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

Computers: Where Do I Plug in? Whether it's a computer lab based class or a laptop malfunction, Miami offers five large computer labs conveniently located across campus and WiFi the stretches beyond campus. The best part is how Mac friendly classrooms are and the availability of power outlets practically in every room and hallway.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The Right Choice – I committed to Miami sight unseen because of its Zoology program. The first year was a lot of fun and a great experience, but I wasn't extremely happy. The next year, and especially this year living off campus have been some of the best I've had. The school is small enough to have a tight group of friends and see the the same people often, but large enough that there are always new people to meet. Looking back though, this is a great place. The campus is gorgeous and there are lot of natural areas for hiking and such. The uptown scene is always fun and full of people. Academically, Miami has fulfilled its duty well.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Abundant and Diverse – There is a wide variety of places to eat in Oxford. Bars, Chinese food, Indian food, BBQ, fast food. There is enough diversity to satisfy everyone.

4 College Senior

Academics: Zoology: Good for Pre-Med – The zoology courses are well-instructed and very interesting. They aren't easy, but if the interest is there, you will do well. The course bulletin lists numerous classes that would be fun to take; icthyology, herpetology,and biology of dinosaurs for example. It seems, however, that the program is changing direction to a more pre-med base. It's smart on their part (I only know one person other than me who isn't pre-med), but they've lost some interesting animal classes it seems.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Miami has a largely white student body. The university is working hard to recruit more minority and international students, however. I'm white and don't know from personal experience but I hear it's hard to be a minority at Miami.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Is Nice – The apartments are nice, relatively close to campus, and the one I'm staying in this summer is newly renovated. I've had a good experience with off-campus housing this summer.

4 College Junior

Academics: There are many great professors at Miami. How good a teacher is really does make or break a class here. I have two majors in two completely different disciplines and have found professors and classes in both subjects to be challenging yet rewarding. Some of the professors in the general education requirements aren't as knowledgeable but I've had very few (less than 5) bad professors or classes.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Brand Names – Not the most diverse of places in terms of race. Mostly white people from Ohio but also quite a few international students from Asia. Pretty easy to find a niche on campus though.

2 College Junior

Parking: Such a Hassle – There is hardly anywhere to park on campus! A new parking garage was built, which is hardly ever used because of the terrible location that it was built. Students would have to walk farther from the garage than had they just walked from their own home. Permits also are a bit expensive, however because of the shortage in parking spaces available to students, I understand that they must be.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Miami University has a Nighttime door to door service that it utilizes to provide students with transportation on and off campus by simply calling the phone number. However, it isn't always that easy. Many times, a person must wait for over 30 minutes for the bus to arrive. In times when a student doesn't feel safe to walk home from their current location, having to wait an additional 30 minutes does not make the situation any better. Also, the driver of the bus does not call the student when he/she has finally arrived to transport the student. Because of this, students are basically forced to stand outside and wait for the bus to show up (obviously, creating an unsafe situation).

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I've had some difficulties with my financial aid. It is quite hard to qualify for their larger scholarships unless you did amazing on the ACT.

3 College Freshman

Weather: In the winter, we get lots of snow in our area of Ohio, but Miami does have heated sidewalks on all of the main sidewalks on campus, so I have never experienced any difficulty getting to class due to snow.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Kinda Greek – I'm not involved with Greek life on campus but many students are involved, actually about 1 out of 3, but you definitely don't have to be involved in greek life to have fun at Miami. But I do have many friends who are involved with Greek Life on campus and they're always open to new people,greek or non greek.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's pretty laid back, but they do take drinking in dorms and other campus facilities seriously. Also, if Oxford PD picks you up for DUI, Public Intoxication, open container or anything else behaviorally and the campus finds out about it, it can be a real problem. I think if you have a code 1 (from drinking in the dorms or something) you can't be apart of study abroad, and if you are in athletics they can cut you completely.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Ice Sports – Ice Hockey and Synchronized Skating are the most competitive sports at our school. Unfortunately the other programs don't get nearly enough recognition and not too many students are enthusiastic about it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The Ideal Campus – This campus is exactly what everyone thinks of what college is supposed to look like. There is plenty of lawn space everywhere, so when the weather cooperates it's so nice to sit outside and study or just hang out. The dorms vary in size, but you're lucky if you get one of your top ten choices of rooms because the process of housing here is a mess. Porter and Dodds have relatively large rooms and are both located on South quad which is really close to the Shriver Center, the REC Center, and the main academic quad. Western Campus dorms have substantially larger rooms and are much more unique, but they are a hike from EVERYTHING.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Miami has somewhat of a stereotype: here is a link to see some opinions of the Miami girl stereotype http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPMUDbshbVE

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is great at Miami. there are tons of clubs uptown. also, if you are a part of the greek community, you have a great social opportunities that go along with that

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Athletic Center Overview – The rec center at Miami University is a great facility, with everything I would ever want in it. However, the size of the facility is a bit too small, and because of this it gets very very crowded.

1 College Junior

Parking: The parking people are way to strict, you can't park somewhere for 5 minutes to drop off or pick someone up with out getting in trouble, you don't even get warnings anymore they just go straight to a ticket. Some of the lots aren't clearly marked with what times certain passes can park there, also the times in which certain passes can park in certain lots changes by lot in stead of having a universal time.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining Option on Campus – There are a lot of good places to eat on campus. They offer a good variety of food as well. The cost could be a little cheaper but for the quality of the food the price isn't to terribly high.

3 College Junior

Academics: Sports Studies Program – This program is pretty good, it is more of a basic program so that you can minor or decide what you want to focus on in Graduate School, this program is set up to offer you a broad range of classes so that you can decide what exactly in the sports field it is you want to do

2 College Freshman

Weather: Normal Midwest – Its shorts weather for about 2 months out of the school year and the combination of snow, ice, and freezing cold is depressing

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Not Bad – Miami has a pretty good campus and friendly people

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Excellent Choices, Terrible Houses – The houses are nasty and not well maintained. However, the apartment complexes are gorgeous and much cheaper than living in on-campus dorms!


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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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