University of Michigan - Ann Arbor '13
Majoring in Political Science and Government
Member since 4/7/2012
Disorganized, Bare Bones – The Office of Financial Aid is somewhat disorganized (which is maybe not unexpected, given the number of students they have to process). It is not uncommon to be told one thing, only to be told later that the first person was wrong. Additional help is available by calling or making an appointment with a financial aid counselor. For in-state students, most aid is loans and work study. I know only a handful of people who qualified for a scholarship.
The Only Downside to This School – This is an otherwise great school, but the weather here is terrible. Class run from September to April; September is gorgeous, but winter in Michigan lasts from October to May. Winters are usually very cold (typical is 0-25F) and windy, with lots of precipitation (snow, rain, sleet). U of M doesn't allow snow days, ever, so even if there's three feet of snow, there will be class. It starts to thaw out just as classes are ending in the spring.
Technology Widely Available – Nearly all students have their own computers, but school computers, printers, scanners, and other computing-related devices are widely available even during busy times of the year. All buildings and some outside areas have school-secured WiFi. Video conferencing and small production facilities are available. Discounted computer software and hardware (including laptops) are available through the Computer Showcase, located in the Union.
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