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dershing
11-19-2007, 03:54 PM
Had a great time studying in Ann Arbor. Will definitely recommend it to students thinking of heading to the USA. Esp now that the exchange rate is really favourable.

I spent 3 years there doing a degree in EEE sponsored by Sembcorp. Ann arbor is a safe and fun university town. Borders headquarters is there and there is a really nice academic feel to the place.

Check out their URL at http://www.umich.edu

Silv
11-22-2007, 11:04 AM
Thanks for the recommendation. Could you specify exactly what it is about UMich, Ann Arbor, that has won your heart? Perhaps detail some experiences or plus points about the university? (aka, what sets it apart from other universities such that in your eyes it is recommendable?)

As an aside, something I'd like to note: Even if exchange rates are favorable, without a scholarship most of us cannot afford a US education.

sherane
12-11-2007, 10:17 PM
How true. I had so much wanted to go to UMich - even got into the honors program and all... but no scholarship no luck no matter how great the exchange rate is.

so here i am still in singapore.

dershing
12-18-2007, 06:08 PM
How to start. Ann Arbor is a very beautiful college town. It is 1 hours drive from detriot and is totally unlike the city. The building in the central campus are quite stately from the west wing to the quad area and the law quad. In fact the law quad is reminscient of cambridge. But what is really fun is that is that it provides a good american style college education with a safe and upper middle class environment. This matters a lot in the USA.

So in no particular order. What i love about ann arbor and umich.

1) Food. Ann arbor has great restaurants. Italian, japanese, american chains, french, greek, egyptian, german you name it. Only thing bad is the chinese food but that is common across the mid west.

2) Arb. There is nature park there that is very beautiful esp during fall or spring. The river huron runs across it and i spent many times walking there.

3) Borders. Double story borders in heart of town next to uni. Borders started here. And if you like Barnes & nobles, there is one nearby too.

4) Typical american lifestyle. Tons of conveniences. Mega malls, movies, parties, videos, u name it. And of course a car to bring you to them.

5) School. Had fun taking various types of courses. From ocean history to accounting and philosophy. All are good. They have a great engineering course too but I personally did not enjoy it too much. Disclaimer : i am a EE grad!

6) Travel. From Ann Arbor you can head to factory outlets Birchrun to the north, casino Eagle something north too, Great lakes, Chicago in the east and of course, can always drive 4 hours to Canada and see the Niagra falls.

7) People. Pretty diverse place. I met a greek scholar there, various stratas of americans (white, afro, well to do, middle class, east coast, west coast, jew, non-jew etc). Can;t say I get along well with all of them but hey , l learnt something about the nation and its people.

That's about it. If got more specific stuff, ask me.!

SNPH
01-05-2008, 01:46 AM
i went to umich under the Honors program in LSA too.

one thing i really enjoyed about Michigan is its school spirits. I had the option to go ivy league but my college counselor then advised me on choosing a college with good college life. UM has both the reputation for good academics (from business, engineering, psychology, economics, public health and many others) plus a really strong spirit. you wont regret going there.

the most important thing about college life is TO ENJOY IT!

Hail the victors!

proudgunner
05-09-2009, 03:12 AM
Glad to hear so much bout UMich.. Entering as freshman in Fall 09.. Hope to know others who will be joining me there this Aug.. Ps drop a note if you are..

patryn33
05-10-2009, 10:40 AM
1) Food. Ann arbor has great restaurants. Italian, japanese, american chains, french, greek, egyptian, german you name it. Only thing bad is the chinese food but that is common across the mid west.

2) Arb. There is nature park there that is very beautiful esp during fall or spring. The river huron runs across it and i spent many times walking there.

3) Borders. Double story borders in heart of town next to uni. Borders started here. And if you like Barnes & nobles, there is one nearby too.

4) Typical american lifestyle. Tons of conveniences. Mega malls, movies, parties, videos, u name it. And of course a car to bring you to them.

5) School. Had fun taking various types of courses. From ocean history to accounting and philosophy. All are good. They have a great engineering course too but I personally did not enjoy it too much. Disclaimer : i am a EE grad!

6) Travel. From Ann Arbor you can head to factory outlets Birchrun to the north, casino Eagle something north too, Great lakes, Chicago in the east and of course, can always drive 4 hours to Canada and see the Niagra falls.

7) People. Pretty diverse place. I met a greek scholar there, various stratas of americans (white, afro, well to do, middle class, east coast, west coast, jew, non-jew etc). Can;t say I get along well with all of them but hey , l learnt something about the nation and its people.


add on
1) The best Chinese grocery is Hua Xing. Good Chinese Dim Sum is some drive away in Bloomfield hills.

