University of Michigan - Dearborn Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (4)
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is a fine institution. Although just a commuter school and many students simply attend class and then go home, it is worth it to get involved. Getting involved in the slew of extracurricular activities enhances the educational experience one receives at this school. There aren't as many majors offered as other universities, but all the professors are here for a big reason - small class sizes and the chance to create relationships with individual students. The specific attention I was able to receive by visiting professors and talking about progress motivated me to improve as I didn't feel like a face lost in a large crowd.
As a non-traditional college student, I actually took classes at three other colleges before landing at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. What I appreciated most about the this institution were its small class sizes, as well as its plethora of diversity. The small class sizes allowed for a more intimate learning environment, one which welcomed student-teacher interactions and also encouraged teamwork. The high level of diversity allowed for a unique learning experience which introduced various opinions and perspectives from multiple places around the world. Another positive aspect I would like to discuss is the advising resources that were offered at this university. As a student with the aspiration of going to medical school and becoming a doctor, I was blessed to have a phenomenal pre-med advisor who guided me through the entire application process, and shed light in areas I was very unsure about. These benefits supported me as I earned my B.S. in biological sciences, and also helped me gain acceptance to the medical school of my choice. While reviewing my degree program in biology however, I am disappointed to say that I was not satisfied with the upper level requirements presented by it. Many of my peers who were also pursuing a degree in biology and shared an interest in the pre-health field, ranging from pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, or etc. agreed with my criticism of the program. The main issue was that many of the required upper level biology courses seemed inappropriate for the pre-health track. For example while most of us would've preferred to take human physiology instead of plant physiology, we were forced to enroll in the latter as a requirement, and offered human physiology is an elective instead. As an individual who is currently on his path towards medical school, I would have appreciated a biology program which was more tailored to my eventual post graduate education rather than one which forced required classes that I did not care to take. While talking to many of my classmates were also in the same major as myself I received very similar feedback as well in regards to classes such as plant physiology, ecology, and comparative animal physiology, which were required over more pertinent courses such as human physiology, bio chemistry, or cellular biology which were not. That being said, in hindsight I may have instead chosen a different major, perhaps biochemistry of microbiology, so I could have avoided classes that were not going to prep me for medical school. Overall I would recommend this university to anyone who is interested in a more intimate learning environment that both encourages individuality and inclusion, and is also interested in the pre-health sciences as this college is known to produce many medical students, dental students, and pharmacy students. Through my experience I can safely state that if you pursue a pre-health track at the University of Michigan - Dearborn, and you utilize both the advising resources and multiple student-run organizations present at the school, you will receive the tools necessary to succeed and acquire those dreams you dare the chase.
I enjoyed my time at University of Michigan - Dearborn. I enjoyed the ability to commute to class while living at home. I also appreciated that they offered a wide range of classes so I could earn my degree going to school full time while also working. There are many night and online classes you can take. The professors were always helpful. The campus is pleasing and easy to get to.
The campus is great. So are the class sizes. Not too big and not too small. Nearly all my instructors have been great. Student activities and groups are great. The student body is very diverse in terms of age, gender, race and backgrounds so you get to meet a lot of different people. I really enjoyed my time at UM-D. Harvard on the Rouge as we like to joke.