Location
Oxford, OH
Undergrads
14,657
Tuition (in-state)
$29,158 ($13,594)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 2189 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Academics: All of my professors were very good this semester. They cared about each student and wanted us to succeed. I was very surprised by how much my professors knew me personally for such a large school. They were readily available for office hours. The registration process is not fun. Registering for lasses is easy but classes fill up quickly and are hard to get into. Many people have to be force added to Miami Plan classes or classes they have to take for their major.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Miami University is a very safe campus and I have never felt uncomfortable. Every once in a while we get campus alerts of small crimes or people to watch out for. The police have been helpful and nice but sometimes overbearing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As I freshman I haven't experienced many different dorms but they are fair sized, some are smaller than others depending on building and floors. Some dorms have basements with a kitchen, tv room, pool table, ping pong table and more.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Each school has requirements that you have to fulfill and then there is also the miami plan that you must do. Im in the School of Arts and Sciences and i love it, my major is international studies and you have to take a language and study abroad which opens so many opurtunities

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: i love campus activities! theres so much stuff, if you really really want to be bored than you will be. Theres literally so much to do. Theres AfterDark which throws parties for all holidays and they are all on campus so you don't have to worry about drunks. There is pistol club every Monday where they show you the safety and important things to know about and operate firearms. Dance clubs, public shows, singing groups, celebrity performances and many many more.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I love the dining halls they cover veggies, fruits, grain, meat and etc. They also meet special diet needs. Everything is fresh and high quality. Another great thing about Miami is the number of dining halls we have i still have not found another college/university that has more than us. After a while you do kind of want other things to eat and thats where the campus markets and delis come into play and they also accept meal plan

4 College Junior

Majors: I absolutely love being an art major with so much passion. The workload of an art studio class is about twice that of any lecture and discussion class, but it's easy to do when you're in an artistic environment. The students in my classes are students I am very familiar with and fond of just because we have taken so many art classes together. We feed off of each other creatively. We know one another's style and aesthetics of beauty, along with our goals, weaknesses, strengths, and personal life styles. We constantly bounce ideas off of one another, and are inspired, enlightened, and supported by each other. The art department is an incredibly inventive department. It's mostly widely outside of any textbook, and continually working to defy any and all laws of physics. The people I have met and now spend most of my days with I will keep around for the rest of my life. We all have grown, traveled the US, and really explored our passion together. We're kind of an oddly formed family at this point.

4 College Junior

Majors: In order to get into the Fine Arts program at Miami University one must apply for the program with an impressive portfolio of 15 of the student's best pieces. The applicant must show a wide variety of skill of different mediums and creativity types. For example, I showed photos of my drawings in graphite, color, ink, and charcoal, that show accomplishment in the basic principals of design (line, space, shape, balance, proportion, rhythm, repetition, etc.). I showed photography work of mine in black and white film photography. I included two of my best paintings showing separate skills, and finally I entered several sculptural pieces in a variety of scale, difficulty, and expected and unorthodox materials. Applicants are allowed three tries to apply for their program before they are forced to take up studies of a new field. I was very fortunate and was accepted into the Fine Arts program with my first entry. I had a lot of support and guidance in deciding exactly what to include in my portfolio from my professors.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The multiple bus routes and pick-up times are very convenient and necessary for a lot of off-campus students. The buses are almost always on time and the cost seems reasonable. It is also nice to have the option to call for transportation at night.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Having to sign a lease for a house or apartment more than a year before you will actually be living there is a bit ridiculous. Trying to find a house is stressful and time consuming but the majority of real estate offices are very helpful.

3 College Junior

Weather: I like the weather. We got some snow, rain and all the usually. if you are generally prepard you will be fine.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think Miami's campus is relatively safe. As with any college campus, there have been some unwanted headlines such as break-ins or rape reports, but nothing close to outrageous. All the students are set up with Miami's Emergency Texting System so we are notified immediately in case of potential danger or something of that manner.

