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24 Jul 2008, 11:05
I visited Ross last week. We were supposed to get a virtual tour of the building , but there were some technical difficulties... . I did walk around and managed to get a good look at it. It looks fantastic and yeah they mentioned it will be ready by Jan 09.
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31 Jul 2008, 15:04
Hey guys,

Fall 09 applicant here. Can anyone talk about living in Detroit? The reason I have been contemplating about Ross is location. Detroit is really struggling with high foreclosure rates and high unemployment rates. The crime rate in the city is also increasing. Should a married person whose wife wants to work in the city while he is pursuing his FT MBA give a thought to this scenario during his school selection. The other thing is weather. How bad does it get?

Apart from these 2 things, I find Ross to be a wonderful school to be in..
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31 Jul 2008, 16:31
aakashganga wrote:
Hey guys,

Fall 09 applicant here. Can anyone talk about living in Detroit? The reason I have been contemplating about Ross is location. Detroit is really struggling with high foreclosure rates and high unemployment rates. The crime rate in the city is also increasing. Should a married person whose wife wants to work in the city while he is pursuing his FT MBA give a thought to this scenario during his school selection. The other thing is weather. How bad does it get?

Apart from these 2 things, I find Ross to be a wonderful school to be in..

First off, you're not in Detroit, you're in Ann Arbor. It's a good 20-30 minute drive, just to get to the Detroit airport (which still isn't in Detroit). Detroit proper is a ~45 min drive from Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor is a beautiful city. Almost half of the population is either students or faculty of UMich. The city is very trendy and kinda bohemian. A lot of really great restaurants for such a small town. Lots of art fairs, etc. Practically no crime at all.

The real estate market in Michigan as a whole is tanking. I left Ann Arbor a year ago and property had dropped ~30% in value. It's down almost 50% from what I've heard from people still there.

I think it would be a great place for a married MBA student to go because if your significant other can't find a job in Ann Arbor, there are plenty of good sized towns east of the city (Detroit suburbs).

The weather isn't that nice. It gets pretty dam cold in January through March (highs below freezing). It tends to be pretty cloudy too. Not a lot of snow, but it stays cold enough that the snow sticks around. I actually found the west side of Michigan to have nicer winters (more snow, but warmer).

Hope that helps.

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31 Jul 2008, 17:34
Hey Refurb,

Thanks. But, since my wife works for a bank, I thought the nearest location for her would be Detroit downtown. I may be wrong. How good is the public transport in and around Ann Arbor? From what I recollect, Ann Arbor to Detroit downtown is good enough distance.
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01 Aug 2008, 04:36
In for R1!
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01 Aug 2008, 08:41
AWESOME! So nice to see the Ross-09 thread I just got into AA last week and all I can say is U-Mich is fantastic! The people, the facilities, the town - I knew it would be good, but not this good - heh heh! All the best to all the 09-ers. We'll see you here in AA next year!
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01 Aug 2008, 13:11
aakashganga wrote:
Hey Refurb,

Thanks. But, since my wife works for a bank, I thought the nearest location for her would be Detroit downtown. I may be wrong. How good is the public transport in and around Ann Arbor? From what I recollect, Ann Arbor to Detroit downtown is good enough distance.

Oh I'm sorry. I assumed that you thought the school was close to downtown Detroit.

Ann Arbor is a hippy town, so the public transit (at least in the core of the city) is pretty good. Public transit between towns isn't that great from what I know (which isn't much).

Yeah, Detroit is a good haul from Ann Arbor. However, downtown Detroit isn't that big of an area. Most of the "Detroit" is in the suburbs, Royal Oak (very nice), Canton, Westland, Dearborn, Livonia. Very typical American suburbs. The nasty part of Detroit is near the downtown area and it is VERY nasty.

I can't say where your wife might end up working (I'm sure there are plenty of banking jobs outside the downtown), but if she does take a job downtown you might end up living in Canton or Westland, so both your commutes are in the 30 min range. Both places are typical middle-class suburbs.

I hope that helps.

I've lived in a few US cities and towns and I think Ann Arbor really is something special. It combines the small town feel, but has a lot more stuff to do than a town it's size typically would. It's hip, cool and safe. If you're up for a big city trip, Detroit is close.

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01 Aug 2008, 14:00
In for R1!
Will visit mid August when I was "on my way" to visit Kellogg
Need to do more research on the school before the trip
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01 Aug 2008, 14:48
Thanks Refurb. You are aswesome!!!
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08 Aug 2008, 01:49
So, when's everybody visiting campus? I'll most likely be there on Friday, September 26th, and then stay for the Wisconsin game on the 27th!
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08 Aug 2008, 07:48
Just to build on the earlier comments regarding Detroit, et al.

Most of your financial, banking, big corporations are going to be located in the burbs. Troy, Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, and Royal Oak are the richest areas, great neighborhoods, and lots of large businesses (BCG for instance, is located in Troy. McKinsey is in Detroit however.)

Downtown Detroit does have a couple nice areas, like Gross Pointe, and Gross Isle. And the area around Tiger Stadium and the Fox Theatre is very nice.

