Location
Oxford, OH
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14,657
Tuition (in-state)
$29,158 ($13,594)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Pretty Technologically Savvy – Computers at Miami are all accessible and all updated. About 99% are Macs and a few are windows. There are many computer labs which are accessible all the time with help for the extremely technological projects. The libraries have electronics we can check-out such as ipads, ipods, macs, voice recorders, and video cameras. The only setback is that the network can be awful if there is a storm.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: From the Outside Looking in, It Seems a-Okay – I declared a psychology pre-med major, but since I am only entering into my sophomore year I have not begun my core classes yet. I am however excited because we have a newly built psych building and some programs are presumably interesting.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There's a Reason We Are the 'Harvard' of Ohio – The academics is one of the main reasons I came to Miami. It's the right amount of challenge to allow one to feel accomplished after they completed a trying workload. The professors are available, most and if not all encourage students to go to office hours and are willing to do anything to help. The curriculum is the right amount of challenge but keeps us interesting with the different things of the class. The registration process is more of a down side because the athletes are the highest priority, then comes the ROTC programs and seniors, then all the other years proceeding from there. And the times to pick classes are a bit aggravating because some are very inconvenient, either really early or extremely late. But overall Miami's 'ups' outweigh the 'downs' by far.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: A Little Town With a Lot of Life – Oxford is pretty small, but that doesn't limit the amount of fun one can have while here. Miami is very well known for the hockey team, which is where most of the spirit here comes from. We also have a pretty fun night life which is rather safe compared to other cities. It's beautiful all year around, since it's located in the suburbs, there is a lot of pretty greenery or flowering plants, and in the winter time it looks like a winter wonderland. We have an amazing recreation center which has every type of machine or class available for any and everyone. The only down side is that there isn't a mall close by but other that that it's love at first sight, you come here and you won't ever want to leave.

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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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