Location
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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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses take you pretty much everywhere on campus, but waiting for them can be a pain. The schedule changes after 7 o'clock on weeknights and follows that schedule on weekends, and it's hard to predict when the next one will come, but the drivers are very nice and they can be convenient.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Oh S***. You have to have a pass. There are very few places for parking without a pass. Even uptown now, you need to have a city pass or else you will be fined and possibly booted. The parking lot behind Presser and the one across from Havighurst by the daycare are the only free ones other than Ditmer.

1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Children of the Corn – You're in a (very) small town. There's only so much there. There are about 5 bars that students frequent and about the same amount of small town restaurants uptown. Everything else is a bit of a drive, either to Hamilton or Cincinnati. But the restaurants are quaint and the people generally friendly. It's a cute little place that is run by the university life.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Expect Tickets – I would like to say that the parking pass was cheap for me, but it definitely wasn't. Parking tickets are the most common infraction on campus and you will receive them if you have a car here. They check the lots many times per day and even in safe lots there are rules. I once left my car in the largest lot on campus and received three tickets in the course of one day. I had a pass to leave my car there, but I unknowingly left my car at the lot during a football game. The meter maids were not pleased with this... or maybe they were. Either way they will not go easy on you.

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1 College Freshman

Nightlife: If It Floats Your Boat – The nightlife at Miami is fairly sad. If you would like to fit in with the drinkers and partiers, you have to dress like them, you have act like them, and you have to blatantly disrespect the people who choose not to. I have never and will never see such a large collection of condescending and rude human beings. If you don't conform to their standards, you will not have a nightlife at Miami. You couldn't imagine how many women I see walking uptown in tiny dresses and high heels on a cold winter day. If it floats your boat then join a frat. If it isn't your thing then do not expect a nightlife.

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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's fairly easy to fit in at Miami, if you can live with being exactly like everybody else. I have trouble finding friends outside of my LLC because I don't mix well with the majority of the students outside of the music and arts realm. The night life is accessible only through joining a fraternity or sorority. If you plan on staying in the dorms and not going out at night, you will be very well off, but if you are not in a fraternity or sorority you will be completely disregarded as a candidate for friendship. Although there are certain atrocities in the student body, the campus is absolutely beautiful and there is always a new place to eat.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Diversity of the Town – The location and diversity of Miami University has to be the thing that sets us apart the most. We are a small town college that has a lot of diversity. We host a Multi-Cultural Diversity event every fall uptown, we have various restaurants from different ethnic backgrounds, and we have many clubs and organizations you can join to become more involved in the ethnicity on our campus.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless Hotspots – There are many places you can go on Miami's campus that allow you to go on your lap top or use the wireless internet. Wireless internet is offered in most places on campus and even some places off campus. Basically, you can go almost anywhere and be connected.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small College Town Comfort – Oxford, OH has a small hometown feel due to it's location. It is home to a local high school as well as Miami University. There are a lot of things to do and many ways to entertain yourself. It's also close enough to cities such as Colerain and Cincinnati for shopping, football games, and baseball games.

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3 College Junior

Weather: I've always heard that if you don't like the weather in Ohio, stick around because it will be different in two days. For example.. yesterday we got an inch of snow and today it was 60 and sunny! CRAZY! I can't complain too much though, typical weather for the most part.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: Uptown or Bust – In case you didn't know.. bars are open to 18+ in Ohio. Needless to say, the bar scene "uptown" is great for all students. Parties are always plentiful, too :)

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Miami's rec center is a top of the line facility. A new student center is in the middle of construction and is going to be absolutely incredible. The red brick buildings and huge trees make the campus look like something out of a movie. Even Robert Frost said there was no school as beautiful as Miami University.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: J Crew U. Miami is known for its attractive, well dressed students. Rankings put as at the top of the "hottest" lists and we were named #1 party girls in the nation. To put it simply, the girls are smokin' and the guys are too.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Loved My Dorm! On campus housing at Miami is great. I lived in Havighurst my freshman year and in Hepburn my sophomore. The suite style rooms (2 bedrooms/4 people share a bathroom) on north quad are the best. Peabody's supposed to be haunted but it has walk in closets and huge rooms. It's a bit expensive compared to other schools, but totally worth it.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Can't Complain – Let's face it, Oxford isn't comparable in size to other college towns like Columbus or Bloomington. However, for its size, the OxBox is home to a decent variety of restaurants. Jimmy Johns, SoHi, Wild Bistro, Skyline, Chipotle.. and more. Decent delivery options, too. If you're looking for a nicer dinner check out Stella, Paesanos, or 45.

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: Miami has very poor diversity. Most are caucasian or asian.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computers are great. Wifi can be spotty but overall good.

2 College Freshman

Facilities: Too Big of a Sorority/Fraternity Scene. Sorority/fraternity scene is way too big here with everyone dressed the same and following suit. Not too much individualism and uniqueness here.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Could Use Upgrading – Generally facilities are nice but residence halls and student center could use some serious upgrading which is supposed to occur during next few years.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Pretty Strict – Pretty strict 1st time strike policies with regard to academic cheating and underage drinking/drugs.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Too Big of a Sorority/Fraternity Scene – There are few things to do for the the under 21 group except for house parties and sororities/fraternities which is too big of a scene here for my liking.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Variety and Many Opitons – Many dining halls and markets to choose from. Menus are online.
Food is generally varied and good. Fixed charge that must be paid is too high.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Preppy and Pretty – The girls at Miami are beautiful. Always dressed very preppy and look put together. Sweats and pajamas are not acceptable to wear to class.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: I like being in the zoology department/pre med but I wish there were more opportunities. Although there are not as medical opportunities as OSU, there is a higher acceptance rate to medical schools from Miami University than Ohio State.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Miami has some hidden treasures. The professors here are willing to meet with you at anytime because they genuinely care about our future. Even though not many people here about our science department, mostly about our business department, many students from Miami get accepted into amazing medical schools.

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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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