Why Michigan and Ann Arbor?
The University Community
Students are attracted to the University of Michigan by the breadth of the intellectual base, the variety of scientific approaches to studying the brain and nervous system, the richness in the choice of research topics, and the multiple levels of discourse ranging from the molecular to the cognitive. When you first come to the University of Michigan you are immediately struck by the sense of community among the students and faculty. The most striking quality about our community is the genuine desire for people to achieve higher standards and personal growth. In addition, Ann Arbor is a vibrant and diverse community that offers many of the amenities of a big city in a friendly college town. It is consistently rated one of the best places to live in the United States. http://www.mlive.com/business/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/09/ann_arbor_ranks_no_13_in_
In Praise of Smaller Cities!
Ann Arbor's constantly evolving arts and restaurant offerings range from locally sourced gourmet to beloved burger and hot dog stops. http://www.buzzfeed.com/tashweenali/best-restaurants-in-ann-arbor#.wum3mLKYdN. The Arts scene comes alive each July with the 4-day, juried, Ann Arbor Art and Street Fairs and Summer Festival http://artfairs.visitannarbor.org/ , http://a2sf.org/desktop/. Throughout the year residents and visitors take advantage of world class music and theater performances at many of the unique venues throughout the city and within the University. http://www.theark.org/.
Tree City, Green Spaces, Life, Leisure and Getting Around
Ann Arbor makes living life well an easy thing to do. Opportunities abound for hiking, canoeing and kayaking, golf and tennis, bicycling, strolling through antique and farmer's markets. Beyond the city limits in all directions, the beautiful and abundant state of Michigan is a 4-season paradise boasting the most shoreline of any state in the union. If cities are your preference, Detroit is 45 minutes away offering professional sports, casinos, and a creative resurgence of small shops and restaurants. The magnificent city of Chicago is a short 4-hour trip west by car or train. The rest of the world is easily at your door, a 30 minute drive to Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Mind, Body and Spirit
Ann Arbor is a nurturing place to live and raise a family. Outstanding public and private schools, both in the city and the many surrounding communities, pre-schools and day care facilities are nationally and regionally recognized. The University of Michigan Medical Center is one of the top teaching centers in the world, offering research-based treatment and care in state-of-the-art facilities. There is an endless offering of healing and theraputic practitioners for yoga, massage, and exercise keeping mind, body and spirit enriched.