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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2 College Junior

Athletics: The only sports that are good are hockey. It is extremely good, as is the skating team. The other sports are not good-just look at the records. Enough said.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is always something to do at Miami. There are so many options, clubs, and events going on throughout the entire year.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The resources at Miami are easily accessible and up to date.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Get Involved – Being an education major at Miami University has so far been a great experience. During my freshman year, I learned the basics and then next year in my cohort, I will actually get to work in classrooms! I can't wait-the experience will be so helpful in my future.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Hugs Not Drugs... Just Kidding - Natti Light, Not Drugs – If you're doing drugs here it is most likely weed. Typically, if you got into this school you worked hard and aren't willing to blow it by doing hardcore drugs. There are a few social groups that will do coke occasionally, but true drug addicts or users would not last long in our academic environment. Peer pressure is also basically non-existent. People have their own brains here; if they want to do it they will, if not they'll wait for their buddies uptown. People would much rather drink.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Hot Hot..... HOT – If you want to be a big fish in a small pond regarding your looks, don't come to this school. People here are great looking but not because they put outrageous amounts of time into their looks. Yes, people dress up to go out at night but jeans or running shorts are what you will mostly see in your classes. In the end, everyone just looks like they care about themselves and you have lots of eye candy. There are lots of hookups, but by junior year dating is far more popular.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Never Feel Unsafe Even After the Latest Nights at the Bars – While Oxford is small it offers a huge variety of food and bar options. Never once in four years have I felt unsafe even in the late hours of the night. The community is fantastic; there are music festivals uptown every Thursday, the town is always decorated for holidays, and there is an abundance of beautiful flowers. The only reason to leave Oxford is for shopping, which can easily be done at three great malls/outlet malls within 45 minutes. At night you have no reason to leave because the Oxford bar scene is amazing.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Selection – There are several great restaurants within walking distance and the rest of the fast food options are only a short drive away.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Best Dining Halls – Miami has a wide variety of dining halls with terrific cuisine.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel quite safe at Miami.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Walk, Trust Me – The buses at Miami University are nice, don't get me wrong. They are in good shape and the university just built new enclosed places at each bus stop just in case it's raining. However, the campus is not that big, and you can easily get anywhere on campus by using your feet. The buses are on a schedule that's posted all around campus, but there are so many different routes with corresponding colors that it can be confusing to get where you need to go. And the buses, while on a schedule, can make you even later than walking if you're trying to get somewhere fast. Just because it's scheduled, doesn't mean it's on time.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Bars Vs. House Parties – In Oxford, Ohio, there are many clubs you can go to, and only a few are 21+. As long as you are 18, you can get into most of the bars around Oxford. Most of them are smaller buildings that can get very crowded around midnight, so you want to head uptown early if you want to skip the long lines. Cover charge is usually pretty inexpensive, but honestly, the house parties are free, you will know more people there, and you will have more room to do whatever you want to do as opposed to the uptown bars.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Oxford, Ohio Apartments – If you're looking for an apartment in Oxford, Ohio, you're in luck. There are honestly TONS of apartments in town. It just depends what you are looking for. You can find apartments in all sorts of locations, cost ranges, and even amenities. Be warned though, the most expensive apartments are the ones with the best appearance, best amenities, and best locations (most of the time). It takes a little searching, and a little evaluation about what you need and what you are willing to give up.

1 College Junior

Parking: The Worst You Can Find – They will find you. Even if you get out to pick something off the floor, when you look up, there will be a ticket on your car. They are not interested in your story and have no sympathy. I don't know where the people come from or how they're so sneaky, but they will find you. As far as parking passes, you can't park anywhere with the yellow pass that everyone has and that's when they ticket you.

1 College Junior

Diversity: There are barely any minorities at Miami and some of the white people are very judgmental. There should be more integration of the races. Asians are always together, African Americans are always together, so on and so forth.

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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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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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