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Reasons to attend and to not attend University of Michigan
- “There’s a really good support system here for inclusiveness. The university promotes a lot of acceptance and inclusions, so it’s nice to be in a place like that.”
- “It’s very walkable unless you’re on North campus. I’m not an art student or engineer, so I’ve never faced that issue. For the most part, it’s a very accessible place.”
- “There’s something profoundly motivating about being on this campus. I think everyone is very personable and wants to be social while also being very driven academically. I think it inspires you to be more of yourself.”
- “It’s really easy to go abroad.”
- “I think it’s a good combination of people from all over because it is a state school, so there are a lot of Michigan kids, but we have a lot of out of state people. It’s the right combination of international, Mid-West, and coastal.” [In 2016, the incoming freshman class was 51% in-state.]
To Not Attend
- “It’s a big school. Everything you may want to do, like getting into clubs, is pretty competitive. A lot of the classes competitive and a lot of the clubs are competitive in terms of getting into them, so that’s one thing that I found is pretty tough.”
- “If you get involved in Greek life, it can be a dominating factor in your life. I only see that now as I’m near the end of college.” [About 17% of students are involved in Greek life.]
- “If you just want a campus, the city aspect of it might not be great for you.”
- “There is diversity, but they have a long way to go. If you’re looking for diversity, you have to seek it out yourself because it’s very easy to find [affluent White people] and stick in that clique.” [65% of students are White, 5% of students are Black and 6% of students are Hispanic. Socioeconomically, 49% of students come from the top 10% and 3.6 come from the bottom 20%.]
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