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Oxford, OH
Undergrads
14,657
Tuition (in-state)
$29,158 ($13,594)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 2193 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Miami, yes, is known for good-looking people, with good reason. Campus guys and girls are generally very attractive and keep themselves up-to-date on the latest trends and fashion. That being said, Miami tends to have a certain stereotype, "J.Crew U", but it is not uncommon for most students to wear jeans to class.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Miami has a campus-wide bus system with several routes that go around campus and off-campus to aid in students' transportation to class and to uptown restaurants and shops. While the bus schedules are posted on poles around campus, the routes can be confusing and it is frustrating when buses do not run past certain times at night. Honestly, the best part of Miami's transportation is the Door-to-Door shuttle, a small bus to help students walking alone get back to the residence halls or campus buildings safely.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The bus system at Miami is on and off campus and very reliable. I often took the buses my first year to get to the rec, uptown restaurants, and far places on campus. I highly recommend the bus system as a form of public transit at Miami.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics are great. The professors are usually wonderful and the classes are intellectually challenging. I enjoy the academics, although sometimes I feel over-challenged.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computers are up to date and high tech, and there are labs in most buildings. Most of the libraries have large labs filled with Macs and PCs.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Often I have felt that exams and gradings have been too challenging for the level of course work. The political science and business departments are Miami are very challenging and require a lot of dedication.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Mostly white, some diversity, and there are a good amount of clubs/organizations around the diverse groups.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are buses students can use for free, and they go all over campus. There is also a bus to the satellite campus.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: First of all, Miami is the most beautiful campus I've ever come across. Second, undergrads at Miami are presented with a world of opportunities that other schools offer to graduates, like working in labs and doing research with professors.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of the sophomores, juniors, and seniors take part in this. The only thing about it is that it's too expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't really hear much about it with the drugs. The alcohol is usually present since there are parties at school.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Coming up in 2014, the Armstrong Center will be at the campus; and that will be our student center. There are a lot of dining halls (I work in Harris Hall), and the most popular hangouts are uptown Oxford.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Even though I have my own laptop and it is highly recommended to have one as you will need it for class (teachers will ask you to bring them sometimes), they also have a lot of computers available. You can rent laptops and iPads for a couple of hours in order to get some studying done. Printing on campus is pretty cheap; $0.10 for black and white papers, $0.25 for color. There has been a few errors with the network, but it is reliable. Wireless access works about 90% of the time also, depending on what kind of laptop you have.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship yet, but I plan on getting one sometime between my sophomore and junior year, which is recommended. You just have to talk to an academic advisor to figure out which internship would be best for you. Also, they have this internship program at school where there are located in both Ohio and Illinois and takes place during the summers.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Miami had so many majors to choose from ranging from architexture to zoology.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: For the most part Miami is not that strict on its "rules" but there are two things that Miami is strict about and that is underage drinking and parking tickets. You don't even want to know how many boots I have seen on student's cars. If you get caught underage drinking you get 2 or 3 chances before they expell you from the school and every student on campus must compete a pre alcohol assessment before attending that cost money as well.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of aid from Miami. The only problem was the process. They haven't even finalized my aid and I only have 3 weeks left until I go back.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: For the most part at Miami University the crime is not always the issue. The primary issue that Miami seems to face on a regular basis would be the rape that occurs. Often times girls walking home alone either end up making poor drunk decisions that eventually develop into a rape case. The best advice I have for anyone walking home alone at night would be to take the public transportation available to any student who needs safe access home. It is called Door to door. The other best way to maintain safety would be to walk home with a friend that you trust. Oxford police are usually out and about weekend nights for those exact reasons. Overall I feel generally pretty safe at Miami. Any college campus is going to have their crime and safety issues. Just be smart in who you talk to and who you go home with. Another tip to avoid any sort of dangerous situations would be to not take any drinks from anyone you do not know. It is best to get the drink from a bar tender and see the drink being made. This way you are in control of your body and what you put into it. Always be aware and cautious when walking home at any school you end up attending. Smart decisions will result in safety.

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1 College Junior

Drug Safety: Although Miami University is an amazing school filled with determined and driven students, the drug and alcohol use is out of control. Coming from a person who does not partake in any of those activities I have found it a little hard to not feel out of place. Everywhere I seem to go on campus on the weekends, I seem to run into issues concerning alcohol and drug use. The bar lines are constantly out the doors, along with young Freshman girls getting taken away on stretchers. It has made me sad to feel that I don't fit in due to the partying at Miami. You just have to stay focused and not let those types of distractions get in the way of why you are there.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I would rate the off campus housing at Miami University an A+ primarily because Miami off campus housing offer's students great quality living conditions with easy access to up-town events such as shopping and eating as well as socializing. For class purposes, the off campus housing is very conducive for the students. Your rarely have to travel far at Miami to get to your classes on time. The classes are located right in the center of campus, which allows students from every quad to travel and get to where they need go in a timely manor. The bus system for those still living in the dorms, are available at specific times and will take students to and from class. The bus schedule is located on the streets right outside of the dorms. Off campus housing at Miami has overall been a pleasant experience and I have loved the freedom and responsibility of living with my friends and getting to know my peers on a more personal level.

4 College Junior

Computers: Computer Labs are available in almost every building for the students to use. The access that we have at Miami University is very suitable for everyone attending. King Library is a great place for students to go and get the one on one help they would need. The labs in King are on every floor and our open 24 hours a day. The study rooms are also available for study groups, or just for personal use to allow some peace and quiet. At Miami University the students are the priority and it is shown through the resources we are given to better our education.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I feel my school is very safe, interactive, and a great place to learn. As a commuter I wish the parking were better so that it was easier to reach my building.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Miami is strict about what matters. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated, as it should be. Professors seriously examine essays and work and many papers will be submitted through the TurnItIn system, to check for plagiarism. Underage drinking is also a large problem at Miami and the police tend to make this their biggest focus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Miami is luckily in the middle of nowhere. Oxford is a small town, with little to no crime. Obviously, common sense matters. Don't walk alone very late at night. Keep things locked and secure, but crime is a rarity. The biggest issues on campus tend to be drinking underage and the use of fake ID's, something typical on a college campus. My only complaint is the lack of a campus blue-light system. Every university I toured had a system, yet Miami doesn't seem to see the need for them, although they say a possible system is in the works.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I was very blessed my freshman year. I lived in Tappan Hall, one of the Honors dorms on campus. Admittedly, some Miami students complain about their dorms, but after visiting friends at other colleges, I am very thankful for my dorm. And as a tour guide, I'd advise prospective students to take a tour, as we exhibit a sample residence hall room, the smallest possible size on campus.

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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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