19/2012

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, but occasional strings of crime.

    Great for these types of students

    Likes big schools, good at making friends, self studiers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the M in the diag or you will fail your first semester. Paint the rock.

    What to do for fun

    Four ice skating rinks. Diag or Arb. Lots of parks. Washtenaw Dairy. State Theater midnight movies. Necto.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't room too far away or on north campus. Don't bring a car.

    In three sentences

    Clean/Beautiful. Renown. Lots to do and good food.

  • 10/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are numerous things available to ensure safety. First, there is the blue light emergency phones which basically connect you directly to a dispatcher. You can't go anywhere on campus and not be able to see one. Also, there are police all over campus ensuring our safety. There are programs like safe ride which is used to ensure students safely get home if it is really late at night. Finally, there are crime alerts so when something happens every student will get an email right away to ensure our safety.

    Greek Life

    I just became involved so I am currently a pledge to Alpha Epsilon Phi. Greek life isn't all about drinking, hazing, etc. like a lot of people think. In fact when people think that they are being silly, you don't have to party hard to be a part of greek life. In fact, I joined for the philanthropy (Pediatric Aids and Breast Cancer). Though there is partying there is so much more to it. We also hold fundraisers for our philanthropy and the bonds of friendship can honestly last a life time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many student groups you can take part in. If you can't find a group that you aren't at least interested in than I would be surprised. There is literally something for everyone and if you don't find something you love well find other students into something you love and make a group for it :)

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated, studious, social, active, determined

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the week before the UM v. MSU game there are students who camp out and protect the diag from vandalism of MSU students. BLOOD BATTLE - blood drive in competition with OSU for who can get the most blood donated. One pint can save 3 lives!

    Bang for the buck

    You are literally among the leaders and the best and employers know that too, in some cases having Michigan on your application can give you an edge. The classes challenge you to actually learn, and you do actually learn a lot if you want to.

    What to do for fun

    When I'm not studying I listen to music, play tennis, practice dance (I'm currently in an Irish dance group - it was something new and I love the dance type and people involved), go to football games or hang out with my sorority sisters.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't had any issue finding yummy food. My only complaint is well my mom didn't make it. Overall though if you go to the dining hall you are almost ensured to find something that you will like.

    Dorm Life

    They always tell you everyone is eager to make new friends. Sometimes this is true, but leaving your door open won't ensure that people will walk in sometimes you have to reach out. Dorms are currently being renovated for heating and AC among other things and it is quite fun and not as small as you'd think.

    Academic Rigor

    It is difficult, but isn't that what college is for. You have to study, and you have to stay on top of things, otherwise you will suffer the consequences.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) You don't have to take the hardest classes, in fact at Michigan it's silly because every class is hard in its own way. 2) Get involved. It is a great way to make friends. 3) Try something new. Don't do only what you've always done, try something new because you could end up finding something you love.

    In three sentences

    The classes are difficult but worth the work you put into them. The campus offers to its students numerous opportunities-ranging many interests-to make a large campus seem smaller. The group of students is extremely diverse and you constantly meet new, friendly people.

  • 10/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Stepping on the M (a decoration in the sidewalk) supposedly makes you fail your first bluebook test. Also, the ugli, referred to often and pronounced as the ugly is the undergraduate library.

    Bang for the buck

    UofM was recently listed as the 18th best school in the world. Considering this, the cost of tuition isn't as steep as it might be.

    What to do for fun

    The nightlife of Ann Arbor is hopping! There are so many opportunities for fun, be they clubbing or bars, or the more chill coffee shops and bookstores. Go out an explore!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options on and around campus! Michigan Union and Michigan League have several restaurants, and the ethnic diversity in food choices in downtown Ann Arbor is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but I've heard they're very nice, especially North Quad.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the classes I have attended at this university are extremely challenging. If there is one thing to be said for UofM, it is that the university does not encourage slacking! Giving your best is a must, and the professors will accept nothing less.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try your best from the beginning - it is easy to get overwhelmed. Hang in there for the first few weeks, and it will get better.

    In three sentences

    Overall, the University of Michigan is an excellent academic institution. There are many contributing factors to this, such as the professors and staff, the research opportunities, the community and clubs, and people of Ann Arbor. The only downsides include the large size of the university (it's easy to get lost in the crowd) and the difficulty of classes here.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Greek life isn't said to be that prevalent here, but it feels like it is. There are ALWAYS parties to go to. Plus, Michigan football is huge here. Ann Arbor goes wild every Saturday with tailgates, games, and after parties. But if you aren't up for social scene, the Nichols Arboretum is a nice, huge park of pure nature you can escape to for long walks or runs.

    Food and Dining

    For the most part, UMich has great dining. North Quad is by far the best, because it is the newest. MoJo dining is also up there along with South Quad. Menus are diverse and always have vegetarian stuff.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are pretty small but they're manageable. Community bathrooms are kind of a hassle if you aren't lucky enough to have a sink in your room. Most freshmen are on North Campus which is quite a burden, beside the fact that you make friends so easily merely because it's all freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are incredibly hard and require a lot of studying outside of the classroom. Make sure to read up on professors before taking certain classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    The workload is extremely intense. If you were a good student in high school but didn't have to study to be, that will change once you enroll here. There's always somewhere social to be, but make sure to balance social scene with school. You'll meet your lifelong friends here too... everyone here is here for the same reason: to get a great education and meet people with the same goals.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely gorgeous if you want the perfect balance between an urban life and rural setting. Academics are definitely regarded the highest here by students, but most all classes are manageable. I would rate Michigan very highly... It is by far the best public institution in the country and easily matches up to any Ivy League.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Fill out all your forms early and go to an early orientation.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school with great academics. The dorms are nice. There is a huge variety of classes.

  • 11/06/2012

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    In three sentences

    Visited the campus the other day and it is absolutely beautiful! I can only hope that I'll be back there in a couple of months as a student! From what I saw and learned on the tour, it's perfect.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    18-20% goes greek, and its a great way to get involved on campus. It's not necessary to have a good time, however.

    Great for these types of students

    work hard, play harder

    What to do for fun

    FOOTBALL SATURDAYS!!!!!! This school is OBSESSED with football, and the school spirit is electrifying! football is a focus of campus and is AMAZING! there are a lot of parties, events, activities, and all kinds of things to do, always. Ann Arbor is a college town, and it shows! there's something here for everyone!

    Food and Dining

    Food is mostly what you would expect. There are options, and lots of them. Certain dining halls, like Mosher Jordan and North Quad are the most popular, and feature gourmet and exciting options like sushi, veggie burgers, and italian food. The dining halls are open for long amounts of times and are accessible around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a good time. Some halls are obsessed with each other, some are not, and are more antisocial. North Campus is where 60% of freshmen live, and it's a 10 minute bus ride away. I lived there and it was a great experience and I didn't hate it, but it gets a bad reputation because it is a tad inconvenient.

    Academic Rigor

    It obviously varies by program, but academics here are a huge priority, and most programs are top-ranked in the country. Professors are tough, but accessible. Classes get more challenging as you get higher into your program, as you would expect. Everyone here is the best of the best, and it SHOWS.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the November 1st Early Action Deadline. TOUR.

    In three sentences

    Michigan is AMAZING. Whatever you're looking for in a school, you'll find it here, and you'll find that it's top ranked in the country. The school is a great balance of work and play.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    So many options for staying safe in any capacity, just be smart.

    Greek Life

    Great, but not the only thing. Even Greeks take part in non-Greek activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone. If you can't find a club or activity to join, you just haven't looked hard enough.

    Great for these types of students

    Self motivated, genuinely interested in learning, balance between work and play, city-life.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much stuff going on it's hard to even make a list. Try everything at least once to decide where your niche is going to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you understand the time commitment. This is no joke. Professors expect a lot from you so step up to the challenge.

    In three sentences

    UofM is a very busy place. Students are studying how the brain works and how a piano works and everything in between. There's always something to do on campus, academically or otherwise.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    it could be better, but i have never seen anything bad happen to someone. must incidents result from the victim not really paying attention or making poor decisions. Most incidents are petty theft, especially of unattended objects.

    Greek Life

    is pretty good i would guess. i have friends who are in it and they seem to really enjoy the house they got into and there are a lot of houses on campus and also a wide variety of houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    we literally have any club or activity you could want and umich.edu has a page full of all of them. If you don't see one your heart is set on then start it- starting a club is actually really easy and has minimal requirements.

    Great for these types of students

    everyone- there are so many people here there is something for everyone. I would say wanting to work hard is a requirement, but some of my classmates makes me pretty sure it isn't.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    hash bash-on 4/20. walking through the fountain during orientation and at graduation

    Bang for the buck

    UoM is super expensive (especially if you live in the dorms or are out of state) but it is also a really great school that has lots of opportunities and is well known and respected.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many fun things to do at UoM and Ann arbor in general. Clubs are always holding fun events and there are always plays, musicals, and other performances going on. There is an arcade, 2 small indie-ish movie theaters, and some shopping options on campus- and more typical things like a multiplex and shopping mall near by in Ann Arbor. There are lots of museums on campus and off, as well as other fun things like laser tag off campus. There are always lots of social events like parties and even more nerdy-type events like LAN parties and hack-a-thon.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall choices are also really great. I'm vegan and could always find something tasty to eat, and they always had traditional favorites like pizza, burgers, and really good cookies.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are all really nice and they are always improving them. All have Wifi, computing suites and lots of tv equiped lounge rooms, and laundry rooms. Most also have kitchens and special features like movie rooms or music practice rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    It has really tough classes. All intro classes are taught in huge lecture halls and they make exams very tricky. The averages are super low in some intro classes such as calc 1-3, but they do change the grading scale so the mean in a C... generally. While it is difficult, it isn't impossible if you put forth lots of effort and work hard and it isn't like an ivy league or something- but its close.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. come out of the gate running- i.e. start studying right away and trying as hard as you can- college is harder than high school 2. see the campus- it's beautiful. Visit in the fall or spring, it's really empty and hot in the summer and things aren't as exciting. 3. look for opportunities beyond academics. We have lots of clubs and activities on campus as well as a great performing arts program that puts on great shows. 4. if you don't think you will love it when you visit make sure to apply other places- your college should make you happy, especially when you don't have lots of work to do.

    In three sentences

    Going to UoM is really great because the classes are all interesting and challenging. However, some classes may be too challenging. Over-all though I have never had a bad teacher and the social environment is great.

  • 11/28/2012

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    In three sentences

    My cousin graduated from here and she loved it! She majored in Business, and although I am look at a different area of study, I am excited to see if I'll be accepted!

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You may get news updates during the year about crime, but I have been out and about at all sorts of irregular hours and have never run into trouble. You're more likely to get mobbed at a football game than mugged. Either way, you should obviously be aware of your surroundings. I haven't had an experience with campus police, but emergency call boxes are all over the place so I'd imagine they take their jobs pretty seriously.

    Greek Life

    I have no idea what it's like, but there's a frat of metal fans that's pretty alright. The other ones give their pledges nice paddles. If you're into the tradition and brotherhood/sisterhood thing, you've got plenty of choices for rushing.

    Clubs and Activities

    At a large school, you have a lot of options but it may take a while to find a group of people you can really get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, Fun-loving, Artsy, High-Achieving, Outdoorsy, Athletic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I guess you're not allowed to step on the block M in the diag because you'll catch diseases or something.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a no-brainer if you are an in-state student. The University of Michigan is a well-regarded school and more importantly it has a large variety of opportunities to offer you for a fraction of the cost it would if you were not a Michigan resident.

    What to do for fun

    Check out the city, there are tons of shows and events going on every day. Also, there's no shortage of exercise options, the whole city is pretty much built for running and biking.

    Food and Dining

    Campus dining is tolerable on Central, but if you're an incoming student lodged at Bursley or one of the unlucky souls that remain there for music, art & design, or engineering, you're out of luck. Bursley is by far the worst gruel you can feed your slowly decaying soul with at U of M. I'd recommend light meals as much as you can.

    Dorm Life

    Make sure you get into a learning community if you want to live in the dorms. They make meeting people a lot easier, plus if you all have similar interests getting along (which is far more important) will be easier too.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're looking for a challenge, anything engineering, math, or science based is going to provide one, with some calculus classes being exceedingly cutthroat. However, your entry-level classes tend to be pretty easy. Tests can range from ultra-detailed essays to multiple-choice, honestly the school is so spread out department-wise that it's very hard to determine what will be hard and what won't be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Allow yourself to figure out what works best for you at Michigan. Involve yourself in opportunities, every one you can find if you can help it. Make lots of friends; it's a large school, so statistically speaking you can do it with no problem!

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a large school, and like a lot of large schools, it can be hit-or-miss at times with the quality of professors, classes, plus the added bureaucracy of scheduling classes. But don't let that get you down--it's the sheer number of experiences you are offered that gives Michigan its quality rather than being the top of the academic elite (though Michigan is no slouch in that department). All the intelligence of an Ivy league without the Skull-and-Bones-y vibe, and you get to live in Ann Arbor!

  • 12/09/2012

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    Bang for the buck

    Very good education.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take all possible A.P. classes to bump up your transcript.

    In three sentences

    The campus is lively and fun. The professors there are top-notch and it has one of the best medical programs.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party and football games. Football games here are the most amazing things you'll ever experience. You won't get the same college football pre-game (and post-game) experience anywhere else. It's a huge tradition.

    Food and Dining

    Personally, I don't like the food here. The food on central is much better, especially in North Quad.

    Dorm Life

    Again, it depends on where you live. Freshman typically spend their time in Burlsey on North Campus, which kinda sucks sometimes, but it depends on how you take it. Burlsey can be a lot of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be pretty difficult, depending on the classes you take, but overall if you study hard, you'll get the grade you deserve. There are some classes here that are extremely challenging but some of them are easy A's.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's very prestigious and great to be able to say you're a Michigan Wolverine. Get football tickets.

