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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Off-Campus Housing: They just put in a new rule that sophomores have to live on campus, but after that, off-campus housing is great. You just have to make sure to find a place to live early in the year for the next school year.

College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is pretty good. There is basically any type of food you could think of wanting within a walking distance from campus. Personally, I love places like Mac and Joes (a small alley bar) or 45 (a main street bar). All the places have fair pricing and they range from fancier to extremely casual.

College Student

Local Atmosphere: Xavier and Dayton are both a car ride away. The town itself is dead in the summertime, but when classes are in session, there is always something to do uptown.

College Student

Campus Strictness: Miami is now a smoke-free campus-even outside-which is irritating. However, the rule really isn't enforced. If you're 21 or older, you can have booze in your dorm. If you're under, the general rule is don't make it obvious. None of the RAs really want to bust you, so don't make them. If you do drink in the dorms just don't be noisy or have it out in the open.

College Student

Campus Dining: The food is delicious. I eat better here than I do at home.

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Guys & Girls: On the whole, people are physically very attractive here. Guys can be a bit fratty at times, and girls can have a bit too much of the "daddy's little princess" mentality. However, I've met more genuinely cool people here than not.

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College Student

Transportation: The Miami Metro service is nice when it's cold outside, but it is hardly ever on time. Sometimes it's early, sometimes it's late, and you can probably get anywhere faster by walking than by waiting for a late bus.

High School Student

Weather: You experience all four seasons in a week. Typical Ohio weather.

High School Student

Greek Life: It feels a lot bigger than it really is. Greek life is very time-consuming, so proceed with caution.

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High School Student

Drug Safety: Pretty much just pot. Nothing too big. Everyone mostly drinks.

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College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing isn't too hard to come by but you have to start looking almost an entire year before you plan on living there. You have to start as early as September the year before. Plus, many leases need to be signed that early anyway.

College Student

Campus Dining: The food is pretty good. I've never had anything I didn't really like. Erikson and Bell Tower are the best just because they have more options.

College Student

Guys & Girls: There are many types of people on Miami's campus. The guys are usually pretty fun and outgoing, but there is also the group of guys that are more "geeky" if you will-really smart but kind of socially awkward. The girls are usually described as "snotty" and "preppy" but are really pretty with not a lot of common sense. This is only a portion of the girls though; many girls are very smart, both book smart and with common sense and are very nice, outgoing, and funny.

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College Student

Off-Campus Housing: It's really expensive. There are plenty of places to live, though, if you're willing to work or if you have parents who can foot the bill.

College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options for restaurants uptown, which always surprises people. Considering how small Oxford is, it's amazing that there are something like 30 places to eat. There are the typical sub places and some cheap local stops, which are usually busy. They have very few nice restaurants, though. When it comes to parents visiting, I would suggest leaving town after the first time. There is Alexander House, which is expensive and varies in its quality. The new restaurant, Stella, is actually really good and reasonably priced. Most of the restaurants are within walking distance, or the bus goes right uptown on the really cold days.

High School Student

Campus Dining: I love the pasta-yum! The food is one of the reasons I chose to go to Miami. I love the convenience and the taste. The lines can get kind of long during peak eating times, but you learn to manage.

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Facilities: On West Campus, there's an art museum, which is free and very nice, but very few students go there. They had a rock 'n' roll exhibit on every band you can think of from the '60s and '70s.

Niche User

Facilities: The buildings at Miami are examples of beautiful architecture. Coupled with the campus, the atmosphere will definitely make you want to stay. The facilities, in general, are excellent. There are tons of computer labs on campus, but most students all have their own computers in their rooms. The Rec, as it is known, is an awesome fitness facility with basketball courts, weight rooms, aerobic rooms, racquetball, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and a large indoor running track.

Niche User

Facilities: The student center isn't that good. It has a place to eat, a post office, some meeting rooms, and a small market to buy food. It's one of Miami's weaker points. It's not a major place to hang out or anything. On the other hand, the Rec Center is great! I live off campus right across from it. It is one of Miami's best features. It's only a few years old and has four basketball courts, two racquetball courts, a great exercise and weight room, a track, an amazing Olympic-sized swimming pool, plus an enormous diving pool and a recreation pool. It's really a first-rate place. There is a food court there, too.

Niche User

Facilities: The workout facility at Miami is called the Rec-it's great. It has huge pools, a hot tub, a rock-climbing wall, an indoor running track, a weight room, and tons of cardio machines. Also, they have lots of fitness classes, like kick boxing and cardio hip hop. It does get crowded at certain times of the day, though. So you'll have to wait awhile if there's a certain type of machine you want.

Niche User

Facilities: The student center is called Shriver, and it has a bookstore, a place to eat, and lots of meeting rooms. It's pretty convenient to get to from most places on campus.

Niche User

Facilities: Our student center isn't really the greatest. It has food and some entertainment, but nothing like a movie theater or anything-they do show weekly movies for various programs. They're usually good movies, too. We also have a `drive-in' movie night every fall on Cook Field where they set up a giant screen, and everyone brings blankets and pillows out to the field to watch a movie.

Niche User

Facilities: All facilities seem to be pretty nice. There's a new athletic center that is one of, if not the, largest in Ohio. I think the student center is lacking as a hangout area for students. It's mainly just an eating area, and it has an auditorium. There's not much room for students to stretch out and study, and it doesn't provide much entertainment throughout the day.

Niche User

Facilities: The student center seems small for a school so large. The Recreational Sports Center has nice facilities. It also provides a variety of classes and activities.

Niche User

Facilities: Some of the computers are too old. We have a very nice rec center. The student center is fairly boring and doesn't have anything special to offer other than food, a tiny TV room, and a couple small study areas.

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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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