Oxford, OH
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$29,158 ($13,594)
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Reviews 2189 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They do enough to keep things under control but allow you to have fun.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I do not notice many people partaking in the use of drugs.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not a part of greek life.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: There is a lot of space on campus. The rec center is a great facility.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The academics at Miami are the best. The professors are interested in what they teach and are very helpful. The classes are challenging and push to do to better.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived in an off campus facility.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They only time I do not feel safe on campus is walking alone at night. Some pathways do not have many lights and it can be difficult to see.

College Freshman

Transportation: I haven't used the transportation options at my school.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. My building is close to my classes and many restaurants. The staff keeps my residence hall very clean. The people in my hall are very friendly.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most guys and girls at my school are preppy. Many of the boys will wear dress shirts to class and most of the girls always look classy. I have noticed the opinions of many of the students are judgmental. They judge each other on what the are wearing and who they are with.

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1 College Senior

Drug Safety: In the simplest terms, Miami University is a partying school. Unfortunately, students have very easy access to procure alcohol. The drug/alcohol scene is arguably the school's ugliest aspect. The harsh reality is that a large percentage of students are here for "the college experience" (aka drinking and partying).

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Scholarships: I was very, very fortunate to receive a full-academic scholarship my junior year. It came at a time when I had very few options for making school work. In fact, I was staring at having to take out student loans, which in my opinion, should never be a consideration for someone looking to attend college. I was very humbled and honored to receive the particular scholarship that I did. My benefactor was extremely generous. However, I hesitate to say that the university had any hand in the matter.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: While the food isn't terrible and disgusting, it's nothing to write home about. Don't be surprised to see the same options day after day, week after week, and semester after semester. The quality of the food certainly isn't equal to the amount of money one is having to pay for it.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: My overall experience at Miami University up to this point has been one of highs and lows. If I could do it all over again, I probably wouldn't have chosen Miami. I cannot say that this is entirely the university's fault. Instead, I think I rushed my decision to go to college. I didn't really know what I wanted to pursue in terms of a degree, and when I finally did, I still repressed that desire, believing it to be too much of "a dream" and not practical. So, most of that is my fault, but I can't say that Miami was conducive to my learning or "higher education" as it is called in our culture. The courses that I took at Miami I could have easily taken at a different, perhaps smaller school at a fraction of the cost. The only thing I really can say I am grateful for from Miami is the people I've met (i.e. friends, peers, professors). Yet, I cannot attribute that to the university per se, as if it had actually played a vital role in that regard.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There's definitely a presence of police officers and other sources of security on and off-campus, but still the occasional alerts of someone being robbed or attacked is alarming, especially considering the small size of the campus.

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2 College Senior

Parking: Parking and all that it entails is not one of the benefits of attending Miami University. There is very limited space, permit prices are exorbitant, and they are not always conveniently located next to classes. However, this is good for encouraging students to exercise their legs by walking to class. Parking enforcement is booming at Miami; this is unfortunate for those parked in spots where the meter has expired.

College Senior

Greek Life: I'm a non-Greek, so I can't really rate Greek life as being "Great" or "It's the Worst." However, I can definitely say that Miami University is mostly Greek. Greek life accounts for the majority of the social scene. Some non-Greeks despise Greeks and vice versa, but most are indifferent to Greek life. The housing for Greek life is usually pretty adequate, at least from a passerby's perspective.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I will say that Miami University upholds its principles. It is very strict when it comes to violating school policies (e.g. academic dishonesty, underage drinking, drinking in the dorms, etc.). Unfortunately, Miami has become known for its stringent policies regarding campus parking.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I'll echo what most say about Miami University and its location in Oxford, Ohio. Miami is Oxford, and Oxford is Miami. As such, Oxford is a quaint little town during the off-season, so to speak. Yet, when school starts, Oxford becomes a huge party town. Frankly, I feel sorry for all the locals that have to deal with students coming in and acting crazy.

4 College Senior

Computers: Here is where Miami University really deserves a pat on the back. The IT team here is wonderful--very knowledgeable, helpful, and very professional. The computer labs are accessible, and the networks are always reliable and quick. At Miami, it is very rare to see a student without their own personal computer. I would say it behooves a student at this school to have not only his/her own computer, but also a personal printer.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I never really cared for Miami's athletics, and that's no knock on the teams. I grew up supporting different college teams, so when I came to Miami University, I didn't feel the need to switch allegiances. From a statistical standpoint, however, Miami's athletics are all right, i.e., they're one of those schools that goes about .500 for the season. I have to say that the school does show a great deal of pride and enthusiasm for its teams. The fan support and school spirit are very positive.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms or "residence halls" as Miami University likes to call them are great. At Miami University, students are expected to spend their first two years at school in residence halls. In my first two years at Miami, I found the residence halls to be comfortable, spacious, clean, and conducive to the creation and maintenance of relationships (e.g. friendships) with other students.

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3 College Senior

Facilities: Student life on campus is all right. Unfortunately, I believe the overwhelming majority of students at Miami University are here to get "the college experience," which quite frankly, equates to "partying." Most of these students look to come to Miami University to continue its notorious reputation as being one of the best party schools in the U.S. On the other hand, there are many, many students whose work ethic is unparalleled. I have met some wonderful students (who are also "people") who doggedly apply themselves to their work and their relentless pursuit of knowledge and personal growth.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Facilities: I think Miami University excels with respect to academic programs and the staff it has on campus. The programs certainly will assist you in your pursuit of knowledge, and the staff is committed to helping you mature and grow as not only a scholar, but a person, too. I only wish most students would reciprocate the dedication shown by the professors and instructors that make Miami University what it is.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Parking: Hate the price of parking on campus. Way too much if it's just sitting there.


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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

There’s an old saying that goes, “You can make a big school small, but you can’t make a small school big.” The overall experience at Miami University is different for every student, but most seem to have enjoyed their time here, and most will agree that the former part of this statement is representative of Miami. Miami is not a huge school, but it is large enough to feel like a big university without being overwhelming. It is essential to find a niche when you arrive; otherwise, you may get lost in the shuffle. One of the best ways to determine if you will like Miami is to take into consideration what is important to you in a school and to really weigh your options. Visit the campus and ask questions—this is the next four or five years of your life. If Miami does not fulfill an important need you have, it probably isn’t the school for you, and there are people here who feel like they don’t belong.

Nobody enjoys school 100 percent of the time, but the students at Miami have a plethora of options, both social and academic, at their doorsteps. At Miami, you cannot be afraid to try new things, talk to new people, or grow as an individual. However, this is true no matter where you decide to attend college. Overall, the most important fact to take away from this guide is that most students feel that they made the right decision in attending Miami.

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