    In three sentences

    It's a lot of work here. Everyone is very understand and we're all in the same boat. Study hard and you'll be rewarded.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue light-topped emergency phones strewn all throughout the campus so even if your cell phone is dead you can call for help if you need it. They also have the SafeRide so you can get a ride back to your dorm after a late night partying or a late night at the library for free! There are some crimes that happen on or near the campus but if you get the email alerts you get to know right away whereabouts it was and what sort of crime. They try very hard to keep the students safe.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is very close to lots of coffee shops and wonderful restaurants with various types of foods from sushi to hamburgers.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is surprisingly good! Especially North Quad and the cafes. Dining Dollars are handy to use at the cafes so you don't blow all your money on Starbucks coffee.

    Dorm Life

    I technically don't live in a dorm so it's not entirely accurate. I live in the Northwood Apartments and they aren't at all like the Hall life: it's a little quieter and you don't have a very close knit community. But there is a lot more living space.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are definitely harder than those community colleges but they are not impossible. Except for maybe calculus. Many people take those classes at a CC and transfer the credit.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Michigan is looking for intelligent, diverse students that truly desire to be apart of the Michigan community. If your application is deferred, don't fret! Make sure you let them know you still want to be here by paying the campus a visit.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a place of overwhelming Wolverine Pride. We are all so proud of learning at one of the greatest schools in America and we show it through our wardrobe full of maize and blue. Michigan is a great place to be.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Although Michigan is prestigious and offers a lot it can be very expensive -- especially to out of state students.

    What to do for fun

    The Greek system is big at Michigan; a lot of parties center around it so being a member is a great in to these events. Also make sure to go to Michigan's football games in the Fall - they are the stuff of legends!

    Food and Dining

    The food is average. What it lacks in quality it makes up for in quantity - there are tons of dining halls on campus, and each is known for its own type of cuisine!

    Dorm Life

    The quality of the dorms at Michigan range from hotel quality to older, smaller buildings. Freshmen are generally stuck in the poorer quality dorms which - although sounds disconcerting - is a blessing in disguise. Being surrounded by other freshmen is a great way to meet people and make friends!

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone takes their academics very seriously, even if they say they don't. Be prepared to work hard at Michigan!

    Tips for prospective students

    Michigan is what you make it. Make sure that you are willing to make an effort to be outgoing. The school is huge - you need to be willing to put yourself out there (i.e. join any of the countless clubs or organizations) to build lifelong connections!

    In three sentences

    Without sounding like a direct rap lyric quote, Michigan is really good at balancing a work hard mantra with a play hard one. The campus is beautiful and you get to meet people from all across the world. There is also a lot of school spirit, which comes with the Big 10 mentality.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs to join. Movie nights, sports, music and greek life are only some of the things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous places to eat at Michigan. There are several dining halls open at all hours, cafes and so many restaurants of all different cuisines. The hall food is really good, you can get healthy food, or comfort food whenever you want.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice at Michigan. I live in one of the apartment-type dorms, so it is bigger and more private than some. The RA is very helpful also.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough, but I knew and expected that. Don't plan on missing a lot of classes to keep up. Visit your instructors at their office hours if you have any questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the orientation and take notes. Meet with your class adviser and be prepared to work hard.

    In three sentences

    Michigan has a very diverse campus and a host of clubs and activities for all students. The classes are very challenging. Expect to meet a lot of new people and to learn to be independent.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk on the M on the Diag. Supposedly, you'll fail your next blue book exam. (Blue book exams are usually essay format.)

    Bang for the buck

    I've heard a lot of my friends say that U of M is the perfect combination of work and play, that while their friends are buried at work in the ivy league schools, they feel their course load is both manageable and still teaches them quite a bit. (I agree.)

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of student organizations on campus, for everything from parkour to Pokemon. Literally, if you do it for fun (and it's legal), there is probably a student org for it. The fraternities and sororities have a decent presence on campus, and the parties seem pretty large, especially on football Saturdays.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are okay. Some are better than others, and they always have certain options available: Pizza, Salad, etc. There are a bunch of restaurants on campus which are great if you're willing to spend cash, I recommend Cottage Inn. Also, many places like Wendy's, Panda Express, and Taco Bell allow you to use your meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are really nice, and others are mediocre. The new dorms are wonderful, but if you're in an old one (like West Quad), you may be walking up four flights of stairs daily. There are plenty of places to study in the dorms, and Wifi. People seem generally friendly and willing to make friends, but that can change from hall to hall, of course. Umich has a very diverse student body, so it's pretty easy to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It's manageable, but definitely varies from department to department. For example, the math department fails the most students, and the exams can be really hard. Most departments are willing to recognize hard work, though, and if they see you putting in effort will raise your grade. If you take advantage of office hours, study hard, etc, you should be able to get through your classes. 4.0's are difficult to come by, however.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find places to study outside of the UGLi (Undergraduate Library)! Since almost every building has WiFi, you're much better off studying in those places. The library gets incredibly crowded around midterms and exams, as well as loud.

    In three sentences

    U of M is absolutely amazing. The teachers are willing to go above and beyond to help you in most classes, and there are plenty of on campus resources outside of class to help you if you're struggling. Also, there is a student org for almost anything you can imagine.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Michigan's Greek life is one of the best in the country.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the block M in the middle of the Diag; it is said that you will fail your first Blue Book exam if you do so. Also, don't kiss anyone under the Arch; it is said that you will marry the person that receives your kiss.

    What to do for fun

    It is almost impossible to be bored on campus. Just in the dorms alone, people are going from room to room, hanging out and playing games. You can also walk by Fraternities and attend a party one of them might be hosting, as well as join many clubs and organizations. Joining IM and Club sports teams is also another way to have fun and meeting new people.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls is actually pretty good, but it takes a little bit of time to get used to it. No where near as good as a home cooked meal, but still good food. There are also many restaurants and fast food establishments that are fun to go to with friends.

    Dorm Life

    I live on Central Campus in the Mary Markley dorm and is an incredible resource for group study as well as a great place to make friends. All dorms are like this, from nightly Super Smash Bros. and FIFA tournaments, to group studies in lounges and rooms. In the dorms, there is always something going on.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Freshman, I have discovered that the workload and classes are very tough. There is homework everyday, as well as the need to study material learned in class and prepare in advance as to not be left behind. It is all doable, even if joining multiple groups (including Greek life).

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the newfound freedom rush to your head. Time needs to be managed very wisely and partying needs to be at a minimum if success is what you want as a prospective student. The workload isn't overwhelming unless you make it so, and it is possible to have fun while doing well.

    In three sentences

    I am a Freshman, and I absolutely love it here. It's a lot of hard work, but there's always something going on, whether it be fun with friends or joining a group on campus.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is located in the heart of a large city, but safety is a top priority of all staff and other employees of the University. Never has a part of campus given off an atmosphere that invokes fear or danger.

    What to do for fun

    For fun one can enjoy any of the many student sponsored events right on campus. Or take a trip on the bus (free for enrolled students) to the nearby mall. Even just walk downtown for a quick meal out or a shopping trip with friends.

    Food and Dining

    With several different dinining halls all across campus there are many options to find your dining style. The variety of cultural food also means its always possible to try something new.

    Dorm Life

    The University of Michigan provides inclusive and welcoming communities all across campus. The on-campus housing doesn't feel like a home away from home, it becomes your one and only home.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Michigan is one of the most difficult school. The academic expectations are high but dedication can ensure you will flourish.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard for grades you deserve. The way you got by in high school will not work in college. And that applies to whatever institution you attend.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan provides something for everyone. The local city, Ann Arbor makes everyone feel welcome. And the University offers concentrations to suit each individual.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University has its own police force, known as DPS. They do an excellent job patrolling the campus and the dorms on the lookout for trouble. I feel safe here, but there are reports of the occasional sexual assault or home invasion.

    Greek Life

    I have no experience with it. It is better to read another review, or ask someone involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally everything under the sun here. There are engineering clubs, dance clubs (too many to count!), sports teams, and anything else you care to imagine. If there's a club devoted to feeding squirrels, i'm sure you can find a club that fits you.

    Great for these types of students

    I believe diligence and gumption are the key traits to have here! This university has it all, but it will only offer its charms to those who go out and seek them. The academics are well renowned, the opportunities fantastic, and the support offered by the faculty is unrivaled. The only thing left for a student to do is to go out and exploit these advantages. From there, who can know where they will end up? Wherever it is, it will be somewhere great, as long as the student in question has the drive for it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the M! Those who do are doomed to fail their first blue book exams!

    Bang for the buck

    There's no getting around it. Education here can be a pain in anyone's wallet, especially if the student in question isn't from the state. But opportunity is what one makes it, and there is plenty of that here. Even with the high tuition, those with large amounts of ambition and determination can truly mold themselves into whatever they wish to be. You can change the world here if you put your mind to it, and that kind of power is priceless in the end.

    What to do for fun

    Ann Arbor is a quirky town, with many places to explore and hang out at. The restaurants in particular are varied, vast in number, and vivacious in atmosphere. I love to get lost in the streets, entering shops at random. There's so much to see and do here; all one has to do is explore.

    Food and Dining

    The staff here take cooking seriously. Eat healthy though! There are many opportunities to derail your diet.

    Dorm Life

    Facilities are pretty good. Food is good and the company is better.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be anything you want it to be. There are easy classes you can take, and there are harder classes that will challenge any student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your applications started early and polish your essays until they are gleaming. Do well in your current school and fill your time with worthy causes. Anything worth doing will never be easy, so work hard and enjoy it! College really is no different from life. If you work hard, get things done, and know how to take care of yourself, then you have it made.

    In three sentences

    The students are diverse, interesting, hard-working, and considerate people. The faculty is extremely competent and passionate about their work, and the facilities are wonderful! I'm extremely happy to be here and wouldn't trade my experiences here for anything else.

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is generally pretty safe. There are often DPS police officers strolling about to ensure the overall safety on the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every college will tout that it has a club for every single interest out there. But here in Michigan, the claim is totally justified. Whether you are interested in joining professional clubs that prepare you for a future after your college career to just plain silly Quidditch club, you will find something that will appeal to you. And of course, if you don't (which you won't), you can always start a club of your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Literally everyone. Michigan is truly diverse and not only in the sense of race and ethnicity, but also in mindsets and personalities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The whole campus is unusual, but in a fun and creative way. The campus blends in with the city of Ann Arbor, a vibrant and lively college town. Unusual musical and artistic creations born from the imaginative minds of the students here become the norm for those living in the heart of Ann Arbor.

    Bang for the buck

    Michigan's tuition is significantly overpriced for out-of-state students. Don't be deceived by the numbers, a single year for an out-of-state student can cost (and probably will cost) around fifty thousand dollars and the number only seems to be getting higher.

    What to do for fun

    The list is endless. For the gals, who love to go shopping, there are unique stores filled with vintage fashion pieces that you won't be able to find anywhere else. For the guys, Ann Arbor is home to one of the few remaining arcades. And who can forget the Big House? The experience of attending a football game is exciting even to those who aren't devoted fans.

    Food and Dining

    The food offered in the dorms are mediocre but the city Ann Arbor is brimming with restaurants from all areas of the world. There will always be new restaurants to explore.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life. Don't let reviews fool you; it doesn't matter where you end up whether it is on North Campus or Central Campus. Freshman students living in dorms will not only develop close friendships with those living around you, but there are many social events to extend your circle of friendship.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the classes offered in University of Michigan will be challenging to some extent. However, it is fairly balanced. There will be weekends where you might spend all day studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    U of M looks for the ideal well-balanced individual. Make sure that you balance a high GPA with decent extracurricular activities and a high SAT/ACT score. For those that want actual numbers: based on the students I have met here, most tend to come in with around a 3.8 or higher GPA and a fairly decent SAT score of 2000.

    In three sentences

    University of Michigan has it all. Whether you are an academic oriented person or a party-goer, there is something here for you to do. And of course, who can forget the Michigan foot ball games - Go Blue!

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is well light and there are blue emergency lights spread evenly around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1200 clubs on campus, so you can definitely find something that interests you.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, going to the University of Michigan gives me an excellent education for a reasonable price.

    What to do for fun

    Going to parties is always fun! If a party is not for you you can always spend a night in the dorm playing games with your friends or check out one of the delicious restaurants downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good for the most part, but sometimes it get repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    I live on the hill which is a perfect location, just a 10 minute walk from central campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are definitely not easy, but they are manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip is to get involved and find balance. It is very easy to get caught up in only academics, but it is very important to do other things too. Join a couple clubs that interest you and find other things to be involved in.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is an outstanding institution of higher education for students pursuing careers in many fields. There are numerous opportunities for internships, research, and guidance. There are also many opportunities for extracurricular activities, including greek life, service, sports, and a variety of clubs for any interest imaginable.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's tons of stuff to do for fun. There's always a party going on somewhere, or a sporting event. And there are a lot of things to do off campus, especially in Detroit.

    Food and Dining

    The food pretty much sucks in most of the Dining Halls, but there are a lot of restaurants and a lot to choose from if you don't eat in the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life isn't too bad. Most students are pretty open, and it's a great way to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging, especially when it comes to math and science. Everyone works there butts off here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are ready for the college experience because no one is going to hold your hand and walk you through it. You have to learn to study and get work done by yourself.

    In three sentences

    It's a great place to be. There's a lot of diversity and almost everything is offered here. Don't get me wrong though, the classes are challenging and competitive.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a ridiculous amount of clubs and groups at Michigan. From Greek life, to a capella, from feeding the squirrels to helping out at the local Ronald McDonald House or play Quidditch, there is a club for that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the center of the Diag, there is an M. If you step on the M, you are fated to fail your first Blue Book exam. There is no longer a way to undo this curse, so don't step on the M.

    What to do for fun

    Ann Arbor has tons to do for fun. Whether it's sporting events, arts shows, or going out to dinner and a movie, you can find it in Ann Arbor. There are also events such as UMix late nights, and some group activities, especially if involved in one of the Theme Communities (EX: Hockey game at Joe Louis Arena, Laser Tag, Holiday parties).

    Food and Dining

    If you live on Central Campus, you have much better dining options that those who live on North Campus, as Bursley is the only dining hall up there and it is not the best. North Quad and Mojo are usually good, but are frequently busy.

