College Senior 2011-03-15T20:29:40Z
All Over the Place – Weather is all over the place, which is only to be expected in Michigan- but even in awful weather, classes are never cancelled. Haven't been since 1978, I believe. In nice weather, though, the campus is a great place.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-14T03:33:01Z
No Problems! My family did not qualify for government loans, but the university still found us money to help out. It was a seamless process to get the loans and the exit counseling and loan deferment also wasn't an issue.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-14T03:25:14Z
Most Quaint Town Ever! The campus life and the downtown areas are some of the most unique of any college town I have ever lived in (and I've moved around). I absolutely loved Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan and would be happy to return at any time!
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-14T03:22:06Z
You have to be ready for Ann Arbor. It is an expensive college town and you should expect to pay for location. If you are close to campus and/or close to a bus stop, you will pay for that location... you will either directly pay for this in rent or you will pay in updates. The housing is OLD and the demand and the prices don't reflect what you'd find in a non-college town suburb. Make sure to get your apartment early! At least 6 months early. Over all, I absolutely loved my time in Ann Arbor - you just have to be ready!
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-13T19:05:17Z
Academics Matter – You really don't meet slackers in classes. Everyone at least cares a little about their grades, which means group projects are merely bad as opposed to unbearably horrible.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-13T19:03:55Z
The Buses Are the Best – People might complain about parking, but they're idiots for not taking one of the two great bus systems. The university system is free to everyone and the Ann Arbor bus system is free with a student ID, and they're both completely dependable and frequently run routes that connect important places. I live two miles off-campus and I can get everywhere I need in a half an hour, the system's that good.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-13T19:00:13Z
Ton of Fun – There's a ton to do in the field of area attractions, activities, cultural events, safety, shopping, sports/recreation, and local attitude toward students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-13T17:59:47Z
Always Available for Help – I came to the University of Michigan not really knowing what to expect. Come to find out, its amazing. You can get a bad professor from time to time, but thats expected with such a large university. Generally they are helpful and more than willing to meet extra with you.
College Junior 2011-03-10T20:30:49Z
Go Blue! Sports are big and everyone goes crazy for football season. There's a lot of school spirit and the facilities are nice.
College Junior 2011-03-10T20:27:01Z
Not Unless You Look – Like at most colleges, I assume there would be drug use and alcohol use. But I don't hang out with such people so therefore, I don't usually have to see or notice these instances.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-08T02:51:48Z
Who You Know – Most of the nightlife is not really in the clubs in Ann Arbor. It's usually a house party where people go if they are trying to party. If you like the club scene, you have to be 21+ for most and for a couple it is 18+ for women and 21+ for men. Besides, if you know someone who's throwing a house party, you usually can get in free.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-08T02:48:07Z
If you are looking to better interact with people from different races it tends to be hard because people don't like to step outside of their comfort zones and find it hard to relate with other people. Unless more students take Psych/Soc 122 and actually make an effort to understand the backgrounds of others; be it race, economic and social upbringings, religious or political beliefs...it can get kind of lonely. The upside to people not breaking out of their comfort zones is that there are countless orgs they can join and feel like they belong. Because the minorities at U of M make up less than 5%, the student body isn't properly represented and the majority, whites, pretty much have a say in everything
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-08T02:37:51Z
Transportation:Buses and Parking – I really enjoyed the frequency of the campus buses and how engineering school and IT-help implemented the magic bus concept to help students locate where the next bus was and which one would be more convenient for the student to catch to ensure the student was as close as possible to their destination. If you have a vehicle, using the Michigan Blue buses is great because parking anywhere on campus is beyond a nightmare. The police and meter maids are always looking for a way to give someone a ticket, even if you have a parking pass and park in the right color lot. If parking wasn't such a nightmare, transportation would be a B+/A-.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-21T19:51:17Z
Great Stuff – Being a giant spendthrift and vegetarian, I'm not in much of a position to pass judgment on off-campus dining, but from what I've seen of it it's great. Between Subway, Noodles, and Mia Zazz, I always have a great place to go if I want to go out. My friends tell me Buffalo Wild Wings is good too.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-09T07:42:42Z
Guys & Girls:
It Works – There are enough guys and women there that you should be able to find someone.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-09T07:40:17Z
Pretty Good – You can pretty much rely on school computers. You might have difficulty finding an open one during the day in the Fishbowl (in Angell Hall), but I've never experienced any trouble with a school computer. They also have most of the software you'll need for coursework.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T17:31:29Z
Lots to Eat – There are lots of choices for quick meals around the campus. Variety of ethnic foods available. Easy to grab something quickly.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T02:07:48Z
Depending on the time of year, police can be sticklers about underage drinking. I know in the dorms that DPS is pretty hard on students for drinking in their rooms. Block parties and events during "welcome week" are just asking to get busted, so beware when you participate in these events. Other than that, as long as you aren't being too obnoxious, you will be fine.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T02:03:08Z
Restaurants are super abundant and convenient in Ann Arbor. On any given street you can choose from a variety of cuisines depending on what you are in the mood for that day. One of my favorites is the Pizza House because it has EVERYTHING that your heart could desire from a plain old burger to their famous chipatis. Price range varies from restaurant to restaurant, so you can spend anywhere from five to twenty dollars. Also EATBLUE offers great discounts for students weekly.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-05T23:04:15Z
Michigan is an amazing place. Work hard, play hard. That's the general idea.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-05T23:03:38Z
No Car – You don't need a car. Everything is pretty close and wherever you need to go, the AA bus system and Blue Bus system are very good
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-05T22:59:14Z
Health & Safety:
Not Bad – The occasional crime alert, but never anything too bad. DPS basically does nothing but give kids MIPs in dorms.
College Senior 2011-02-05T18:27:22Z
I'm Undeclared-Declare! Not having a major doesn't give you the same resources that people in programs have.
College Senior 2011-02-05T18:26:45Z
There's a ton of labs, but a lot of the popular ones are very busy usually. You'll want to bring your own computer if you can afford it.
College Senior 2011-02-05T13:25:06Z
Discussion Sections – My friends that go to other colleges have no idea what discussion sections are. I love them! Most of my classes are in huge lecture halls so I feel awkward asking questions because 200 people are looking at me. In discussion sections, it's easier because there's 20-25 people. Asking questions and understanding the material is much easier in discussion sections.
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