Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Size: 27, 979
Percentage Women: 49%
Tuition: $13,819 in-state, $40,496 out-of-state
Most Popular Majors: Economics, Psychology, Political Science, Business, English
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 36.5%
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Why Choose U Mich?
"Michigan is a great school both for its academics and social opportunities. I loved having the chance to go to a school with such a great reputation that is set on a beautiful campus. It's nice to have a 'college town' feel with the closeness of Ann Arbor integrated into the college lifestyle. Because UM is such a big school, there is always something that will be interesting for new students to join. It seems overwhelming at first, but once you find where you fit in, you realize it's the greatest school ever."
"I applied to UMich because it has great academics and was highly ranked in every area. What I liked the most, though, was the insane amount of school spirit that really defined and enhanced the school."
"I chose to apply to Michigan because I really liked the 'work hard, play hard' mentality. In my eyes, the ultimate American college experience would be attending a school where I can have top notch academics, and at the end of the day when I am done studying, I have something fun to do too."
"I initially applied to Michigan because I was attracted to the 'ra-ra' atmosphere and school spirt that I felt all over campus and amongst all the students when I visited. I was also attracted to the prestigious reputation that this university held, while still being a a 'fun' school with Greek life and various clubs and organizations to join."
"Initially, I read the national Hillel list of schools with the biggest/best Jewish communities, so Michigan has been on my list since junior year--maybe even earlier. I originally thought I wanted a small liberal arts school, but after visiting a bunch, I decided that I would immediately become a big fish in a small pond and that I needed (read: thrived on) more of a challenge. When I visited Michigan, I was completely obsessed."
"Going to Michigan had always been a dream of mine. I wanted to go to a big school with a lot of different opportunities. Michigan has this sense of pride and community that you just can't get anywhere else. Go Blue!"
"Football season! I've been attending UM football games my entire life, but once I became a student football culture became completely different (and better)! There are also so many other fun traditions that make being a Wolverine so unique and unforgettable."
"I love campus buildings like the Michigan Union or the Shapiro Undergraduate Library (the UGLI) because they are places where students gather. You will usually run into a familiar face or two (or ten) there! The Diag is also a place that always has something going on, whether it's a bakesale, a protest, or free hugs! Honestly, the best part about being a Wolverine is that you get to be part of a strong and well-known community. No matter where you go, you can wear a Michigan sweatshirt and have strangers pass by, shouting "Go Blue!" My favorite tradition is probably dressing up for gamedays and singing "Hail to the Victors" with the other 100,000 people in the stadium."
"The best thing about Michigan is the sense of belonging you feel on campus."
"The best part of Michigan is the camaraderie you feel with everyone else who is a Wolverine. You can be anywhere and see a person wearing a Michigan shirt and immediately you will be friends. Some of my favorite traditions are football Saturdays and painting the rock."
"One of my favorite parts of Michigan is the cozy, hometown feel of Ann Arbor and the campus. There are so many things to do here, and your friends are always a few blocks away! I love going to the Arb and hanging out in the Diag. Another amazing aspect of the school is its diverse student body. Michigan celebrates our unique backgrounds and going through college, I have learned to be proud of my heritage and unique experiences. At U of M, to be different is the norm and you learn to become very comfortable in your own skin and appreciate the different perspectives and backgrounds other students bring as well!"
"I love the campus; it is so beautiful! I also love that there's something for everyone here. If I sat down and think of everything I like to do, I could find a group/org/place on campus to join. I love the football games, I love the social life, I love the professors."
"There's no elevator in my dorm building and I live on the fifth floor..."
"The weather can be a little frustrating. It's cold/snowy about five months of the school year, which can be tough to deal with. But everyone's going through it, so it's not too awful--Just invest in a good winter coat and snow boots!"
"I dislike how there is only guaranteed housing for freshman because at many universities, housing is guaranteed all four years."
"The two things that I grapple with as a student at Michigan are the weather and occasionally the size. When the wind picks up and temperatures drop well below 0, it seems a tad unbearable - but definitely worth it. While the size is a large part of why I chose Michigan, as a freshman it is often difficult to find my niche and discover a group of people that truly care about me and help me succeed. Nevertheless, Michigan has a group for everyone, and within freshman year I would confidently bet that every student has found his or her place."
"Tuition costs! $$$$$$"
"My least favorite thing about Michigan is definitely the weather. I find it frustrating to have to walk to my classes in the freezing cold weather for the majority of the year."
