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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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics here are great. All of the professors here know what they are talking about, as most of them have prior experience in their respective field. Miami also offers a wide range of topics that you can study, which is nice because you will probably change your major more than once.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Out of State Aid – In an effort to bring more out of state students to Miami, they give each person who decides to enroll here $7,000 a year, just for being from out of state! No complaints there.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Better Than You Expected...Much Better. The food here is far from your mom and dad's stories of college food. No, it may not be in the top national rankings for food and yes it can be a little repetitive, but you can always find something to eat. Yes, I'd be nicer if they had more salad bars like at Farmer and that the sit down dining hall dinner hours were a little later (instead of 5-7), but you can't say you ever went hungry here. There are plenty of places to eat, from deli style, sit down, to a more on-the-go sort of place. Sure, you'll do your fair share of eating out in Oxford, too. But take it from me, you may actually end up missing a few of the items served at your local dining hall.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Very Knowledgable Staff – In none of my Communication classes have I been allowed to "slack off", nor have I wanted to! Every course I've taken in my field has been both challenging (though not impossible)and interesting as well. The professors are very aware and passionate about what they are teaching, and know how to make it relevant to their students. Being in their classes (if you're interested in the material) will make you want to work hard and impress them. In the end, you could end up getting a substantial teacher's rec from someone with great credentials, not to mention some new and useful knowledge as well.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Miami University has a hard curriculum for students of all majors. The workload is difficult, but each day I woke up for class I knew I was going to learn. The professors are helpful and want you to succeed. Miami offers many tutoring opportunities for students who are struggling. If a student need more help than what the professor can offer in office hours, there are free tutors for every subject. Miami is a school determined to make students enrich their minds in knowledge in an empowering way.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Go Greek – Greek life is pretty big on campus. Greeks always have events planned and make great, lifelong friends. There are many sororities and fraternities to choose from, making space for everyone.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Honors Dorms – I lived in the honors dorms this year and loved it. The people in the dorm were extremely nice and I felt like I could trust them and the staff. The facilities were very nice as well and the cleaning staff was friendly. The bathroom was cleaned everyday and never dirty. We had the largest basement which was filled with furniture, games, and space to hangout.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: More Than Just a Number – The professors in the psychology department really take an interest in their students. I just finished my freshman year and am already involved in a research lab with one of my professors and have been asked to be discussion group leader for PSY 111 students. The workload is manageable and professors are very flexible with their office hours, offering help to any students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Miami is recognized as the nation's second highest university for undergraduate learning and all of the classes I've taken are a tribute to that. My professors have been extremely accessible and genuinely enjoy teaching the class, which is a welcome attribute.

2 College Senior

Diversity: Preppy School – We have a lot of people with the same ideas, dress styles, goals, and thoughts. There is diversity but you have to look for it to find it. There are many student groups growing that are trying to encourage diversity. When you step on campus, however, you see everyone with different color northface fleeces and longchamp bags. We don't have much diversity.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Very Good – Miami is a great place to be. In addition to the wide variety of activities always happening on campus, there are a multitude of opportunities in sports and student organizations. Partying is fairly prevalent, but it's important to study at least as hard as you party. You will never suffer from boredom or lack of possibilities for the future.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Good With Minor Exceptions – It's a long walk from most dorms to the classes, and when it's raining or snowing, that can be pretty miserable. It helps that some of the sidewalks are heated to prevent snow and ice during the winter. There are at least one or two tornado warnings every school year, but for the most part the weather at Miami is very good.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Chemistry at Miami University is a pretty good choice of major. The professors tend to be very knowledgeable about their subjects and are nearly always open to taking on undergraduate students in research projects. Labs often have graduate student TAs, but lectures are usually given by PhDs.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: You Mostly Just Walk. Sometimes you take a bus to get to places but everything is in walking distance.

5 College Freshman

Computers: If you get your computer from Miami it saves you a lot of trouble if it crashes. The technology at Miami is great.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors Are Always Available for Help – The professors are always welcoming during office hours. They really push studying abroad.

1 College Freshman

Parking: The Worst Thing About the School – Parking is probably the worst thing about Miami University. For starters, Freshman can't have a car on campus unless they fall under a certain category (which is rare). Also, many upper classmen that do have cars on campus have a hard time parking in certain places. That's because there are different colored passes for who can park where. You basically have to have either a parking pass or a ton of quarters for the meters(if you want to park uptown anyway) to park on or around campus. Otherwise, you're better off just taking public transportation.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Best Places – As any Miami University student would say, there are a few local favorites that everyone needs to go to at least once. Those places are Bruno's Pizza, Bagel and Deli, and Mac & Joes.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Miami University takes their campus safety very seriously. There are two police units that patrol the university- Oxford Police and the Miami University Police. They are very good about notifying the public about recent crimes (most being robbery). They post alerts on their website and even email all Miami University students if a crime should happen. They always tell students to make sure everything is locked up and to never travel around on campus or Uptown alone.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Simply the Best. Although I have not started college yet, the Business program at Miami University is spectacular. The Farmer School for Business is newly constructed and is high tech for a building that looks older! The program itself is spectacular. You can be admitted directly into the business school if you qualify (scoring a certain score on the ACT, grades, etc.) but even if you are a pre-business major like me you still feel like you are a part of the program. You still get to take classes in the school and interact with the professors. After your Sophomore year you can be considered as a business major as long as you maintained a 3.0. But even if you did not, you can submit a portfolio to get yourself in the door. There is also a bunch of fairs that provide you the opportunity to intern and talk to people representing major companies!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Always Something to Do – Oxford always offers something to do! Many students travel to Uptown to eat at their local favorites such as Bagel and Deli, Bruno's Pizza, and Mac & Joes. There are also yearly events such as small town concerts and even a farmer's market on Saturday mornings! But if you've already ate and you're waiting for that concert to start, there's always the option to shop around in Uptown.

3 College Senior

Academics: I came to Miami University after a disasterous attempt at College in Arizona. The regionals are full of great instructors interested in the students well being minus a few exceptions. The main campus is large, and some of the professors have no real interest or care as to helping their students improve. I'd say the division of who is willing and not is very diverse among the professors. I prefer the regionals as the classes are smaller and more focused on individual attention, while main campus is a faster pace and crammed with so many students.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Miami University has the best facilities for students. Our Rec Center is really geared toward students, having an Olympic sized swimming pool, a huge weight room, a climbing wall, four basketball courts, and more. We also have soccer fields, disc golf, and volleyball in most quads. The library has everything a good student needs to get work done. We have great restaurants uptown, with art stores and coffee shops as well. Every building on campus is made of our famous red brick, and sit on gorgeous gardens. The campus is renowned for how beautiful it is.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a Business Major – Being a Business major at Miami is difficult, but exciting. Being one of the most competitive programs in the nation, it is hard to get into. However, that's what makes it great. The professors really know their material, and teach it well. I love being a Business major here.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Greek, Geek, and in Between – For a school in the Midwest it's a big deal to have a hockey team; it's even more impressive when that hockey team is top 3 in the nation every year. Going with friends to hockey games definitely sets Miami apart because most write it off as a preppy school. Although, the Greek Life is extremely influential, Miami provides non-Greeks with so many other options that every students can find more than one group of people to hang out with outside of a frat/sorority. Another unique aspect is the fact that a law from the 1800s prohibits sororities from having chapter houses so only the fraternities throw parties. Also, every house surrounding the campus that's occupied by students has a different witty name and sign to identify it by (i.e. "Bed and Breakfast", "Stud Muffins")


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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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