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 Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Kind of Pricey – There are all sorts of cool off-campus houses and apartments. However, if you have your heart set on a specific one, you often have to sign up for it two to three years in advance! Also, they can get pretty pricey as the landlords know most of the students here can afford to pay more, but you can find almost anything for any price range.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Come Check Us Out. Miami is amazing. We have a great balance between social and academic life. We have big names come here for concerts, speeches, and seminars. As far as music goes, we had Barstool Blackout Tour, Ying Yang Twins, Nelly, and a lot more. Also, the Dalai Lama, Condoleezza Rice, and many Fortune 500 company CEO's have visited. Greek Life is pretty big here, but if you are not into that, you will have no problem making friends elsewhere. As for academics, we are second in the nation for undergraduate teaching, and you can get help in whatever area you decide to study. We have a great small town feel, but to truly understand it, you'll have to come see it for yourself.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: It's Getting Better – I'm not going to lie, Miami is primarily wealthy caucasian students. However, Miami is trying to improve its diversity, accepting more international an economically challenged students. Our University is very open to religious beliefs, and there are programs for pretty much anything that you want to to do to express yourself as an individual.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There are a lot of options for transportation at Miami. Students can register to bring their cars to campus, but parking spots are difficult to get. Most people walk or bike, but for me, riding the bus is the best option. You already have to pay for the buses in your school fees, and the bus routes take you everywhere and anyhere you need to go.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are Great – I am learning the skills I will need for the future. The professors are more than helpful with absolutely everything. It is a lot of work but with organization it is more than manageable.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Very Fair – When you break the rules there are always consequences. Miami is strict but also very fair.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Party School – Students love to drink and party at Miami. As far as drugs go, it happens more often than you would think, but its definitely very hidden. Most of what i've heard of has been smoking weed, but I've heard of people using harder drugs. Peer pressure isn't a big problem in my experience. If you don't want to do something then people don't make a fuss about it.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Small Town Options – Oxford Ohio is a much bigger town than it seems. With that being said, you need to explore and figure out what places you like to go. Miami is a big party school but there are other options if thats not your thing. There is a park with lots to do along with a man made beach, trails, paintball, camping and hiking. If you're willing to make the 45-60 minute drive, Cincinnati is just down the road. There are on campus events all the time as well

4 College Senior

Transportation: Buses All Day – Miami has an unmatched bus system. There are signs posted all over campus telling you which buses (labeled by color) will be where and at what times. They are very timely but sometimes can be behind or ahead of schedule. There's also a night time bus system you can call to pick you up as well as a bus system specifically for physical injured or disabled students.

5 College Junior

Academics: Earn Your Grade – Miami University is known as a public ivy league college and the academic rigor of each course definitely reflects this identity. The Farmer School of Business is rated in the Top 25 public undergraduate business schools by BusinessWeek and as a business major, I have found this to be a wonderful challenge and a source of pride. Outside of FSB, the level of academia provided in each of the colleges provides opportunities for students to be challenged and expand their minds.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Wheels Rather Than Heels – Transportation at Miami University is extremely convenient and there are multiple buses that run all day. Miami goes to great lengths to post the routes by color and posts all times at each stop as well as online. The buses run all day and at night. Miami also provides a nightly bus service for students to call if they need to be picked up late at night and ensure they return home safely. Granted, there is no place that is extremely far to walk to and with the amount of traffic it's usually the same amount of time to walk as it is to wait and ride a bus. However, when it's cold or raining the buses are the best option and the drivers are extremely friendly.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Balancing Opportunities on Campus – I chose Miami University because of its elite business program and the picturesque campus it offers. The professors are more than willing to meet with students and make themselves flexible to our busy schedules while still challenging us in the classroom. Also the wide range of student organizations and student activities make everyday a new and exciting adventure.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The Professors Are There for You – When I went to summer orientation, I really felt that I was part of Miami's music family. The professors are there for you and want you to succeed.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The Music Department Rocks! Although I am an incoming freshman at Miami University, I have toured the music buildings as well as taken a lesson with a piano professor and met several other professors. The music department is a family. When you are in Miami's music department, you are in the music family. The professors will push you hard to do your best and if you work hard, you will succeed.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food at Miami is absolutely amazing. I am a vegetarian with a few food allergies. The dining services have made a huge effort to help my needs. On top of that, eating healthy is definitely possible with all of the salad bars, fresh cut up fruit, the list could go on and on. Let's just say, you won't go hungry at Miami!

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Something for Everyone – The night life is great! There are a lot of options overall there are about six or seven clubs uptown. Frats and Sororities are always throwing parties and those that just feel the need to celebrate or have a good time. There are also clubs that organize movies, games one time the had a dance party and in the next room hired laser tag and another time they rented out the rec and had an awesome party with water slides, dance party, rock climbing and lots other.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There Are Good Dorms – I lived in thomson hall and so i had one of the best rooms. It was very spacious and and every section had its own kitchen. I have heard that some dorm rooms are very small and hard to accommodate but if you look at the dimensions of the rooms before hand you can get a room that will better suit you.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: You Get the Run Around a Lot – The scholarships are good but you get the run around a lot. And for some reason on your scholarship award letter they tell you that you get federal work study but once there they tell you that it does not apply to your aid its just money on the side (like a regular job) so they let you know at the last minute that you still have around 5,000 or so left to pay by a deadline.

1 College Junior

Health & Safety: For a rural campus, there is too much crime. Particularly violent crime against female students.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Small Town = College Town – Oxford is a small town mostly inhabited by college students. The best thing about Oxford is that we have Up-Town which is a strip made up of bars and clubs were everyone goes to hang out on the weekend.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: SO Much to Do – Everything at Miami is pristine. There are a million clubs and sports to participate in. The rec has great hours, though the smoothies shop is not open on the weekends. Too many libraries to count. New student center is opening in fall of 2013 (I think). And the school spirit is at an all-time high for a university with only 15,000 people.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Wireless Stuck in the Past – Sitting at home in your dorm and watching a tv show online is impossible. Videos on youtube never load, and you can't use your computer in the quads either because they don't have internet routers on the outside of buildings because they would look ugly. Very annoying. Also, wifi is not strong enough to let students use printers wirelessly.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My mom and I went to talk to the financial aid office to try to get more money for next year. I got a decent amount, but it wasn't enough. They weren't very flexible with giving me more and I ended up with the same amount. They don't award more after their first offer, even if other people have declined and that money has become available.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Depends on the Program/Major – Personally my major/program (Psychology/Pre-med/dental) were easy to get in to, but some of the others are more difficult. The buisness program is very competitive and difficult to get into, but other than that most are fairly easy.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Loved – Getting around campus, you could walk everywhere as it is a small campus and you could get one place from another in 20-30 minutes. On the weekends, if you choose to go out, during cold weather THEY ARE LIFESAVORS, but they do get packed with drunks.

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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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