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I was a top-notch student (and National MeritQuite BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
I was a top-notch student (and National Merit Scholar) prior to coming to college (only ended up with a 3.0 at UM, and that's because I decided to step up my game in the last year and pull A's--this merely consisted of attending class). One point of advice would be to take time off in between high school and college to get your bearings and re-calibrate what it is you actually wanted to study/achieve. If you are an achiever, you might need a breather. People coming out of the "success" track from high school haven't fully had the chance to explore their own darn minds and reflect. I cannot recommend more heartily to take a step back, go work as a barrister/a for a while, shake off some of that compulsive programming (be it personal or parental), and THEN make the choice about college--because that can be a great experience, but I think more appreciated when it isn't just part of a continuum that you haven't truly been at the wheel of.

Additionally, I do think there is a financial divide that separates some students from the majority here at UM. I did come from a privileged background so I cannot speak to that fully on my own behalf, but I employ staff that haven't been so advantaged, and they have expressed a sense of isolation and general lack of comprehension of where the bulk of their peers are coming from. Something of which to be aware and willing to wrangle with.

Lastly, and somewhat adding to the above observation, diversity does exist at UM, if you are merely looking at skin color (although African Americans are underrepresented). However, when you take a closer look at diversity, the upbringing and financial backgrounds of the majority of students closely mirror one another. There is a paucity of "experiential", "economical", diversity. Perhaps this is typical of all Big Ten schools, I don't know. But I feel like exposure to other cultures and ways of life are limited by the average college-track youth being funneled into the same mold. And that mold is finely represented at UM.

Positive points: Ann Arbor is a decent place. There are very good professors that are committed to their work and mentoring roles (as well as bad).

Essentially, I think college is going to have its ups and downs, wherever you attend. Like life itself. Just brace yourself for the realities, read all the reviews you can, and make your leap (hopefully after taking some time off from the academic grind!). Good luck out there!

Alumna Female -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Research Associate; Preparedness: A+ Reputation: F
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A good education can be had at anyBrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
A good education can be had at any university or community college. But a large, globally respected university like Michigan offers more than just a good eduction. It provides an opportunity to meet and learn from people who shape the world at the highest levels of government and business. If you don't take advantage of the special opportunities a world class university offers, you may as well save your money and attend a smaller, less expensive school.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Software Developer; Preparedness: B- Reputation: A
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The University of Michigan is a great schoolAverageComputer Science
The University of Michigan is a great school with all different types of students. No matter who you are, you will be able to find your niche. There are many intelligent students here and you will naturally rise and fall to the level of your intellectual peers.

My only reservation about Michigan is that it markets itself as "The Leaders and Best" which isn't something a school that legitimately has the Leaders and Best would have to say (e.g. Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, etc.). Furthermore, most of the programs here are only really well ranked because of the graduate school rankings. Many undergraduate programs are significantly worse (though still above average) in comparison.

Outside of Engineering and Ross, U of M is merely above average. I would rank the 3 most important schools as follows: LSA is comparable to USC, Engineering is comparable to Berkeley, and Ross is comparable to Duke.

Also, if you think that U of M students are less intelligent than you expected, YOU'RE HANGING OUT WITH THE WRONG U OF M STUDENTS.

I've noticed that many English, Nursing, Arts, (Insert group here) Studies, etc. students on StudentsReview like to complain that they're not being intellectually stimulated. THAT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE IN THE WRONG CLASSES. If you think Math 115 is too easy, take Math 185 (Honors Calc 1). If you thought your english classes were a blowoff, try taking an engineering class like EECS 281 and then tell me how you feel.

The fact of the matter is, easier classes attract a lower student intelligence population. Don't take IGR, WS, DAAS, or any other Bullshit department classes if you want to challenge yourself intellectually.

For those that are in Engineering and Ross and still think they're not being challenged, you're probably experiencing the Dunning-Kruger effect, but in case you're not, there still exist outlets for highly successful peer groups.

I'd suggest 2 of the business fraternities (90%+ of people in AKPsi or PCT could get into Bulge Bracket firms), most entrepreneurial organizations (e.g. MPowered, Shift, StartUM, etc.) or start your own venture (I know tons of students who've started their own businesses), join a consulting group (these tend to have highly competitive admissions), or just take very difficult classes (e.g. Math 217, EECS 381, etc.). On the whole, U of M benefits greatly from having such a large student body because it provides such a breadth of student quality and experience. Your experience here varies greatly depending on where you see yourself and how much effort you put into college. Go Blue!

1st Year Male -- Class 2018
Education Quality: A, Individual Value: C
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