Oxford, OH
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$29,158 ($13,594)
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Reviews 2193 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Computers: It Is What It Is.. The labs at the school have the programs that are useful for your studies but they are often full during the points in the year when you need them the most. Also they are often not open late enough at most of the librarties except for the main one.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses at Miami are pretty reliable, but are sometimes unavailable, like early on weekends and after 7 pm on school nights. Miami also has has a nighttime door-to-door service, but I know numerous people who have been told that they will not be picked up because they are Uptown and presumably drunk, or because they are "really busy" that night. Miami really needs to get more of these small buses used for door-to-door, since the majority of students are using the service as a safe way to get home when they're studying late or caught in bad weather.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Kinda Safe – I've felt a little scared walking home late at night, and I never walk home without someone else. Some spots on campus are poorly lit, which really needs to be addressed. The university has stated that they cannot provide lights for every walkway, which is completely ridiculous, in my opinion.
Robberies and sexual assaults are the most common type of safety issues, so it seems.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Hard Classes Lead to Easy Job Search – At Miami there are so many job resources, it is really great. They have a job fair where companies coma and look over your resume and can even hire you on the spot. They also have clinics where you can learn to write resumes. The more specific your major is or your skills are the easier it is to market yourself to employers. If you work hard and make connections with your teachers than you will have an easier time overall.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Harvard of the Mid-West – I wasn't sure why it was such a good school because all of the frat stars, but once you get into your upper level major classes they can get pretty hard. They don't call it the Harvard of the Mid-West for nothing.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: It Takes Less Time to Walk – The on campus parkiing at Miami is bad because the faculty need to have a majority of the parking. Since everything is in a 15 minute walking distance there is really no need to have a car during the week anyway. The only people who need cars during the week are commutors, everyone else just needs a car to leave Oxford and that's about it.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Bring Your Own, It's a Lot Easier. There are several libraries in which computers are offered. Depending on time of day or how close to exams, they are often unavailable. Besides availablity the computers don't work as fast as they could but that's mostly because the internet at Miami isn't the greatest. The best thing to do is use your own computer and if you need to print something quickly then use the computers in the various libraries. I myself have trouble even signing onto the Macs and have to wait for the PCs. The best thing to do is just use your own computer.

4 College Senior

Academics: Challenging but Practical – Academics can range in difficulty, based on their program and purpose. A higher level, major-specific class can require heavy workloads, while general requirement classes are less demanding.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Center for Preppy White Kids – The majority of students are upper-middle class white kids, tending towards conservative (despite supposedly having very liberal professors). There is little to no interaction between different races and different economic backgrounds. Part of this is a numbers game, there simply aren't very many students who don't fit above the description. Additionally, the few minority students who are present simply hangout with each other. There is, however, a strong presence from the Asian Student Association and the Indian Student Association who put on large cultural performances (such as "Diwali") and are a lot of fun! If you are looking for a diverse and culturally enriching experience, this may not be for you. However, considering the size and location of Oxford, OH, Miami is making great strides in diversity and culture.

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Overall, Miamians are extremely attractive! Every few days I found myself saying "Wow, that is hottest person I have every seen." Guys range from muscled frat boy to extremely preppy (ray bans, sperrys, pastel-colored shorts, and croakies) with a few hipsters mixed in. Girls are also extremely preppy, watch for tights, equestrian boots, etc. Miami students natural good looks combined with money to spend on clothes make going to class a runway show. Despite this, most students are smart and down to earth, you just have to get past the costumes. I say MOST because there are girls who know they are hot and can be very unpleasant, so be careful.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Very Competive – Parking near campus can be expensive and near impossible, even with right permit. Also, the parking police are very vigilant, so don't park where you're not supposed to! Luckily, Oxford is extremely walkable and you never really need a car outside of the occasional Walmart run. To get around paying the parking permit fee (or if you want your car as a freshman) you simply have to park your car in a residential area and check on it every few weeks. Oxford is a very safe place and I parked my car off-campus on the street for free for an entire year.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Recreational Center, How to Beat the Crowds – Miami's "Rec" is an excellent facility with all of the latest equipment in the weight-room and features an elevated track, climbing wall, leisure pool, lap pool, volleyball courts, three basketball courts, one racquetball court and an indoor soccer space (a converted basketball court).

