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Oxford, OH
Undergrads
14,657
Tuition (in-state)
$29,158 ($13,594)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Diversity: Diversity? Miami strikes out here. They've been trying to get more diversified, but this is mostly a wealthy, white college. It's not terrible, but it definitely isn't very diverse. That is one complaint many people have. Another big complaint is that this is a `J.Crew & Abercrombie school' with lots of stuck-up people. I can see that, but there are 16,000 people here. I think that it's easy to find people you can get along with.

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Diversity: It's not like high school where everyone knows everyone, and who does what. I'm only close with about 15 to 20 people, and I'm only really close to like three or four. So, if you don't want to hang around the Abercrombie people, you don't have to. I've never been bothered by that. That's another way in which college is different from high school. A lot of people don't care anymore about who is popular and who isn't.

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Diversity: Diversity is somewhat lacking here. Our nickname is `Diversity University' because they stress it so much, but it's mainly a Caucasian campus. The minority students on campus are visible and have all sorts of organizations, but we are predominantly white. I have many African-American and Indian friends, but whom you know all depends on whom you want to know. I've never seen any type of discrimination on campus toward minorities. Everyone, for the most part, gets along.

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Diversity: The diversity at Miami is still pretty bad even though they are trying to make it better. The whole aura is preppy-Banana Republic, Abercrombie, J.Crew. However, everyone lets his or her hair down a little bit on the weekends.

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Diversity: Minorities are lacking on campus. Most people you'll meet will be white, middle-, or upper-class. You won't be seeing people with green Mohawks walking down the street, so if that kind of diversity is something you are looking for, Miami would probably not be the best choice. You will, however, get a great education for the price, and the food is really good.

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Diversity: What diversity? Except for the occasional African American or Indian, and maybe a smattering of Asians, this campus is fairly devoid of diversity, no matter what the administration would like to portray in their commercials. Can you say `false advertisement' boys and girls?

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Diversity: This has been a major issue with Miami lately. We aren't that diverse, and that's all there is to it. I still think there are tons of different people here with different backgrounds, personalities, and experiences. I've learned a lot from the students I've met at Miami, but you have to be willing to get to know them and listen to them. It all depends on what you put into the relationships.

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Diversity: Miami would like to claim that it is very diverse, but, in reality, it is not. Mostly upper-middle-class white students attend this school. One complaint I do have about Miami's attempt to diversify is the diversity-themed dorm they've established. This clumps anyone of a different race into one dorm, forcefully excluding them and creating less social diversity among the students.

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Diversity: Miami is working on racial diversity. The diversity dorms encourage students to learn about other cultures. Though Miami may seem to be a homogenous place at first glance, there are many different communities within the school.

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Nightlife: There is only one "club," and that's Brick Street. It plays all the white boy, suburban, hip-hop favorites and ends with Bon Jovi. There is a moderate bar selection. Hippie bars, frat star bars, but no gay bars.

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Nightlife: There's only a few bars at Miami. You only have to be 18 to get in though, which is a plus. So weekends here consist of a lot more house parties and frat parties than bar and club-hopping.

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Nightlife: I want to preface this by saying you don't have to drink in college, but odds are high that you will. Here is an amazing fact that I can't believe no one ever told me: at Miami, you will never pay for alcohol. It's so great here. The people who have the parties pay for the beer. And everyone that goes, girl or guy, gets to drink for free. It's amazing. I talk to my friends at Iowa who go to bars every night, and they say they spend $50 in a weekend on cover charges and alcohol alone! I love it here, because that's definitely not an issue.

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Nightlife: The parties on campus are typically fun. Houses and apartments will have parties varying in size, some open to anyone and some you need to be invited to.

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Nightlife: The fraternities throw a lot of parties, especially at the beginning of the year. Frats like to get as many girls as possible to come to their parties while allowing very few guys that are not members to come in. This is often a problem for the girls though, because they end up being very outnumbered.

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Nightlife: Typically, the alcohol at parties does not last very long. Parties usually go from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and late night parties start at 2 a.m. and go into the morning. Bars and clubs usually get busy between midnight and 2 a.m. Stadium, Pachinko's, and Skipper's are some of the popular 18-and-over bars, and then there are many that only allow you in if you're 21-and-over. Brick Street is another 18-and-over bar that seems to draw a less `Miami' crowd and gets very congested. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Nightlife: I wouldn't call them clubs because it's not like a big city, but we have plenty of bars and many have dance floors. They are great times. Stadium is the best place to dance.

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Nightlife: Bars are all uptown on High Street. We have pretty good ones. Brick Street is ok. My favorite is Stadium. There's a bar downstairs with a band, and upstairs there is plenty of dancing. ?

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Nightlife: To my knowledge, parties on campus are much less frequent than those off campus. There are very many different bars in Oxford. Brick Street and Stadium feature local and regional acts, as well as dancing. However, there are also bars such as Steinkeller that cater to older students.

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Nightlife: There aren't really parties on campus. There are frat parties and off-campus parties. Brick Street can be decent for dancing, and they also have a hilarious karaoke night. I love Balcony.

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Nightlife: The town of Oxford is pretty small, but there are about 10 bars. You can pretty much dance at most places, but if you want a real club, your best bet is to drive 45 minutes to Cincinnati or Dayton.

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Nightlife: We don't really have any clubs, but the bars are pretty cool for such a small town. Brick Street is for the freshmen, and any scary people who like to dance. CJ's and Mac & Joe's are more for upperclassmen.

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Nightlife: Stadium and its upper level became the huge hotspot last year. Downstairs has live bands and is fun on Tuesday nights. The upstairs is for the DJ-lots of dancing. Skipper's is the best for happy hour and Wednesday wing night. Top Deck is also kind of popular for upperclassmen. Varsity is trying desperately to make a comeback, but I don't know how successful it will be. Some nights are fun there, but usually it's kind of empty.

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Greek Life: Greek life is everywhere. Don't let them fool you at orientation. It permeates everything. And they are wealthy . . . Several national frats and sororities were founded at Miami.

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Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big, but it's not a must. I never rushed a sorority and I had a great time. But if you don't rush, you'll probably feel like a minority, even though you're not. Greek life seems a lot bigger than it really is.

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Greek Life: We don't rush until second semester, and you already have many of your friends by then. It doesn't dominate by any means. Rush process sucks, but there is a lot of fun stuff to do with it. I'm personally not in a sorority and some of my friends are, and it really doesn't matter.

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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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