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Reviews 1765 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining hall doesn't have the best of food but theres a lot of other places to eat on campus that are really good.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Some people smoke weed and drink but if you're not one of them you're not peer pressured at all

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football games are a lot of fun especially the tailgates but people don't have that much school spirit during the games

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are a little small and the buildings are old. The elevator breaks down a lot too

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3 College Freshman

Weather: When the sun is out its beautiful, sucks walking to class when its pouring and then you have to sit in a freezing classroom while you're drenched.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a good amount of attractive guys but many of them are just looking for hook ups.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse, our schools has many international students

4 College Freshman

Computers: Many computer labs and printing stations, the wifi can be very slow at times and stop responding

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't let any freshman guys into their parties and they usually host parties on off campus houses so its hard to get there and back from campus

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Theres a metro thats convenient and the hurry cane runs to popular locations but it should also run on weekdays.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I dont remember if i applied for financial aid on the common app but i got no scholarships and the tuition is very expensive.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lots of good shopping places, some bad neighborhoods near by though

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Miami is an awesome city with tons of concerts and clubs. The beach is a 20 min cab ride away.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Super expensive because its Coral Gables, not many apartments near campus and traffic is terrible

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are unfriendly douche bags and the girls are shallow.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Miami is one of the most vibrant cities in the world -- it's a hub of culture, primarily nightlife. There's always something to do around, if you're looking for it. It varies from concerts to sports events to book fairs ... and the list goes on.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Metro is really useful -- it runs to Dadeland Mall, Sunset Place, Dadeland South (Target, Best Buy, etc.), Coconut Grove (clubs), Brickell (clubs & restaurants), downtown Miami, and the Miami Airport. The on-campus shuttle is useful as well -- it runs to Sunset Place and Coconut Grove on the weekends and throughout campus and to the Marine Science Campus every day of the week. Taxis come to campus all the time and there are plenty of Zipcars available.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The residential colleges that house all freshmen and upperclassmen that want and get housing are relatively old, somewhat cramped, and not particularly clean. The elevators break a lot in the freshman dorms, and the bathrooms are really disgusting. It's a really great social environment to meet people in, though, and they do hold great events for the residents to participate in, learn cool things, and explore Miami. The University Village, where the upperclassmen have the option to live, is much nicer but also much more expensive and only available to juniors and seniors.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The University of Miami is great for some people, and everyone will definitely experience new things here. It isn't a great place to be if you're not into the party scene at all, though. Most people go out every weekend at the least, and you WILL be judged if you don't. There are a lot of interesting things to do on campus, both during the week and on the weekend, but the way that partying dominates life can sometimes overshadow this. The U is a great place with a lot of great people, but a little more partying than some can bear.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone loves the Canes, and everyone gets excited for the sports teams. Some people play intramurals, others don't, but there's definitely a scene on campus for them if you look.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are computer labs in the dorms and plenty available in the library. Wifi kind of sucks, so if you really worry about needing it here and now, I recommend an Ethernet cable. Otherwise, you can plug in your laptop in all the classrooms. Basically everyone has a computer, but I guess you don't NEED one.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The typical Miami guy is hot -- but not as hot as he thinks he is. Most guys (especially the hot ones) are out for a random (or recurring) hook up, and most girls are willing to oblige. There are a few good guys out there, but they're definitely harder to find.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Basically everyone drinks. The majority of people smoke something or other. A lot of kids try more hardcore stuff. Even the kids on substance free floors do things sometimes. It's the campus culture, and it seems like a lot of people come here specifically because they were promised the ability to drink every night of the week -- and it's true, a lot of people do. Most people save it for Thursday and the weekends, but there are some people celebrating Funday Sunday and Grove Tuesdays. Don't be tricked into thinking it's a super academic school -- it's much more of a lifestyle school. And that lifestyle is PARTY.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Everything's really pretty lenient. The police really only interfere if it seems like someone already is or is going to be hurt.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: You can't get more diverse than Miami. Everyone's from somewhere interesting that you've never heard anything about, or has a really interesting economic background, or has different beliefs than you do. It's absolutely spectacular and you'll learn something new about some culture (maybe a subculture within your own) every day.


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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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