The only problem with all of these top-notch facilities is that everyone on campus uses them! Your only hope of getting a few sets in at the weight room (and avoiding the "Wassup Brah?") is going during off hours. Pickup basketball is fairly consistent and not as competitive as larger universities, great fun for all skill levels.

TIP: To avoid the crush of the main gym try Withrow Gym on Tallawanda. This facility is much older but also has three basketball courts, an indoor tennis court, at least five racquetball courts and a staff to can check out basketballs. Weightlifting club is also hosted here, if you tire of the main gym and want your own space.

1 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Computer and Printer Access: Must Bring Laptop! Miami severely lacks public computer labs for students. The main library, King Library, has about 15 computers with chairs and another 15 or so that are elevated so you have to stand (and are intended for quick printing). The science library (Brill) and the engineering building also have computers but with limited hours and even fewer computers! I had laptop issues one semester and used my Resident Assistant knowledge to track down every known computer campus available to students with little success. Be prepared to invest in a laptop and any programs you might need and hope you don't have any malfunctions.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Miami does not have a large amount of diversity. Mostly white middle class students attend there. With this being said, they are working on increasing diversity on campus and people are well educated about other cultures.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Great – Parking isn't great at miami. It isn't too hard to find a place to park, but tickets are given out frequently and if you don't have a permit, the parking lot is far from campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Not Bad – The food at Miami really is pretty good. There are a lot of choices so they always have what you want and lots of locations on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great School – I've had a great experience at Miami. It is rather expensive for out of state students, and isnt very close to any surrounding cities.

1 College Senior

Drug Safety: Miami is the social mixing pot of cash, and the need for drugs. All types of drugs flow throughout campus, that is coke, weed,lsd,mdma,ex pills,shrooms,ketamine, anything you can think of. And to top it off, its usually some very high quality "stuff", as long as you know what your doing. Man, ive seen some crazy things here on campus, and ill tell you that drugs are all over. Its just like any other campus really, but here we all have money, so the types of buds and quality of sniff is incredible. We live the lifestyle down here, and still responsibly do what we have to do in the class room, to secure great jobs afterwards... Either way ide give it a A for the fun it all brings...

4 College Freshman

Computers: Labs Crowded During Finals – You can really be better off with a laptop and your own printer but if you need the computer lab, make sure you don't wait till the last second because it can get crowded.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Little Shops and Cuisines – Everything is nice and you have to check out Uptown little restaurants and Cafes. Wonderful selections.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do – Everybody has so much fun. There's always something going on which is nice.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Just Say No – Miami does not have a drug problem at all. Our campus does a great job at keeping our campus drug and tobacco free just like it advertises.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would definitely choose Miami Middletown again if I could do it all over. I think one of the best things that make my school so unique would be the experiences to get there. It is so awesome to know that you have professors and advisors that truly care about your success not only in life but in your journey during school. The buildings themselves have great character in the fact they are older buildings but Miami has done their best at renovating them to meet all of the needs of the students. A key factor for me is how close it is to home for me. I love not having to leave my family to further my education. Miami is just one of those schools that has more pros than cons.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: A Creative and Unique Branch Campus – Since the Middletown campus is a branch campus it is very convenient in terms of commute. It has a very appealing small town feel and all of the professors and faculty are very friendly and helpful. The campus has multiple outdoor trails and a very comfortable and artistic quad (hang out area) that way students can experience the outdoors as well. Miami does a great job at keeping the campus smoke free which is definitely a plus. Miami also does a great job at getting the students involved in activities. Our campus groups and organizations are always taking their turn hosting functions that promote fun activities as well as cramming for midterms and finals. Not to mention they always have free crafts and food. I can honestly say that over all I love being a MUM student!

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Always Room for Improvement – Parking definitely needs improvement. Certain colors have specific places they are able to park which can be good or bad depending on which pass you are given. The better passes are for the upperclassmen and the other passes are for the underclassmen. Every other day of the week we have to move our cars to the other side of the street because the street gets cleaned and this is the time when parking spots become unavailable. There are only two garages on/near campus, one is small and is mainly for workers and visitors, the other is for students but it's a half a mile off campus and be impossible to get to during the wintertime.


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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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