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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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Very difficult to get any aid and talk to people ... fight me on getting instate tuition too.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Weed and Beer – The title pretty much says it. The drug of choice is far and away marijuana, not to say others aren't present. Also, beer is so convenient with three different delivery places and plenty of parties with free beer. However, hard alcohol is nearly as easy to come by. Drinking is the activity of choice for sure.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The racial diversity is one of the weaker aspects as far as strictly numbers are concerned; however, it is very easy to integrate different people into your group of fiends, which I really like. Miami does a great job of recruiting students in the Asian community but could use more Latino and African-American students.

The sexual orientation at Miami, from what I've seen, is very diverse and there are some from each of the various groups: gay, lesbian, straight, transsexual, bisexual, queer, and transgender.

On the political side, students tend to be more conservative but we have our share of lefties, as well. Many students are very wealthy, which tends to be annoying but there are a fair number of students paying for college themselves or are from poorer backgrounds.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Wouldn't Have Gone Anywhere Else – Miami is the perfect college town. There's always something going on uptown or on campus. The people I've met here are my best friends and I don't know what I'm going to do after I graduate. It's a great party school, but it's also highly respected for its high academic standards.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Excellent and Variety – There are dining halls and markets all over campus. There's lots of variety, including stir-fry, sushi, Mexican, and burgers. Quality of food is far above average, especially when compared to other colleges. I'm a senior and still have a small meal plan because I love the food!

College Senior

Scholarships: I do not know anything about the financial aid process because my parents took care of that for me.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a pretty good variety of off-campus dining with a variety of cost options. However, we need many more healthy options and many more nice restaurant options for when families come to town for special events.

3 College Senior

Academics: The professors have been very helpful with the exception of a few. The registration process is way too difficult; too many classes need to be force-added unnecessarily. The workload is normal-heavy.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Depends on the season – The winter here is absolutely beautiful, but walking through snow in the early morning to get to an 8 a.m. class gets old fast. HOWEVER, the other seasons are amazing! Sunny days and warm weather make the campus really come alive, which makes it worth it to suffer through the winters.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Typical Dorms – I lived in Swing during a summer semester, but I have spent most of my time at Miami in Tappan, which is an honors dorm. Swing had bigger rooms and nicer floors (they were wood instead of white tile), but I definitely prefer Tappan overall. Honors LLC students get air conditioning and access to Tappan's amazing basement. Tappan is by far the best dorm I have been in, and the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Amazing Food – When I go home, I miss the food at Miami. Every dining hall is divided into stations (Miami Traditions, Wok This Way, etc.), and a different combination of stations is offered at each location. This means that if you are in the mood for a burrito and your friends want pasta, for example, you will be able to find a dining hall that serves both. There are also salad and fruit bars at almost every dining hall.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Winters can be cold and wind, but it's not unbearable. In typical Ohio weather pattern, it might snow one day and be 50 and sunny the next. You never know.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is great, but it's not bad. The fees are not too expensive, but there are not that many parking options. Thankfully the campus is small enough that walking is not a problem.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Fun, Festive, and Small – Oxford is a very small college town, but there are several local attractions worth checking out. Kofenya is a five-star coffee shop that provides a great place to hangout or do homework, and live music is sometimes provided. There are also several nice dining options, such as my personal favorite Fiesta Charra, as well as 45 East and Kona Bistro.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Be Careful – Miami has a strict police force and there are always police teams uptown on the weekends. It is nothing to worry about but at the same time you need to be very careful.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its Awesome – Oxford has dozens of off-campus houses that are somewhat expensive but at the same time are very safe and well structured. In addition, there are tons of apartments above bars and restaurants that are very close to the university, only a street away.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Worth It – The financial process can sometimes be confusing and frustrating. But with a little perseverance and determination, you will get through and the money received from it is worth it. Bannerweb gives you a good resource to stay on top of your financial aid, as well.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus or Walk – The campus is small enough to get anywhere, including uptown at a reasonable time. I can pretty much get to any place on campus in 20 minutes or less. However, the buses are also a good option and are a popular choice during the cold winter months.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Overrated Night Life – The nightlife at Miami is overrated. A lot of people go Uptown to party on weekend nights, but it is often not worth it. People don't have as good of time as expected. There is way too much drama and nonsense to make it worth it.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Money Toward Athletic Programs – In my personal opinion, too much money is being spent on athletic programs. I was recently notified of the master's program of religion being terminated so that money could be put toward the football program. Given, the Miami University football team has improved greatly in the past year, but terminating the oldest religion master's program in the United States is simply unacceptable.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms Are the Best Experience – Freshman dorms each have a different theme and are focused on creating an inclusive community. The "Living Learning Communities" range between focuses on health, history, language, culture, and music. I had a wonderful time getting to know my fellow students and resident life assistants, and I wouldn't have traded the experience for a different one.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: So Isolated – We're far away from a city.

2 College Freshman

Facilities: Complete Lack of Diversity – You often hear about the lack of racial diversity on campus, and you're sure to hear about the "J.Crew U" stereotype before you attend Miami. However, from the campus visits alone, it was hard to tell just how true this stereotype was. Miami is a very homogeneous school, with a hefty majority of students being affluent, white, conservative students. That being said, Miami is great when it comes to academics and if the lack of diversity is not a problem to you, you can receive a wonderful education.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: A Safe Campus – Although the campus doesn't go without incidents of crime, I feel safe on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining Halls – There are quite a few dining halls at Miami, and all of them have good food. Some of them are closed during certain times or only offer certain sections of the menu at different times of the day, and you might not know when those times would be. Miami has a great website for meal planning, showing what is open and served when, and it even allows you to watch the prices and nutritional value of what you plan to order.


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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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