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Reviews 2227 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The libraries at Miami are extensive! There are at least a dozen, and you can find most anything you could want!

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Every Building Wireless... If You Can Get on. Every building I spent any time in-the dorms, the classrooms, the food courts-all had wireless networks. They weren't bad, and were actually faster than what I was used to at home. But logging into the network was so difficult! I never did figure out how to get an account, so I had to log in as a guest every day and every nine hours, so almost every time I sat down to get online, I had to log in as a guest. And I was always careful never to turn off my computer! But I'd have to log in again. I'd turn on my laptop and go to get on the internet, and it would take 20 minutes to connect to the network. From there everything was fine, but that initial load up wasn't, and I had to do it every nine hours.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: MU Drugs – The drug use is really not seen at all at Miami. Alcohol is quite prominent though. It is not necessarily seen on campus, but you know that it is there, and it is very visible off campus. I would say the majority of students do drink on the weekends in Oxford. Peer pressure is not an issue at all. I do not drink, and there have been many situations where I went to parties and was offered but was never forced to drink, and people always respect that and never pressure you about it.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity at Miami is quite an issue. If you take a general look at campus, you will see mostly white, Christian, semi-conservative, heterosexual, financially well-off folks. But once you start taking a closer look, you will find just about anything under the sun. The problem is that you have to take another look to find it. At first, I felt like I didn't really fit in, but once you dig a little deeper, anyone can find their place on campus. The University recognizes this issue and tries quite hard to fix it, and they are doing a wonderful job at it. There are tons of international students, international living communities, international student organizations, and pretty much any other student organizations you can think of to suit anyone from any background whether politically, religiously, sexual orientation, ethnicity, anything.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There are several different police forces that patrol the campus, making it difficult for people to get away with breaking the rules, such as underage drinking. They are especially watchful on the weekends, so I suggest not being drunk in public. Other than that, you're golden.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms aren't terrible, but the upperclassman dorms are certainly much better. I live in Peabody, which is far away from the center of campus. Although it is quite a walk, we have the largest dorms. The ceilings are high, and the building has an air of being a hotel. The walk is not as bad as it seems, due to the fact that the college scenery is breathtaking.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Undeclared Major – With an undeclared major, I have time to complete my basic courses that are necessary for graduation that may or may not have to do with a specific major. This allows me to explore my options in the fields of science, math, social studies, and language arts. It helps with deciding which major is right for me.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Everything on Miami's campus is very nice and new. The dorms could, however, use a little bit of work. The gym, library, and MOST, certainly not all, of the classrooms are very nice.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health and Safety – Although there have been some crimes recently, it seems that Oxford is, for the most part, very safe and you can always call public safety if in trouble. It is, however, frustrating for students how the cops act. Nobody would feel comfortable calling them in fear of getting into trouble.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Very Basic – At Miami, the atmosphere is very much what college should be. Almost all of Oxford is known for Miami, and it seems as though it is made up completely of college students.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is always a struggle in Oxford. It's very hard to find a place to park that's actually close.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places eat at Miami. Good variety. Prices aren't bad either.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers work well enough. Blackboard tends to break down more than I would like. But we have great technology in the classroom.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The Inside Scoop – Miami has a fun, fired-up, and enthusiastic student body. There is so much going on uptown that you are never bored on the weekends. The recreational facilities are amazing. The buildings and campus are stunning.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The Changing Seasons – The changing seasons are so pretty. It is very hot in the summer and right when you get to school. Then it is cool and temperate and nice out through October, then it starts to get chilly, then cold, then icy and very cold, then by the time March rolls around it starts to get warm, sunny, and beautiful again.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Withrow Street – I am moving into an adorable four-bedroom, brand-new house next year with three of my friends. Though it is a bit expensive, it is the perfect location and the landlords have been amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Fast, Trustworthy, Efficient – The buses are great here. We also have taxis. We also have a student driver service that will drive you somewhere for free if you absolutely need it (used in cases of emergency, like if you can't walk because you are on crutches or something like that).

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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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