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The University of Michigan - Dearborn

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA- Faculty AccessibilityA-
Useful SchoolworkA- Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeB
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsA
SafetyB
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly

Female
ACT:29
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Social Life
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Creativity/ Innovation
A+
She cares more about Safety than the average student.
Date: Mar 27 2008
Major: Business - Management and Administration (This Major's Salary over time)
First, I am a Marketing major. It was not an option to pick on this form.

My experience at UMD has been positive - more so than I thought. I chose UMD over UM-AA because I wanted to stay at home, and I received a scholarship.

My largest class had about 100 students, but this was for a 100 level science class for non-sci majors. Most 100-200 level courses that are requirements have about 30-40 students, but upper level courses specializing in Marketing have had more like 15-20 students. Most professors learn your name, and most classes are engaging and require participation. You do not feel like a number at the School of Management.

The internship programs are amazing. There are several for different majors, and the U has good connections with companies. As long as you don't have a terrible GPA and you WANT an internship, it's easy to find a very promising one. The U has a lot of career-related events. I feel like at a larger university, I might not have received so much career support.

Many people comment about the social life here. Don't just assume that just because UMD is a commuter school it means there is no social life. If you are LOOKING for one, there is! The University Center is always buzzing with activites. There are lots of seminars, guest speakers, and free special events to attend every day.

Clubs and organizations aren't hard to join at all. I'm in three, and I'm also getting the chance to run for leadership positions that I feel I wouldn't get the chance to try out for at a larger school. There are plenty of clubs for each major, as well as some University-supported organizations that are for the entire campus. The entire second floor of the University Center is dedicated to clubs and organizations. If you hang out up there, it starts to almost feel like a dorm!

Frats and sororities are really popular here - everyone seems to have a sweatshirt of some greek symbol. They have a lot of parties and meetings. We also have intermural sports like flag football and basketball, which are pretty popular.

There are some drawbacks. Parking is difficult, especially on main campus. Also, while our student activities are great, sports teams don't get a lot of support or attendance from the student body.

If you are the kind of person who will attend your classes and try and get involved somehow, you will have a lot of fun. It's a very personalized experience. However, if you don't have much motivation and you just go to class and come home, you might not have a fun experience, although the education will be good.

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commentThanks for the great info! Currently I'm looking at UM Dearborn and Eastern. I spoke with someone from EMU's business department recently. I asked her about internships and she said, "We have some connections to the industry, but we expect you to find your own internship." Also she looked at me like I was crazy when I asked her if I could do more than one internship. I'm glad to know that I'll have a better time getting real world experience at UM Dearborn.
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