    Dorm Life

    There are groups established in order for one to have a good experience at Michigan (First-Year and Second-Year Experience, Michigan Learning Communities, etc.) based on dorm buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult, but the professors generally know what they're talking about and most want to see you excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are so many groups to become a part of, and activities to try. Take full advantage of experiencing new things.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan prides itself with its cultural diversity, its unification of its student and alumni networks, and its want to make a difference. One comes to U of M in Ann Arbor to excel and grow academically, as well as socially. When attending school here, you'll definitely see the Michigan Difference.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Check out Festifall and Winterfest to learn about some of our 2300 student clubs. There's something for everyone! From the many premed clubs to the community service clubs to the squirrel feeding club, you're sure to fit in somewhere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's an awesome alleyway on E. Liberty full of graffiti. It's beautiful, especially at night.

    What to do for fun

    You can never run out of things to do in Ann Arbor. It really is the perfect college town. Museums, concerts, restaurants, fairs and festivals, we have it all.

    Food and Dining

    Most dining halls offer a lot of variety and healthy options, but eventually, the dorm food does get pretty old.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many different dorms to choose from, but everyone seems to fall in love with their freshman dorm, no matter which one it is. There are lots of activities and fun things to get you involved with the community within your residence hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Some paths are more difficult than others, but classes tend to be pretty rigorous though. Those who easily got straight A's in highschool may come to a bit of a surprise here after their first few exams.

    In three sentences

    This university has countless opportunities and a very diverse student population. Though the campus and student body are large, clubs and smaller communities can really make you feel like you have a place to fit in and feel at home. Professors come from far and wide and are always more than willing to set forth the extra effort.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You do have to watch your stuff in the libraries and common rooms, because laptops will get stolen. However, I have always felt safe walking around Ann Arbor, even at 2 or 3 in the morning. There have been incidents on campus, but usually those involve drinking or health issues. Just be smart and don't go home alone after parties if it's dark. Return home with someone you trust.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of different activities people can do here at Michigan. I would try out a lot of different clubs before deciding what you really want. Also, there are parties and sororities/fraternities if you want that, but if not, there are plenty of people who aren't involved with that.

    Food and Dining

    Again, it depends where you go. North Quad is amazing, and usually has a wide variety of different but delicious food. Bursley is definitely the worst. Everything just seems overcooked or it just doesn't taste good. However most meal plans do include blue bucks and dining dollars, which can be used at various cafes. Blue Apple on North Campus makes the best sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    It depends which dorm you are in, but generally dorms are adequate. Bursley is probably the worst, but North Campus in general is not that bad. I lived in Baits, and I only had to share my bathroom with 3 other people, and my room was fairly big. Also, North Campus is generally quieter during the week, which I found really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the program. Engineering and architecture programs are very intense, and any major has it's hard classes. It is college though, and a lot of people who didn't have to try hard in high school to get good grades find that here they have to work at good grades a lot more.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know you want to go here, get an early orientation date so you can choose your classes before all the spaces are taken. Also, for any college, take classes you enjoy and look forward to first semester.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a great school with a variety of top rated programs. It is located in one of the best college towns that I know of, though I am a little bias having grown up here. As with any school there are good and bad professors, but overall most people have a very positive experience.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ann Arbor Police are intertwined with campus safety, and each dormitory is inaccessible without your ID card. There are emergency phones peppered throughout the campus, but crime is rare.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved, but my friends who are say they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There really is something for everyone. We have a Quidditch team.

    Great for these types of students

    Those looking for more from their education besides a social experience before they enter their careers. Michigan will distinguish you from other graduates because you can't help but get involved in everything once you're here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Painted Rock, the Arb, Hill Auditorium; the list goes on. I dare not share it because you should visit Ann Arbor and find out for yourself!

    Bang for the buck

    For a public university, Michigan is fairly priced, especially for in-state students. It is a public Ivy at the cost of what many state schools charge, if not less.

    What to do for fun

    Ann Arbor is an excellent college town! Michigan's strong Greek life offers activities for students interested, but those not interested are able to join one of the hundreds of clubs or frequent Ann Arbor's many art venues.

    Food and Dining

    The food offered at the dining halls is delicious, and there are numerous options for vegetarian/vegan, Kosher, and Halal dinners. The prices are comparable to most American universities.

    Dorm Life

    The university is renovating most of its dorms, so many facilities are now state-of-the-art.

    Academic Rigor

    This is really dependent upon your concentration--if you are majoring in engineering or science, then the level of difficulty is comparable to that of Ivy League institutions. If you are majoring in the arts or business, then your success will really be based on many individual factors like your passion for the subject and your time management skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! The university holds 50,000 students, but many of them are applying from across the nation and across the globe. The University of Michigan has a very competitive environment, but this can be rewarding and challenging. Challenging because you will have to work incredibly hard to stand out, but rewarding because you are made a better student for it.

    In three sentences

    A large, diverse, renowned, and excellent university for a college experience that will stay with you forever. The University of Michigan has surpassed my fantasies of what college would be like. The brilliant professors and faculty are unmatched.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Everything!

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, even for in-staters, but tuition is ridiculously high for out-of-state students. What you need to ask yourself is what are you willing to pay for a world-class education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus and apply early. Don't forget about including artsy achievements in your application as well as academic ones. If you have problems or anything, do not hesitate to contact the school. It's better to get quick info straight from umich about something instead of biting your nails and worrying.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Phi Rho Alpha is a great sorority on campus that is local to Ann Arbor!

    What to do for fun

    It's not too far away from Briarwood mall, there are plenty of clubs to go to, and there are plenty of clubs to join that have different activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on coming here just know it's challenging and will really test you. This school is a great place to be though. There are plenty of different ways to get involved on campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a great school! You have to work hard, but it pays off because you're going to a wonderful top university. You also get to play hard and can attend some of the many sporting events available here.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    SO many restaurants around.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of tough courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Lovely people.

    In three sentences

    Great Youth ensemble music programs.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of cool cultural stuff and also a good party scene.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of good food and dining around Ann Arbor.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and necessary! I would suggest it, but it does suck to live on North Campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a rigorous school. Currently ranked 12th in the world based on reputation, so it's worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely prepare for the cold weather, large university setting, and somewhat competitive nature.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a wonderful place if you're looking for a great, quintessential college experience. Ann Arbor is a diverse place with a lot to offer. It's a large university, but it isn't hard to make it more personal.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    A TON of frats and sororities to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have every kind of club you can think of. We even have a squirrel feeding club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the block M in the middle of the diag.

    Bang for the buck

    As colleges go, it's a little pricey, but definitely worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty darn good, for dorm food. There are a TON of restaurants around campus so you should never have a problem finding exactly what you want.

    Dorm Life

    They are in the process of renovating every dorm. Some are already renovated and they are amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    Gives you the challenges you want, but does so in a way that you don't feel like you're drowning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind. Be ready and willing to learn about new people and new things. Have a blast.

    In three sentences

    Absolutely amazing. Gives me the variety of people, classes, and social life that I was looking for. I really feel like I belong.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    What can I say, the best part about going to a large university is that there is always something to do. Whether it is sporting events for the famous Wolverines Football team, hockey, baseball, basketball, golf, lacross, field hockey etc. there is always sport going on you can get a discounted ticket for. The big house and yost ice arena are iconic parts of University of Michigan history and I strongly suggest you go there at least once. The university has an excellent Intra Mural sports program, with all kinds sports going on from when school starts to when it ends in the summer. The central campus has the CCRB, and IM building both of which are excellent workout facilities (however lacking an indoor tennis court), while on north a campus ( a free bus ride a way) is the NCRB, which has all the amenities of the CCRB and IM building. If you are more into walks and canoeing the Nickel's Arboratum, or ARB as it's called here is a great place to run or walk through, a hidden area of trees and wildlife away from the ruckus of Ann Arbor. Meanwhile, Ann Arbor, is home to a great night life on main street, music and film festivals, and other events. There is a massive greek program here at UofM, both for social and business fraternities and sororities. The school of Music, and the Theatre and Dance schools all have events to keep an eye out for. We have a museum of History and and a museum of Art, and we are a free bus ride (for students) away from the Briarwood mall which has its own sources of entertainment. There is no shortage of food, and if you like eating out, and going to bars there is massive array of hometown favorites like Ashleys with over 140 beers on tap. Or, a nice dinner for two at the melting Pot, basically if you want something to do either Ann Arbor or the University of Michigan will have it for you, and you will be hard pressed to be bored outside of doing your homework.

    Food and Dining

    The food tastes good depending on where you go, but unfortunately one RH, North Quad has good food, but little space to sit, and because its so popular many students like to hit up for lunch and dinner making sitting an issue. I gave the food three stars, not because it tastes bad (the majority of the time food is really tasty, and after you swipe in its all you can eat), but because the food tends to be high on the calorie side. Vegan and Vegetarian meals are always available, and even for religious holidays like Passover and Lent, Ramadan, and others that I may not think about, the Halls always make sure to accommodate those students. Also, they have fresh vegetables, salad fixings, and coffee available. And, sometimes they have a theme day for bread, and different cheeses, soups, or breakfast for dinner which are all pretty good. Also, with the meal plan for students they get Blue Bucks and Dining Dollars, Blue Bucks go to the restaurants found in University buildings, such as the Panda Express, Wendy's, Subway, Auntie Ann's Pretzels, and others found in the union. Dining Dollars go to University Run snack bars, where students can buy toiletries frozen meals, freshly made sandwhiches or pizza, and many other things depending on which one you go to.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life, or residence halls as they are called here, is awesome, I spent my freshman and sophomore years in the residence halls and had a great time. Each residence hall has its own feel to it, and you can find one that fits you. Michigan has several programs that specify for students to live together, the RC, or residential community, is a group of students that have meetings, events, and get togethers with focuses on their group members interests. Sometimes it may be the more artsy folk, and in general it is a great resource especially for those focusing on a foreign language, because you meet with your classmates over lunch and dinner and speak the language, and most of the classes will be held in that dorm. There is also Women in Science and Engineering, which is tough to get in to and maintain a high GPA, but it allows girls who want to go into the sciences to live in Mosher Jordan, a really nice RH, and gives them tools and credentials that they can put on there resume.

    Academic Rigor

    Michigan maintians a rigorous course schedule for a variety of majors. Students should realize that if they get in, it won't be like high school where you maintained top of your class. You are surrounded by top class students from around the country and world here. Try to maintain your homework load, and not get behind, and if you don't get the subject, teachers always hold office hours, and GSI's and TA's also increase the amount of one on one help students can get. Not to mention if you are going into the sciences, the Science Learning Center holds free study groups that have students who have previously gotten A's or high B's in the course guiding you along the way with extra insight, and old practice problems.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should come into this school, hoping to explore every option open to them. Meet with advisers early, and join clubs and organizations that can open doors for you down the road when you are making decisions for your career. Make sure to stay on top of your classes though, it is easy to get behind, and Michigan upholds the stigma of its tough courses, but don't be afraid to get help. Whatever you do try to take advantage of the diverse life, and cultures this campus brings, there are events and promotions going constantly so just keep your eyes out and have a good time.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan, is an excellent college with opportunities for almost all types of students focusing on a variety of different careers. For being a large school it has many chances to gain one on one interaction with professors, like that of smaller schools, while at the same time offering the research and career opportunities that a large school can. It has excellent programs in the sciences, especially biology and psychology, along with top ranked pre-law and business concentrations.

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Zimmerman's, Blimpie Burger, and Charlie's.

    Bang for the buck

    You'll never find another university with this combination of academic prestige, campus aesthetic and social magnificence, and social outlets.

    What to do for fun

    Recreational sports, student organizations, restaurants and bars, and parties.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be outgoing and enjoy every minute!

    In three sentences

    Amazing culture, tradition, and history. The education is unparalleled and the networking is universal.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out at the M Den.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really nice in the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Many students have fun with their dorm mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Many students that I know that are currently attending say it is very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you prepare in high school and don't slack off.

    In three sentences

    This is a top school. It is one of the very best in the country. I'm so happy to attend because it is my dream school.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is shopping in Ann Arbor. There are university sponsored events. Campus has a very good bus system which makes going off campus very easy and stress free.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is not terrible. There are plenty of restaurants in Ann Arbor. The Student Union and the Student League have plenty of options for alternatives to cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms offer an opportunity to meet fellow students. Dorms have plenty of events.

    Academic Rigor

    Michigan is not an easy school but it is not impossible. There are plenty of tools available to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work but balance social activity.

    In three sentences

    U of M is amazing. A majority of its programs are highly ranked. A degree from U of M will be a major asset.

  • 04/06/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe walking around in Ann Arbor, regardless of the time of day.

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal, motivated, driven

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Check out Restaurant Week. Twice a year (one week in January, and one week in June), select restaurants have a fixed menu for a fixed price (usually both lunch and dinner). It's a great way to experience expensive restaurants for a fraction of the price you would otherwise pay. Also, in January there's a concert at Hill Auditorium called the Collage Concert. Students from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance put on an incredibly diverse and fun concert. It's fun to see what your fellow wolverines on North Campus are doing all year! Go to the Arb, too. While most of Ann Arbor is more industrialized, the Arb is a great getaway for some time in nature.

    What to do for fun

    Take a visit to North Campus. There are some really beautiful spots to study or have some quiet time, and it's nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of Central Campus once in a while. And, go to a football game. I know it's stereotypical, but it is an experience you will never forget. On evenings and weekends, take advantage of the amazing music scene, be it classical, singer/songwriter or local. The University Musical Society (UMS) attracts some of the biggest names in classical music (The Berlin Philharmonic, Yo-Yo Ma and The New York Philharmonic are some recent performers). The Ark and The Blind Pig can always be counted upon for a fun night of music (Chris Thile, Regina Spektor, She and Him--the list goes on). The best thing about this is that there are usually student priced tickets at $10! And for when your parents aren't visiting, save up for a delicious dinner on Main Street. There are amazing restaurants with incredible food, and it's fun to get dressed up once or twice and eat great food!

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dorms is average dorm food. (Be careful of the desserts: they'Â?Â?re really good and you'll end up eating way too many cookies instead of a main course for dinner!) Eat salad if you can...

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were pretty standard, but they do provide opportunities to meet fellow students that may later comprise your core friend group. Bonding happens through your hall-mates, as well as interactions in the common rooms and cafeterias. The residential staff members are friendly and helpful, and there are a lot of activities organized by the staff to help integrate the residents. Live in the dorms if you can for your first year--it's a great social experience and provides a foundation for finding roommates in future years.

