What's to NOT love about Michigan?

<p>So I've searched around on the internet for this, and haven't found any solid answers to it. I recently was accepted and right now Michigan is my #1, I think. I'm visiting in February so that'll clinch it or not. In the meantime I was hoping if anyone could comment on some of the bad things about the school. So far, it seems to be the brutal weather as the main one. </p>

<p>(I looked through that other thread a bit but I don't feel like scrolling through every page.)</p>

<p>the weather isn't even bad.</p>

<p>Lindsyoxo is right. The weather really isn't very bad in Michigan, except in the north. This comes from a lifelong Michigan resident, of course. Unless you can only stand a Texan (or whatever) climate, you should be able to bear it. It shouldn't be a deal-breaker. Where are you from?</p>

<p>Michigan winters are similar to those in Boston, Chicago, New England and Upstate New York. Although they are cold, wet and long, they are not that bad. Still, relatively speaking, I suppose the weather is probably one of Michigan's less endearing qualities! ;)</p>

<p>Michigan has no real weakness, but it is not for all tastes. It is a large university which offers undergraduate unlimited options, but it is designed for students who know how to make use of those options. Obviously, from an academic point of view, Michigan has no weakness. It terms of pure academics, it is one of the top 10 universities in the nation. Michigan's weakest departments are Biology and Chemistry, which are ranked #20 and #16 respectively. All other departments at Michigan are ranked among the top 15 nationally, with several departments ranked in the top 10, including Business, Engineer, the Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology), the Humanities (the Classics, History and Phylosophy) and some of the sciences (Mathematics and Physics). </p>

<p>From a non-academic POV, Michigan offers much, from incredible athletics tradition to a great on-campus/off-campus experience. </p>

<p>Beyond the academic, Michigan is well balanced. For example:</p>

<ol>
<li><p>Students are serious about their studies and are intellectual, but they also know how to let loose and have fun. </p></li>
<li><p>Academics are intense but manageable. </p></li>
<li><p>Sports play a big role in campus life, but they do not dominate it. </p></li>
<li><p>Greeks have a presence, but one does not have to belong to a fraternity/sorority to have fun or fit in. </p></li>
<li><p>Ann Arbor is not so large that the university is dwarfed but it is large enough to have something for everyone.</p></li>
</ol>

<p>I would say another one of the weaker aspects about Michigan too are it's study abroad options. It just seems a little more difficult to arrange a study abroad trip here than it is at other universities. Besides that I agree with Alexandre's list, I can't really think of anything bad. </p>

<p>If you don't like big campuses or want a rural atmosphere Michigan's definitely not for you, but that's all I can think of.</p>

<p>Umich and Ann Arbor are super fantastic. The one not so good item I can think of is is that the dorm room capacity is more disproportionately on the North campus than students would prefer. The ideal situation would be a contiguous campus whereas the engineering/music classrooms are adjacent to the central campus w/o the need for a bus ride.</p>

<p>I can't really think of any either. The weather isn't ideal but it's not horrible. It is much colder on average than the Northeast, way colder than New York or Boston (at least 10 degrees on average) HOWEVER it doesn't get that much snow. But early fall and late spring are really pleasant and even mid fall/early spring are nice as long as you aren't one of those people who are used to a Florida climate. Not to mention, summers in Michigan are obviously way nicer than summers down south where it's 90 degrees and humid all the time.</p>

<p>stewta, Ann Arbor is not that much colder than Boston (5 degrees on average).</p>

<p>I had a course get canceled on me... That was pretty lame. I don't know how common that is at other schools, but it's unfortunate that it happens here.</p>

<p>Actually Vladen, it happens a lot more at smaller universities. At Michigan, there is almost always sufficient critical mass for any class.</p>

<ol>
<li> Career Center for LSA is not as good as at other top Universities, freshman advisers (non-concentration) cannot always be of assistance with individual plans</li>
<li> Room and Board is incredibly expensive, especially for those stuck on North Campus ($15 a meal, I'm paying $900 a month for 88 square feet two miles away from all my classes)</li>
<li> Terrible OOS financial aid.</li>
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<p>I wouldn't agree with 1 nomadba3, with the amount of different tracks you can pursue at Michigan and the fact that LSA advisors are supposed to focus in the LSA setup means that no, they won't know that much about Ross and stuff like that. I was surprised at the amount of different advisors that exist though (I think it's a good thing).</p>

<p>I think LSA's advising is solid compared to its peers, though there is room for improvement. LSA can definitely do much more when it comes to corporate recruitment.</p>