Oxford, OH
Tuition (in-state)
$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 Junior

Facilities: Campus Looks Great – Our campus is absolutely beautiful. The library is huge and has everything you would need, including an entire silent floor. The rec has an indoor track and any machine you might need. The aesthetics are perfect, they just lack diversity. There is always something going on in terms of activities, not party-wise but helping the community or making a difference.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I grew up in a bubble and now am going to school in a bubble. It feels safe and homey. I am a girl and am never afraid walking home alone if I need to, but I still wouldn't recommend it! It is a great school and a wonderful experience thus far.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Compared to NY, the weather is beautiful. There is never any snow, and the winters are short. Ohio is flat, so be careful of icy sidewalks!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus has strict rules, but you won't get in trouble if you aren't a belligerent mess and can hold yourself together when a cop drives by.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Oxford police love giving tickets, and you can't park anywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are everywhere. It isn't hard at all to find drinking somewhere. Going uptown on any night there is drinking everywhere and especially on green beer day. Greek life is notorious for drinking also.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms aren't too bad at Miami. The honors dorms are definitely better, but you could get lucky in the other building you can get. Some buildings have huge rooms and no air conditioners, but you can add an air conditioner.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Slap on the Wrist – Miami is in a small college town of Oxford, Ohio. There aren't a whole lot of options for entertainment, so drinking is a pretty big presence at Miami. There are 2-3 sets of police forces that roam the campus at any time, and if you are noticeably intoxicated or high, they will stop you. For the most part, they know what goes on and are pretty nice and not out to get you, but they will if they have to.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys and Gals – As a whole, the campus is full of attractive people, both male and female. The new rec center is probably one of the most actively used buildings on campus. The stereotype "J.Crew U" exists for a reason, but overall, I would say there are plenty of people to look at on campus.

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5 College Student

Facilities: Inside Scoop – I love the overall look and organization at this university. Although it may be small but it offers a wide variety of ethnicities and stuff to do.

4 College Student

Facilities: They are very clean and organized.

5 College Student

Computers: I think the computer labs are very efficient, clean, and organized. They provide excellent sources of wireless access to the Internet and a wide variety of computers and other mechanisms.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Miami University. I love the people, I love the atmosphere, I love the classes, I love the environment, I love my new friends, I love the activities, I love the trees, I love the classes, I love the dorms, I love it all.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Staying in Is Just as Fun – The people in your dorm usually have the best ideas of stuff to do. Whether it's a random trip out of town or the Student Center or staying in to play video games or cards, we really have lots of fun without the partying.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Thomson Hall Is the Best – My dorm is amazing. We have the largest number of international students on this part of Western Campus, along with American students that just love other cultures. We always participate in events. It's amazing!

4 College Senior

Transportation: You'll Walk Everywhere – For a school situated in the middle of cornfields, parking's a nightmare. Passes are expensive and hawkish campus police monitor the meters like a religion. Buses are handy, but plan safely with extra time if you're heading to class because they're about 80 percent reliable. A handful of people bike, but walking is your best option, and it works because distances are manageable.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Plan Early! Miami forces students, even brand new freshmen, to decide their living arrangements by early fall. This means a good chance you're roped into a dorm again with people you barely know because you're not familiar with all the options or anyone besides your roommate. PLAN EARLY! There are tons of locations, near and far, of all types. Best kept secret: freshmen or sophomores are required to live on campus UNLESS they live within a specified distance. Then they can register as a "commuter" and live anywhere they want!

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food at Miami is uncharacteristically good for a college campus. There are plenty of locations, and favorites like Bell Tower have a wide variety and buffet-style assortment that's convenient and tasty. The prices are average-expensive, and on-campus mini-marts tend to gouge you. Think New York City prices in the middle of isolated Oxford, Ohio.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The majority of Miami students are involved in Greek life. They throw many parties and often get in trouble from the venue where they throw off-campus socials.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Miami University is in the middle of nowhere. The town of Oxford is within walking distance but is extremely small and does not have a huge variety.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I generally feel very safe. There did not seem to be much crime where I lived on Campus.

1 College Junior

Weather: It's Ohio – Ohio doesn't have great weather, and Miami just happens to be in the midst of it. The weather is unpredictable. There is very little sun from January to May. During the winter, campus seems colder than off campus-probably because it's so flat.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Miami is a very homogeneous environment. It is very similar to the area I grew up. There are many students from fairly wealthy, white families. The reputation Miami has for being where the "rich, white kids" go is pretty accurate.

3 College Junior

Academics: Miami has excellent business and education departments. The professors are very thorough and knowledgeable. Scheduling classes is always a little frustrating, because they never seem to have the classes I need or they only offer it once and it's already full.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus Life – the dorms are all nice and fun to live in. sometimes its hard to find people but miami has very nice facilities that are a pleasure to live in. the services and amenities are greater than at other 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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