    Academic Rigor

    I was a music student during my time at Michigan, so my classes were very different than anyone with an academic major. (However, the music students were required to fulfill a set number of general education credits, so I do have some idea about those classes.) The classes I took were very general (Introduction to English, Sociology, and mainly Psychology), and the standard level of intelligence and quality of work was about average. I have friends that took much more intense classes, and hear that those had a very different standard: much higher than the classes I took.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a trip to Ann Arbor to visit the campus. Think about whether or not you could really spend four years of your life there. Imagine where you would spend your Saturday mornings (answer: The Big House), Friday nights, and days studying. Check out the libraries and the types of environment at each one. Notice the vibe of the town, the current students, and the other prospective students (if you're in a group tour, for example). Before you commit to the school, research your intended major, the professors that teach the core classes (RateMyProfesors.com) and the additional general requirement classes that are needed. If you aÂ?Â?re interested in a specialized field, talk to academic advisors about creating your own major. This can be easily done over email.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Although not a student yet, I've come to love Bubble Island. It's right off campus. Those who haven't tried it definitely should!

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan Ann Arbor is my dream. I definitely plan to work hard to get accepted into the University and learn what it's all about. Im sure i will not be disappointed and i look forward to experiencing U of M Ann Arbor. Go blue!

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus generally is safe, but there are a couple of attempted break ins, robberies, and assaults during the middle of the night.

    Greek Life

    There are clubs that offer Greek life here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's plenty of a variety of clubs here. Students will definitely be able to find one that they want to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for hardworking, outgoing, and ambitious students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you step on the M on the diag before your first Blue Book exam, you will definitely fail. If you don't want to fail, you will have to take off your shirt, run to the clock tower and back at midnight within a certain time period to break the curse.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition here for out of state students are over $50,000 per year. You will find the money well spent of one puts their efforts into their studies and take the many opportunities they have offered here.

    What to do for fun

    I play pool at the Union and you can pay with Blue Bucks. I also shop at stores for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food on North Campus is really bad. They don't have any variety and everything tastes too dry or bland. There's better dining halls down on Central campus.

    Dorm Life

    My place is more like an apartment than a dorm because the University has apartment like dorms for their first year students. You have to go outside to another building to do laundry and walk to another residence's dining hall to eat. However, you do have your own kitchen and bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    The exams here are extremely hard and the expectations are very high.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask the professor or GSI for help if you don't understand the material because the exams here are hard. There's always more than one way to find help here.

    In three sentences

    This is a nice, peaceful school full of spirit. There's plenty of resources and opportunities one can find here. There's also a variety of offered courses here, fit for any major.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very pricey for out-of-staters. But if you can get scholarships or financial aid, its worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Visit Ann Arbor! Check out Main Street and State Street, they have great restaurants and little shops. Go to at least a football game, it's a must-have experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to go in blind if your going to dorm, I've had a great experience with my roommate, and it helped me to really get out and meet people.

    In three sentences

    University of Michigan is a fantastic university for anyone who wants that perfect combination between rigorous academics and clubs, sports and life outside of classes. School spirit is incredible, and you can't help but be sucked into the football games and basketball games. There really is something for everyone.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In general it is pretty safe. It doesn't mean that bad things don't happen. Minimal precautions are good enough.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of them. There is a club for every single possible thing you can imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working students.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of activities going on around campus. Watch out for emails and signs posted around campus to be in the know of what is going on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard.

    In three sentences

    Amazing Professors. Intense Academics. Great College Spirit.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    You can choose anywhere from the burger joint down the street to 5-star dining depending on your budget.

    Dorm Life

    A very friendly environment, and advocates against hazing in frats and sororities.

    Academic Rigor

    The application process is rigorous in itself and they only admit students who are exceptional in their studies. Therefore these students should already be prepared for the intense studying to come.

    In three sentences

    Like a dream come true for students who aim as high as the sky. The opportunities are endless here and the academic advising is super friendly and helpful. The campus is very pretty too.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I have had no problems with safety at UM.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have been to several seminars at UM and they are amazing.

    Great for these types of students

    Driven, passionate and organized, and if you aren't these things, you just need to make them stronger and forge ahead.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Zingermans is delicious.

    Bang for the buck

    UM is expensive, but you leave with more skills and connections than you would at almost any other college in the United States.

    What to do for fun

    It is important to pace yourself in Ann Arbor and easy to get overwhelmed by all of the options.

    Food and Dining

    Ann Arbor has so many rich and diverse entertainment and dining opportunities.

    Academic Rigor

    The school will be rigorous, but for good reason. Social work is not a simple profession.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start looking at scholarships and talking with faculty early. I missed a lot of opportunities by waiting until I was actually accepted into the program to start exploring my options.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a very prestigious school located in downtown Ann Arbor. So far, I have positive interactions with faculty and staff and the city itself is beautiful. The School of Social Work is centrally located and is the top school in the country.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    All sorts of things: Intramural sports, attending concerts, hanging out with friends. There are a lot of nice restaurants and things to do in Ann Arbor.

    Food and Dining

    The food at University of Michigan isn't the best but it's definitely palatable and better than most places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life varies for each hall but is generally not crowded and the variety of things as well as people you can meet is exciting.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what you're doing, the rigor can be of the highest caliber. Those who don't desire rigor can chooser easier alternatives.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be alarmed, you will find your niche at University of Michigan soon. Although the campus is large, the community still seems small (just don't talk about teams being better than the Wolverines.)

    In three sentences

    University of Michigan is a huge campus and a lot of things are going on all the time in every department. I'm going to be joining the music department and this department alone houses at least 1000 students and recitals occur every day as well as rehearsals and concerts. Like in music, UMich is extremely strong in many areas and those students who want a greater challenge can even apply to be in special colleges for those who desire to get more out of their education.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the M on the diag before you've aced your first blue book exam! The only way to reverse it is....well, you'll hear the story!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on! Stop by at the Union for UMix or head to the museum for a quick trip between classes. Events are always going on, you'll never be bored! If you think there isn't enough (which I highly doubt), join a council and make things happen!

    Food and Dining

    The deeper you go into Ann Arbor, the more restaurants you find! I still haven't tried a fraction of them!

    Dorm Life

    It depends on where you are. If you stay on Central, congratulations! You are at the heart of the university and most events are at your convenience. Northwood students may find it difficult to meet people but it is definitely possible! Plus the apartments are nice!

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely holding up to being one of the ivy league public schools. Prioritize and do not forget that you came to school to LEARN. You do not want to be the one that flunks out their first year!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to bring your A-game! It's not like high school, so come in with good study skills and a willingness to make connections!

    In three sentences

    Coming from a big city (Chicago) , I can sometimes feel that Ann Arbor does not have that much to offer. But it takes a good circle of friends and a knowledge of the area to know that it is not true. It's a huge campus but not really diverse.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone spins the cube! You'll know it when you see it!

    What to do for fun

    I liked walking around downtown Ann Arbor with my friends. We went to Stucchi's for ice cream several times, and it was heavenly.

    Food and Dining

    I loved the cafeteria! It was one of my favorite parts of the swim camp. I just love food!

    Dorm Life

    There was no air conditioning in the summer, but it is Michigan. During the fall, winter, and spring it should be fine.

    In three sentences

    I went to the University of Michigan's swim camp over the summer, and I loved the campus! The dorms were great, the grounds were beautiful, downtown Ann Arbor was cute, and I loved the cafeteria. I can't wait to go to camp this year, and it had definitely put U of M on my possible colleges list!

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Ann Arbor in general is a very safe town. With low crime rates, your biggest worry will be all the jaywalking students.

    Clubs and Activities

    Infinite Clubs. You will literally never be without something to do. Name something. There's a club for that. Yeah. Really.

    Great for these types of students

    Michigan is great for people with an active curiosity. It can be very daunting to have all the free reign given to you with so many people around but if you have a real thirst to get involved you'll do fine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the M! In the middle of the university is a large, stone M implanted into the ground. It is said that if you step on it the day before a football game, the team will lose. Students actually guard the M the nights before the Michigan-Michigan St. games.

    Bang for the buck

    Michigan is completely worth the money! It is a bit more expensive than the average public school but it has quality higher than most every private school you can find.

    What to do for fun

    Anything at all. Ann Arbor is a college town so there is always a party somewhere. Also, there are always great free concerts given by groups at the UM music school.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls in the university are very good, but the real highlight is the cuisine of the town. Ann Arbor has an amazing, affordable restaurant on every street. Go to Blimpy Burger if you can!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are fairly small. However the atmosphere is still great and there are a huge number of options.

    Academic Rigor

    Michigan is ranked in the top 10 in basically every subject. Business, Medicine, Music, and many more. The classes aren't too hard and they will teach you everything you need to know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! The biggest part of the college experience is socialization and developing real life skills. The best way to do this? Join anything and everything that you may be interested in.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is an amazing place for anyone. There are so many opportunities that it really is easy to make the campus feel whatever size you want it to. .

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is fun for all, even for those who are not Greek. Not only do they host parties, but they also host different programs educating students on various topics in fun and interesting ways.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great place for ALL types of students. At such a large university, all types of people are bound to find their place on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a large rock available for anyone to paint at any time. Always late for class? No problem! At this university, classes start ten minutes after the time stated on your schedules. This phenomenon is known as Michigan time.

    What to do for fun

    Movies, a lot of restaurants, endless clubs, intramural sports, club sports, varsity sports, shopping downtown, bars (21 & up), clubs, university events, and much more!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make use of the countless resources. Attend office hours. Become involved on campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a diverse school. The teachers are willing to help. There are endless resources to aid in the journey to academic success.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Wouldn't trade it for the world

    What to do for fun

    Football, Rec Centers, Hit the town, Parties...

    Food and Dining

    Michigan has some good and some bad dining halls - You'll find out soon enough. When worst comes to worst you can just hit the town and enjoy one of Ann Arbor's incredible restaurants

    Dorm Life

    Best times of my life in the dorms. You'll make memories and friends you'll never forget!

    Academic Rigor

    Hard classes, but you will learn a ton!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to be blown off your feet. Nothing can prepare you for what you're about to experience. Just stay calm and have the time of your life!

    In three sentences

    Best school in the world! You get an unrivaled education in your field of interest. The social life is incredible, stop by Ann Arbor on gameday to get a taste of the Michigan Difference.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Ann Arbor is a lot of fun and offers a lot of free cultural events. There are also a lot of cool restaurants to try!

    Food and Dining

    As I previously mentioned, the dorm food is not good!

    Dorm Life

    The food is not good here, but they are currently redoing many of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a hard school, but in exchange for your work, you will graduate a much smarter individual.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in studying abroad, do it early. It will get harder as you go on.

    In three sentences

    University of Michigan provides a wonderful education for the price that you pay. You will not be disappointed by your experience here. Ann Arbor and the entire community has a lot to offer, so make sure to take advantage of it all!

  • 06/14/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive and get their attention as soon as possible. Apply early. You won't regret it.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Campus police respond fast and in my three years here I have only seen a few incidents with safety.

    Greek Life

    There is a large number of fraternities and sororities for students interested. Greek Life is a big part of the campus culture here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You should not step on the big 'M' on the diag, otherwise you will fail your first blue book exam.

    What to do for fun

    There is a wide range of things to cater for different kinds of hobbies. Ann Arbor downtown has an array of restaurants and bars for a great nightlife for students. We have at least 5 fully equipped gyms on campus and a good intramural sports system that anyone willing to participate will get an opportunity to do something, this among many other choices.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an open mind about your college expectations and take time to explore what this great university has to offer because there is so much.

    In three sentences

    This university boasts a very strong academic curriculum among both private and public colleges first and foremost. I personally think the campus is beautiful and its downtown location in Ann Arbor makes it a really fun environment. If you enjoy college sports, look no further, we have the biggest football stadium in the USA and that's just the tip of the ice berg.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Play ultimate frisbee!

    Food and Dining

    I think almost all the dorms have cafeterias, which don't offer the best vegetarian options but enough. I have really enjoyed the cafeteria food, but I'm not picky.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are improving, but they definitely are not the best. I lived in one of the oldest dorm buildings (currently under construction for renovation), and the shower heads were too low.

    Academic Rigor

    UM's classes are typically very hard, though within the university it depends on your college. I would say an unmotivated student would not do well here. In certain classes you can get by without attending lecture but it's pretty rare.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your door open as a freshmen, try and meet as many new people as possible- but don't feel pressured to have to be their best friend. Find the places that are open 24/7 (like the ugli) and also places that sell food 24/7. If you must pull an all-nighter, plan for it. Football saturdays are a MUST, at least once, even if you've never watched a game in your life. If campus is bringing you down, a quick fix is a walk in the arb to be in nature.

    In three sentences

    Ann Arbor is the classic large college campus environment, with a large greek life presence but also many, many good alternatives. U of M has a plethora of student organizations, a happy student is one that takes the initiative to become involved. The university seems to be constantly looking for ways to improve itself, and is often willing to hear students' opinions.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I would feel very safe at this school

    Clubs and Activities

    Again lots of clubs, but not enough time to partake in them.

    Great for these types of students

    Really any studious type will do fine here.

    Bang for the buck

    It's very pricy, but it's sooooo worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are a variety of different clubs you can check out, but I'm not sure you will have time for them.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is what you would expect for a college.

    Dorm Life

    Rumors have been going around that the dorms are sub-par.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is very rigorous. Students here seem to have over 6hrs of school-stuff to do each night.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, you have less competition to get in.

    In three sentences

    Seems very academically rigorous. You have to be very smart or very motivated to get in here. But, once you get graduate, it seems easy to get a job.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. I wouldn't go out into the shady parts of Ann Arbor though.

    Greek Life

    I did not rush but I like most people in Greek Life

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs here that it took me a while to find my niche. But now I'm content.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you step on the M in the diag, you'll fail your first blue book exam

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, I'm not paying much but I'm getting a world-class education.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Sonic Lunch during the summer. During the school year go to sporting events!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm food is getting a lot better and the rooms are much bigger than they are at other universities

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard but rewarding

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring warm clothes! The winters get cold

    In three sentences

    I love the University of Michigan. The people here are friendly and open-minded while the professors are knowledgeable about more than just what they teach. The campus is beautiful and Ann Arbor has many fun and exciting activities and restaurants.