I would always suggest to walk with someone late at night, but from class to class or during the day, I have always felt safe and comfortable walking alone. If you do find yourself at the library late one night or at your friend's dorm, there is a shuttle service called Door-to-Door and they will pick you up from your current location and take you to your dorm. This service operates until about two or four in the morning since students tend to stay up late and the buses no longer run at that time.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Though Oxford is a small town and Miami makes up most of it, there is still plenty to do for college students. Miami's campus is known for how beautiful it is. There are sidewalks/bike paths around the entire campus so many times you will see students running/jogging/walking outside.

As for food, there are several restaurants uptown: Chipotle, Skyline Chili, Sohi, Wild Bistro, Jimmy Johns, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sushi Nara, Orange Leaf, etc. There are a few shops uptown but that's about it.

Safety is obviously a number one concern and I'd say that the campus is relatively safe. As always, it's best to walk with at least another person but there are times when I have walked by myself and felt comfortable. There is a shuttle service called Door-to-Door that takes students to their dorms late at night so he/she does not have to walk back alone and/or if the buses are no longer running that late at night.

Overall, I think Miami University is essentially the perfect college town.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are buses that go pretty much everywhere on campus. They have stops off campus, too, around where students rent houses and Kroger. Twice a week there is a bus that goes to Walmart. There is a bus you can call to take you places late at night, but it can be extremely slow sometimes.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Miami University's Architecture and Interior Design programs are interconnected. As freshmen, all Arch and ID majors are together in the same studio, learning the basics and creating a strong community between the two majors. What sets Miami's programs apart from most schools, is that Arch and ID students are accepted into the program the same time they are accepted into the university. So the first year, instead of being competitive with one another, everyone is friendly and bounces ideas back and forth.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I personally am not involved with Greek life, but I know that Greek life is a big deal at Miami. There are no sorority houses, but there are special sorority dorms. There is, however, fraternity houses, where there are always parties.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Miami University's current student center, Shriver, is okay. There is a coffee shop, a market, a dining hall, a bank, the bookstore, and more. However, there doesn't seem to be many places to study.

3 College Freshman

Parking: If you're an undergraduate, there is seriously NO reason for you to need a car on campus. Parking is difficult and crowded and Miami police are quick to hand out tickets. The campus busing system is decent and literally the whole campus is walkable. Only students living off-campus have a somewhat need to have their own transportation.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Miami is CONSTANTLY trying to help undergraduates with their futures. We have a career center specifically designed to aid in planning for job opportunities and higher education. Additionally, as an English major, I am bombarded with emails telling me just how I can use my major for my advantage in the "real world". I've never felt so prepared for graduation. Miami is truly excellent at helping students with their career goals.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm a registered English major at the moment and thus far, my year has gone swimmingly. The English department is incredibly friendly and relatable and I haven't had a single problem. I'm also in the Honors Program, so I admit that some of my ease has come with the program's flexibility when choosing courses for my schedule.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Initially, I entered Miami as an undecided major and then quickly changed to Zoology, figuring this would be the best option for me, a future medical student. However, I eventually changed my major again, to English Literature. This way I have more study abroad flexibility and I can take courses on a subject I love as well as working to meet the Pre-Med requirements.

4 College Freshman

Computers: As long as you know how to work a Mac, you're good!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus life is pretty boring on the weekdays and the restaurants/shops are very overpriced. The bathrooms in the dorm rooms could be cleaner. Also, we could all use plenty more diversity. Yes, the outside is beautiful but the inside is not so great, honestly. Make good friends and you'll be A okay!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is good and convenient. The bus drivers are very friendly. If you need to be somewhere at a time that doesn't fit the bus schedule, just call Access Miami/Door to Door and they'll be there as fast as they can to transport you!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The amount of off campus housing is good and the prices are less than dorms. There is really no downside other than they fill up quickly and you have to wait until your junior year to live off campus, except you can live in fraternity houses your sophomore year.

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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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