Ann Arbor as a whole is beautiful. It is a great city, with a huge proportion of the population having college degrees, and more. Like refurb said, it has a liberal feel. Troy, and the cities I mentioned above are about 30-45 minutes from Ann Arbor. But there is NO public transportation that will take you between the two. There is a bus system in Ann Arbor that you can get around on, but other than that, there is zero city-to-city transportation that I know of. A car is a must if you plan to commute.

Hope this helps. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask me. I grew up in Michigan all my life, went to Michigan State, and have spent some significant time in Ann Arbor since my girlfriend went to Michigan. I am happy to help!

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08 Aug 2008, 10:26
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So, when's everybody visiting campus? I'll most likely be there on Friday, September 26th, and then stay for the Wisconsin game on the 27th!

I'll be there next Friday... take a look at an empty campus!
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08 Aug 2008, 13:25
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So, when's everybody visiting campus? I'll most likely be there on Friday, September 26th, and then stay for the Wisconsin game on the 27th!

Since I'm coming from the east coast, I'm going to try and hit Cornell, then Michigan in one trip (by car).

I'm hoping to get my app in by R1, so I want to get there mid-Sept.

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Since I'm coming from the east coast, I'm going to try and hit Cornell, then Michigan in one trip (by car).

I'm hoping to get my app in by R1, so I want to get there mid-Sept.

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Going to Michigan by car is just.. ouch.
Flying to Detroit is only about $200 per person, with everything included. You might want to think twice about driving _________________ 明日やろうばかやろう 24 wrote: Your East Coast bias is worse than ESPN. Current Student Joined: 17 Jan 2008 Posts: 586 Location: Ann Arbor, MI Schools: Ross '12 (MBA/MS) Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 129 [0], given: 34 Re: Calling Michigan Ross School of Business Applicants - 2009! [#permalink] ### Show Tags 08 Aug 2008, 14:09 refurb wrote: YihWei wrote: So, when's everybody visiting campus? I'll most likely be there on Friday, September 26th, and then stay for the Wisconsin game on the 27th! Since I'm coming from the east coast, I'm going to try and hit Cornell, then Michigan in one trip (by car). I'm hoping to get my app in by R1, so I want to get there mid-Sept. RF Dang, that's some road trip. Are you driving through Canada or going south through Pennsylvania and Ohio? Either way that's a helluva drive! Also, mid-September is no fun. Away at ND on the 13th and then a bye on the 20th Senior Manager Joined: 30 Mar 2007 Posts: 496 Schools: Darden '15 GMAT Date: 12-07-2011 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 22 [0], given: 0 Re: Calling Michigan Ross School of Business Applicants - 2009! [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 Aug 2008, 09:24 fatb wrote: YihWei wrote: So, when's everybody visiting campus? I'll most likely be there on Friday, September 26th, and then stay for the Wisconsin game on the 27th! I'll be there next Friday... take a look at an empty campus! Hey don't worry the campus won't be empty!! We have some accounting waiver class starting on the 11th (which is not required but many people are taking it), and the required part of the orientation starts on 21st, so I am sure many people will be in town. You probably won't be able to attend a class _________________ GO BLUE !!! VP Joined: 28 Feb 2008 Posts: 1323 Schools: Tuck Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 127 [0], given: 6 Re: Calling Michigan Ross School of Business Applicants - 2009! [#permalink] ### Show Tags 11 Aug 2008, 13:05 fatb wrote: refurb wrote: Since I'm coming from the east coast, I'm going to try and hit Cornell, then Michigan in one trip (by car). I'm hoping to get my app in by R1, so I want to get there mid-Sept. RF Going to Michigan by car is just.. ouch. Flying to Detroit is only about$200 per person, with everything included.
You might want to think twice about driving

Well, I'm rolling the Cornell visit into my trip. Six hours to Cornell, then another six to Ann Arbor. If I wasn't visiting Cornell, I'd be flying!

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11 Aug 2008, 13:07
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YihWei wrote:
So, when's everybody visiting campus? I'll most likely be there on Friday, September 26th, and then stay for the Wisconsin game on the 27th!

Since I'm coming from the east coast, I'm going to try and hit Cornell, then Michigan in one trip (by car).

I'm hoping to get my app in by R1, so I want to get there mid-Sept.

RF

Dang, that's some road trip. Are you driving through Canada or going south through Pennsylvania and Ohio? Either way that's a helluva drive! Also, mid-September is no fun. Away at ND on the 13th and then a bye on the 20th

I drove it once when I left Ann Arbor, about a 12 hour drive on a good day, through OH and PA. I'm visiting Cornell on the way there, so i won't have to drive it all at once (at least on the way there).

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11 Aug 2008, 13:16
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I'm visiting Cornell on the way there, so i won't have to drive it all at once (at least on the way there).

RF

Let us know how both schools are. I'm applying to Ross and Cornell as well

Good luck with the drive.
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11 Aug 2008, 15:34
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refurb wrote:
I'm visiting Cornell on the way there, so i won't have to drive it all at once (at least on the way there).

RF

Let us know how both schools are. I'm applying to Ross and Cornell as well

Good luck with the drive.

Just so everyone knows, you can register for a visit to Ross now!!

I'll be there on September 25th!!

Unfortunately I can't register for the Cornell visit yet. Not surprising since they don't have their essay questions out yet either!!

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