New Collegiette on Campus
"Being a freshman at Michigan is awesome because there are over 7,000 other people in the same position as you. You're all trying to figure out where yout classes are and how to not make your freshman status so obvious. It is definitely an opportunity for bonding."
"It's definitely easy to get to know upperclassmen if you make the effort. College is all about putting yourself out there and stepping outside of your comfort zone, and Michigan is no exception. Joining teams or clubs with upperclassmen is a great way to form friendships with them."
"I'm not going to lie, being a freshman was very intimidating. It was kind of a culture shock coming from a smaller high school. All of a sudden I found myself at this large university and had to be responsible for myself. There is guaranteed housing to all freshmen. Orientation teaches you a little bit about the school and choosing your classes. As for the upperclassmen, it's not impossible to get to know them as a freshmen. Definitely getting involved in the many clubs the university has to offer helps to break down that boundary. So no, I wouldn't say that most first-years always stick together. However, first-year dorm friends are practically irreplaceable."
"You have so many opportunities awaiting you as a freshman. I never faced any difficulties getting involved. Freshman live in the dorms. The 'freshman only' dorm is Markley. Orientation allowed me to get a feel of campus and the main streets of Ann Arbor. Scheduling was stressful but there are resources and counselors who are helpful."
"During welcome week, there will be a lot of sweating and a lot of walking, mostly because it's hot out and because you don't know your way around. Find someone who knows what's up and go to a non-scary frat. I made the mistake of not knowing what was up (and my roommate wasn't any better) so we ended up in the living room of a sketchy frat house trying to drink warm beer that tasted like dishwater. The majority of housing is mostly (if not entirely) freshmen. Keep your door open - you'll make friends!"
"Being a freshman at Michigan is so exciting! Orientation the summer before freshman year was actually where I met a lot of my best friends (as cliche as that sounds) and it was a lot of fun! You pick out your classes with an adviser's help, so you don't have to stress about that in August. It really is a trial run of college - living in the dorms, eating in the dining halls, exploring campus. Michigan does a really good job with making sure everyone has the 'freshman' experience, and they try to make a lot of helpful programs and events to help you meet people and transition into college. It is easy to get to know upperclassmen, just get involved in activities or strike up a conversation in class!
All About Academics
"The workload can be pretty heavy at times. But if you're taking classes that you enjoy, it's absolutely worth it."
"The workload really depends on the kind of class that you take. Right now, I am juggling five papers and it isn't easy. But other times, the workload isn't bad. As long as you love your classes, you'll be fine!"
"The workload can be brutal, and time management is absolutely essential for success. It's easy to get lost in a sea of homework and exams, so it's important to stay organized. The advising system is a great resource to utilize because they will guide you through what classes to take and if you are on the right path for what you want to do. As a freshman, you may not get all of the classes you want, but as you get older it will be easier to get into certain classes. Most people like to study at the library, but coffee shops such as Starbucks and Espresso Royale are another popular choice. Finding a quiet study spot that you feel comfortable in is essential for success."
"The workload is very large. I think that when people come to Michigan they forget about how hard a school this is. However, that's why this school is great: it teaches you how to manage your time. And after a while, you learn what works for you and how to get things done."
"There is definitely a heavy workload at U of M, but any student who has the ability to be accepted here will surely be fine. Advising appointments are available to students when they need help with scheduling. The advisors help guide you with which classes to take, but regisration itself gets stressful. You 'backpack' classes you want and cross your fingers they don't close. However, many teachers will award overrides if you really want to be in the class. If you are educated on the distribution requirements, you won't have a problem fulfilling them. I recommend knowing them at orientation so you can start ASAP."
"People study in all different places; the Ugli, the graduate library (the stacks or the Ref room), coffee shops, academic buildings, dorms, etc. Finding a quiet place to study and do work is key in managing your workload. The workload in Michigan is definitely manageable, but it takes some adjustment to get used to."
Learn From The Best
"My favorite professor is Bruce Conforth. I took a class with him my first semester freshman year and he was absolutely unbelievable. The class was an American Culture class which was very interesting, but I'm sure he can make any topic enjoyable. He really was able to connect with his students."
"My favorite professor I've had was Professor Allison Earl. She was so clear, funny, and made a two hour lecture fly by. The class was called Social Psychology, and it was so interesting. She made me want to continue my academic career in psychology. The professors here are usually very good. The classes are large, but meet in smaller sections. "
"I loved Fiona Lee's organizational psych class. I was actually sort of obsessed with it. Ask my mom. I haven't taken enough classes to know a lot of professors, but I do know that if your professor is good at lecturing, you'll like the class."
