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Please keep in mind that University of Michigan

Nov 18 2014Undecided
Please keep in mind that University of Michigan is a big school. The people making comments such as "it's impossible to make friends here no one is friendly" would find that at any other large school. The only way to make friends here is to involve yourself in some sort of organization that allows you to become part of a smaller community. The classes are difficult. Calculus was nothing like college calculus and you will have many sleepless nights (just like at any college). Many professors do not speak perfect English, but it is still manageable. If you want the college spirit and pride of your university, come here. I personally think this is the greatest college town and campus possible, it is a beautiful area with a beautiful campus and endless restaurants and things to do. You will not be bored. However, as far as parties go for freshmen, there is a very large divide between Greeks and non greeks. I am in Greek life and there tends to be a lot of judgment among frats and sororities. However, by junior year the involvement with greek life and frat parties die out. My experience here has not been what I expected it to be, but it is not the school's fault. College is a new transition and it involves putting yourself out there, so anyone who claims University of Michigan caused them to have no friends actually needs to work on their own problems rather than criticizing the university. It is a great college (but very cold). Get a jacket.
1st Year Female -- Class 2018
University Resource Use: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B

Tests do not cover

Nov 12 2014Biology
Tests do not cover material given in lecture. Professors are unapproachable and unavailable. Students are unfriendly. I wish I had gone to another school.
Male -- Class 2000
Preparedness: - Reputation: -

What an awful university

Nov 21 2014English
What an awful university. It promises diversity and intellectual engagement to lure above-average students from attending smaller universities; then, once they accept, the university treats them as faceless numbers.

Honestly, don't allow it to fool you: the university is a predominantly white institution that expects relentless praise for its few social justice efforts (ex. a presentation about micro-aggressions). The campus's LGBTQ environment amounts to a few organizations and a nightclub that has a "gay night." Never mind the fact that most students spew sexist, racist, heteronormative, classist, and/or transphobic comments on a daily basis. Personally, I've never experienced so much blatant homophobia in my life, and my town is easily the most reactionary in its county.

This segues into the next problem: the student body. Dear Christ, has there ever been a more complacent, egotistical student body? Excluding the Ivy League, of course. However, unlike the Ivy League, gaining admission here is not a significant accomplishment. The academic requirements are above-average. The slogan "Leaders and the Best" is just that?a slogan! Tragically, most students believe they ARE leaders and the best...somehow. One would imagine that the students, at some point during their four years here, would listen to their peers' comments and observe their (lack of) academic passion and realize the superficiality of the slogan. Instead, you have the vast majority of students parading around as though everyone owes them everything. This doesn't even comment upon their collective classism and exclusionary behaviors. Obviously, not everyone here is like this, but most are?probably around 75% or so. Why subject yourself to that?

As for academics, they're lackluster. As others have noted, the graduate programs here excel and earn the school international renown. The undergrad programs, especially those involved with LSA, aren't anything special. Only one of my classes, an art history course, has challenged my perspective, and it's worth noting that this is my only class taught by a passionate professor. The others disappoint me. A GSI teaches my math class. Every time I bother to attend the "class"?I've given up hope on his ability to teach long ago?students correct his basic mistakes during notes. Then, he silently slumps around the room after he assigns group problems. Ugh. I'm currently in an upper-level English class, and my professor (yes, professor, not GSI) consistently confuses "its" with "it's." Worse yet, she often fails to remember characters' names and their roles from the novels we read. How the hell does the university have the audacity to brand itself as a world-class undergraduate institution when it employs village idiots as professors?!

Thus, one might ask what the positives are. Ann Arbor. It's very beautiful and has several amazing restaurants, bookstores, shops, etc. There are also several nice nature areas engrained around the city. It's a wonderful location to live as an adult. The university's campus itself is also quite stunning, though it feels like a perpetual construction site. But you can at least enjoy the areas that aren't currently polluted by noise.

The academics are also very easy, so that might appeal to a certain type of slacker. The entire place feels like a high-end resort that's filled with snobby suburbanites. Don't expect your experience to be different if you're enrolling in LSA, excluding the obligatory mid-term "hell week."

I can easily state that enrolling here was one of my life's worst decisions. I blindly accepted the university's lies, but within my first week here, I realized that I had made a mistake. It's not the superior intellectual institution that it once was, nor is it the bastion of social and artistic progress it once was. Seriously, to future freshmen who have recently become disillusioned and are considering a transfer, do it! I allowed it a semester to prove its worth, and if anything, it only has further appalled me. At least apply to other universities now so that you have the option to transfer later. I didn't. Now I have to waste another semester here before I can transfer to a better university next fall. I have no idea how I'm going to survive another semester here.To reiterate: if you're a grad student, apply here; if you're an undergrad, apply to another university. To one that will treat you as an individual. To one that lacks an arrogant student body.

1st Year Male -- Class 2018
Surrounding City: A+, Individual Value: D+
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