University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Reviews
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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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
I was extremely satisfied with UM's academic programs in general and in the economics department specifically. The economics department offers many different options, so you can choose a path that focuses on more quantitative classes if that's what you want. The core requirement classes can be difficult and somewhat boring, but once you get through those, the electives are interesting and often quite practical.