"Dr. Shelly Schreier for Psychology 111 is a campus favorite. Also, Bruce Conforth is a favorite American Culture professor. My favorite Organic Chemistry professor was Melanie Sanford, but Kathleen Nolta is also a wonderful Chem professor as well."
"My favorite class so far have been Arab-Zionist Conflict (History 244) with Professor Lieberman. It's a large lecture and a very popular class. Lieberman is a phenomenal lecturer and his class keeps students interested and engaged. Tons of people go to office hours (including me) because it's a great way to meet your professor and ask questions. Plus, professors love getting to meet their students, so it's good brownie points."
"My favorite teachers here have been some of the professors in the Screen Arts and Culture Department. A few of my favorite classes are SAC 290 (Intro to TV, Video, and Film Production), SAC 366 (Fiction into Film), and SAC 306 (New Media Practicum). I often go to office hours if I need help studying or with an assignment before handing it in."
Interests & Involvement
"There are tons of groups to join on campus! One great resource is called Maize Pages, which is an online website that lists all of the hundreds of organizations on campus and their contact information. There are also events on campus that occur during the school year like Festifall, where student groups set up tables around the Diag to gain new members in the fall."
"I don't believe there is a student on this campus who isn't involved in at least one club. Festifall is a campus wide festival of all the clubs that is held in September so students can be educated on what organizations exist and join what interests them. Many people are involved in Greek Life, and co-ed frats even exist for certain majors! There are so many clubs that cover so many interests, I could not even say that one was more popular than another. I am involved with various clubs on campus, and find them to be a rewarding experience."
"There are so many organizations to join at U of M, and there is always something for everyone. I think it's great because that's how I've met many of my friends."
"A lot of people participate in Greek Life, but it's perfectly okay if you don't. There is so much else to do here, like community service, a cappella groups, debate team, religious groups, etc. Festifall is a day in the fall where all the clubs set up stands and you can sign up for what you are interested in. Definitely go to that!"
"Mostly everyone is involved in something. The cool thing is that there are lots of options if you have an interest--for example, since I like journalism, I work for two campus publications and I'm training to write for a third, and they're all radically different from each other. The important thing is to take initiative and not be shy--send emails, apply for stuff, go to mass meetings--because there is literally so much to do here, and you're insane if you don't take advantage of it."
"Everyone that I've met at Michigan is involved in at least one club. There are tons of groups to join, not even including Greek Life. During the first week of school for both the fall and winter terms there are events set up where each club on campus has a table with representatives you can talk to to hear more about their clubs. Everyone signs up for dozens of clubs and then weeds out the ones they don't actually like during the semester. I personally am in a sorority, two Hillel groups, Her Campus, and a few others. Right now a few of my friends are actually starting up a club of our own and we haven't found it difficult at all!"
"Sporting events at Michigan are huge. We are a Big Ten school and are proud of U of M, whether or not we do well in our yearly sports. The biggest thing is to go to our football games, even if you know nothing about football. The experience of bonding with your classmates over the game is unforgettable. After most games, I lose my voice from screaming so loud for my Wolverines!"
"Michigan students take pride in the fact that they go to Michigan, so the sporting events are very popular. Football, basketball, and hockey are probably the most popular. The atmosphere at games is very spirited, loud, and happy. Students unite and come together for their school and their teams, and it is life changing. Many students participate in intramural and club sports because it is a great way to play a sport without having the immense commitment of being an athlete for the varsity teams."
"Michigan is well known for it's football culture. The Big House experience is like nothing you will ever understand until you attend a game. There is so much spirit at this school! People attend basketball and hockey games as well. Many students play intramural and clubs sports, but there is by no means a 'jock' divide."
"Michigan dominates everything athletic, so it's a major part of student life here. Football, basketball, hockey, men's gymnastics and women's volleyball are the most popular to attend. The atmosphere in the student section at a Michigan game is so electric. Even if you don't understand what a touchdown is, you'll understand why being a Michigan fan is the best. Most people go to the gyms on campus, but IM and club sports are definitely an option if you want to continue being an athlete from high school."
"Everyone loves sports here. Even if you don't get sports, you have a lot of school spirit. It's infectious. Obviously a lot of people attend basketball and football, but hockey is my favorite. The student section is wild. IM sports are super popular, too."
"Football Saturdays are a huge tradition where everyone goes out all day tailgating and walks to the stadium together. Basketball and hockey are also very big! Many students also participate in intramural or club spots."
