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Reviews 1776 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: There's so many options and so many people, which makes it easy to find what you're looking for

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: crime isn't a big issue because UM is actually in Coral Gables, not Miami. I don't worry about safety on or around campus much but I still don't go out alone at night

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I've definitely taken advantage of the metro stop across from campus - it's too bad that the metro isn't developed better in Miami

4 College Freshman

Computers: I really like the system for printing and they give you a lot more money for printing than you'll need (exception for architecture students), there are computer labs in all of the dorms and a good amount of computers in the library

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I think going to games is an essential part of the college experience

4 College Freshman

Majors: I haven't gotten too far myself, but all of the upperclassmen nursing majors that I know seem to really like the program

5 College Freshman

Majors: There aren't any extra components for the nursing application and unlike most schools, UM admits directly into the nursing program

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: if you get caught once it's not a big deal, there are much worse consequences for having/smoking weed than underage drinking

5 College Freshman

Weather: absolutely LOVE the weather here - warm and sunny, hasn't been as humid as I thought it would be, and it doesn't rain as much as I thought either. friends and family will be jealous

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great variety - if you can get there, if you don't have access to a car, you'll probably be stuck going to the same few places

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want it, it's there. If you don't want it, you'll still see it, but I haven't felt pressured into anything. As long as you're smart about drinking/smoking, you won't have much of a problem

4 College Senior

Majors: I'm going to continue studying Film Screenwriting in Los Angeles for Grad School in the Fall at USC where the opportunities are abundant - however, I am also looking forward to connecting with UM alumni in LA who tend to do well for themselves.

College Senior

Majors: I had an internship program outside of UM - it wasn't a school-sponsored program. It was a competitive film internship where we got to work at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France for two weeks. It was the most amazing experience of my life - turns out the recruitment manager for this competitive program was a UM Alumn and brought many UM students on board to the program.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: UM students love organic food and vegan options because they are very health-conscious, although they'll drink their weight in alcohol on the weekend. I'm a Miami native so I'm all about the Latin Americas and Taco Ricos - I don't really look for vegan options or organic restaurants. I have no opinion about this.

3 College Senior

Majors: As aforementioned, there's not many film opportunities down here in Miami, but that's not an academic deficiency, it's unlucky geography.

4 College Senior

Majors: It was pretty easy to get into the program - just maintain a good GPA (Min 2.5 or 3.0 don't remember).

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1 College Senior

Drug Safety: I'm not interested in finding drugs, but if I wanted to experiment, it'd be incredibly easy to access any kind of drug. They flow as much as the empanadas.

3 College Senior

Academics: Although UM is pretty good in helping their students getting film gigs around Miami, there are hardly any "filmic" opportunities down here in the first place that are not in the Latin American television division (Telemundo, Univision, etc). UM is probably not the best film school geographically speaking.

However, the program is pretty small so you'll have some of the same professors several times which can be good because you get to know them well and make those deep connections, but bad because there's only so much you could learn from one person.

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe or out of place on or around campus. The University has it's own police force which is always on top of everything and responds to any potential threat. There are some areas around campus that aren't 100% safe, but if you use your head you will be fine.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is there if you want it. They all sort of stick to their own kind, there's no overwhelming pressure to be a part of it or not.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Campus is small enough that you don't need to get a car to get where you need to go. However, in Miami, you DEFINITELY need a car to get around. You will be okay without one as a freshman, but otherwise Miami's public transportation is pretty s****y and doesn't quite cut it.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The games are a lot of fun, but the whole school doesn't revolve around sports like at the bigger state schools. The football arena being far from campus is a bit of a pain in the ass.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: You're in a big city. Across from campus there are plenty of places to eat if you get sick of campus food. There aren't that many discounts for students or anything like that, and Miami is pretty expensive in general.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Miami is a fantastic city, it has something for everyone regardless of your interests. The partying and crazy nightlife is there if you want it, but there's a very rich and active culture beneath the gilded surface.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Most of the drug use takes place off campus. We're in Miami so obviously there's a lot of partying: booze, coke, ecstasy/molly, etc, but if you don't want to be involved in any of that, you certainly don't have to be. There's plenty to do in Miami besides getting hammered.

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Sana Khan
Lauderhill, FL
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Despite daily griping about tuition costs, parking, thunderstorms, and hard classes, most students really seem to enjoy UM. Excellent attributes like the nightlife, weather, and culture seem to cancel out some of the bad things about being in Miami. For some students, these bad things include the unapproachable "hot" girls and guys on campus, while others find life in the dorms to be a challenge. The complaints about college are basically what you'd expect to hear anywhere. It appears that the bad things at UM really aren't that bad, but the good things are very good. Miami is one of the coolest cities in the world for a college student, and that goes deeper than just the superficial bar and club scene.

Students who are unhappy generally figure it out within a semester and transfer out of UM, usually to somewhere closer to home. College is tough, especially the first couple weeks if you come without knowing anyone. Making a whole new group of friends for the first time since kindergarten is one of the hardest and most stressful things you may ever have to do. But the end result of this process is friendships that you'll likely maintain for the rest of your life. Whether it's your roommate, classmates, fraternity brother, or sorority sister, college is a time when you should make friends and have fun. Despite the initial challenges of coming to college, there are few cities in the world that are as fun as Miami.

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