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The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityB+
Useful SchoolworkA Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueB University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceA- Social LifeB+
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsA
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Sep 11 2004
Major: Archaeology (This Major's Salary over time)
I can only speak for my major since I didn't take general fresh/soph. level classes at UM but I've had a wonderful experience at this school. All of my professors have been very accessible (I've heard this isn't the case in lower-level classes and in other areas of study) and are eager to hear from students. Office hours and telephone access are scarce but I've had no problem communicating through email. Instructors in my concentration are passionate about their fields and at UM archaeology is definitely not a "b.s. degree." There are opportunities for research (although you really do have to bug people to keep yourself at the forefront of thought at times) and practical field study.

The student body can be overwhelmingly huge and impersonal, especially if you're a transfer student. However, there are no lack of student clubs, organizations, and sports teams to join. If you arrange your classes right, you can have an active social life while keeping good grades in your classes. It seems pretty racially and socially segregated though, so if you're a floater, prepare for some juggling. I find it's easiest to join different sorts of organizations and not just ones related to your field of study/ethnicity/sport. It's easy to get sucked into hanging out with only one group since they're so isolated from one another.

Also, if you're from a small town and/or a small school, prepare for culture shock. You will not see the same person twice and people aren't going to be as eager to lend a helping hand to you. There are nice people, but you have to catch them before they become jaded. It seems everyone at UM is afraid that they aren't as smart as they thought. They're trying to stay one step ahead of the game and it makes them a bit bitter sometimes. If you keep a friendly and positive outlook you'll be fine. If you smile and someone glares at you, just ignore it. They're nice people but they're not used to friendliness. I still get mistaken for a freshman.

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