University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Reviews

  • 75 Reviews
  • Ann Arbor (MI)
  • Annual Tuition: $49,350
96% of 75 students said this degree improved their career prospects
97% of 75 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Solara
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2020
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I basically had to teach myself the material- 2-3 hours of classroom instruction a week for each class was insufficient to teach me. So, most of my time was spent alone staring at a computer screen, which led to feelings of alienation and loneliness. There was a big sense of competitiveness rather than collaboration, often driven by the fact that grades were based on a 'curve,' so instead of helping each other with the material, students benefited off their peers performing worse than them. Even in classes specific to my major, class sizes were large (50-100 students) and I'm sure my professors didn't know who I was. I also got the feeling that a lot of the professors cared more about their research than engaging in quality teaching to their students, and a lot of classes consisted of rapidly going through numerous wordy slides with the assumption that students would go back and learn the material later on their computers on their own. U of M is also a party school, so if you're into that, maybe it's good for you, but that was never my scene. I also had the expectation that with a bachelor's degree I would be able to get a job doing something I liked in my field of Kinesiology, but it turns out that grad school is the only option moving forward, and most people in my major had intentions of going on to Physical Therapy school. However, my experience at U of M turned me off to school so much that I definitely can't imagine stomaching 3 more years of graduate school. As a comparison, I liked my high school a lot and felt like most of my teachers actually cared about me, and I had close relationships with friends, but in college I felt as though my professors saw me as more of a nuisance getting in the way of their 'real' work and most people I met were just very competitive or uptight or self-righteous. I should have dropped out, because it really got me nowhere except into a headspace of depression, but I was fed the lie over & over again by everyone around me (not just those at school- family, anything I read online, etc) that if I just stuck it out and graduated, the world would be my oyster."
Sarah Limb
  • Reviewed: 12/18/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Going to this University has shaped the way I currently view the world. Every student here is highly capable and while at times it was stressful to look around and compare myself to my successful peers, it was in turn what motivated me to do the same. While the school is largely liberal, the University prides itself in creating open-discussion dialogue. The safe space was not always felt by all students, and this is where I really saw the passion in students-- people were encouraged to fight for equalities and injustices. No matter your opinion, there is a group of activists who are already driving this change. It is truly a special place where I was constantly pushed to extend myself further, go out of my comfort zone, and educate myself on the world. Asking questions was always encouraged by professors, and I felt these 4 years of challenges have now allowed me to continue seeking the best in myself as I extend myself into graduate school and beyond."
Tae-Pyo Kim
  • Reviewed: 9/14/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"The University of Michigan is known as the "Harvard of the West" and for good reason. It is an incredibly competitive school with excellent faculty and fast-paced classes. What I appreciated about Michigan in particular was the work-life balance that thrives there. Yes, everyone works really hard to achieve good grades in class but there is also a level of relaxation and rest. Ann Arbor may not be a huge city with a ton of stuff to do all the time, but it is a nice, safe, wholesome town. It was voted best city to live in in a couple of polls as well. I also love the sheer amount of opportunities the school provides to students in whatever interests you have. Whether you are interested in human rights or K-pop dance there is a student organization for everything. Internship and research opportunities are plentiful as well. Michigan is a place where everything is available to you, you just have to take the initiative and get what you want."
Taylor Henkin
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2019
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  • Graduation Year: 2014
"University of Michigan alumni will collectively agree that Ann Arbor, Michigan is the greatest place in the world and that the University of Michigan is the greatest University in the universe. In addition to being a BIG 10 school, U of M contributes unequivocally in the areas of academia, school spirit, diversity, and overall culture. U of M offers studies in such a vast variety of subjects (including rocket science) and furthermore subcategories within those subjects. For example, within the vague field of Psychology, they are offer concentrations in various fields. Within my chosen sub-field, I also delved further into a SUB-concentration of Autism studies, where I was able to utilize said degree following my graduation in Case Management for the developmentally disabled population. The alumni organization is phenomenal and offers services well after graduation, including alumni social events or the alumni mentorship program. Even through LinkedIn, being a U of M alumni holds great significance and connections. The University prides itself of great diversity, which can be found not only in course offerings but the student body itself. The amount of student clubs and activities is endless and can include traditional hobbies (from Stomp to Ultimate Frisbee to a nationally-award-winning A Capella program), to the most unique activities, including Squirrel-watching. While politics and culture infiltrate the classroom and student body, the university encourages its students to engage in cordial and professional difference in opinion and meaningful discussion.U of M offers opportunities for every type of person, personality, or goal (academically, professionally, personally, socially, etc.). Though I may be biased, I truly believe that attending University of Michigan is the best choice a student can make. Forever GO BLUE!"