"Being a women at Michigan is great. I am part of the Women's Studies program and it is very popular among students. I have never felt discriminated against as a woman on campus, or that I have lesser opportunities than males. I know many girls in fields that are traditionally male such as math and engineering, and they have had great success."
"The male to female ratio at Michigan seems like a 50-50 split. I never feel intimidated being a woman at this university. You are surrounded by so many female leaders in various organizations; it's very empowering as a young female adult. There are many organizations geared towards woman that you can join, as well as Women Studies courses."
"A lot of girls also wear Patagonia and J Crew around campus. There's a lot of diverse women on campus; there are artsy-girls, hipsters, trendsetters, prepsters and more. Wherever you turn, there is someone dressed just like you or completely different."
"There are women's sports, women's housing, women's studies, women's retreats, and women's clubs on campus. I have lived in all-girls housing the past two years and it's definitely in a great location on campus. It's also been a learning experience, because living with girls can be harder than with boys. The gender ratio on Michigan's campus is pretty even, even in engineering. It's pretty great being a woman at Michigan. There are tons of opportunities and intelligent women professors who would love to talk and help you get ahead for your future in your field."
"I've really come into my own as a woman here at UMich. I joined a feminist organization that has helped me find my voice. I think all the girls here simultaneously understand each other and want each other to succeed. Women Studies is also very popular and I highly recommend taking it. Fashion is very diverse here, and most people just want to be comfortable. Don't let people pressure you into wearing high heels and short dresses out if you don't want to--I always rock converse and skinny jeans."
"It's great being a woman at Michigan. To class most girls wear leggings, boots and sweaters and when they 'go out' they were jeans, a cute top and wedges."
Food & Drink
"Overall, the dining hall food is not bad. The food at East Quad is by far the best. People generally visit the dining hall freshmen year. As for the kitchen, I'm not so sure how people access it. After freshmen year though, people generally do not live in university housing and like to eat elsewhere. People get excited for mac and cheese in the dining hall. There are many restaurants and eateries all around campus, just a few minutes from the dorms and academic buildings by foot. You can have anything from pizza to sushi."
"I like the variety of dining hall food, especially Mojo and North Quad. There are tons of restaurants to try as well. I love the Ann Arbor classics, like Zingermans or Blimpy. I also love to go to Main Street, especially for Restaurant Week."
"The most popular food places are Panchero's, No Thai, Big Ten Burrito, and Pizza House. My favorite place for brunch is Afternoon Delight on E. Liberty St."
"Favorite restaurants: Sava's (for classy brunch), Isalita (for a fun occasion), No Thai (for nights in the library), Pizza House (for when it's 3 am on a Saturday night), and Angelo's (for amazing breakfast). Everyone is obsessed with Zingerman's. Bonus: Seva is this amazing vegetarian place where you can get a plate of veggie nachos that weighs as much as a small dog. So good."
"Pizza House has the most amazing cheesy bread and milkshakes. They will change your life (especially when they deliver and they're open until 4 am)."
"The dining halls are the best! I loved being a freshman and having a meal pass. Most people only go to the dining halls the first couple years, but it varies depending on the person. The dining hall brunches are the best! Perfect hangover cures. Ann Arbor also has a ton of good restaurants. Plus, you get Blue Bucks through Michigan which you can use in the Union."
"On weekends, some people hang out with friends, study, or party. Most fraternity parties are closed unless you are in Greek Life, but if you know someone in a fraternity, you can probably get in. In addition, the fraternities throw open parties during Welcome Week, Halloweek, gamedays, and St. Patrick's Day! The social scene is inclusive, but Greek Life can be exclusive at times. An alternative to drinking or partying is to have a low-key movie night with friends or go to events that clubs are hosting. There are usually fun activities like ice skating, potluck dinners, or other group activities. The Michigan Union also has UMix on Fridays which is an alcohol-free event with games, food, themes, and really cool guests. Last week, I went to one with a fortune teller and a hypnotist!"
"There are a variety of bars, clubs, and parties that promote drinking and exclusivity. However, with the myriad of options, a person can choose to go with friends to a sit-down bar, lively bar, or even a club on any given night of the week. Frat parties are a popular option for freshman who just started experiencing college and cannot get into many of the bars because they are underage."
"There are always parties going on. The night life is pretty big on the weekends too with clubs and bars. The only thing is that it gets really cold in the winter, so some people may be more inclined to stay indoors."
"There's always tons of things going on. I love going to theater shows or going on a late night Ben & Jerry's run with my best friends if I feel like staying in. Getting around at night on the weekends is pretty easy - buses run to most dorms/areas on campus until 3 AM. Basically, if you want to party, it's there. If you don't, there's still plenty of sober fun to be had."
