reviews on here are pretty much what I expected: the
people who can't seem to spell think the place is
a hole, there are lots of people who put an
overwhelming amount of emphasis on discovering the social life, etc.
You can identify each of these people in the classroom.
I'm a CIS/Computer Science major and this school has taught
me the very valuable lesson that your education is what
you make of it. There are a lot of people
around here that have little or no faith in their
education and make little of it—just pass the class, get
the grade, and move on. Needless to say, many of
the students here are not always the most enthusiastic about
There are actually a lot of opportunities to
distinguish yourself. The Computer Science department is relatively small, so
it's easy to get familiar with people. Many of the
students are arrogant “I already know it all” dweebs who
don't bathe and can't dress themselves, but there are also
plenty of bright students with a healthy outlook. They become
more common as you go throughout the coursework.
reasonably so, a lot of comparisons made between UM-Dearborn and
UM-Ann Arbor. The bottom line is, and this shouldn't be
a shocker, UM-Dearborn is much less competitive, more personal, and
easier to succeed in than the Ann Arbor campus. But
on that note, I think most of the coursework is
exceptional. I think the tests probe your understanding of the
material, and many of the professors are excellent at teaching.
Even where they aren't, there are plenty of excellent resources
to help you learn the material. As with any college,
you have to reach out for help, but many of
the students here seem to think everything should just fall
right in their lap. I guess between breaking their high
score in Bejeweled on Facebook and blast rap music in
the UC they didn't get a chance to stop by
their professor's office hours.
There's this rather depressing attitude amongst
students that UM-Dearborn is like the forgotten red-headed step child
campus (not quite sure where that puts Flint). There's generally
very little school pride, and I think many people wouldn't
be here if it weren't for the name brand. The
Dearborn campus actually has the second lowest admission ratio in
the state after the Ann Arbor campus, even lower than
State, and the statistics parallel or surpass State and Grand
Valley, which are the other contenders for top. Make no
mistake—without the Michigan name overshadowing this campus, it's one of
the best Universities in Michigan, which is saying a lot.
I'm familiar with the computer science curriculum at this and
several other Universities in the state, as well as the
nationally recognized programs (MIT, Carnegie Mellon) and it stacks up
pretty well. We generally cover a lot more material that
competing programs (State, Mich Tech, Grand Valley) and the curriculum,
sans pre-requisites, is very similar to the Ann Arbor campus
and both move at a similar pace.
In retrospect I'm
actually pretty glad I decided to go to this school.
I wouldn't quite be me if it weren't for the
lifestyle of this campus. If you're a motivated individual, UM-Dearborn
lets you live as you'd like to, without the culture
and stigma of college life, which for me would have
held me back from doing things that I wouldn't be
the same without doing. But, I have to say, if
I were in my senior year of high school again,
picking which college to enroll in, I think I might've
passed up the commuter campus.