  • 07/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Michigan has a large campus and hundreds of clubs/organizations. There will never be a night that you cannot find something to do. The museums, planetarium, symphonies, and poetry slams are abundant as well as parties during the weekend (Thursday-Sunday). Just look up the event calendar on the UM webpage or scan Facebook. There's always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    Food is everywhere on campus. Froming cafes to dining halls to fancy restaurants in downton A2, you will never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many living arrangements that can be made within UofM housing. On top of that, most of the dorms have been renovated and updated lately, so everything is fairly modern. Most housing is located on Central Campus which is the hub of campus life, so proximity to restaurants and shops is fairly close. Most students opt out of dorm life after their freshmen year, but there are a lot of perks of living in the dorms. So even though it's not mandatory for freshmen to live in the dorms, I advise it. It's a great way to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are as hard as you make them. Some majors require more attention than others and some individual classes are intended to weed out students. With that being said, it should be noted that there is no such thing as an easy class at Michigan. Everything requires work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Being a UofM student is a great experience. Not only are you treated as an adult, but everyone--students, professors, staff-- is held to a higher standard. It's a great place to be and is good combination of fun, academics, and culture.

    In three sentences

    It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine; expect respect; and go blue!

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While I will get several emails per week about campus safety problems, I personally always feel safe on campus. I have never had anything stolen from me and have never even witnessed a crime. I walk around at 2 a.m. without fear, something that is probably due to the plethora of students who are also walking around at that hour.

    Greek Life

    Roughly 12% of students participate in Greek Life, but for anyone who likes to be social, it will feel like a lot more. While Greek Life does offer great opportunities, the culture personally wasn't for me. However, Michigan also offers the Inter Cooperative Council, which is essentially a hippie version of Greek Life. These houses, called co-ops, offer similar social opportunities as Greek Life while being more affordable. They are also especially great for LGBT students.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I stated earlier, Michigan has a huge selection of clubs and activities. Students can join anything from the Triathlon team to honors societies to the Pokemon club. During the first couple of weeks of school, there is an event called Festifall where most organizations set up a table on the Diag and students can go to them to get both information and free candy.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students will find a place at Michigan, that is guaranteed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football Saturdays are such an amazing and unique experience that I can't even think of all of the other campus traditions at the moment.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, Michigan carries a heavy price tag for both in-state and out-of-state students. I definitely think that the experience and networking opportunities are worth the price but some other students feel differently. While students in engineering and business rarely complain about the price since those departments are both some of the best in the country, undecided students often find the price too excessive for what they're getting. However, if you can afford it though, I would say that Michigan is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    If there is anything that Michigan lacks, it makes up for it with the amount of things that students can do for fun. Since the campus and the city of Ann Arbor are very intertwined, students are always a couple minutes away from restaurants, movie theaters, concert venues, bookstores, and everything else that you would find in a city. If you don'Ã?Â?t to spend any money, then just going for a walk around the Diag on Central Campus is great fun too. My two favorite places on campus are Nichols Arboretum and UMMA (Michigan's art museum). The Arboretum is humungous and features hiking trails, a river, and large fields where students are always playing soccer or reading or playing the guitar with friends. UMMA is equally excellent and has both an amazing selection of art and hosts many fun events. However, the ultimate Michigan experience is going to a home football game. While Ann Arbor is frigid in the winter, it is beautiful in the fall and is thus perfect for football. Students, parents, alumni, and townies all fill the streets to celebrate before heading to the football stadium to be one of 113,000 screaming fans. Consequently, the biggest tip I have for incoming Freshmen is to BUY FOOTBALL TICKETS! Students can find other fun things to do by joining clubs and organizations at Michigan. Even the most academic clubs will also have social events ranging from bowling to parties to group community service trips.

    Food and Dining

    While Michigan's dining hall system pales in comparison to that of UCLA or Cornell, I definitely had a good experience with it. Most dorms at Michigan have their own dining hall, which is very convenient during those cold winter days when you don'Ã?Â?t want to travel outside to eat. While they all are all-you-can-eat and feature the essential hamburgers, pizza, salad, fresh fruit, etc., each dining hall has different specialties. For example, West Quad'Ã?Â?s has a burrito bar, MoJo's has a personal stir-fry station, and East Quad has a great selection of vegan food. The dorms also offer special food selections on holidays, such as a big Thanksgiving Feast before students head home for the holiday weekend. Students can purchase meal plans ranging from 125 to 200 meals per semester. I am big eater and easily finished the 200-meal plan but some of my friends were just fine with 125. Conveniently, you can change your plan after the first month of each semester if you feel like you made the wrong choice. While the food was delicious, my main problem with the dining halls was the hours. I am a night owl and I did not like that the dining halls would close at 9 pm. Once I moved off campus, I no longer ate in the dining halls but I did frequent the other campus restaurants. In different buildings on campus, one can find coffee shops, university-run restaurants and chains like Taco Bell, Wendy's, and Subway. Not only is the Subway in the Michigan Union a great place to try and talk with Michigan athletes, but supposedly it is also the busiest Subway in America.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life was a wonderful experience for me and I still talk with my hallmates and my Resident Advisor. Michigan dorms are very large so they are divided into different Â?housesÂ? where social activities are organized. Every dorm is different but they all have great study spaces, multipurpose rooms and usually their own dining hall. The dorms are divided into three different areas: South Central Campus, The Hill, and North Campus. Each has a very different atmosphere and set of opportunities, but all can offer amazing experiences. To avoid random dorm placement, incoming Freshmen can apply to join an Academic Living Community (which I highly encourage). These range from the liberal arts Honors Program to the foreign language focused Residential College to the Women in Science and Engineering program. Each program not only has academic differences but each is stationed in their own dorm and thus creates a tight-knit community that is perfect for finding study partners and friends who share the same interests. The dorms also have great traditions. The dorm I lived in Freshman Year, South Quad, has a fun rivalry with the dorm across the street, West Quad. During the first snow of the winter, the two dorms engage in a snowball fight that attracts hundreds of residents. Despite the great dorm life, the majority of Michigan students live off campus. Aside from upperclassmen Resident Advisors, I would guess that 99% of Freshmen, 50% of Sophomores, and close to 0% of Juniors and Seniors live in the dorms. The main reason for this is the abundance of convenient, inexpensive housing around campus. While I lived off-campusÂ? this past year, I was literally a 2-minute walk from most of my classes. Ann Arbor is chalk full of different student neighborhoods that have a variety of housing options.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Michigan is considered to be one of the top universities in the country for a reason. Although professors are pretty lenient with 1st Semester Freshman, the next seven semesters are filled with courses that require hard work and don't tolerate irresponsible students. Between the requirements that students need to take for their major and for just attending Michigan, I would consider the curriculum to be very thorough. You have to take difficult courses that may not be your strong suit alongside other students who are geniuses in the subject. For my Public Policy degree, I had to take two semesters of Economics, which turned out being my two toughest courses in college. Although I am not clueless with the subject, the Business, Math, and Engineering majors who comprised a majority of the class would all score higher than me on exams and thus would put me at the very bottom of the curve. Being surrounded by smart people has disadvantages like this, but overall, I am glad that Michigan has students intelligent enough to make class discussions and group projects so interesting. While you can take elective courses Â?Pass/Fail,Ã? you cannot do this for any of your prerequisites and therefore is more of a formality. Although many students speak of some classes as easy A's,I haÂ?ve never once found this to be true of any course. While the material of some classes is easier than others, there will always be students who will get C'Â?s and D'Â?s in even the Â?easiest of classes. Professors have high expectations of students and an extremely thorough understanding of the material is required for success in all courses and majors. The people who I hear complain the most about schoolwork are usually the ones pursuing majors in subjects in which they aren'Â?t truly interested. Michigan has so many available majors and minors that this should never be the case.

    Tips for prospective students

    One very important aspect that I foolishly overlooked when applying to college was their academic schedule. Every university has a difficult schedule and some are more desirable than others. Michigan'Â?s is a bit strange in that its summers are exceptionally long. School begins in early September and exams tend to be over around May 1st. The generous 4 month long summer happens because our Winter Break is far shorter than those elsewhere. Since I am an out-of-state student, I found flying home for such a brief time to be fairly annoying. If you can'Ã?Â?t decide between schools, consider which summer and winter break trade-off would best suit your plans. For in-state students, who comprise roughly 2/3 of the student body, a good tip is to try and forge your own path away from your high school classmates. I know many in-state students who hung out with high school friends instead of meeting new hall-mates and classmates at the beginning of Freshman Year and later regretted this thoroughly. Make sure to come to Orientation and the beginning of Freshman Year ready to make new friends and connections. My roommate of three years was actually the 2nd person I met at Michigan. Michigan's weather is something that should not be taken lightly. I always thought I wanted a cold, northern university but I soon grew tired of how cold it gets in Michigan. Coming from Maryland, I was neither physically nor mentally prepared for the 5 months of frigid, snowy weather that Ann Arbor gets every year. While this does not make me regret coming to school at Michigan, it does make me regret not having a heavy winter coat and boots during my Freshman Year.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan truly offers the quintessential college experience: rigorous academics, world-renown professors, a vibrant social scene, exciting sports teams, a great college town, and a beautiful campus that is perfect for playing Frisbee. Since the undergraduate population exceeds 26,000, the student body is incredibly diverse and students can easily find others who share their interests. As long as one can deal with the cold weather, the University of Michigan is a great choice for college and I woulÂ?d give it an overall grade of A minus.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The Musical Theatre program looks fabulous. Umich seems to be a school that's very school spirit oriented, which I like. I would love to go here.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you're under 18 there is no club you can get into, if you are 18 (but under 21) you can get into a few (notably Neebo) but most of the parties on campus are held by Greek life and clubs. That being said there are a lot of museums and exhibits held to visit, with a great arts program (music and theater) that brings lots of great acts to UM, so I'd suggest checking those out. The school actually gives out these things called Passports to the Arts in the student programs building which give you free admission or discounts. State and Michigan Theaters showcase old and artsy movies (occasionally they'll showcase current ones) but if you want to see up and coming films I'd suggest going off campus. Sports are also fun, luckily there is always someone selling tickets for games online.

    Food and Dining

    There are quite a few cafeterias on campus, 2 on north campus, 5+ (though some are restricted to residents of the dorm building) on central, no matter which meal plan you get students rarely finish all their meals, so feel free to invite your who are sans meal plans out to lunch. Ann Arbor, while being a small city, is definitely a foodie town with great, albeit expensive, restaurants near campus (especially on Main Street), grocery stores however are hard to get to if you don't have a car ride, so plan trips ahead of time.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are your standard college dorms; makes sure to bring along as many storage units/ space saving devices as you can since you'll need them. The dorms are usually two or three people to a room, with the dorms out on North Campus unique in that they are styled as mini apartments, complete with sofas and a small kitchen along with your bedrooms. Make sure to get along with your roommate or at least respect and tolerate each other since it takes a good 4-5 months to move-out and switch rooms if you hate each other.

    Academic Rigor

    UM is notorious for heavy workloads and the school takes pride in having one of the highest rates of homework assignment per student in the country, figure out whats the most important work for you to do (read: what's worth the most points and what's due soon) and prioritize that, there is a long trial period for classes (about 3 weeks) so if you start feeling the strain of too much work early on I'd suggest dropping a class or activity since things will get much, much crazier during finals and midterms.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Always go early to bus stops, they have a tendency to be early or late by 5 minutes, this is ESPECIALLY important if you live on North Campus as the bus stops get incredibly crowded 2) Ask friends/other students about classes you are interested in, some teachers are notorious for heavy workloads or are hard graders 3) Try to avoid the dining halls from noon-1 since that is when they are at their most busy 4) Speaking of dining halls, if you have time (try to go as early as possible to avoid the rush) North Quad has the best quality food, while Mojo has the most options 5) Get a Maize colored shirt for games 6) It gets really cold in the mornings but heats up later in the day, invest in layers

    In three sentences

    The school is amazing, it's filled with intelligent, welcoming people from all over the country (with quite an amount of students from other countries as well), and great classes. The teams are great, the classes are usually harder than easy and interesting than boring. Just don't let the weather bring you down, it get's cold and campus transportation slacks on the weekends.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ann Arbor is not always the safest place, but there are safety alerts in the forms of text messages and emails to help students avoid potentially dangerous situations. There are good tips for safety you will receive upon your admittance to Michigan!

    Greek Life

    I'm not personally in Greek life, so I can't comment too much on it. I have a lot of Greek friends, and they love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    From the squirrel watching club to the solar car team to the intertube water polo championships, there is literally something for every person.

    Great for these types of students

    Michigan is great for all types of students. Ann Arbor is a typical hipster hangout, and there are plenty of students like this here. There is also a large Greek Life scene, varsity and rec sports, etc. Michigan is such a big place, you will find people with similar interests to you. I promise.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DO NOT STEP ON THE M! If you do before your first blue book exam, legend has it that you'll fail. To reverse the curse, simply run from West Hall to the clock tower naked at the stroke of midnight, and be sure to get there before the last bell chimes. I've also heard that if you kiss your significant other at midnight underneath West Hall, you will marry them. There's the tradition of the fountain, as well. When you are accepted into Michigan, you walk through the fountain toward the diag and when you graduate, you walk the opposite way, toward the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

    Bang for the buck

    I've truly found that my degree from Michigan has given me an edge in the job market. I would say that this alone gives my degree a great rating for the bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    If you love to be in nature like I do, you can play frisbee or relax on the diag, which is the main student hang out in between and after classes. The Arb (The nichols arboretum) is also an awesome place to see plants, go on walks, or bring your hammock and a good book! Hill Auditorium (an acoustically perfect environment) constantly has incredible artists and houses the annual Folk Festival. The city of Ann Arbor also has so much to offer. There are fabulous restaurants and shopping throughout the city as well as the annual Art and Film Festivals. Located quite close to Ann Arbor is the town of Dexter which has awesome cider mills to go to in the Fall. The nightlife in Ann Arbor is also so much fun. My favorite spots include The Brown Jug (the Jug), The Blue Leprechaun (BLep), Good Time Charleys (Charley's), Rick's American Cafe (Ricks), and Ashely's (I'm allowed to say these bars because I'm 21).