6) Tanger Outlet is nearer than Birch Run.
The road in Michigan sucks, drivers are pretty aggressive. Its hard to find parking around the area.
Go Up north, U can Traverse City- Cherry Capital of the world.
plenty of winery there but Wine sucks.
Niagara on the lake offer better wines.

8) Econ is bad today, after Pfizer left, big 3 going down hill.. wanna look for job after graduation isn't that easy. be perpared to move. Wanna get a house to stay for 4yrs and hope the market recover, house there are pretty cheap today.

xylee
07-06-2009, 12:43 AM
thanks for all the input about UMich!

any idea if any poly grads have been admitted to UMich?

is SAT II required to apply to UMich electrical engineering? because i'm keen to attend UMich but I don't have time to take my SAT II before NS... :-(

i've taken SAT I recently; my results were 730 for maths and 700 for both writing and critical reading sections. is this score good enough for UMich? thanks in advance!

patryn33
07-06-2009, 08:05 PM
if i am not wrong SAT II is not required.
http://www.admissions.umich.edu/prospective/applying/

Not sure if any poly grads go there, Fees is super high for those who are going on F&M fund. U are on DSTA scholarship.
U can check out admitted students profile, but I think shouldn't be hard. EE very big cohort.
http://www.admissions.umich.edu/about/

junkai23
03-22-2012, 05:05 PM
I am really keen in applying for University of Michigan! I plan to pursue mech. engg. there. How is the whole application procedure like? And what are the things I need to prepare while applying? Thanks a lot!:)

almuzzi
03-22-2012, 09:13 PM
Hi junkai! For UM you basically apply via CommonApp, just like other schools. They look a lot at your SAT 1s (SAT subjects arent a requirement, but if yours are good then by all means include em), essays and teacher recommendations. Their Regular Decision is rolling, and the earlier you submit, the higher the chance of getting admitted so try applying as early as possible!

I applied to UM last year and got deferred and eventually rejected due to a dismal SAT score(which i took in sec 3 haha). I retook the SATs and got in this year. So to anyone who got deferred, have hope!

junkai23
04-01-2012, 05:30 PM
thanks a lot! ok, i will apply early. Which month should I apply? By the way, what is a good SAT score I should aim for to get in?

almuzzi
04-22-2012, 03:43 PM
Hey junkai sorry for the late reply. If you're really aiming for UM, id suggest applying early action in october(which is nonbinding, unlike early decision). As for regular decision, they close on 1st feb, so apply in Dec? As for SAT scores, do NOT take the average (or even the 75 percentile) SAT scores listed on their website as a benchmark. SAT scores for sg candidates are MUCH higher than the average applicant to any of the top us colleges. Given that each uni has a set quota for sporeans (if they didnt we would be flooding their intakes), you'd need a pretty high score to get in.

FYI, the college of engineering and Ross pre-admit are the hardest to get into. I scored 2270 (CR: 800, M: 800, W: 670) for SAT 1, and M II:760, Phy: 800 for my SAT IIs. I took them during my 2nd year of NS (and I'm in infantry so no time to study), hence the average scores. I'd suggest you take them ASAP, especially right after/before you a-levels so you don't forget anything. The tests are really easy, not much point studying for them as your a-level syllabus will have covered more than enough

hoseh1001
04-23-2012, 12:02 PM
Hi, I recieved an offer from Michigan-Ann Arbor. Just want to know, how does it compare with University of Chicago in terms of pure science subjects? And is it hard to maintain a decent GPA? Thanks!

junkai23
04-26-2012, 05:21 PM
hi almuzzi, thanks a lot for your help. I am a poly student, will i still be able to do fine for sats?

almuzzi
04-27-2012, 08:52 AM
Well, it shouldnt be a challenge for you. Basic math and (not so basic)english. Just give it a try!

junkai23
04-29-2012, 02:24 AM
Sure, thanks! I hope I will do fine.. is it true that the more times u take your SAT, people's scores generally improved?

almuzzi
05-01-2012, 03:22 PM
@junkai, you can keep retaking the SATs, but I'd suggest not retaking too many times (>3x) as some colleges can see how many times you've taken the SATs.

@hoseh, I'm really not too sure about the comparison, most things I've heard about U-Chicago are about the economics major. The only 2 schoolmates I have studying there are both studying Econs. I don't think U-Chig is ranked higher than Mich for engineering but (again) I'm not too sure about pure sciences. Grats on getting accepted to U-Chig though, its a great school!

