Location
Oxford, OH
Undergrads
14,657
Tuition (in-state)
$29,158 ($13,594)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Academics: My professors from other departments have been really good. Most are very much concerned with making your experience a good one, and they really help you learn. I have met very few who do not make themselves readily available to give help to any student that wants it.

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Academics: The teachers here are very good. They are usually willing to give help and advice outside of class, as long as you take the initiative to approach them. The classes are not always that interesting because the Miami Plan requires us to take classes in virtually every field. So, not all of the classes will be interesting to everyone. However, you do have some flexibility in class selection-I have managed to find classes I like.

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Academics: There is a nice mix of professors-ranging from the most amazing people you'll ever meet, to ones you wish you never had. Miami is known as one of the best undergraduate schools because of the attention placed upon our undergraduates, as opposed to our grad students. You almost always have actual professors, as opposed to graduate assistants (GAs), but you will have a few of those, depending upon your classes and major.

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Academics: I've had some fabulous ones and some really bad ones. It all depends on your major and your attitude.

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Local Atmosphere: The town is quaint, to say the least. There's one Wal-Mart, one Kroger, and 12 bars. That's about it. However, Cincinnati is less than an hour away. I think Oxford was a good place to be in college.

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Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is a typical college town, something you might see in the movies. The University makes Oxford what it is. The people who live in the town tend to differ greatly from those who attend the University, but we are able to coexist without major difficulties. However, I would recommend sticking to the places meant for college students, as opposed to those frequented by the `townies.' Go to the bars uptown and definitely Bagel & Deli between midnight and 3 a.m. That's the true Miami experience.

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Local Atmosphere: Oxford is quite an isolated town. It's small and quaint, yet it has a lot of history. Unfortunately, there are no other universities anywhere near Miami. This only adds to the isolation. Local news seems like the only news that's talked about. Few students seem to really pay attention to national issues.

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Local Atmosphere: Miami is the only university in Oxford. However, there are two other branch campuses about 20 to 30 minutes from Oxford. There is a state park with some trails and a lake if you are into that sort of thing. It's very peaceful.

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Local Atmosphere: Oxford seems like the typical college town. Although the town is small, there are several interesting places. Both La Bodega and Bagel & Deli make great sandwiches.

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Local Atmosphere: There is a good amount of things to do around town, and with Cincinnati close by, there is always something to do. In Oxford, there are a lot of great restaurants, a movie theater, a couple of dance clubs, and quite a few bars for when you are over 21. We also have some good places to shop, and there are quite a few malls that are not too far away.

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Local Atmosphere: Oxford is a small town. The population is around 8,000, but including students, it moves up to 21,000. Townies are never seen uptown. Oxford is secluded in its own little bubble, but it has everything you need. There isn't much to stay away from, except townies! They don't really appreciate us Miami students.

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Local Atmosphere: Oxford wouldn't exist on the map if Miami weren't there. Uptown Oxford is cute, but limited to a few blocks of stores and restaurants. The city is extremely careful about making the town fit Miami's `red brick' persona. Outside the Oxford's Mile Square is essentially farmland, but a state park called Hueston Woods is just a few miles away, and it's a great place to escape to when the weather is nice. You can picnic, study, rent a boat, go hiking, biking, or walking. It's a nice area.

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Local Atmosphere: It is a small community in Ohio, which equates to a bastion of conservatism. Stay away from the Pizza Hut-the service is horrid. The most exciting landmarks seem to be Wal-Mart, Kroger's, and the Uptown Park.

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Health & Safety: I have always felt very safe in Oxford. If you're smart, you'll be fine. Miami has its own small police force just for the University. Plus, there are the Oxford police. It's a really safe town in my view.

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Health & Safety: They have a van that will pick you up anywhere on campus and take you anywhere at night, free of charge. We also have emergency phones around, but I have never felt scared on campus. It's pretty well lit, and you'll rarely walk anywhere alone.

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Health & Safety: Compared to other universities, Miami has a good safety level. A few sexual assaults have occurred. Theft, however, is not much of a problem. Nobody I know has had anything stolen, which is surprising to my friends at other colleges.

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Health & Safety: Miami University has its own police force, which works along with the Oxford Police Department to keep order on and around campus. Miami has had some problems with sexual assault in the past, but they are taking many steps to prevent that from happening. There are emergency phones all over campus, and you can call and ask for either a walk-along escort from the student volunteer organization or a ride from the Campus Assault Prevention Program (CAPP) van. I usually feel safe walking around campus, even at night, and I don't know of anyone having any problems.

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Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, for the most part. We have a service, nicknamed the `rape van,' that will pick you up from anywhere and take you anywhere on campus without questions. I think they run all night, and I know people who have even abused the system to get to 8 a.m. classes, but it's a very good safety measure the school has taken. One thing I've never actually used, but have heard about, is the program the ROTC has instated to run with people after dark if they don't want to jog alone.

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Health & Safety: Security is pretty good. You have swipe cards to get into your dorm and something called the CAPP van, which will pick you up and take you wherever you want to go. We have our fair share of assaults and other crimes, but so do all other campuses. As long as you're safe about what you do and don't walk around by yourself at night, which is a bad idea in general, you'll be very safe.

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Health & Safety: The campus feels very safe. The small-town feeling helps everyone feel more secure.

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Health & Safety: I feel completely safe on campus-enough to walk home by myself at night. I know there were several reports of harassment on campus last year, but I think that as long as you're with someone else and in a well-lit area, things are fine.

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Health & Safety: There are emergency call-boxes throughout campus. As a whole, both the University and the city of Oxford are well lit. Campus police provide escorts after dark.

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Health & Safety: The campus is horribly dark in many well-traveled areas and badly needs better lighting. There are usually people milling about at all hours, but some of the darker spots are quite frightening at night. As far as the dorms go, it helps that you can only enter if you live there and if you have your student ID with you.

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Computers: The computer labs are pretty reliable, but it depends on how far away you live from one. I would suggest bringing your own computer, but it's not that big of a deal if you can't.

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Computers: There are many computer labs at your fingertips, and some are open long hours. However, I feel it is best to have a computer with me.

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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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