    Food and Dining

    Apart from how great living in the dorms are socially, the food is actually not bad at all. The University has recently renovated many of the dining halls so they not only serve better food but they look amazing. I lived in West Quad which is famous for its burrito bar every night, can't complain about that! West Quad is also connected to the Union which has a convenience store, Wendy's, Pizza Hut, Panda Express, Mrs. Fields, Amer's (an awesome deli store), the University Club, and a smoothie restaurant. The League is another University Union that has a few small restaurants including Taco Bell. When you get sick of dorm food and fast food, you can always escape to the INCREDIBLE food that Ann Arbor has to offer. As a poor college student, you should also check out restaurant week where these restaurants will have good deals.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorm freshman year. I met some amazing people who I will be friends with for the rest of my life. Although the rooms are quite small, I was able to fit everything I needed without too much of a problem. The only way to go with the dorm beds is the L shape!

    Academic Rigor

    Michigan is a difficult school. Most courses here are curved, which means you have to perform better than your classmates in order to get a good grade. This leads to a highly competitive classroom, long nights in the library, but also a thorough understanding of the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would highly recommend that prospective students go on tours of the campus before they commit to Michigan. It is important to understand the history and traditions of the school in order to fully comprehend all that Michigan has to offer. Also, if you're unfamiliar with the fight songs, I suggest you study up before going to any sporting events!

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan, set in the eclectic town of Ann Arbor, is the perfect place to gain a college education. As one of the most prestigious universities in the United States, a degree from Michigan makes a big difference in the working world, which we like to call The Michigan Difference. Michigan has something for everybody from extravagant sporting events to highly influential research projects and student organizations.

  • 08/16/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    With over 1,500 student-run organizations at the University of Michigan, what's not to enjoy?

    Food and Dining

    With vegetarian cuisine at hand, University of Michigan's dining services to students are already making my mouth water! With actual gourmet chefs cooking this food, the quality and dedication to each individual dish is clearly soon as you walk by the cafeteria. Definitely a 5-star!

    Dorm Life

    As part of the M-STEM program, we had to stay in dorms for up to 6 weeks. Since I have already had the dorm experience of my life over there, I can definitely say dorm life at the University of Michigan is a worthwhile one.

    Academic Rigor

    Reasonable academic rigor, based on what I've seen on RateMyProfessor.com, but as a prospective student waiting to attend soon that isn't really mines to comment on.

    Tips for prospective students

    University of Michigan emphasizes connections for professional and future academic success, so get them!

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor has already given me fascinating opportunities beyond my wildest dreams. The M-STEM program provided here has given me an excellent head start. Therefore, I would rate the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor a 10/10.

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    They have some good food in the dorm sometimes. Besides dorm food, ann arbor has a ton of great restaurants and late night food places. THey also have main st where there is a ton of premium food joints.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't dorm, but my friends told me they didn't enjoy living on north campus. It was a 15-20 minute bus ride to central campus where most freshman classes are held.

    Academic Rigor

    It is tough academically. Depending on which classes you take, some are known to be more difficult than others, especially since I am a pre-med student. Don't expect a 4.0 like you could have pulled off in high school. Its a tough school.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would apply early as possible. The earlier you apply the higher probability you would get in. Visit the school first and see first hand if you could imagine yourself living in AA for the next 4 years of your life.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. It has spectacular academics, and a great social life. However, they are very harsh on grading, which makes the school difficult but they say its the Michigan Difference. Overall, it is a fabulous school.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe. well lit, most of the time sidewalks always have people walking. almost all dorms are very centralized on campus so nothing is too far away.

    Greek Life

    AWESOME greek life. definitely could find a chapter that anyone could find fitting. greek life doesnt consume campus either.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many to choose from, you can even start your own. they're awesome and festi fall is the way to learn and get information about them all! its held in the diag in the beginning of the school year (you can't miss it....)

    Great for these types of students

    driven/very academic. also for those that can manage having fun but working hard too. also students who want to make a difference/dream big/create things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    dont step on the block M in the diag- if you do you will fail your first blue book exam. if you kiss someone under the arch after 1am you'll end up being destine to be married. not really any other big ones.

    Bang for the buck

    very cheap instate. out of state is super expensive but if you can make it work, do it. Its worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    SPORT EVENTS! the university holds weekly activities in the union, lots of local things, clubs hold events too! bars also hold 18 and over nights which are fun.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good, again, depends on the dining hall. North quad-exceptional. Oxford- probably the worst, but you can go wherever! Most of them are all of equal quality.

    Dorm Life

    Very nice living areas (obviously varies between dorms). Pretty decent food, clean spaces, great res. staff. Markley and Mojo and the freshman dorms, but they just get nicer and nicer if you stay with them all 4 years.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging, but so worth it. Everyone is passionate and learning is made so interesting at Michigan. Can't go wrong with most of the classes, they're all interesting!

    Tips for prospective students

    Organize, organize, organize!! Know you syllabus and keep paper copies handy. Keep a map of campus the first week. Go to office hours regularly. Get involved, try new things, and BE OPEN!

    In three sentences

    The best school I ever could have chosen. Beautiful, innovative, passionate about so many things. Outstanding academics, extremely positive atmosphere, so school spirited and wonderful athletics.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Loud and very active.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything under the sun, except cricket, so far.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, easygoing ones

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Avoid stepping on the inlaid M on the Diag - or else superstition holds that you will fail your first Blue Book exam (I probably walked all over it and nothing happened so take that with a pinch of salt :P)

    Bang for the buck

    International students have to pay way more so I felt like I was being overcharged and my budget was being overstretched.

    What to do for fun

    Welcome Week Artscapade Winterfest Join a club

    Food and Dining

    Not too many veg options, but if you eat meat it's great.

    Dorm Life

    Some halls rock, some are tiny and have no events planned. You either get lucky or you don't, because you cannot choose your Residence Hall your Freshman year, and you need to jump through hoops to get a specific one after that.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes have full syllabus based finals and some have 4 small quarter-term exams. Depends on how the professor likes it. There's always a lot of reading to do though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read the Course Guide a million times and have 30+ classes BEFORE the date on which the 'backpacking for classes' tools become available for that semester.

    In three sentences

    Huge Football-crazy Loyal

  • 09/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Apply for finnacial aid

    Food and Dining

    Can get pricey but blue bucks will get you far

    Dorm Life

    SO many options

    In three sentences

    Looking for a beautiful campus with a wonderful college life/town? Or maybe a school with endless opportunities, clubs/organizations, and more than you can imagine? Your probably looking for Michigan.

  • 09/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You receive emails and/or text of any safety concerns on campus. There are a lot free after hour rides, so that you don't have to walk on campus alone at night. Also there are many emergency phones on campus to call for help.

    Greek Life

    I don't know, I am not involved in greek life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs, there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated and hard working.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk on the 'M which is located near the undergraduate and graduate libraries.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive, especially for out of state students. The financial aid office is helpful and reassuring in getting schooling paid for.

    What to do for fun

    You must go to a U of M football game. There are a lot of festivals all year long. There are organizations around campus always holding events that offer free food. Also there are lots of restaurants, breweries, bars, and theaters to go to around town.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great, many options around campus to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know anything about the dorm life, never lived in the dorms at University of Michigan.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors expect the best from you, as they always say they have chosen the best to be here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to apply by application deadlines. If you don't meet the base requirements, don't bother applying. University of Michigan makes it clear that they are looking for the best.

    In three sentences

    University of Michigan is well organized, welcoming, and a great place to receive a higher education. I feel that U of M is selective in the type of students that they accept, everyone I have met appears passionate and hard working. U of M faculty appear to care about students well being, and all mention that they are here for us (the student body).

  • 10/04/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe being in Ann Arbor and on campus. Having gone to school in Spain and Boston being in Michigan has made me so happy because of the safety and security I feel there. This doesn't mean that one should be careless but if one practices being safe and smart then it is a wonderful place to me.

    Bang for the buck

    The Big House is one of if not the greatest football stadium in college football history. Being there surrounded by Michigan fans and the atmosphere there i beyond inviting. I love being there and love doing so much at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in Ann Arbor. You can go to basketball games, football games, lacrosse, gymnastics, or soccer games for sporty people. There are business clubs, running clubs, intramural sports, gyms, spanish and other language clubs and something for everyone there. My visits there were all filled with fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    The different varieties of food in the dining halls are delicious. Different dishes like chinese food, pizza, pastas, latin american foods, deserts, a huge assortment of beverages and so much make the dining experience wonderful.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms that I have seen and stayed in are very comfortable and make me feel at home. Students interact with each other and create great friendships based on people in their room, halls, and dorms. I have always had positive experiences staying in MoJo and Stockwell dorms at Michigan.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I have heard and researched the academics at Michigan are incredible. The teachers challenge their students but once students graduate they are immediately set up for success in any profession they wish to pursue.

    In three sentences

    An extremely prestigious University with a great history. Offers so many opportunities for students to interact and engage in Michigan lifestyle. Ann Arbor is beautiful city and the campus atmosphere draws students from all around.

  • 10/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    U of M have a great safety program. Outside of campus there is plenty of security driving around/ You can also contact them at just about every corned. There are security cameras everywhere. Buses run look like every 5 minutes and if you even feel unsafe you can ask security to see you to your building. Also, inside the dorm are cameras, and security doors like at a hotel. You also have your room mate who looks out for you and your RA.

    Greek Life

    I enjoy Greek Food! Especially the Gero with Fries.

    Clubs and Activities

    Just in Campus Band at the moment.

    Great for these types of students

    U of Michigan was designed for me in mind!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I enjoy MOJO! and the undergraduate library for studying purposes.

    Bang for the buck

    U of M! Go Blue! My dream have come true. I did not think at first that I was going to have enough money to attend. But the Lord made a way. I appreciate the support and finances I get from my mother to help me achieve my future goals.

    What to do for fun

    Right now.....Going home on the weekends is an outlet for me. It allows me to be waited on hand and foot, especially since I'm the only girl!

    Food and Dining

    I currently enjoy eating at MOJO. When on campus you can eat whatever and how ever much you want. I enjoy the fact also if you even get in late they have some type of cafeteria or store open for you to pick up late night.

    Dorm Life

    What a change from being at home. Now I really have to be on a schedule. I am responsible for my own laundry, keeping up and being on time with my classes. I also am able to use public transportation and I never have ridden a bus until I got to Ann Arbor. I also do not have a curfew, but in order for me to get my homework completed, I have to get plenty of rest when I can to complete my assignments. I also miss my mother's cooking, but she brought me a few cooked items to keep in my fridge. I also have or I had already learned to manage my money. Very important when you have books to purchase, coffee, ice teas, and trips to the mall looking for sales.

    Academic Rigor

    Considering this is my first semester after the Bridge, It is definitely a challenge but I figure it is nothing that I cannot survive. I also enjoy my study groups which help me to study and get some of the things that I missed. I only take 3 classes and the rest is study groups and one elective.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that all incoming Freshman take the Bridge Program. It gives you a wide variety of what it would belike in the Fall of the school year. Then you have a head start on the Freshmen that did not attend and you are familiar with the campus. We also had some wonderful RA's that kept us on our toes with activities and learning and meeting new friends.

    In three sentences

    This University has been my dream! It is challenging my inner thoughts and it gives me the challenge that I need in order to pursue my career in medicine. I am grateful to have this opportunity to be able to further my career at U of M.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Crime alerts, student organizations and blue boxes keep you safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs to choose from not including in-dorm activities and school-wide events!

    Bang for the buck

    The amenities are endless and nothing beats going to classes you love.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of options for everyone!

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms, if you end up on central campus as a freshman. Tough luck to the 60% who end up on north campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Harder transition for procrastinators but if you kept up with studying in high school you'll be okay :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early action, be completely honest in application essays and express how much you WANT to be here.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere is amazing; you can tell everyone wants to be here. The professors and the resources the school has are incredible. Go Blue!

  • 11/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    THIS IS MY DREAM SCHOOL I CANNOT WAIT TO APPLY AND I HOPE I CAN GET IN. I WANT IT AND NEED IT SO BAD.

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety first.

    Greek Life

    Huge.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can possibly think of.

    Great for these types of students

    All.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go Blue.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state for sure, out of state a little pricy.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of things to do every day and night. Just ask around.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent, many options

    Dorm Life

    Great.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough, especially engineering.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you get in, go.

    In three sentences

    It is the most well-rounded university in the world. Combining all sports and all the academics, you cant ask for a better school to attend. Forever Go Blue.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's crime everywhere, but in general Ann Arbor is a safe place and the school does a good job of keeping things under control.

    Greek Life

    Just because I'm not a part of it doesn't mean I don't like it. As a girl I can get in to pretty much any party I want (that sounds terrible, but its true) and I'm actually really glad I'm not in a sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There really is something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all students! Seriously, this place is so big and diverse, anyone can find a niche. Even if you're not in to big schools but want the opportunities they provide, there are plenty of programs to make this big place feel smaller.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We wear a lot of yellow...

    Bang for the buck

    Michigan is pretty pricey, especially for out of state students. That said, I wouldn't trade this experience for anything.

    What to do for fun

    PARTY! FOOTBALL! But in all seriousness, even if that's not your thing, there are plenty of resources that can suggest fun things to do over the weekend and hundreds of student organizations to get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    Restaurants and even on-campus eateries are pretty good, but the dorm food gets old fast.

    Dorm Life

    I was fortunate enough to get a spot on central campus my freshman year, so I loved dorm life. The kids who get stuck on north campus probably wouldn't tell you the same thing.

    Academic Rigor

    It definitely depends on the classes you take and how many credits, you can kind of make your academic experience here as hard or as easy as you want. But generally, if you're going to Michigan, it means you're here to push yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    As with any other college application, you have to give it your all. Start early, proofread, and demonstrate as much interest as you can! Email your regional representative, take a tour of the school if you can and introduce yourself to tour guides, teachers, etc.