Undercover
05-01-2012, 03:49 PM
@junkai, you can keep retaking the SATs, but I'd suggest not retaking too many times (>3x) as some colleges can see how many times you've taken the SATs.

@hoseh, I'm really not too sure about the comparison, most things I've heard about U-Chicago are about the economics major. The only 2 schoolmates I have studying there are both studying Econs. I don't think U-Chig is ranked higher than Mich for engineering but (again) I'm not too sure about pure sciences. Grats on getting accepted to U-Chig though, its a great school!

In terms of ranking, UMich is a little lower than UChicago in all aspects, but still a good school.

In terms of selectivity and the perception in the eyes of Singaporean employers, UChicago is much better than UMich. I have many friends in school who got into UMich with a very average SAT score of about 2100+, and they accept quite a large number of applicants. UChicago admits v little Singaporeans, and the SAT score you will need is about 2300.

In terms of the experience, well you will definitely enjoy UMich! Many many many Singaporeans, who can make you feel at home. Of course, the downside is that your degree from UMich won't be too "Wow" in the eyes of Singaporean employers.

shadyshark
05-01-2012, 04:39 PM
Hi I'm taking the May sat, which is this saturday. I would like to ask for those who took the SAT alr, is ur name on the admission ticket identical to ur IC? Cos mine initially wasnt, it didnt hav my chi name, so when i emailed to the SAT board, they change it till it became weird...now its like chi name then eng name then surname :confused:

Do u guys think its acceptable? or shld i request to change agn? But if i request agn, I'm afraid it may complicate matters, like mayb the sch's list of names may not match my new ticket as its not up to date or smthg...

Im kinda worried, cos i dun wanna be kicked out of the exam room cos of ticket issues :eek:

patryn33
05-02-2012, 07:55 AM
@junkai, you can keep retaking the SATs, but I'd suggest not retaking too many times (>3x) as some colleges can see how many times you've taken the SATs.

well, today depends on how one choose to report the scores
http://sat.collegeboard.org/help


Do you report only the best scores?

If you decide to use Score Choiceâ„¢, the College Board will not release scores to colleges and universities for admission purposes without your consent. If you don't opt to use Score Choice, all of your scores will be sent to your chosen institutions and programs. Most colleges only look at your highest scores, so you should feel comfortable sending all of them.

hoseh1001
05-02-2012, 03:26 PM
@junkai, you can keep retaking the SATs, but I'd suggest not retaking too many times (>3x) as some colleges can see how many times you've taken the SATs.

@hoseh, I'm really not too sure about the comparison, most things I've heard about U-Chicago are about the economics major. The only 2 schoolmates I have studying there are both studying Econs. I don't think U-Chig is ranked higher than Mich for engineering but (again) I'm not too sure about pure sciences. Grats on getting accepted to U-Chig though, its a great school!

Thanks for your input! I'll go check out the rankings and course materials I guess :))

Lorenzo
01-16-2014, 04:46 PM
Hi,

I'm applying to U Mich this year, hopefully starting school later this year. If anyone who's studying from U Mich or any other US college, could you advise me...

1) Can I get a EEE Bachelors Degree in 3 years, and do a Masters in the 4th? (Like UK's system) and if so, is this common/very demanding?

2)if I apply for U Mich's honor's program, can I still do 3 years of undergrad?

Currently I have an overseas scholarship by a government agency, but it's only 4 years. If I were to do an extra year for my masters, I'd have to extend my already 6-year bond by a few more years.

Thanks!

patryn33
01-17-2014, 12:15 AM
I'm applying to U Mich this year, hopefully starting school later this year. If anyone who's studying from U Mich or any other US college, could you advise me...

1) Can I get a EEE Bachelors Degree in 3 years, and do a Masters in the 4th? (Like UK's system) and if so, is this common/very demanding?

2)if I apply for U Mich's honor's program, can I still do 3 years of undergrad?


1. U can even finish it in 2.5yrs! myself and my ex-colleague have done it b4. it will be demanding as U are packing 4yrs of course work in 3yrs! U will be taking 1-2 more classes than then suggested and be taking a max load in summer. very little holidays a spring break (1 week), winter break (3 weeks) and summer (2-3weeks). its common to see scholars doing it in 3yrs but uncommon to find locals doing it in 3yrs or less. Most ppl completes say 4-5yrs. U may find more ppl (Americans) finishing it say 6yrs than those in 3yrs or less LOL.

U need to keep your GPA up else U wouldn't make into the masters program. 1yr masters is only possible if U doing coursework masters and thats loading up on classes too. No value besides paper chase. project base Masters also little value, research masters will be hard finishing in 1 yr.

2. Sure! Just alot more demanding.