Jen
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I really liked the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) program. The program is still newer and is very small which was actually very nice in terms of being able to get to know the students and professors in the program. I learned about it my freshman year and immediately knew that it was the major for me."
Myrtes Moore
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"The University of Michigan lives up to its reputation! It's a wonderful opportunity to get an education from such a prestigious school. The professors are very knowledgeable of the subjects they teach because they are tenured and work in their fields. Many of the professors are also very popular in their fields from making notable contributions. The U pushes its students for greatness, and allows the resources to do so. The school has also made some revisions for students of lower income: tuition is free for in-state students whose EFC is $65000 or under.* Without the burden of financial instability, students can put all of their stress towards exams! A major point of going to college in general is having a degree that's in high demand and that will have a high turn-around for job opportunities. My department, Linguistics, was very small. There weren't many opportunities for me there, especially outside of academia. This is also how the real world is. Nonetheless, Linguistics has a lot of cross-disciplinary professions - so I have hope, especially since the Alumni network is so vast."
Pratik Lakhani
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2019
  • Degree: Environmental Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"The University of Michigan is an exceptional school. From amazing academics to a contagious school spirit, the school helped me grow both as a person and professional. Every student is motivated to do their best. As a student in the College of Engineering studying Environmental Engineering, the campus and the city of Ann Arbor became my classroom. My program explored local environmental issues and incorporated them into the curriculum making my education relevant and important. Although a large school, the College of Engineering administration truly cares about every student, and there are multiple resources available to help with anything anyone may need. If you want to attend a school with a perfect balance of social and academic life, then the University of Michigan is the college for you. Go Blue!"
Amani
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"The University of Michigan School of Public Health (U-M SPH) recently created an Undergraduate Program. I will be a part of the first undergraduate graduating class at the U-M SPH in May 2019. Overall, I am satisfied with the education I have received because I was able to bring the content I learned in the classroom to life in my extracurricular activities and service work outside the classroom. That said, the School of Public Health's curriculum is not particularly difficult, so my involvement outside the classroom was imperative to my undergraduate success. The curriculum in the program takes an integrative approach. Where other schools may have a specific biostatistics class or a specific community health class, the U-M SPH curriculum attempts to combine all of these concepts in each required course rather than separating the individual concepts. I think this is a good approach since public health is very interdisciplinary; however, organizing the curriculum in such a way can make the classes feel repetitive in nature. The elective classes, however, are really awesome courses where I feel like I have learned the most on specific public health topics. That said, the program is continuously seeking student feedback through course evaluations and group and individual meetings with the directors of the program. I do truly feel supported in this way at the U-M SPH. Additionally, since the U-M SPH undergraduate education program is new, there are a lot of opportunities to shape the program, provide feedback, and start new initiatives. There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved in research at the school and U-M SPH resources such as financial aid scholarships for internships and study abroad are expanding each consecutive year the program exists."
Doris Lawrence
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2019
  • Degree: Economics
  • Graduation Year: 1993
"The University of Michigan is an excellent if you are clear on what you want to study. The University has excellent colleges in business, engineering and education. You are able to take class in other colleges within the university. However, you must be self sufficient and self directed. The counseling staff will help guide you but you must set and reach your goals on your own."
Oksana
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"My time at the University of Michigan was filled with wonderful experiences. Here, the microbiology program allows students to gain a diverse plethora of knowledge in and outside of the classroom. Coming from a small high school, the University of Michigan helped me to expand my world view and showed me a variety of possibilities through which I can impact the world."
Zo Faylor
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2019
  • Degree: Creative Writing
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I was initially dually enrolled but chose to only complete my Creative Writing degree through the Residential College. I loved the Residential College because of its small class sizes, and having the opportunity to work one-on-one with renowned writers. The University of Michigan is huge, so this is a great option for a more personable experience. The intensive language component of the RC is difficult however, so be prepared to work hard. The University as a whole has numerous resources: advising, services for students with disabilities, opportunities for research projects and extracurriculars. Make connections while you are there, take risks and get involved. Make the most out of it! My path through undergraduate education was not linear, but I will say that my biggest take-away post-graduation is to be financially smart about your education. I loved attending the University of Michigan and I love Ann Arbor. It is especially nice and quiet in the summer if you stick around. If you are unsure about your major, a smart option is to get your prerequisites filled at a community college (just make sure they are applicable/transfer). You can even take some online courses at WCC while attending the University. I am going to be attending a graduate program at The University of Michigan this year, and wish someone would have coached eighteen year-old me on the reality of student debt. Higher education is a large investment in both time and money, so be thoughtful about your decision."
