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Ross students quickly discover that Ann Arbor naturally melds high culture and popular culture. It is a city that is intellectually robust and economically resilient. The University of Michigan attracts global leaders in many fields including medicine, life sciences, law, and engineering. Twenty percent of Ann Arbor residents speak a language other than English at home.


Public transportation is accessible and often free for students. Several area attractions are within walking distance of campus, and Detroit Metro Airport is about 30 minutes from downtown Ann Arbor.

The Arts

Ann Arbor enjoys an international reputation for its robust music and performing arts scene. Fans of concertos and garage bands can each satisfy their interests. The University Musical Society brings artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and the Berlin Philharmonic to town and hosts the only U.S. residency of England’s Royal Shakespeare Company.


You can find whatever you want to eat (or cook) in Ann Arbor. Quality ethnic cuisine abounds, and there’s no shortage of high-end restaurants. A word to the wise: If you leave Ann Arbor without going to Zingerman’s Delicatessen, you’ll never have the pleasure of discovering just how exciting a sandwich can be.

Outdoor Recreation

Those who love the great outdoors can bike along miles of scenic trails, kayak down the Huron River, explore Nichols Arboretum, or take advantage of Ann Arbor’s many golf courses. With more than 10,000 inland lakes and 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, Michigan’s beaches, sand dunes, lighthouses, and marinas are just some of the welcoming attractions found within a day’s drive of the city. Local activities such as the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, the petting zoo at Domino’s Farms, and fall hayrides and cider mill tours with delight the whole family.

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