    In three sentences

    This is the best school of all time! The opportunities are endless, the people are amazing, and (most) of the teachers are phenomenal. It's the perfect embodiment of work hard play hard.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Motivated students Smart students Students with big goals

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Walking through the fountain at orientation The Cube The Diag Painting the Rock

    What to do for fun

    Join student organizations!!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options and they are always trying to improve. I make suggestions as needed, but have been fairly satisfied, especially as a vegetarian student.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Couzens and it is a beautiful dorm. I don't really have any complaints and love my roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, but manageable. Study skills improve with time.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Do your research; know what is offered and what is good to get involved in 2. Start the process of finding all of this information out early. 3. Don't get overwhelmed by everything and everyone, it takes time to get adjusted 4. Keep up with your studies and try to keep focus on a long term goal, instead of getting caught up in coursework. 5. Stay true to what you want to do and who you want to be. Everyone is doing something cool, take all of your options in, but remember your personal goals.

    In three sentences

    U of M is a great place to learn, be social, and be involved in a greater community. There are great classes and a myriad of student organizations to join. There are so many great opportunities to find your pocket here.

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many parts of campus that are ill-lit and police crime-alerts show up in the inbox frequently. Ann Arbor's not the worst college town comparatively but not the best either.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is very big at Michigan. I'm not part of it myself, but I've heard that greek life fosters a lot of relationships that last a long time and make a large school a smaller place.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that work well independently, are able to seek opportunities on their own, and can adapt to a large campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The undergraduate library brings in dogs during each finals week for the stressed students to take a break with.

    Bang for the buck

    For both in-state and out of state students, this school provides so many opportunities for very moderate tuition. I can't imagine a more diverse range of possibilities and options. Research is easy to obtain, academic counseling is always available. This is one aspect where Michigan can't be beat: resources.

    What to do for fun

    There are never a shortage of parties at Michigan. And there are also school sponsored events like UMix and shows all the time. You often don't even have to looking for them, just a walk to class and the flyers will give you at least 5 options for the day. Finally, there are so many clubs that any student will definitely find one that matches their exact interest/hobby almost exactly if not perfectly.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on the dining hall you frequent most, much of the food is average and repetitive. They are very convenient though, and the school provides you with more than enough meal plan options. Ann Arbor is a great restaurant hub, and you can find all types of amazing food within a mile of campus. Ann Arbor could possibly have the best restaurant scene for a college campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not great at Michigan. In fact, most are a big adjustment mainly with size. There are a range of dorms (they're not all made equal). But the best dorm on campus is still only an average room. While dorms may seem to be a big deal, at the end of the day, they really only end up being a place to sleep. Michigan randomly pairs you with a roommate (or roommates) unless you request one. You don't fill out any questionnaires like some other schools provide. Most roommate relationships turn into neutral experiences, many into strong friendships, and very rarely, into intolerable ones.

    Academic Rigor

    Many science and math classes at Michigan are very time intensive. While you do hear of a large number of students failing, each and every class is very passable. This is primarily because of the vast number of resources available to you. Professors, GSI's, Michigan-provided online learning tools, and so much more, are available to you as a student. Despite this, I would say the average science/writing/mathematics class at michigan is much more rigorous than average.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your grades are the best they can be, even going into senior year. Yes there are other things that are important (SAT/ACT, extracurriculars, volunteering), but grades have to cut it for the admissions committee. Begin transitioning to college life on day 1. This doesn't mean attending every frat party you can, but changing and improving your work ethic as much as possible. Michigan, more so than most universities, requires you to put in effort for every possible aspect of your education. Studying 10 hours no longer guarantees a good score. Attending every single office hours session for your professors doesn't guarantee they'll remember your name. In such a big school, what you put in, is what you get out.

    In three sentences

    Michigan's Ann Arbor campus is a large and very diverse group of students with a wide range of interests. The social climate is progressive and accepting. The academics can be overwhelming.

  • 12/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe. With a variety of safety options (eg. blue light phones, an independent campus police force, text police alerts, and Saferide), safety is not a a problem on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    UofM is a great school for students who want the academic rigour of one of the most competitive universities in the world, with the ability to become integrated into the culture a large university offers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ann Arbor is known (more so than other college towns) for the voracious and sizable squirrels. Don't be afraid when large squirrels approach you! UofM students can often be seen interacting with such squirrels.

    Bang for the buck

    University of Michigan, because it is a state university, offers less financial aid that other private institutions, but every penny spent for tuition is paid in full by the amazing opportunities the university provides.

    What to do for fun

    The University student organizations and government run many school-sponsored activities, but the city of Ann Arbor also offers many amazing functions for students. In addition to sporting events and parties, Ann Arbor is an epicenter for cultural events such as vocal, theater, and orchestral performances, stand up comedy, slam poetry, concerts, and improv.

    Food and Dining

    Over the past few years, UofM has completely overhauled its dining program. Now, dorms offer a variety of delicious meals that are very accommodating to all dietary restrictions. Additionally, there are many health-conscious options. Even if dining halls aren't your thing, Ann Arbor is chock-full of world-class restaurants ranging from the college budget-friendly to the very expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at UofM are all excellent. All are kept very clean and the RA program is very well-run. Additionally, Ann Arbor has many opportunities to live off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at UofM are very rigorous, but are all achievable, with dedication. There are many systems in place to ensure achievement, but students often fail to take advantage of these.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the university smaller by joining student organizations and living/learning communities. Also, take advantage of professor office hours! These connections make your entire college experience much richer.

    In three sentences

    University of Michigan is for the student who wants it all. Unparalleled academics, a diverse student body, a cultural epicenter, D1 athletics, and world-class research opportunities, the University of Michigan offers experiences no other university can.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Ann Arbor is a gorgeous city with tons of activities always happening. When visiting campus, it was refreshing to know that there is always something to do and that it is impossible to be bored. I love the University of Michigan and I hope I get the privilege of attending!

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There are a lot of frats and sororities on campus. Probably 20% of student body is involved. I am not, but I have been to quite a few frat parties and they are usually pretty fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the M! There is a plaque in the middle of the Diag on Central Campus and if you step on the M, then you are cursed to fail your first blue book exam. I personally don't have to take blue book exams, as an engineer, but it is out of respect that most people don't step on the M.

    What to do for fun

    In the winter, it is fun to take trays from the dining hall and go sledding outside! I also go to the Rec Center to workout. There is a Rec Center on both campuses and accessible to all students. There are also classes offered that you can attend for a fee, for example: kick-boxing, yoga, etc. There so many different clubs you can join (you can't even imagine) and I am personally involved with the Society of Women Engineers and the Rock Climbing Club.

    Food and Dining

    Nothing to complain about. Of course, it's nice to go home and eat mom's cooking, but the food in the dorms is actually good. You can get into all the dorms dining halls and my personal favorite dorm to eat in the MoJo (Mosher-Jordan).

    Dorm Life

    Your dorm life will depend on which dorm you are housed in. Some are definitely better than others. Most dorms have been newly renovated and are very nice. For the most part, people share communal bathrooms (which I don't mind at all). All dorms have lounges and study areas, which is really helpful around finals time when the libraries are full.

    Academic Rigor

    The time you need to spend studying depends on how many credits your taking and how difficult the particular classes are. I am an engineering major, so my courses are all on the harder side. However, there are ways to spread your required credits out so you can take the random courses that seem interesting and won't require as much work. Everything is manageable if you don't underestimate want needs to be done to meet your personal goals for each class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in anything and everything that peaks your interest. There are a million clubs and other things that can make your time at the University of Michigan worth while. Attend random performances and go to different restaurants in Ann Arbor just to experience new things.

    In three sentences

    It is a very diverse and remarkable place. You have the ability to grow independently as a person, while expanding your knowledge in classes learning from amazing professors. The sense of community is amazing and I feel at home when I'm in Ann Arbor.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many cool clubs at UofM. There is also a good frequency of free activities taking place on campus. Sporting events are a big thing to attend. Aside from the major ones like football and basketball, the volleyball and soccer games are also entertaining. There's frat and house parties every weekend, so there is always something to do. Plenty of things to do outside of partying and drinking if that doesn't interest you.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is average, but it's convenient. They try to mix it up and have a good variety. Outside of the dining halls, there are a ton of quality restaurants to explore in the city.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman, you may have the burden of living on North Campus. However, the dorms aren't that bad. I lived in Oxford, which has decent sized rooms but was a long walk from classes.

    Academic Rigor

    My high school didn't do a very good job of preparing for the rigor of college. I spend most of my time doing schoolwork or studying. You just have to be self-disciplined and manage your time to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Almost everyone that chooses to come here does not regret it. There are so many resources, opportunities, and activities for whatever you are interested in.

    In three sentences

    This university has great academic rigor, which makes it well-known worldwide. It has numerous resources and opportunities to take advantage of. It has a great balance of learning/studying, sports, and partying, making it a good atmosphere for all types of people.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Crazy

    Great for these types of students

    People willing to seek opportunity.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved with clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with clubs. Make sure to have fun.

    In three sentences

    Great balance of academics and social life. Game-day is unreal. Classes are very intellectually stimulating.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Campus is in a great location in downtown Ann Arbor. They have a strong engineering program. Game day is crazy but fun.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Work out

    Tips for prospective students

    Do you homework

    In three sentences

    This has been my favorite college as long as I can remember. I visited it during the summer and absolutely fell in love! I was deferred, so I am holding off my final decision until I hear back!

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you are ever caught studying super late at the library there is a thing called safe-ride that will take you back to your dorm for free. There are also poles scattered among campus with phones and alex buttons to notify the police if something goes wrong.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally involved in greek life but I have many friends who are and I feel it can be a good opportunity for many people.

    Clubs and Activities

    Alternative Spring Break Mrun Triathlon Club Squirrel Club Study Abroad Dance Marathon Relay for Life There are so many! Go to festi-fall and see almost all of them!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone trying to have the absolute best time of their life and make memories they will never forget.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When you come in as a freshman walk through the fountain by the bell tower! Apparently you are supposed to walk one way as a freshman and back the other way when you graduate. Unfortunately I never got the chance to do it :(

    Bang for the buck

    All of these dorm renovations are the bomb! I feel like I'm coming home to a hotel sometime (not a bad thing though).

    What to do for fun

    Explore the campus and Ann Arbor area off campus. Go for a run in the Arb. Bike down Huron River Drive. Eat at new places when you do decide to go out for food, check out Main street and the streets in between! There's more to ANn Arbor than State street and South U. See a movie at the state theater. Go to Umixes, they are always fun and you get lots of free stuff! Find a club/organization and join it! Go on an Alternative Spring Break trip. Feed the squirrels!! Honestly just live it up. Ann Arbor is a great town and this is a great university. The time goes super fast so make the most of it.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food on campus no matter where you are. I personally never eat in the same dining hall all week because I enjoy changing it up. Each dining hall has something it is known for with East Quad and North Quad being the favorites among my group of friends. However if you are craving a burrito the best place to go is West Quad. I also know that a lot of people are excited for South Quad to open back up and to see what it looks like. Harry Potter nights in the dining hall are also always a fun time.

    Dorm Life

    This is my second year at Umich living in the dorms and I have enjoyed both of my experiences. However I am also in a learning community and feel that has played a huge role in making my dorm experience what it was. I have heard from other people who are not in an MLC and don't live with people that they know that it is not always open and friendly in the halls. The dorms themselves are very nice and well taken care of. Especially with all of the renovations the dorms are a nice place to call home.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging yet rewarding. What I mean by that is that at times I do want to give up because stress levels are at a maximum and workload feels over the top. Especially being in the Nursing school I feel very overwhelmed at times because everything I learn is related to what I will be doing for the rest of my life. But when you pass an exam or a class with a solid grade it is impossible to be anything but proud of yourself knowing that you worked hard for that grade and you deserved it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have the opportunity to take AP classes take them seriously and work hard to pass the exams! It makes it less intimidating when all of your peers come to college with X amount of credits as freshman. Also, there is an organization for everyone, you may just have to do some asking around and investigating but I promos it's there. Lastly, have fun. People say high school is the best four years of your life but they are lying, college is by far the best years of your life.

    In three sentences

    Life-changing. Opportunity revealing. Prestigious.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    As an out-of-state or international student, holy crap. That said, it is a fantastic school.

    What to do for fun

    Watch sports games!

    Food and Dining

    There are more options than at a smaller college, and there are plenty of restaurants and fast-food places both in the campus and in Ann-Arbor.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms can get very far from classes. Newer buildings are better.

    Academic Rigor

    I've not been in classes yet, but from friends, family etc. I've heard some classes can get pretty tough. On the whole though, it's nothing too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and get a feel for what you like and what you don't. Such a large school isn't for everyone, but almost everyone will find something that they love about the school. Take a tour if you can. And fill out the application early!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus with friendly people. The most opportunities you'll ever dream of. Anything you want, it's got it.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's very safe. There are mandatory talks you go to called Relationship Remix where you learn about way to avoid sexual assault. There are also crime alerts sent to all the students when something happens in Ann Arbor and where exactly it was.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that are hard working and have good study habits.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Diag has a block M in the middle of it and if you step on you will fail your first blue book exam. At least that is the tradition.

    What to do for fun

    Their are tons of clubs and organizations. There are also mixer and fun nights for those students that aren't into the party life and just want fun.

    Food and Dining

    All the dining halls have different types of food so it's best to go to all the dining halls and see what you like.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly it depends on the dorm you get. The newer remodeled dorms are amazing and very comfortable. But the older dorms tend to have larger rooms and better location.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a lot of work. I can not stress the enough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved in many activities and extracurriculars. U of M looks at the entire student not just grades so make sure to be very involved. If you do have bad grades in your freshman or sophomore don't give up just try to improve and you could still have a chance.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a very good college if you are willing to work very hard. It ranks high in many of it's areas of study and is often considered to be a public ivy. It also has somewhere for everyone to fit in and find their place.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do, how do you choose...

    Food and Dining

    More of the college life experience, good and bad dorm food. Off campus, there's a lot of local joints.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms have seen some renovation in recent years and dorm life is definitely an experience you don't want to miss.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're used to being at the top of your class in high school, don't necessarily expect it here. You'll have to fight your way to the top as you're attending with Ivy rejects and some of the smartest and best students from Michigan and East Coast Schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to attend at least one football game. You can't attend University of Michigan without attending a football game. There are so many things to do on campus. When you're not studying, try to explore the Ann Arbor area. It has a lot to offer and the campus is beautiful.

