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U of M Ann Arbor vs Dearborn

Ace028Ace028 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
What is the difference between them? I got accepted from both, but not sure which one I should go to. I live about 15 min from Dearborn and 40 min from Ann Arbor. I would like to stay home because I don't feel like living in a dorm, but I'm kind of looking at Ann Arbor for my choice. I was thinking that I could drive to Ann Arbor. Is there student parking at Ann Arbor? If so, how much does it cost?

Thanks for your help.
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Replies to: U of M Ann Arbor vs Dearborn

  • blackpen2008blackpen2008 Registered User Posts: 1,362 Senior Member
    you could drive to ann abor, park on north campus, and take a bus to central, but that will add about 10 mins, so your total drive will be almost an hour. it's doable, but just something to keep in mind.
    I would pick ann arbor hands down, even with the commute it's a better deal.
  • CoolbrezzeCoolbrezze Registered User Posts: 5,403 Senior Member
    University of Michigan- Ann Arbor is the university top ranked. University of Michigan- Ann Arbor is the prestige school, Dearborn is not.
  • willzzz88willzzz88 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Coolbreeze nailed it. It's as simple as that. (I have personal experienced with this based on my experiences...)
  • HARRRRHARRRR Registered User Posts: 335 Member
    Ann Arbor >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Dearborn.
  • Stevens11Stevens11 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Dearborn offers smaller class sizes at the undergrad level, which is nice.
    But I have to agree with the other posters, Ann Arbor is the prestige campus.
  • fredmarfredmar Registered User Posts: 429 Member
    I totally agree that UM-Ann Arbor is the better school/experience. But just for full disclosure's sake, the degree certificate that you get to hang on your wall from UM-Dearborn looks exactly the same as the one from UM-Ann Arbor. Tell a few football game stories, and no one in later life is likely to ask specifically which campus you went to school at.
  • WolverineMan012WolverineMan012 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    I would probably agree that Ann Arbor gives a much better experience and education than Dearborn. However, say you are in-state and you are a pre-med student, and you have to make the choice between the two. Would it really make a difference? You have Ann Arbor where education/experience is much better, but, on the other hand, you have Dearborn where it is easier to get a higher GPA and cheaper. Does the prestige make a difference when applying to med school? Any pre-meds out there that would like to give some insight?
  • CCRunner123CCRunner123 Registered User Posts: 1,280 Senior Member
    It makes a difference, however substantial. If you look at the incoming M1 rosters at the top medical schools (JHU, Harvard, Michigan etc.), a significant majority come from HYPSM and other top schools. So, in short, it does improve your chances if you come from a big name school, but only to a certain extent. You still need a solid GPA and MCAT, regardless of where you come from.
  • UMDADUMDAD Registered User Posts: 1,447 Senior Member
    Ann Arbor degree is from the University of Michigan.
    Dearborn degree is from the University of Michigan - Dearborn.
    They really are two separate entities.

    Why not throw University of Michigan - Flint into the discussion too.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Super Moderator Posts: 24,185 Super Moderator
    But to get the full experience, one must not only study in ann Arbor but also live in Ann Arbor. The OP seems to want to live with his parents and commute to Ann Arbor. He would still get the degree from Michigan, but he would not get the total experience.
  • wharfidlerwharfidler Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Some of the statements in this thread are of questionable value. Certainly, the prestige of and totality of life experiences on the Ann Arbor campus cannot be discounted.

    But the degrees granted by the satellite campuses (Flint and Dearborn included) and the flagship Ann Arbor campus are nearly identical in appearance. From an official and legal standpoint, all are technically conferred at Ann Arbor.

    Consult the following photographs and decide for yourself whether that is correct.

    Ann Arbor Diplomas



    Dearborn Diplomas


  • CCRunner123CCRunner123 Registered User Posts: 1,280 Senior Member
    Who cares about the diploma? When you send your transcript in to apply to graduate schools, you can be sure that it will note whether you attended Dearborn or Flint or Ann Arbor.
  • wharfidlerwharfidler Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Yes, of course, but for many people the diploma stands as the most important symbol of what they've attained.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Super Moderator Posts: 24,185 Super Moderator
    I hope people attend a university for more than just the diploma. At any rate, outside of the State of Michigan, almost EVERY single person I have met over the years asks me one simple question when they hear that I attended the University of Michigan. One question. That question is; "Ann Arbor"? When I say yes, I get "the look". I am not sure I would get that same look if I said; "nah, Dearborn"! hehe!
  • jnpnjnpn Registered User Posts: 787 Member
    Whar you are cracking me up. Who cares about the comparative value of your education when the piece of paper you receive at the end looks similar!

    The piece of paper you should be more concerned with is the resume.

    Ace, make the commute -- it's worth it.
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