Valencia Waller
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2018
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"The Univesity of Michigan-Ann Arbor is an institution of higher learning that is very easy to get lost in. The student body during my time on campus as an undergraduate student was incredibly large (~25,000 students) and so it is important to join clubs and campus organizations in order to find your "tribe." The faculty was an incredible resource and I love to hang out at the student union. I just hope they've improved the dining options! If you're fortunate enough to be accepted, it's a great value. Foot ball games are a must, as are the numerous social events and brown bags to get to know your professors, which you should want to do if you ever want to get into grad/professional school!"
Nikysha Gilliam
  • Reviewed: 5/26/2018
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 1994
"While the University of Michigan is a very large campus, evolving each year that I go back to visit, it is teeming with opportunities and safe spaces where a student can find a "home" and a sense of belonging. Since I attended the University many years ago, buildings have been renovated, programs have been revised, and the campus has been updated in general. It sits in the heart of the city and serves as its beat. Counselors are available for academic and social-emotional support, financial aid officers assist with money matters, and generally the professors are available for office hours, if only students would take advantage and attend. I have to say, as someone who loves to read, the updated library is fabulous!"
Ashley M
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"My degree didn't directly prepare me to work in the Psychology field because it is a field in which a graduate degree is required, which is what I am working toward now. However, I took classes that gave me real life experiences through volunteering and internships that helped to make my learning more concrete and applicable to the real world. It's a massive school with a crazy amount of resources, but it's on you to find and take advantage of them."
Maja Tosic
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2018
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"University of Michigan is a great school that allows you to grow and learn in a challenging environment. There are so many options of classes and programs to be a part of. Anyone can find a community to be a part of here. And there are an endless amount of classes to choose from."
Isa Gaillard
  • Reviewed: 1/28/2018
  • Degree: Public Policy
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"While I value my entire experience at the University of Michigan, it was the time I spent in the Ford School of Public Policy that set me on a trajectory to become a leader in public service. The schools flexible yet focused model of having each student create their own focus area fosters a culture of academic diversity that is unparalleled. In terms of faculty, the Ford School has world-class practitioners that happen to be amazing at teaching. The use of current day policy issues and case studies from around the globe give every lecture and section an element of novelty and relevance. The Ford Schools undergraduate and graduate cohorts are the perfect size, about 50 and 30 students respectively, and there's a good amount of interaction between the cohorts, but this is one area in which the school can strengthen. From the computer lab and study rooms, to the elegant yet modern lecture halls, I always felt distinguished and privileged strolling through the facilities -- this place is beautiful. Of all the things I loved about Ford, it was the Writing Center that I cherished the most. In order to be effective in the world of policy, writing is one of the most essential tools. The Ford School recognizes this, and provides professional writers to assist Ford students with their essays, memos, and talking points. Thanks to this resource, writing has become one of my greatest skills, a skill that many policy practitioners, including myself use every single day."
Lauren
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2017
  • Degree: Industrial Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"The University of Michigan has given me an amazing education and I have made so many life long friends here. It is the best balance of work and fun and I couldn't have asked for a better school to prepare me for the workplace. It also helps that it is prestigious and I love how many alums I see all over the world repping their go blue gear. There are so many different organizations to get involved in to really help you shape your college experience. AMAZING I LOVE IT"
graduate 2014
  • Reviewed: 7/7/2017
  • Degree: Art History
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"The University of Michigan is a large public university in the Midwest. It falls into many clinches and stereotypes about American public colleges. That being said, you will get out of it what you put into it. The most rewarding thing is showing up to lectures. I had brilliant, excited, sometimes pretentious but always passionate professors. The course material came to life in the classroom. Show up and participate and you will really enjoy the experience. The research and archive resources at the university are peerless. Take advantage of them!"
Nathalie Peterson
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 1998
"My years at the University of Michigan were the best years of my life. From enjoying the most exceptional instruction, to meeting people who I remain friends with to this day, there is nothing I could say that is not positive about U of M. The resources offered to students are endless, and the advice and mentorship I received from both the instructors and the more advanced students directly impacted my life, as I found work rather promptly after graduating thanks to their guidance. Even when I left Michigan to move to San Francisco, the U of M Alumni Association played a role in my life. I continued to stay in touch with U of M and my friends and mentors from that time, and always will!"
Lee Nussbaum
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"Michigan's Ross School of Business provides an excellent academic foundation for those seeking careers in the world on investing. The coursework, career counseling, and networking opportunities were tremendous and helped me break into a competitive industry where I could develop a career."