"Most weekends people go to fraternity parties, house parties, or bars. Alcohol use is prevalent at Michigan, but I don't think people feel pressured to drink. Other alternatives are going to events on campus, seeing shows, and going to movies. Honestly, I feel like Greek Life is exclusive. When the weather is nice it is easy to walk, but once it gets cold most people take cabs."
"On any given night, there are probably hundreds of parties going on. As a freshman, you'll probably go to frats most of the time, but if you have older friends, you'll get to go to some house parties which are also super fun. With that said, you don't have to go to any of them, and if you do, you don't have to drink - nobody will notice/care. In my hall, there are always people who don't go out, so if I don't feel like going out to a party, I can sit around with my hallmates and watch TV or something. Nobody cares if you go out or if you don't."
"The quality of the dorms really depend on which residential hall you get placed in. There are suites, apartment-style living, triples, doubles, and singles. Most people live in doubles (one roommate). I was randomly assigned and it worked out really well! The dorms are safe. Your RA is there if you need help and every night there is a security guard that patrols the halls. Freshman dorms are located all over campus and you are guarenteed to [have a spot in] one as a freshman. Upperclassmen tend to live off-campus. Within residential halls or even within your floor, there are often community bonding events."
"Dorm life freshman year was a lot of fun. I chose my roommate, and while some people say this doesn't work, we have been inseparable every since. The university assigns you a dorm, and many people find a community within their dorm and a group of lifelong friends. Freshman dorms are located on North Campus and Central Campus, and busses are available to get from dorms to class. For the most part, freshman are required to live in dorms, but it is such a great experience that the word "required" doesn't really fit."
"The Hill campus is where the most dorms are, and it is generally the most social area. Markley, the "freshman only" dorm, is located here. Dorms are very safe and always have some sort of activity going on in the lounge areas."
"Most of my friends really loved their freshman dorm experience and are still really close with their freshmen year hall mates. There are learning communities (which usually reside in the renovated dorms) and you can pick options like a single, double, triple, quad, private bath, etc. You aren't required to live in a dorm ever, but it's a rite of passage, so you should try it for at least one year."
"Some dorms are almost as nice as hotels, while some are more on the dumpy side. As a freshman, you don't really get an option of where you live, you just get placed there. I did pick my roommate, but we did not know each other before this year (we met on Facebook through a roommate group). The dorms are very safe. The freshman dorms are literally placed all over campus in different areas."
"There are many dorms on Central Campus and some on North Campus a freshman might be placed into. A freshman can choose a roommate or be randomly assigned to a roommate. Living in a dorm freshman year makes it easy to make friends and bond with members of your class."
Exploring Ann Arbor
"Ann Arbor is literally the perfect college town. The campus is integrated into the town, where nice restaurants, boutiques and shops are within walking distance. The town is beautiful and a really fun place to spend your college experience."
"Ann Arbor is honestly the most perfect college town ever. Everything you really need is within a five minute walk. South State Street and South University Avenue are the prime locations for restaurants, bookstores, shopping (Michigan apparel!), and nightlife. U of M and Ann Arbor complement each other and I couldn't imagine the Michigan experience without the city. I love the food and I love the atmosphere. Even in such a huge place, there is a sense of community here."
"Ann Arbor is an amazing town. There are many restaurants and stores right around the corner from the Diag. The university has a great relationship with the town. There are often restaurant deals for clubs and organizations. During the semester, there definitely are people who get involved in internships in Ann Arbor."
"Ann Arbor is an unbelievable place: it is often listed in "Great College Town" rankings on various sites. The campus is all throughout the city, so stores and restaurants are close to class buildings. Ann Arbor is beautiful! There are so many places to visit, and such friendly people. However, it gets so cold during the winter months!"
"Ann Arbor is an incredible and unique city. There are so many amazing restaurants and fun stores very close to campus. Ann Arbor and U of M have a great relationship. They're almost synonymous. I love the amount of restaurants in Ann Arbor and the amount of culture here. It is just an interesting, artsy place. People sometimes have off-campus internships during the school year, but it's more popular over the spring and summer."
"I love Ann Arbor because I feel like it has everything I could ever possibly need the second I step off campus. There are tons of restaurants, clothing stores, costume stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores directly off campus. There is a bus system that goes throughout Ann Arbor and stops within the University of Michigan. Many students have jobs and internships in Ann Arbor during the semester."
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