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Coral Gables, FL
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Tuition
$41,220
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1765 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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1 College Senior

Parking: Parking permits cost $475 dollars for the year - what?
My public university friends complain aout having to pay $30 for the year, are you kidding me?
I am a commuter so I HAVE to pay that ridiculous amount - and the permits sell out quickly.
I was once on a waiting list of 400 people when I applied for a change of permit.
However, they do sell only a limited number of permits - as many as there are spaces in the lot so you are always guaranteed a space. But is $475 worth it? I don't think so.

Also, if professors dedicated as much time to the classes than the ticketing officers did in ticketing ALL the cars in the lot, we'd have geniuses stemming out of each classroom.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Nightlife: I don't participate much in the nightlife, but I have attended a handful of events while I've attended the University of Miami. The school does do a good job in making on campus night events as well that are always incredibly fun!

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is probably average to good for dorm food :) some days they have yummy food and some days not so much. Generally very greasy/difficult to find healthy options. Where's the protein?!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Never have I seen them crack down on anything. I heard of one kid being punished for hotboxing his room, but that was a stupid idea in the first place. They have a no alcohol policy in the dorms but if you make at least some effort to be discreet, most RAs will turn a blind eye.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Diversity: I cannot sit here and argue that UM is not diverse. There are international students all over the place and many different ethnicities are present. However, it is EXTREMELY segregated and difficult to befriend a lot of people outside of your major ethnic group.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: RSMAS has helpful, passionate professors, lots of internship recruiters, and fantastic research opportunities. Lab curriculum is very hands on which is great.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Academics: Let me start this off my saying I am in PRISM which is an honors pre-med concentrated science program- they specifically put us all in classes with great professors so my experience is not going to be the same as most students regarding both curriculum and teachers. I'm majoring in marine science and chemistry and am a foote fellow meaning that I don't have to take any required courses outside of my major.

I took 4 honors classes and 3 labs this semester and from what I've gathered from my personal experience, classes are fairly easy. The classes that are considered "hard" by the general student population tend to be classes that give out a lot of busy work, and therefore are hard not necessarily because the class is hard but just have a heavy workload.

I've had a lot of professors that I loved. They are passionate and helpful.
Among students, a drive to learn/intellectual curiosity is not at all prevalent. A lot of cheating and procrastinating.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: Absolutely love the Marine Science department! I do wish it was a little more rigorous, but still a fantastic program with some great faculty. I don't think admission is any more or less challenging than admission to arts&sciences; generally not extremely difficult. A few very bright students, lots of mediocre students, and some who failed MSC 111 first semester.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: SOOO many resources, opportunities for research, and fantastic faculty at RSMAS- but it is definitely up to the student to take responsibility and take advantage of this great program.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very very attractive people all over the place here.
Yet to meet anyone attractive with a great personality to match- so only good if you're into random meaningless hookups. Guys are rude and don't put in any effort, they kind of just expect you to want them if they have muscles; which is great if you do!

5 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some professors are awesome, some classes are awesome, beautiful campus, and everything I like about it pretty much ends there. Also, nice gym.

I just don't feel like it's an intellectually stimulating environment, and it's difficult to meet genuine hardworking people here. Lots of superficial people. Generally people are not devoted significantly to anything but partying and then taking lots of study drugs to cram right before finals. If that sounds like you, you will absolutely love it here- I know most people that come to miami have a fantastic time and feel as if they "grow" here in a good way, but I think I have fewer brain cells now than I did when I first got here. Generally uninspiring place for me and a hope to transfer soon. There are definitely silver linings, like I said before certain departments (RSMAS!!!!) and professors are fantastic! So if you can put up with the unfavorable conditions then there is much to be gained at this school.

Also classes are really easy.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many people are exposed to marijuana and alcohol that are illegal for their age group

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life on campus is pretty good if you enjoy frat parties.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you are looking for a party or a night out, you definitely don't have to look far. there is usually something going on every night. THere are places close to go to, and other places are farther. There's a shuttle that goes to the grove Thursday-Saturdays at night, and that's super easy to get to, and a very popular place to go to. South Beach is kind of far, but still easy enough to get to if you really want to go.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I've heard other people got what they needed, and I think a majority did. however, i did not receive anything. it was frustrating, and I'm have to reapply.

4 College Freshman

Academics: So far I'm super excited in my decisions. My marine science lab this year was amazing. The RSMAS school has their very own research facility of Key Biscayne, and it's phenomenal. I loved it! My bio course was not the best, but the material was still engaging. I had a new professor, and he was still learning the reigns of teaching in a university setting. Overall I like it, and I don't plan on changing anytime soon. I would definitely recommend this!

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I like my classes so far. The workload is a lot, and at times unbearable, but overall doable. I think that as a whole the school is filled with some bright kids. We definitely know when to have fun, and when to buckle down, and this balance is perfect.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As far as dorm rooms go the RA's are usually pretty strict, but it depends on who it is. To be honest I think the noise is usually what gets kids in trouble. Dorms are closed to anyone who does not live in them after 10PM at night every night. However, anyone who lives in the dorms can sign other people in, but that's the only way people are getting in. I've heard of people getting parking tickets, but since i don't drive here I don't know too much about them. The campus has gone smoke free as of this year, and to be honest it hasn't been implemented a lot. i always see people smoking, and no one does anything. However, I have heard of a few people getting fined for smoking, but not enough. Overall i think that the campus is strict enough. It's not too strict to the point that it's confining, but it's not too lenient to be lax. It's a safe environment, and leaves room for individuality.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: Although you get caught in the rain from classes, the sun is so worth it. There hasn't been a day that has gone by where you couldn't be at the pool tanning. The weather is perfect.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I think that this campus is very accepting of all minorities. We have clubs for just about every nationality/ethnicity. We have a ton of international kids. As a whole I think the campus is very diverse, and I love that about this school!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school. It's a little pricey compared to my other options, but I wouldn't take it back. I think this school has everything I need academically, and I'm so lucky to be here. Sometimes the work load is ridiculous, and I see my friends workload and it's nothing compared to the students here, but after a really intense few weeks it gets better. To be honest the workload is worth it. The campus is beautiful, the beach is super accessible, there's a pool on campus, the courses are great, and I'm having a blast!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Although the campus shuttle times can vary, it always shows up eventually. the metro is right across the street, and very accessible. Taxi companies are VERY unreliable. DO NOT rely on a taxi to get to your flight. The companies are rude, and never come on time. Zip cars are very easily accessible. They are in the parking lot right outside the freshman dorms.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't a huge thing at this school. If you are interested in it, it's definitely there, but there aren't sorority houses on campus only fraternity houses. Greek life is present, but not everywhere.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The whole campus gets into all the games. The football games are great and so are the basketball games. As for non athletes the wellness center is a great gym. They have fun classes, and tons of machines. They also have a pool, basketball courts, tennis courts, and a small track for runners.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car, but I know the parking permits are expensive. The campus is definitely not known for parking availability, but I always see open spots so I'm not sure on that one. I'm sure it's not too bad.

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Sana Khan
Hometown
Lauderhill, FL
Major
Biochemistry/Mathematics
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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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