    In three sentences

    One of the best college campuses in the country. Receive the best full college experience. School spirit, academics and diversity definitely receive high rankings.

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of different options for many different interests. There is a good nightlife/party/bar scene, as is the case in many true college towns. The Arb and Huron River offer immediate gratification for the outdoorsy student. And Hill Auditorium and the University Musical Society bring in many world-class performers, everyone from the Berlin Philharmonic to Regina Spektor. Of course, the Michigan experience would not be complete without Football Saturdays - a true spectacle to behold - although the Michigan spirit exists for all sports.

    Food and Dining

    Ann Arbor offers really terrific dining options, ranging from budget-conscious quick bites to high-class Main Street restaurants. There is a wide variety of cultural cuisine as well, as the city is very diverse in many different ways. Dining halls were also quite satisfactory, for those in the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I really liked living in the dorms as an underclassman. My old hall mates are now some of my best friends, and I was satisfied with the resources that were available in my residence hall. However, not all dorms are created equal, and housing is not guaranteed for all 4 years; it's also quite pricey.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging to do well here, for sure, but I've found the faculty to be (mostly) engaging and enthusiastic about working with students. I've learned a lot here, and I'm happy with my academic experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Michigan is huge - there are lots of benefits to that, but there are some downsides, too. You have to be active in seeking out opportunities and developing relationships with faculty. It can also be hard to find your own niche/friend group if you're always in your room!

    In three sentences

    Michigan is a wonderful place to receive your education. The resources are endless, the opportunities are extensive, and the community is wonderful. All of my expectations of going to school here were blown away; it's rare to find this sense of school spirit and pride coupled with a world-class education.

  • 03/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Overall it's very, very safe. There's this cool service called SafeRide that can drive you home at night when you don't feel safe walking but my gripe is that the car takes too long to pick you up when in that time I could have walked home 3 times.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    So many great traditions!! Don't step on the M in the diag or you'll fail your first blue book exam. I'm an engineer, so I have no idea when I'll be taking a blue book.... Then there's the myth that if you kiss your boo under the engineering arch at midnight, you are destined to be married. Being in the marching band we have tons of traditions too but I can't share those, they're secret!

    Food and Dining

    Ann Arbor has some of the best food around. Zingerman's Deli is delicious and well known among the area but if you stray off the beaten path you can find some amazing things.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the older dorms are a little gross but they are all being renovated or have already been renovated. Just thinking about beautiful new South Quad next year is getting me excited.

    Academic Rigor

    I just had an email forwarded to me from my father today listing us as the 18th best school in the world. So yeah, we're pretty rigorous academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved because that's the best way to get a taste of everything offered on campus.

    In three sentences

    An excellent school offering outstanding academics along with great sports and a social scene! The campus has so much to give, especially in the terms of diversity in those that you meet. No matter what you are interested in, there is something for you.

  • 04/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do around campus as the University is located in the heart of Ann Arbor. You can go to trivia at Charlie's, catch a movie at the Michigan Theater, student organizations always have events going on that you can attend, Groove is very popular on campus and always sells out, and you can't forget Michigan athletics. There are a ton of athletic events that are free for students to attend or tickets are sold at discounted prices.

    Food and Dining

    The University is currently in the process of updating the dinning halls. They are filled with so many options for everyone and each dinning hall has something different so you can just get online and look at what each one is having and go from there.

    Dorm Life

    Its really what you make it! If you isolate yourself then you will struggle. Feel free to leave your door open when you are there, it is an open invitation for others to stop in and meet you!! Use your RA for help, its what they are there for and will make life a lot easier!

    Academic Rigor

    This is a University that thrives on its academics. Classes are challenging but really push you to a new, higher level of of learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to different paths, sometimes the road less traveled leads you where you want to go. Take different classes that seem interesting and sometimes you will find your true passion. You don't have to be pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-law. There are so many different paths you can take to get where you want to be.

    In three sentences

    This is a great University filled with many opportunities.

  • 05/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We get emailed crime alerts whenever something happens, and that's pretty infrequent. I've never felt unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    I'm not in Greek Life and it can get really obnoxious. It's a never ending stream of drunken parties, and hearing people talk about them gets annoying. I've gone to a few frat parties and if you've heard the song Selfie that is ONE HUNDRED PERCENT the party culture I've seen, I don't have any desire to go to any next year. The people I know in GL are super into it, though, so if that's your thing you might really enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 1,4000 clubs on campus, and if none of those suit you it's not hard to start a new one. I joined two clubs on campus and they were both great.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great if you're a crazy sports fan, obviously. I'm not, though, and there are plenty of people who aren't as well, so I believe anyone can find their niche.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state: It's pretty pricey, being the most expensive public school in the state. Out-Of-State: NOT worth it, in my opinion. It's over 50k a year I believe when you factor in room and board, and still 40-45k with only tuition. Maize&Blue is NOT worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt after you graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Hit up State Street and East Liberty! There are SO many fabulous restaurants in Ann Arbor, and I've found these streets are the hub. The famous State and Michigan Theaters are also on these streets, which are really cool venues. East Liberty also has some fun shops, like Encore Records or Ragstock, (a cool clothing shop), and State Street has 2 yoga studios and a vintage clothing store that's fun to wander around.

    Food and Dining

    Next year we are switching to unlimited swipes, so food is unlimited in every way. Great options, really nice dining rooms, a decent variety - I think it's great for campus dining.

    Dorm Life

    It depends greatly on what dorm you're in. If you live in one of the Quads, it's great. On the hill is okay, but definitely more of a walk anywhere but still okay. North Campus Dorm life pretty much sucks - you need to take a bus to get ANYWHERE, and while the minimize this aspect during tours, waiting 10 minutes in in freezing snow anytime you leave your dorm, (it is Michigan, so this happens a lot), really blows.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard, but as long as you have time management skills you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you join clubs! I cannot stress how vital this is. You'll be busy with classes and homework, yes, but clubs are what keep you sane and make you friends beyond the dorm.

  • 05/15/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I love eating here. Because it's close to my home I'm able to visit the campus really often to get a feel of the place. Personally food is a very important part of ay future decisions so I had to give it a A+.

    Dorm Life

    I don't exactly know much considering I don't plan to live on campus, but I've heard its clean and friendly. I advise to anyone considering living in the dorm to talk to those that have lived there recently and ask other students how their time in the dorm has been.

    Academic Rigor

    From those I've spoke to and research I've concluded that the university pushes you to do your best especially with how competitive it is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the people in the administrative building and ask about teachers. You should always figure out what teachers are difficult and who's just plain unfair in any college.

    In three sentences

    University of Michigan is a smart choice for those that want hands on experience. There medical program is especially good according to my and my brother's doctor who still studies there to further his education. The campus is well laid out and the location is perfect because you don't really have to go anywhere.

  • 05/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    safe

    What to do for fun

    Ann Arbor is a town full of fun!

    Food and Dining

    Nothing like family dinner from home but there are a variety of foods offered. There are a variety of options for people with food allergies or special food needs. The staff is very welcoming. The dining staff take the suggestions from the comment cards on the food and actually implement the suggestions really quickly.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone wants to live on central campus. The best way to ensure a spot on central campus is by becoming a part of a living learning community. The dorms are fairly nice, especially the dorms on the hill.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging courses that are equally stimulating, but there are plenty of resources on campus to help you excel if you take advantage of them. Variety of courses offered in a variety of subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused in school and do well academically. Also be sure to participate in extracurricular activities, and programs so that you will be a well rounded student. Also search for a plethora of scholarships.

    In three sentences

    Definitely deserving of the title , The Leaders and Best. One of the top research universities in the country with several other outstanding accomplishments in several other fields of study. This school is the full package !

  • 05/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The university pays for cab for students to get home after 2am. There are also emergency phones located across the whole of the campus for student to press a button if they are in any danger. There are also alerts sent out when any type of crime occurs on or near campus.

    Greek Life

    I am Greek. There are Fraternities and Sororities of all sizes with an array of people. There are ones for business, professional, social, cultural, etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than one can count alone. Clubs for all types of people from dance to dungeons and dragons. Anything you are looking for is here, and if not, then feel free to start it.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated Determined Open-minded Goal-oreiented

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bucketlist for Umich Students: Spin the Cub Feed the squirrels Walk through the fountain Paint the rock Sing Hail to the Victors in the Big House Don't step on the M

    Bang for the buck

    Be smart with your money. Look for scholarship and grants.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the Arb. Movies at the State & Michigan theaters. Lots of clubs and organizations. Go to events. Put yourself out there. You biggest issue is not lack of events, but failure to reach out and connect.

    Food and Dining

    Some dinning halls are really good and some not so much. Explore them all and find the ones you like. There are also lots of restaurants nearby to eat at as well.

    Dorm Life

    First years often live on North Campus. Truth be told, it's not the best, but it's not the worst either. As always, it's what you make of it. Hate it, and it will hate you right back. Be responsible with you time and dorm life will be easy.

    Academic Rigor

    This is really dependent on how you set up your class schedule. If you put yourself in too may heavy classes, then it can seem overwhelming. Conversely, if you take a light semester, then it will seem like a breeze. Balance is key when approaching academics here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with a positive attitude. If you come in negative, then you'll probably have a negative experience. Take time to get to know your peers as well as professors of graduate student instructors. if you show you care, then they will care more too.

    In three sentences

    Student and faculty come from all walks of life. There is a place for almost anyone her, you just have to be willing to look for it. People who go here go on to change the world if they are willing to put the time and commitment in.

  • 05/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is kept pretty safe. We do have our occasional issues, but our security here is good. And when something does happen, we are notified so that we can take the precautions necessary.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is alive and well on campus. We have a number of sororities and fraternities available for students to join. But it is important to note that Greek Life doesn't run the campus, and there are plenty of other opportunities for socializing to be found if the Greek isn't for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities available to students on campus. Near the start of Fall and Winter semesters, there is a club fair held where many of the clubs set up booths to introduce themselves to students looking to join up. The Greek Life also presents at these fairs. While I am only involved with groups specifically tied to my major, I have to say it would be quite difficult to not find a club related to at least some of your interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated, passionate, ambitious, open-minded students.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. That's a well-known fact. However, as an in-state student, I feel that I am definitely receiving a good education for the money I'm paying out. And, from what I've heard from friends, even out-of-state students seem to be pleased with the education here. Financial aid helps.

    What to do for fun

    Right near the heart of campus are two delightfully aged movie theaters, both of which hold special events regularly. Musical performances, plays, dances, and various other activities take place in the Power Center and Hill Auditorium on campus. Several museums can be found on campus, a few of which, at least, are free of charge. There are plenty of little shops to visit lining the streets - contents ranging from clothing, to electronics, to art, to books, and so on. There's also an arcade near central campus. For older students, there are a variety of bars and night clubs to visit, as well. Each summer the Art Fair consumes the streets for about a week, and there's also the free to attend summer festival - which has various performances of music, acrobatics, etc. available on Ingalls Mall.

    Food and Dining

    While I do not have a lot of experience with the University of Michigan's dining halls, I can say that there seems to be a lot of variety. And, if you don't intend to have a meal plan, the dining on campus and in the surrounding area is amazing. In the area surrounding the university, we've got restaurants of varying price ranges and menu selections, and you can rest relatively assured that you're getting good food for the money. A lot of restaurants and all of the dining halls on and around campus have options to suit dietary restrictions.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm/Campus apartment life is pretty great. There are plenty of options for housing on campus including: single dorms, shared dorms, shared apartments, single studio apartments, single economy apartments, and probably more. Living in campus housing gives students the opportunity to meet a lot of other people and, based on my experience, I would recommend it.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at the University of Michigan keep students busy. They expect you, as a student, to put forth a lot of effort and they expect you to comprehend what you are learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Do your research. Some majors at the University of Michigan are competitive. Others tend to hand select their students. Please make sure you look into your preferred majors' programs carefully. - Campus is large and can be confusing. Take some time before your classes begin to familiarize yourself with the location of your classrooms. - If you're looking to save money, try to find a way to leave your vehicle elsewhere. Keeping a car on campus can be expensive and we've got lots of free public transportation. - Try to find an adequate method of studying early-on in your time here.

    In three sentences

    The University of Michigan is a large, well-known school that ranks in the top thirty schools world-wide. It takes pride in the rigorous academic programs it offers and expects students to take pride in their work. Alongside the academics, the university encourages the diversity of life on its campus and tries to create an inclusive, respectful environment for its students.

  • 06/29/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Visit Nic's Arb for a long walk or picnic with friends, read at the steps of Angel Hall (by the enormous columns), visit the art museum, visit the diag center of campus facing the graduate library, study at the law library, pick up some groceries at the farmer's market during the fall and spring, or try out the different restaurants with friends.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options to choose from depending on your location. The architecture and engineering campus is on the north part of campus which is a 15 minute drive to the center of the campus. Food is a bit more limited to the university diner, library shop (which serves hot foods), or coffee shops around campus. The center of campus has a lot more restaurants, most of which are open late. There are chain restaurants like Noodles and Co and Panera Bread, as well as the unique Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorm as I commuted 20 minutes to school. From what I know from my friends though, is that they're comfortable and safe.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is intense and challenging. As a previous architecture student, my first year was very difficult. I did not expect the brutal criticism I received on my projects and I developed self-doubt and low self-esteem, along with many of my other classmates. Nonetheless I continued to work hard and challenge myself. It's a stressful program but worth it if your passion is architecture. The university provides amazing 3-d modeling tools including laser cutters and 3-d printers. A wood shop and metal shop are also available for traditional craft work.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise prospective students to get to know the faculty ahead of time, read through their resumes and find a few interesting people who offer interesting classes, you may be able to work alongside that professor one day or develop a mentoring kind of relationship. The academic rigor is intense too, I would highly advise to read and learn as much as possible about your future major before starting classes.

    In three sentences

    The university has a beautiful campus located in a small city called Ann Arbor. The fall and spring are the most amazing times of year for outdoor activities whether it is reading or sketching outside or playing sports. The resources are useful if you're smart about how to use them; there are many professors willing to share their experience and knowledge on the fields. You can almost never run out of libraries and digital resources to use. Transportation is also readily available for those weekend grocery trips.